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CONTACT: TOM MOORE
Joint Office for Planning, Marketing and Communications
8788 John Pappajohn Pavilion
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 356-3945
e-mail: thomas-moore@uiowa.edu

Release:Dec. 10, 2001

MEDIA ADVISORY:

ALFORD TO READ CHRISTMAS CLASSIC TO CHI PATIENTS AND FAMILIES

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Sam Alford, director of basketball operations at the University of Iowa, will read the classic tale, "The Night Before Christmas" to patients, families and visitors of the Children's Hospital of Iowa (CHI) at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, during Story Hour in the Patients' Library.

That book has an even more special meaning for children and their families at CHI this year. Throughout the holiday season, area Kohl's Department Stores are offering four unique seasonal items, with all proceeds benefiting local children's hospitals through its "Kohl's Cares for Kids" campaign. Kohl's shoppers can help CHI by purchasing the festive items for the home or office. The holiday gifts – all priced at $5 – have been made exclusively for Kohl's and include the family favorite book, "The Night Before Christmas," a plush bear, a handcrafted and hand-painted "Kohl's Cares for Kids" bear ornament, and a holiday CD featuring such artists as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and Lou Rawls singing popular songs of the season.

The Patients' Library is located on the 8th level of the John Colloton Pavilion. Please take Elevator F to the 8th level and follow the directional signs.

NOTE TO EDITORS: For more information about "Kohl's Care for Kids," please contact Dave Fantle at (272) 703-6461 or Lori Sansoucie at (314) 552-6707. For assistance in covering the Story Hour event, please contact Tom Moore at (319) 356-3945.

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