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Nov. 19, 2009

Joffrey fundraiser in Des Moines raises $156,000 for UI School of Music, Hancher

The Joffrey Ballet took the stage of the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines in September to raise funds for the University of Iowa's flood-ravaged School of Music and Hancher Auditorium. The event raised more than $156,000, which will be split between the two UI units.

A special event at the Joffrey Towers in Chicago raised more than $17,000 for Hancher.

"After the devastating flood damaged both Hancher and the Voxman Music Building, the leaders of the Joffrey Ballet were quick to offer the company's assistance," said Chuck Swanson, Hancher's executive director. "The connection between the University of Iowa and the Joffrey is something to treasure, and they were truly our friend in a time of need."

The relationship between The Joffrey Ballet and the University of Iowa dates back to the early 1970s. Hancher has been a major commissioner of new works for the company, including Robert Joffrey's renowned take on "The Nutcracker" and the rock ballet "Billboards" featuring music by Prince. The Joffrey Ballet was the centerpiece of Hancher's "35th Anniversary Gift to Iowa," performing five free outdoor performances across the state in the summer of 2007. More than 32,000 people enjoyed the events.

Over the years, musicians from the UI School of Music have often performed with the Joffrey, as they did for the Des Moines fundraising event.

The events were made possible by donations from the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines, John S. and Susan T. Strauss of Iowa City, CRST International, Inc., the Des Moines Register, Herbert A. and Janice A. Wilson of Iowa City, John and Mary L. Pappajohn of Des Moines, as well as additional in-kind gifts and donations to Hancher and the School of Music via the UI Foundation.

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

MEDIA CONTACTS: Rob Cline, Hancher Auditorium, 319-335-3827,; Steve Parrott, University Relations, 319-384-0037,