CONTACT: TOM MOORE
Joint Office for Planning, Marketing and Communications
8788 John Pappajohn Pavilion
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: August 6, 2002
Softball tournament to benefit CMN, Crohn's and Colitis, Make-A-Wish Foundations
Some 29 teams from across eastern Iowa will compete for several good causes
at the Concrete Classic Softball Tournament Aug. 8-11 at the University of
Iowa softball fields in Coralville.
Proceeds from the tournament will benefit Children's Miracle Network (CMN),
the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. A special
ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10 will involve about 400 girls appearing
on the main Women's Diamond.
"We have teams coming from Dubuque, the Quad Cities, Mt. Pleasant and
many other communities," said Janet Monk, one of the event's organizers.
"The players really enjoy playing on the same diamond where the University
of Iowa softball team plays."
Headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, Children's Miracle Network is an
international nonprofit organization dedicated to generating funds and awareness
programs to benefit children treated at 170 children's hospitals throughout
the United States and Canada. Its hallmark is that 100 percent of locally
generated donations stay in the local area to benefit patients at the local
The Children's Hospital of Iowa at UI Hospitals and Clinics is the state's
longest-serving children's hospital. More than 100,000 children receive care
at the Children's Hospital of Iowa and its statewide network of outreach clinics
The Crohn's and Colitis Foundation's mission is to cure and prevent Crohn's
disease and ulcerative colitis, which are serious inflammatory disorders of
the gastrointestinal tract. These diseases affect children as well as adults,
affecting their health, lifestyles and social lives.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation helps grant the wishes of children with life-threatening
illnesses. More than 25,000 volunteers serve as wish-granters, fundraisers
and special events assistants. Since its establishment in 1980, the foundation
has helped the dreams of more than 97,000 children around the world to come
For more information about the Concrete Classic, contact Monk at (319) 393-7876
University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the
University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and 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.