CONTACT: TOM MOORE
Joint Office for Planning, Marketing and Communications
8788 John Pappajohn Pavilion
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: May 24, 2002
Basket auction to kick off CMN Celebration of Champions
Ninth Annual Bids for Kids Basket Blast Auction will help kick off the Children's
Miracle Network Celebration of Champions weekend on Friday, May 31, at University
of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
The auction will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the John Colloton
Pavilion atrium. Silent bids will be accepted for the colorful theme baskets
donated by UI Health Care departments. The Iowa Turkey Federation will serve
turkey tenderloins and the River Bend Catfish Jazz Society, featuring Dick
Watson on piano and vocals by Leo Greco, will perform.
Proceeds from the auction will be contributed to the Children's Miracle
Network (CMN), the nation's largest charitable organization. All of the funds
raised stay in the same area to benefit the local children's hospital. Money
donated to CMN is used to enhance the quality of patients' hospital stays,
support research and purchase the sophisticated pediatric health care equipment
necessary to care for critically ill and injured children.
In addition to the basket auction, the CMN Celebration of Champions includes
a special broadcast on a network of television stations across the United
States and Canada. On the program, pediatric patients and their families share
their inspirational stories of hope, survival and caring. The Celebration
of Champions is hosted by CMN founders Marie Osmond and John Schneider and
many other celebrities and entertainers. Viewers in eastern and central Iowa,
southern Minnesota and western Illinois can tune in for the CMN Celebration
of Champions on KDSM-TV (FOX) of Des Moines, KGAN-TV (CBS) of Cedar Rapids/Waterloo/Iowa
City/Dubuque, KIMT-TV (CBS) of Mason City/Austin Lee, Minn./Rochester, Minn,
and WQAD-TV of the Quad Cities.
In 2001, the Children's Hospital of Iowa received almost $1.9 million from
CMN. Children's Hospital of Iowa at UI Hospitals and Clinics serves families
in Iowa City and at its outreach clinics across the state. More than 100,000
children receive care at the Children's Hospital of Iowa each year.
University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between
the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and
Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and
services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at www.uihealthcare.com.