Even though the weather was not the best at Alfred’s Hot Dog Day 2012, that did not stop many students, faculty, staff and community members from attending. There were multiple booths and venders up and down Main Street alone. In the recent year, the small organization Up ‘til Dawn has done a lot within the campus and community alone. Up ‘til Dawn is a national organization through St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, there are organizations on college campus’ nation wide.
In the fall they reached out to a student’s family member and raised money for a young boy who was going through treatment for brain cancer. This semester they collaborated with Black Student Union for the Alfred Fashion Show where organizations around campus were able to decorate a hospital gown then model it during the fashion show. At the fashion show they also had a Text to Donate in which individuals texted a code to a number to donate $5 towards St. Jude. They also sold hospital bracelets that had a child’s name, diagnosis and age that came in various bright colors. This Hot Dog Day, Up ‘til Dawn had a booth right next to WETD. They shared the tent with Rainbow Union and International Club. Up ‘til Dawn has three raffles going, for a $1 each in which they had received a hospital bracelet with the raffle entry. Even through the rain, the organization raised awareness by handing out lollipops with St. Jude’s facts on them to anyone that passed by the booth.
Next fall Up ‘til Dawn and Relay for Life will join as one committee which will be called Live to Fight. They have even begun having meetings to form a group of dedicated students and to elect official positions for the upcoming semester. They are always looking and welcoming new members to any meeting. Look out for more information on the newly started organization come fall 2012.