Kisses may turn frogs into princes, but also into cash for St. Jude's Hospital
Kettering students convinced faculty and staff to kiss a pig Aug. 23 as part of the "Up Til Dawn" fundraiser for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Kettering students convinced faculty and staff to kiss a pig Aug. 23 as part of the "Up Til Dawn" fundraiser for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. In the past two years, Kettering's Up Til Dawn group has raised almost $50,000, placing Kettering #1 in Michigan and in the Top 10 in the U.S. among colleges and universities for fundraising. They hope to raise at least $15,000 this year.
The Up Til Dawn philanthropic extravaganza is a student-led, student-run event hosted by colleges and universities nationwide. Throughout the event, participants dance or are involved in other activities that keep them on their feet and "Up Til Dawn!"
The Sept. 6 event at Kettering is the culmination of fund-raising efforts that begin months prior. Funds are raised through participant entry fees, sponsorship, and additional events and drives preceding the big Up Til Dawn event.
The Kettering group sponsored the "Kiss the Pig" to get a jump-start on fundraising efforts. Faculty and staff volunteers were randomly selected to kiss the pig, a three-week-old piglet brought in by Eugene Lehr family farm. For every $25 students collected during the week, the more faculty and staff were selected for kissing. A total of 10 kisses were bestowed, including one faculty member who had to kiss the pig twice after a bidding war against another faculty member. The culmination of fundraising activities will be the all-night dance and entertainment event on campus Sept. 6.
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., was founded by the late actor Danny Thomas. St. Jude treats about 180 patients every day on an outpatient basis and maintains 56 inpatient beds. It is the first institution established for the sole purpose of conducting basic and clinical research into catastrophic childhood diseases, mainly cancer, and is the largest childhood cancer research center in the world in terms of the number of patients enrolled and successfully treated.
For more information about St. Jude Children's Research Hospital visit: www2.stjude.org.
Written by Dawn Hibbard