Devon Prep students raised over $24,000 for St. Jude Children's Hospital.
Nov. 17, 2012
-- More than 120 Devon Prep upper school students stayed “Up for a Cause” recently to raise money for the internationally recognized St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Devon Prep’s Christian Action Program (CAP) sponsored the event, a 12-hour night of fun and games which raised $25,000 for the Hospital.
The students spent the night in the school’s gymnasium participating in a variety of activities including basketball, dodgeball and soccer games and tournaments, board games, and ping pong. They were not permitted to use electronic devices such as mp3 players or hand held video games, nor were they permitted to sleep. They were, however, encouraged to eat, since donated food was plentiful. Each Devon Prep student needed to raise at least $175 in order to participate.
CAP began “Up for a Cause” 11 years ago to raise money for charity. Devon Prep was the first high school in the country to attempt this event. In the years Devon Prep students have been “staying up”, they raised over $250,000 for hospitals that care for ill children.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (http://www.stjude.org/
) was founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas to find cures, through research and treatment, for children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. On average, 5,700 active patients visit the hospital each year, most of whom are treated on an outpatient basis. St. Jude is the only pediatric cancer research center where families never pay for treatment not covered by insurance. No child is ever denied treatment because of the family’s inability to pay.
Devon Prep is a private, Catholic college preparatory school for young men in grades six to 12. The school, which is conducted by the Piarist Fathers, enrolls nearly 300 students who hail from Delaware, Chester, Montgomery, and Bucks County as well as parts of Philadelphia. For more information call 610-688-7337 or visit www.devonprep.com