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Jan. 8, 2007

Photo: University of Iowa Interim President Gary Fethke chats with Iowa Gov.-elect Chet Culver during inaugural celebrations held on the UI campus Jan. 11. Photo by Tim Schoon, University Relations Publications.

New Governor, Lt. Governor To Host Inaugural Events on Campus

Iowa Gov.-Elect Chet Culver and Lt. Gov.-Elect Patty Judge will host two events related to their statewide inaugural celebration on the University of Iowa campus on Thursday, Jan. 11: a free reception at Old Capitol and a $25-per-person gala performance at Hancher Auditorium. To ensure adequate seating, organizers are requiring guests to obtain tickets to attend either event.

Tickets are available online at, at IowaTIX outlets in the Des Moines area, or by calling 515-277-3727.

The free Old Capitol reception will be from 4 to 6:30 p.m. and will feature tours of the capitol each half hour. Featured performers will include Iowa City-based harpist Kristina Nurnberg and the Cedar Rapids Xavier High School Ensemble.

The $25-per-person One Iowa Gala will follow at 7 p.m. in Hancher Auditorium. The gala will showcase a number of Iowa performers and will be headlined by legendary soul singer Al Green. Actor Tom Arnold will emcee. Iowa-based acts include Joe Price, Pieta Brown, the Jim Busta Polka Band, the Inaugural Jazz Trio, magicians and a drill and dance team.

The Culver-Judge Inaugural Committee is partnering with the Youth & Shelter Services Foundation on the inaugural events. Roughly half of the net proceeds raised by the committee will be donated directly to the foundation. The majority of the remaining funds will be donated to several non-profit organizations: Maria House, Dubuque; Crisis Center and Women's Shelter, Ottumwa; Foundation 2 Youth Shelter, Cedar Rapids; Family Crisis Support Network Shelter, Atlantic; Children's Square, Council Bluffs; and Francis Lauer Youth Services, Mason City.

Mari Culver, Iowa's future First Lady, and Hancher Auditorium Executive Director Chuck Swanson encouraged Eastern Iowans to attend the events.

 "It is rare to have an affordable event featuring artists of this caliber," Swanson said. "It is an honor to host Al Green, and I encourage Iowans to reserve their tickets as soon as possible."

She added, "We are lucky to have such talented entertainers here in Iowa. Chet and I are honored that so many of them have agreed to join us for the inaugural events."

The Civil War letters of Culver's great-great-grandfather, Joseph Franklin Culver, will be on display at the Old Capitol event. The letters are part of Special Collections at the UI Libraries.

The inauguration's theme is "One Iowa, One Unlimited Future." Inaugural events will continue through Saturday, Jan. 13 in Western and Central Iowa.

"Our theme reflects the emphasis that Chet and Lt. Gov.-Elect Patty Judge have placed on building on Iowa's many strengths," Mrs. Culver said. "The inaugural events will highlight the incredible talent and resources we have in our state and celebrate Iowa's unlimited future."

For more information about the Culver-Judge Inaugural events, please visit or call 515-287-8667.

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

CONTACTS: Media: George McCrory 319-384-0012,; Culver-Judge Inaugural Committee, 515-287-8667.

OTHER INFORMATION: Accommodations are being made for media covering the events at the Old Capitol and Hancher. For more information contact George McCrory at 319-384-0012 or Casey Sinnwell at 515-287-8667.