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Release: Feb. 19, 2003

Hockey Fans Pony Up To Help Children's Hospital Of Iowa Patients

Fans of the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders professional hockey team who attended a special auction following the team's game last Saturday donated $11,000 to the Children's Miracle Network to help patients at Children's Hospital of Iowa.

The RoughRiders wore special jerseys during six games throughout their season. The jerseys were adorned with the logos of Children's Miracle Network and Krispy Kreme, which donated the costs of providing the jerseys. After the Feb. 15 game, the jerseys were auctioned with all proceeds benefiting Children's Miracle Network. The minimum bid for each jersey was $100. Jersey number 11, worn by Kevin Brooks, brought in the top bid of $2,000.

"The jersey auction is truly a very special event," said Michelle Altmaier, a Children's Miracle Network coordinator. "The kindness of the RoughRiders and their fans and the support they are providing to the patients of Children's Hospital of Iowa and their families are really overwhelming. They are all certainly very special people."

This marks the second year in a row the RoughRiders have held the jersey auction. Over the last two years, a total of more than $23,000 has been raised via the auctions to benefit the Children's Miracle Network. "We're thrilled about being able to help out the Children's Miracle Network, and I think the fact that we've been able to raise as much as we did says a lot about the generosity of our fans," said Walt Edwards, director of sales and marketing for the RoughRiders. "We're also very thankful to Krispy Kreme for all they did as a partner in promoting the auction."

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

The Children's Miracle Network is the nation's largest charitable organization. All of the funds raised locally stay in the area to benefit the region's children's hospital. Money donated to Children's Miracle Network is used to enhance the quality of patients' hospital stays, support research and to purchase sophisticated pediatric health care equipment. For more information about CMN, contact Michelle Altmaier online at http://www.uihealthcare.com/depts/childrensmiraclenetwork/index.html or by calling (319) 335-9003.

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 http://www.uihealthcare.com.

STORY SOURCE: Joint Office for Planning, Marketing and Communications, 200 Hawkins Drive, Room 8798 JPP, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009

CONTACT: Michelle Altmaier, 319-335-9003, michelle-altmaier@uiowa.edu. Writer: Tom Moore