On Wednesday, Feb. 5, from 4 to 11 p.m., members of the university community are invited to visit the Concord Texas Roadhouse location to support UP for Upton.

The event is a fundraising event meant to benefit the family of Emily Upton, a UNC Charlotte student who passed away on June 1, 2013. Upton would have graduated from the university in May 2014 with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing.

Funds raised at the event will go toward the fees associated with her funeral and the criminal investigation that followed Upton’s death. Ten percent of participants total purchase at Texas Roadhouse on Wednesday will go toward the cause.

Cassady Tetsworth, a UNC Charlotte student majoring in nursing, says that UP for Upton is, “a way to keep her spirit alive and we are hoping to do the same with the dinner.”

During the fall 2013 semester, nursing students in the College of Health and Human Services came together and wrote positive messages on slips of paper, attached them to candy and passed them out around campus to “lift others up just like Emily always did,” said Tetsworth.

For those unable to attend the event who still wish to participate in UP for Upton, Tetsowrth says a Facebook group is in the works, which will provide a link to a PayPal account that individuals can donate to.

“We hope that many people can come together in one place to remember Emily and to realize how important it is to encourage one another as Emily did, since we now value how short life can be,” said Tetsworth. “It’s a really great cause for a student we miss dearly.”

Emily Upton (front, center) with friends from the UNC Charlotte community. Photo courtesy of Cassady Tetsworth
Eden Creamer was the Editor-in-Chief for the Niner Times from May 2013 through April 2015. She graduated from UNC Charlotte in May 2015, receiving her degree in Communication Studies with minors in English, Journalism and Women's Studies. She now does freelance proofing, copywriting and design in the Charlotte area, and can be reached at edencreamer@gmail.com