Sorority nationally recognized for fundraising efforts

By Alyssa Donovan

March 31, 2013 Updated Mar 31, 2013 at 10:56 PM CDT

NORMAL, Ill.-- A local sorority has received national recognition for their support of St. Jude.

Epsilon Sigma Alpha has raised more than 104,000 for the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

The giant check helped the group rank 3rd in the nation for St. Jude's collegiate fund raisers.

The funds came together through several events throughout the school year.

ESA St. Jude Director Emilie Gill says the largest donation came from the Up ‘Til Dawn event.

During the event, letters are written to family and friends asking for donations.

With the help of ISU students, more than 11,000 letters were written in just one night.

Gill said, "Every year we just do it throughout ESA and we just have all the ESA girls write them. So this year I opened it up to the public and so we had about 450 students in attendance who each wrote at least 25 letters."

ESA Publicity Chair Amy Erlandson says once people know what St. Jude does they usually can't wait to get involved.

Erlandson said, “That's one of the main reasons people rush ESA is for St. Jude. A lot of people can relate to cancer or know someone that has had cancer or want to get involved."

Erlandson says every year the organization has raised more money than the last, and they hope they can continue that tradition into the future.

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