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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 children’s hospital.

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 each year.

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 true.

For more information about the Concrete Classic, contact Monk at (319) 393-7876 or Janetamonk@aol.com.

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