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University of Iowa News Release

Feb. 22, 2005

Tsunami Victims To Benefit From Cultural Diversity Festival

Nearly $400 dollars was raised Sunday at the University of Iowa Cultural Diversity Festival to aid tsunami victims in Asia and Africa.

"We were thrilled and touched by the generosity exhibited by those who attended, and thank them for their contributions," said Helen Jameson of the University of Iowa's Office of International Programs. "Once again this demonstrates how Iowans can make a difference."

She said the $395 raised in contributions will go to the UNICEF tsunami relief fund. Collection boxes were placed throughout the festival grounds in the UI Field House where people could drop cash or unused tickets. An anonymous match was also made.

The annual festival celebrates the many cultures represented in the UI and Iowa City community. Marcella David, interim associate provost for diversity and director of Opportunity at Iowa, described the day as "bright, despite the gloom of a cold and rainy day outside.

"I might also add 'delicious,'" she said. "There were so many beautiful traditional costumes, and more food than I could eat in a week."

Photos of the 2005 Cultural Diversity Festival can be viewed on the Web at the Cultural Diversity Web site, at

The event was sponsored by International Programs, the UI Staff Council, Office of Admissions, Opportunity at Iowa, Recreational Services and Support Service Programs, with additional funding provided by Qwest and Wells Fargo Bank.

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

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