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May 25, 2007

Special UI Event To Honor Coach Fry, Fund Cancer Research June 22

It will be truly an evening to remember on Friday, June 22, when the University of Iowa's "football family" and fans gather to honor the Hawkeyes' legendary former coach, Hayden Fry, and raise funds to support prostate cancer research.

"Highly Toasted, Lightly Roasted" will salute the football coach with the most wins in UI history. The evening's festivities in the Coral Ballroom of the Marriott Hotel Conference Center in Coralville will open with a reception at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. and a special program at 8 p.m.

Proceeds from the event will support the work of the J. Hayden Fry Center for Prostate Cancer Research, a part of Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Iowa. Established in 2005 and supported in part by an endowed fund established through the UI Foundation, the Fry Center honors the Iowa coaching great who retired in 1998.

Tickets for the June 22 event are $125 per person. VIP tables that seat 10 guests are still available for $5,000. VIP guests will also attend a special reception with Coach Fry, former Hawkeye players and other celebrity guests. VIP guests will receive photographs of themselves with Coach Fry.

To make reservations, contact Kerry Ostlund at 319-335-3305 or toll free at 800-648-6973 or via e-mail at karen-ostlund@uiowa.edu

Like thousands of men in Iowa and across the country, Fry's life has been touched by prostate cancer. He is dedicated to supporting research initiatives that will lead to more effective treatments and, ultimately, a cure.

"I'm convinced that we are on the verge of enormous breakthroughs in understanding, treating and even curing prostate cancer," Fry said. "With continued support, I am equally convinced that many of those breakthroughs are going to happen right here at the University of Iowa."

The Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center is Iowa's only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated comprehensive cancer center. NCI-designated comprehensive cancer centers are recognized as the leaders in developing new approaches to cancer prevention and cancer care, conducting leading-edge research and educating the public about cancer.

The UI acknowledges the UI Foundation as the preferred channel for private contributions that benefit all areas of the university. For more information about the UI Foundation, visit its Web site at http://www.uifoundation.org.

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

CONTACTS: Media: Tom Moore, 319-356-3945, thomas-moore@uiowa.edu. Program: Carol Jefferson, executive director of development, Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center, the University of Iowa Foundation, 319-335-3305, carol-jefferson@uiowa.edu.