CONTACT: MICHELLE BECKMAN
Director of Development
UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics
UI Foundation News
500 Levitt Center for University Advancement
Iowa City IA 52242
Phone: (319) 335-3305 or (800) 648-6973
Release: Aug. 1, 2002
Fraternal Order of Eagles supports diabetes research at the UI
State Fraternal Order of Eagles and Ladies Auxiliary has given $107,000 to
the University of Iowa division of endocrinology in the department of internal
medicine to help support diabetes research. The group gave an additional $5,000
each to the nephrology and cardiology divisions, also to support research.
The $107,000 gift will establish an endowment called the Iowa State Aerie
Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Management Fund to be used for education
and training in diabetes management. The Eagles presented the gift to Robert
Bar, M.D., professor and director of the division of endocrinology in the
UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, department of internal
medicine, at the Eagles' annual meeting in Cedar Rapids in late June.
The State Fraternal Order of Eagles, a charitable organization formed more
than 100 years ago with 40 clubs in Iowa and 1,700 nationwide, selected diabetes
management as their philanthropic project for the past year. The project was
titled "CHOICES: Living Well with Diabetes."
The Iowa Order of Eagles, whose slogan is "People helping people,"
raised approximately $85,000 in support of diabetes management. Further contributions
from their national organization made up the rest of the gift.
"We will use the Eagles' gift to improve care of people with diabetes
and to try to prevent diabetes in those at high risk for developing the disease,"
said Bar, who also is a staff physician and researcher with the Veterans Affairs
Medical Center in Iowa City. "The State Fraternal Order of Eagles has
always been very supportive of research and care of diabetics. We appreciate
their longstanding interest in diabetes, and we along with the more
than 150,000 Iowans with diabetes and their families thank the Eagles
very much for their support."
Pete Schmieding, past president of the State Fraternal Order of Eagles, said
his organization chose to support diabetes research because the disease is
"It's not age-specific and everyone is susceptible. We wanted to try
to help as many people as possible with this gift," he said.
The Eagles' gift is part of the UI's $850 million comprehensive campaign,
which will run through 2005 and is being conducted under the guidance of the
UI Foundation. Named Good. Better. Best. Iowa: The Campaign to Advance our
Great University, the seven-year effort is raising private funds to help launch
a variety of initiatives across the university, substantially increase the
number of UI scholarships and endowed faculty positions, support new educational
and research facilities, build the UI's endowment, and fund outreach and service
programs to benefit Iowans.
The UI Foundation is the preferred channel for private contributions to all
areas of the university. For more information about the Good. Better. Best.
Iowa campaign, visit its web site at www.GoodBetterBestIowa.org