Up ’til Dawn, a student- run organization that raises money for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, will be hosting its annual benefit dinner Friday, Feb. 8 at Cabrini College.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital treats many different types of cancer in children. It is a unique facility in that they do not turn away patients for their inability to pay. The hospital is also responsible for many of the major developments made in pediatric cancer research.
The fourth annual benefit dinner will feature chefs from many area restaurants along with Cabrini’s executive Chef Rodney Stockett preparing the meal for the event. The menu for the night will consist of some very delicious gourmet choices.
The idea for the event came about after Chef Rodney and the members of Up ’til Dawn came up with the idea for doing a fundraiser that involved food. After getting some of Stockett’s chef friends involved, the event came to life.
“Being involved with this cause is very humbling. The reward is helping someone. It keeps everything in perspective. The reward will be seeing it all in action. I’ll keep doing it till I can’t anymore,” Stockett said.
A silent auction will also take place. The prizes have been donated from area businesses. Tickets will be available for purchase and then the prizes will be raffled off.
This will be the fourth year that Cabrini will be hosting this event. Attendance in previous years has been strong, with many faculty, staff members and others from the community coming to support the cause. The organization has also been able to raise a great deal of money for the hospital, Christina Moglioni, chair of the Up ’til Dawn executive board, said. They hope to see another year of strong attendance.
While this event is a large fundraiser for the organization, Up ’til Dawn also hosts a few other events throughout the year.
The event will begin at 6 p.m. and take place in the Mansion. Tickets are $50 and $25 for Cabrini students and are available through the Student Activities office. There will be 130 tickets for sale. All of the proceeds from the event will be donated to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.