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Nov. 3, 2003

Local Group Hosts Dinner Nov. 7 To Raise Funds For Landmine Removal

As part of a worldwide effort to raise awareness about landmines, a local group is hosting an international food sampler accompanied by readings and dance performances on Friday, Nov. 7, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Iowa City Robert A. Lee Recreation Center Social Hall, 220 S. Gilbert Street. Featured speakers at the dinner are Iowa's Poet Laureate Marvin Bell, Peter Balastrieri and the Moon Garden Acting Company with Dan Coffey.

The event is part of Night of a Thousand Dinners, an opportunity for people all over the world to come together on a single night, enjoy a meal and help solve the global landmine crisis. Since its launch in 2001, nearly 2000 dinners, or gatherings, have been held in more than 50 countries, raising more than $2.3 million. A mine can cost less than $3 to produce but between $300 and $1,000 to locate and destroy.

"The purpose of Night of a Thousand Dinners is to build community support and raise awareness about the landmine issue," said Katy Hansen, executive director, Iowa United Nations Association. "We want to raise what we can to contribute to the removal of these landmines through the Adopt-A-Minefield program. We want to help clear a path to a safer world."

In conjunction with this event, Thai Flavors restaurant will donate 20 percent of its earnings on Tuesday, Nov. 4 to landmine removal.

Tickets for the Nov. 7 event are priced at $5 for students and low-income people and $10 for non-students. Tickets may be purchased in advance from Iowa United Nations Association, 20 E. Market Street, Room 200, or at the door. For more information and for special accommodations, please call Katy Hansen at 319-337-7290.

The event is sponsored by Iowa United Nations Association, the University of Iowa Center for Human Rights, Women's Resource and Action Center, UI International Programs, Thai Flavors and U.S. Bank. Co-sponsors include CIVIC, Iowa City Foreign Relations Council, Rotary Club of Iowa City (Noon), Johnson County UNA, Iowa Sister States, Iowa Peace Corps Association, Iowa City Federation of Labor, NGOX, The James Gang, Resources for Life.Com, Physicians for Social Responsibility, UI Women in Science and Engineering, and Johnson Co. Iowans for Kucinich.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026,; Event: Katy Hansen, 319-337-7290; Writer: Mansi Bhatia