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University of Iowa News Release

May 3, 2004

'10,000 Hours Show' Celebrates 13,572 Hours Of Volunteer Service

The crowd at last night's Ben Folds concert in the University of Iowa Memorial Union had 13,572 reasons to celebrate.

The 10,000 Hours Show presented the free concert to 625 volunteers of all ages in recognition for at least 10 hours of service with a Johnson County nonprofit organization. No tickets were sold to the first-of-its-kind event.

Pop pianist Folds headlined the show, filling his performance with crowd interaction. Iowa City acoustic folk-rock band Strange Attractor opened the concert.

"Seeing 625 volunteers share a community experience is amazing," said Amanda Styron, executive co-director of The 10,000 Hours Show. "The energy in the room was half the amazing music and half the amazing community."

The purpose of The 10,000 Hours Show is to encourage community involvement, to publicize local nonprofit organizations and to both recruit and reward those volunteers for those organizations. The show was organized entirely by an unpaid staff comprised of Johnson County residents and UI students, all under the age of 25.

"This year, all volunteer service took place at participating organizations in Johnson County," said Jacek Pruski, executive co-director of The 10,000 Hours Show. "Next year, we hope to take the project statewide. We're really excited about including volunteers from across the state of Iowa in next year's show."

General information, a media kit, a searchable database of participating organizations, and information about how to get involved with next year's show are available at The 10,000 Hours Show Web site

Folds came into prominence as the leader of Ben Folds Five, a group that hit the charts in the mid-1990s with "Brick." After the group disbanded in 1999, Folds went solo with his album "Rockin' The Suburbs." More information about Folds can be found on his Web site,

Strange Attractor, an acoustic folk-rock band from Iowa City, opened the concert as part of the first-place prize for the 2003 Daily Iowan/KRUI Local Band Contest, held annually in Iowa City.

The 10,000 Hours Show is a joint endeavor of the local grassroots nonprofit group The James Gang and the UI student group The Public Project. The show's sponsors include Iowa Arts Council through the National Endowment for the Arts, The Stepping Up Project and The Iowa City and Coralville Conventions and Visitors Bureau. A full list is available at the organization's Web site.

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

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