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Release: May 24, 2002

Basket auction to kick off CMN Celebration of Champions

The Ninth Annual Bids for Kids Basket Blast Auction will help kick off the Children's Miracle Network Celebration of Champions weekend on Friday, May 31, at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

The auction will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the John Colloton Pavilion atrium. Silent bids will be accepted for the colorful theme baskets donated by UI Health Care departments. The Iowa Turkey Federation will serve turkey tenderloins and the River Bend Catfish Jazz Society, featuring Dick Watson on piano and vocals by Leo Greco, will perform.

Proceeds from the auction will be contributed to the Children's Miracle Network (CMN), the nation's largest charitable organization. All of the funds raised stay in the same 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 the sophisticated pediatric health care equipment necessary to care for critically ill and injured children.

In addition to the basket auction, the CMN Celebration of Champions includes a special broadcast on a network of television stations across the United States and Canada. On the program, pediatric patients and their families share their inspirational stories of hope, survival and caring. The Celebration of Champions is hosted by CMN founders Marie Osmond and John Schneider and many other celebrities and entertainers. Viewers in eastern and central Iowa, southern Minnesota and western Illinois can tune in for the CMN Celebration of Champions on KDSM-TV (FOX) of Des Moines, KGAN-TV (CBS) of Cedar Rapids/Waterloo/Iowa City/Dubuque, KIMT-TV (CBS) of Mason City/Austin Lee, Minn./Rochester, Minn, and WQAD-TV of the Quad Cities.

In 2001, the Children's Hospital of Iowa received almost $1.9 million from CMN. Children's Hospital of Iowa at UI Hospitals and Clinics serves families in Iowa City and at its outreach clinics across the state. More than 100,000 children receive care at the Children's Hospital of Iowa each year.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI 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.