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Up ‘til Dawn: ‘Quest for a Cure’ to take place April 3

By Sawyer Ricard
On February 16, 2012

A new service group at ASU will hold a letter-writing event April 3 to raise money for St. Jude's.

In the event, held by Up ‘Til Dawn and known as "Quest for a Cure," people form into teams of five and bring 50 addresses of people they know to write on envelopes. The inside of the letters explain what the program is and its goals to help St Jude's Children Research Hospital

Martha Esquivel, team chair of the service group, said she hoped the letters will motivate people to make a donation.

The money donated will then be given to St. Jude's, she said.

In order to raise interest for "Quest for a Cure," the group hopes to have games and competitions taking place at the event.

"We're trying to have spirit points for the teams," she said.

Teams can earn the spirit points from their involvement in activities held by the program and can add them up to try and win the grand prize that the executive board plans to offer.

"We're still working out the details for the points and prizes," she said.

Because this is the program's first year at ASU, further events have yet to be planned.

"The letter-writing event is our main one for the year," she said.

However, Esquivel said, the board hopes to have more events in the near future.

"We have looked at what other campuses do for events," she said. "One of them is an awareness week for St. Jude's."

The service group hopes to have an awareness week, which is a week in which several events are held to inform college students of what they could do to get involved in the program's goals, sometime soon, she said.

Other events include games and competitions held by the program to raise funds for the hospital.

"It's just our first year," she said. "But we hope to have more events like the ones the other campuses hold in the next couple of years such as the awareness week and fundraising competitions."

Due to their status as a service group, meetings are held for executive board members only, but as they become better known around campus and have more people involved, the meetings will hopefully be open to everyone, she said.

"Anyone is welcome to come to one of us if they're interested and see if in some way they want to participate," she said.

Part of finding people to participate in the new program is to inform the campus of their goals.

The board accomplished this by contacting other organizations on campus, she said.

"Each person on the board has divided the organization list and contacted the presidents to see if we can talk to their organizations," she said.

They have also posted fliers around campus to inform people of the arrival of the new program, Esquivel said.

As the program grows, Esquivel said, she's excited to be a part of it.

"I think it's a really good idea," she said. "I just hope to make a difference and set a high goal to earn money for St Jude's and the children."

The group, which focuses on raising funds for the hospital as well as for their studies, has just recently become active on campus and has yet to become an organization.

However, Esquivel said that the board hopes the group will be an organization soon.

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