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University of Iowa News Release

Oct. 6, 2003

Hy-Vee Balloon Sales To Benefit Children's Miracle Network

Hy-Vee grocery stores will once again sell "Miracle Balloons" to raise funds for Children's Miracle Network from Oct. 6 through Nov. 1.

Supporters who purchase the paper balloons bearing the Children's Miracle Network symbol can sign their names to the balloons before posting the balloons in the stores. The balloons cost only one $1.

Proceeds of the event will benefit patients of Children's Hospital of Iowa at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City and its outreach clinics. One hundred percent of all donations to the project remain in the local region to benefit critically ill and injured children. More than 100,000 children from across the region receive care at Children's Hospital of Iowa each year.

"Our employee-owners are deeply committed to giving back to the communities we serve in countless ways," said Mike Tetmeyer, senior vice president of marketing for Hy-Vee. "This is a cause that means a great deal to all of us, and we are proud supporters of Children's Miracle Network."

Hy-Vee became a national partner with Children's Miracle Network in 1995. Since that time, Hy-Vee employee-owners have raised more than half a million dollars for children's hospitals affiliated with Children's Miracle Network.

Children's Miracle Network is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children by raising funds and awareness for 170 children's hospitals throughout North America. Children's Miracle Network partners with 135 radio stations and 200 television stations to help support critically ill and injured children. Since its inception in 1983, Children's Miracle Network has raised more than $2.2 billion for children's hospitals.

If you have questions about making a pledge, or you would like more information about how you can help the Children's Miracle Network cause, contact Tom Klaus at 515-371-1760. You may also learn more or make a donation online at

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

STORY SOURCE: Joint Office for Planning, Marketing and Communications, University of Iowa Health Care, 200 Hawkins Drive, Room 8798 JPP, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009.

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Moore, Writer, 319-356-3945,