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Release: August 6, 2002

Krispy Kreme-sponsored golf tournament benefits Children's Miracle Network

Dedicated and generous golfers raised $12,000 to benefit Children's Miracle Network and to support pediatric patients and their families at the Children's Hospital of Iowa at the Krispy Kreme Open held July 26 at the Amana Colonies Golf Course.

Some 36 teams totaling 144 golfers teed off in a shotgun start. Following the completion of play, former University of Iowa head coach and wrestling legend Dan Gable delivered the keynote address during the dinner program. Radio personalities The Brain and The Bear of KHAK-FM in Cedar Rapids conducted a special raffle, awarding prizes such as a big screen television, a cruise to the Bahamas, and airfare to Las Vegas and lodging at Harrah's Casino. Iowa's Children Miracle Network 2002 Champion Bridget Miller, a kidney transplant recipient from Nevada, Iowa, also spoke to the golfers.

Mike Boyes, manager of the Krispy Kreme store in Cedar Rapids, thanked the golfers for their generosity.

"Mike was treated for a cancerous Wilm's tumor at the Children's Hospital of Iowa when he was one-year-old, and he came up with the idea to hold the golf tournament," said Bill Dworak of Krispy Kreme. "We're proud of him, and we're grateful that we have this opportunity to help children who face serious health challenges just like he did. We firmly believe in giving back to our communities, and this is an ideal means to do just that."

Headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, Children's Miracle Network is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to generating funds and awareness programs to benefit children treated at 170 children's hospitals throughout the United States and Canada. Its hallmark is that 100 percent of locally generated donations stay in the local area to benefit patients at the local children's hospital. To date, Children's Miracle Network has raised more than $2 billion for children's hospitals, including $229 million in 2001 alone. The network also includes 75 corporate sponsors, 200 television stations and more than 135 radio stations.

The Children's Hospital of Iowa at UI Hospitals and Clinics is the state's longest-serving children's hospital. More than 100,000 children receive care at the Children's Hospital of Iowa and its statewide network of outreach clinics each year. In 2001, the Children's Hospital of Iowa received almost $2.4 million from Children's Miracle Network.

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