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Release: Immediate

I-Club members celebrate 32nd annual Golden Harvest

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- To kick off the upcoming University of Iowa athletic year, more than 500 I-Club members from Iowa and nationwide met in Iowa City for the 32nd annual Golden Harvest event Aug. 1.

I-Club members are Hawkeye fans who contribute $40 or more annually to UI men's and/or women's intercollegiate athletic programs.

The day-long Golden Harvest program began with golf at the UI's Finkbine Golf Course and concluded with dinner at the Radisson on Highlander Plaza in Iowa City. Gary Dolphin, the Hawkeye play-by-play announcer, emceed the evening program, and head football coach Hayden Fry was the featured speaker.

The Hawk-of-the-Year award went to long-time Hawkeye supporters Jeff Stoutner of Clinton and Jim West of Sioux City. The Polk County I-Club (Des Moines) received the I-Club-of-the-Year award. The Southwest Iowa I-Club (Creston) received the special commendation award.

Don Thompson of Ottumwa became the first I-Club member to be honored with the newly established I-Club-Volunteer-of-the-Year award. In addition, Larry Bergdale of Cedar Rapids was recognized as the National I-Club Board President for 1998-99.

"I-Club members throughout the U.S. help build enthusiasm and private support for our Hawkeye teams," said Mark Jennings, assistant athletic director/development and I-Club executive director. "The Golden Harvest event is an opportunity for us to thank these special supporters and recognize their dedication as we prepare for an exciting season of UI athletics."

More than 11,000 friends and alumni of the university are I-Club members, representing every state in the nation. This year's Golden Harvest drew participants from as far away as California.

The I-Club is administered through The University of Iowa Foundation, the preferred channel for private support to the university. For information about becoming a member of the I-Club, contact Matt Henderson, assistant director of development, I-Club Events and Special Activities, Intercollegiate Athletics, at the UI Foundation, at 335-3305 or 1-800-648-6973.