CONTACT: MARY GERAGHTY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0011; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Dec. 1, 1999
UI groups host holiday storytelling afternoon to restore
spirit of the season
IOWA CITY, Iowa Anyone who has grown weary
of holiday commercialism will find respite in "Stories of Giving to Celebrate
the Season," an afternoon of seasonal storytelling sponsored by several University
of Iowa groups. The event is open to children and adults of all ages, and
takes place Sunday, Dec. 12 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at Old Brick, 26 E. Market
St. in Iowa City. Cocoa and cookies will be served.
Organizers say the goal is to "offer a means to promote
the upcoming season as a time of giving -- experiencing the joys and satisfactions
that come from giving."
Steve Thunder-McGuire, an associate professor in the
UI College of Education and a nationally known storyteller, will provide entertainment
with stories of the holiday season. He will be joined by Rabbi Jeffrey Portman;
Tom Walz, a UI emeritus professor of social work; Stuart Zisman, director
of the Extend the Dream Foundation; Sangeetha Kumar, a UI master's student
in social work; and Tom Gilsenen, manager of Wild Bill's Cafe. Kate Kemp,
a program associate in the UI School of Social Work, will provide musical
There is no admission cost, but those who attend are
encouraged to bring a gift of food, clothing, or toys to give to local families
in need. Clothing and toys may be new or used, but if used, should be in good
condition. Students in the Undergraduate Social Work Student Association will
coordinate the distribution of these gifts to local agencies serving needy
Families may also choose to make a monetary donation,
which will be directed to the Extend the Dream Foundation, a new local non-profit
group serving at-risk children and adults with disabilities.
"We want to emphasize and restore the true meaning
of the season, which is giving," said Zisman, a UI adjunct assistant professor
of social work and one of the event's organizers.
The event is co-sponsored by the UI Social Work Student
Association, the department of art education, Lutheran and Episcopal Campus
Ministries, the Hillel Student Foundation, the Wesley Foundation and the Newman
Catholic Student Center.
For more information contact Zisman or Walz by phone,
(319) 335-1273 or email, firstname.lastname@example.org
Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend
all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability
who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please
contact Stu Zisman or Tom Walz in advance at (319) 335-1273.