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UNIVERSITY OF IOWA HEALTH CARE
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Release: April 21, 2000

Horseshoe-pitching contest to fund kids' vision, hearing screenings

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Iowa City Evening Lions Club will sponsor a horseshoe-pitching contest to raise funds for "Coming to Your Senses," a statewide, community-based vision and hearing screening project for children ages 6-months to 48-months. The event will begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 13 at City Park in Iowa City.

A joint project of the University of Iowa departments of otolaryngology -- head and neck surgery and ophthalmology and visual sciences, and the Iowa Lions, "Coming to Your Senses" provides early detection of vision and hearing problems. Hearing and vision impairment in infants and young children, if untreated, can result in devastating disabilities that affect every phase of development, speech, language comprehension, reading and socialization.

Men, women and juniors are invited to participate in the six-person, round-robin contest.
The entry fee is $12.50. Contestants will compete with others of equal ability and will have the chance of a first prize of $25. Contestants are asked to obtain sponsors for the number of ringers tossed, or a flat pledge. Entries must be on an official entry form, which can be obtained from Leo Buell at (319) 338-8256. The entry deadline is May 11.

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