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University of Iowa News Release

April 26, 2006

Loras College's First Dance Marathon Raises More Than $21,000

Students at Loras College in Dubuque raised $21,527.50 during their first Dance Marathon April 22-23 to benefit the Children's Miracle Network.

The dancers collected pledges to stay awake and dance throughout the night beginning at 8 p.m. April 22 and ending at 8 a.m. April 23. The funds will help care for patients and families treated at Children's Hospital of Iowa at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

"We are very excited about the success our first Dance Marathon," said Maria Koeppel, Loras College Dance Marathon chairperson. "It is such a very special event, and all of us are already fired up for Dance Marathon 2007."

Loras College is the fourth college in the region to participate in this fundraiser, along with Iowa State University, the UI and Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill. 

This event is being coordinated as part of the Lead 4 Loras program, an initiative designed to provide ongoing leadership development and support to students. One aspect of this program focuses specifically on the foundations of philanthropy and citizenship.

Koeppel, an Iowa City native, grew up with the idea. "My dad took me each year to the University of Iowa events, so when I decided to attend Loras I asked if we could begin the event in Dubuque," she said.

"Our students did a tremendous job on organizing and running their event," said Kim Walsh, director of Student Life at Loras and adviser to Dance Marathon. "We are very proud of their accomplishment and what they have done to help support patients and families at Children's Hospital of Iowa."

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. The network also includes 75 corporate sponsors, 200 television stations and more than 135 radio stations.

Children's Hospital of Iowa at UI Hospitals and Clinics is the state's longest-serving children's hospital. More than 140,000 children receive care at Children's Hospital of Iowa and its statewide network of outreach clinics each year.

For more information about how you can help the Children's Miracle Network cause, contact Lisa Baum or Michelle Altmaier at 319-335-8484. You can also learn more about Children's Miracle Network and Children's Hospital of Iowa online at www.uihealthcare.com.

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 http://www.uihealthcare.com.

STORY SOURCE: Joint Office for Marketing and Communications, University of Iowa Health Care, 200 Hawkins Drive, Room E110 GH, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Moore, 319-356-3945, thomas-moore@uiowa.edu.