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Release: Nov. 11, 2002



"Perky," the new mascot of Children's Hospital of Iowa, will meet the public for the first time during halftime of the Miracle Game on Wednesday, Nov. 13, when the Iowa Hawkeyes men's basketball team takes on the EA Sports All Stars.

Perky is the brainchild of the Youth Advisory Council of Children's Hospital of Iowa. The council is comprised of approximately 15 former Children's Hospital of Iowa patients. The group provides valuable input to Children's Hospital of Iowa administrators, and the council members originally suggested the mascot idea. Perky will also appear at several other upcoming events at Children's Hospital of Iowa. For more information about Perky, contact Amy Halverson at (319) 384-7352 or Angi Schumacher at (319) 384-7059.

The Miracle Game will tip off at 7:05 p.m. in Carver Hawkeye Arena. One dollar from every ticket sold will be donated to the Children's Miracle Network to benefit patients at Children's Hospital of Iowa. To obtain tickets, call (319) 335-9327.

Children's Hospital of Iowa at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City 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.

Children's Miracle Network is the nation's largest charitable organization. All of the funds raised in an area stay in that same area to benefit the local children's hospital. Donations are 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 at Children's Hospital of Iowa.

For more information about how to help the Children's Miracle Network cause, contact Lisa Baum-Waters or Michelle Altmaier at (319) 335-8484, or Tom Klaus at (515) 989-5217. Learn more about Children's Miracle Network and Children's Hospital of Iowa online at