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Release: Sept. 6, 2000

Make-A-Wish children to attend Iowa vs. Western Michigan football game Sept. 9

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- On Saturday, Sept. 9, some 25 Eastern Iowa Children in the Make-A-Wish program will enjoy an exciting weekend of University of Iowa football. The University of Iowa Alumni Association's Student Alumni Ambassadors will be sponsoring the annual Make-A-Wish Gameday event at this year's Iowa vs. Western Michigan football game.

The day will begin at approximately 11 a.m. with a tailgate at the north end of the UI Recreation Building. The children and their families will have a chance to meet Herky, members of the cheerleading squad and dance team, and some of the football players and coaching staff. They will also enjoy good food, listen to music by the Hawkeye marching band, and receive prizes and gifts compliments of area businesses.

The Gameday, now in its sixth year, is organized by the UIAA Student Alumni Ambassadors, who work with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to provide children with the chance to see an Iowa football game and meet the coaches and players.

"We have put so much time and energy into getting everything prepared for the Gameday, but as soon as we see the children walk through the door with their glowing faces, it will suddenly all be worthwhile," said Amber Lichti, Student Alumni Ambassadors' co-chairperson for the event.

Gameday has been recognized as a Program of the Year by the District V Association of Student Advancement Programs (ASAP), which is a program for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) that seeks to promote the involvement of students in alumni relations, communication, and philanthropy.

The Make-A-Wish foundation is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to providing activities to terminally and severely ill children and their families.

Major sponsors of Gameday include: The UI Alumni Association, The UIAA Student Ambassadors, UI Athletics, Hy-Vee, Cookies by Design, Aero Rental, Carousel Motors, McDonalds, Old Capitol Screen Printers, Toyota of Iowa City, and Wendy’s. Other sponsors include: Advanced Auto Service, Anderson Erickson Dairy, Athlete’s Foot, Big Ten Rentals, Bread Garden Bakery and Cafe, Carlos O'Kelly's, Coral Ridge Mall, Culligan Water Conditioning, Givanni’s Italian Cafe, Hamburg Inn No. 2, Hawkeye Dairy Inc., Hills Bank, The Hawk Shop, JC Penney, Micky's Irish Pub, Mondo's Tomato Pie, Sweets-N-Treats, Technigraphics, Wal-Mart, Screen Printers of Iowa, Younker's and Wig and Pen Pizza Pub.

The event will not be open to the general public. For more information about the schedule or the participants, contact Angela Disalvo or Julie Williams at the UIAA at (319) 335-3854.

(NOTE TO EDITORS AND NEWS DIRECTORS: Reporters and photographers are invited to attend the Saturday, September 9, Iowa vs. Western Michigan Make-A-Wish Gameday event, which will begin with a tailgate at approximately 11 a.m. in the UI Recreational Building. A list of participants and their hometowns will be available at the event.)