Up ‘til Dawn to Host Award-Winning Event

Shippensburg University’s “Up ‘til Dawn” organization will hold its third annual award-winning event, Pies for Kids, on Tuesday, April 16.

The event will take place from 3 to 6 p.m. in the Ceddia Union Building amphitheater. It will raise money for ASLAC/St. Jude, the branch in charge of fundraising for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, according to the hospital’s website.

St. Jude provides services for children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases, and it also researches to find cures for these diseases. No family of a St. Jude’s patient ever pays for anything, according to the hospital’s website. This means that St. Jude relies heavily on donations.

“They get those donations from people like us,” said Secretary Kaity Erickson.

“Up ‘til Dawn” asked members of the campus community, such as resident directors and professors, to volunteer to have participants “pie” them in the face. In exchange, “Up ‘til Dawn” will be collecting any donations, public relations chairperson Laura Babetski said.

In addition to the “pie event,” “Up ‘til Dawn” will announce its annual fundraising total at the event, a figure which last year totaled $26,657. Pies for Kids provided about $250 of that total, Babetski said.

Up ‘til Dawn hopes that the event’s change in location from in front of Naugle Hall to the CUB will draw more participants than last year. Hot dogs will be provided at the event for the first time in its history.

Pies for Kids received national recognition in July of 2012. At the St. Jude Collegiate Leadership Seminar in Memphis, Tenn., the organization won the 2011-12 Outstanding Side Event Award, an SU press release reported.

“I was really honored to win this award,” said Babetski, “because it meant a lot coming from St. Jude. All of us who worked on the event cried when we received the award.”

The pies, provided by University Dining services, will be filled with whipped cream. Chocolate sauce and sprinkles will be provided for participants.

To get involved with “Up ‘til Dawn,” contact Emilee Danielson-Burke at EaDanielson@ship.edu.

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