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Release: Oct. 4, 2001

MBA Association raises $7,300 for Red Cross/ Firefighters' Association

IOWA CITY, Iowa --The Tippie MBA Association in the UI Tippie College of Business raised $7,349 in donations for the American Red Cross and the Widows Children's Fund of the Uniformed Firefighters' Association in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Of this amount, $4,219 will go to the American Red Cross and $3,130 will go to the Widow's and Children's Fund of the Uniformed Firefighters Association to benefit relief efforts, according to Don Schmidt, president of the Tippie MBA Association. Additionally, the Women in Business and the Undergraduate Leadership Council in the Tippie College of Business raised $1,400 for the Red Cross in their fund raising effort, which included a car wash Sept. 15 at the First Baptist Church in Iowa City.

The MBA drive began following Penn State's challenge to other Big 10 MBA programs to see who could raise the most money for the American Red Cross and the Widow’s & Children’s Fund of the Uniformed Firefighters' Association. The Tippie MBA Association exceeded its $5,000 goal during the weeklong fundraiser by collecting funds in the Pappajohn Business Building.

In addition to the collection efforts on campus, donations were also solicited at evening MBA sites in Cedar Rapids, Newton, and Des Moines, as well as at the homecoming football tailgate. At the tailgate, MBA students collected money for the drive. The challenge from Penn State seemed to motivate giving among Hawkeye fans, Schmidt said. Gary Fethke, dean of Tippie College of Business, as well as Associate Dean Bob Forsythe, and Gary Gaeth, associate dean of the MBA program, agreed that they would contribute an additional $1,000 if the Tippie MBA Association reached $5,000 in collections.

"This was truly a team effort in the School of Management. The drive was spearheaded by students in the full-time program, but also included executive MBAs, evening MBAs, and faculty and staff in the School of Management," Schmidt said. "I thank those who volunteered for and contributed to this worthy cause. We have all banded together over the last week to make a difference."