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Release: Dec. 28, 2001

Cedar Rapids RoughRiders jersey auction will support Children's Miracle Network

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Hockey fans can purchase a unique souvenir next February when the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders will literally give the shirts off their backs to support the Children's Miracle Network (CMN) and help patients at the Children's Hospital of Iowa.

The RoughRiders wore special jerseys on Nov. 23 and Dec. 9 adorned with the logos of CMN and Hy-Vee, a major CMN supporter, which donated costs of providing the jerseys. The players will wear the jerseys again on Jan. 4 and Feb. 23. After the game on Feb. 23, the jerseys will be auctioned with all proceeds to benefit CMN. The minimum bid for each jersey will be $100.

Proceeds of the event will benefit patients of the Children's Hospital of Iowa at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City and its outreach clinics across the state. One hundred percent of all donations to CMN remain in the local region to benefit critically ill and injured children. More than 100,000 children receive care at the Children's Hospital of Iowa each year.

The Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) is the nation's largest charitable organization. All of the funds raised stay in the area to benefit the local children's hospital. Money donated to CMN is used to enhance the quality of patients' hospital stays, support research and purchase sophisticated pediatric health care equipment. In 2000, the Children's Hospital of Iowa received almost $1.9 million from CMN.

For more information about the jersey event, contact Walt Edwards of the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders at (319) 247-0340. For more information about CMN, contact Michelle Altmaier at
(319) 335-9003.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at www.uihealthcare.com.