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IOWA CITY, Iowa — To kick off the upcoming University of Iowa athletic year, over 300 I-Club members and fans met in Iowa City on July 25 for the 43rd annual Golden Harvest event.
The day-long Golden Harvest program began with golf at the UI’s Finkbine Golf Course. The evening concluded with dinner at the Quality Inn and Suites Highlander Conference Center. Gary Dolphin, the Hawkeye play-by-play announcer, emceed the evening program, and Head Football Coach Kirk Ferentz was the featured speaker.
Dick Smego of Darien, Illinois, current president of the National I-Club Board, presented the 2009 National I-Club awards to the following recipients. The Nile Kinnick I-Club (Council Bluffs/Omaha) received the I-Club-of-the-Year award and the Scott County I-Club (Quad Cities area) received the Special Commendation award.
“Throughout the U.S., I-Club members help build enthusiasm and critical private support for Iowa Athletics. The Golden Harvest event is an opportunity for us to thank these special supporters and volunteers and recognize their dedication to the Hawkeyes as we prepare for an exciting season of UI athletics.”
Jim Carney of Des Moines was honored with the I-Club Volunteer-of-the-Year award for his long-time involvement with the University of Iowa as a member of the UI Foundation Board of Directors, the National I-Club Board and Carver-Hawkeye Arena Campaign Committee.
Carney has supported the athletics prgram at the UI through his membership in the I-Club for over 30 years and contributed to many of the major capital campaigns including Hawkeye Horizons, Athletics Hall of Fame, Kinnick Stadium renovation and Carver-Hawkeye Arena revitalization. He is the founder and coordinator of the Polk County I-Club’s annual golf outing, now in its 12th year at Wakonda Club in Des Moines, raising significant funds to support Iowa Athletics.
“My involvement with UI Athletics is a labor of love,” said Jim Carney. “I am deeply indebted to the University of Iowa for the opportunities my golf scholarship and undergraduate education have provided for me….an IOU I will never be able to repay.”
The Hawk-of-the-Year award was presented to Dale and Marilyn Howard of Iowa Falls. The Howards have been generous contributors to Iowa Athletics through the I-Club for over 30 years and recently made a multi-million dollar lead gift to the Carver-Hawkeye Arena Campaign, for which Dale serves on the Campaign Committee. Their legacy of support for Hawkeye Athletics began over 50 years ago when the Howards lived in the UI’s student housing–located just west of Kinnick Stadium–and they had the opportunity to interact with the players and coaches daily.
“It is probably the top thing that could ever happen to us,” Dale said. “To have them (the National I-Club) bestow this honor is really special.”
“Throughout the U.S., I-Club members help build enthusiasm and critical private support for Iowa Athletics,” said Darryl Borcherding, director of development, Intercollegiate Athletics. “The Golden Harvest event is an opportunity for us to thank these special supporters and volunteers and recognize their dedication to the Hawkeyes as we prepare for an exciting season of UI athletics.”
I-Club members are Hawkeye fans who contribute $50 or more annually to UI intercollegiate athletic programs through the UI Foundation. More than 10,000 friends and alumni of the University are I-Club members, representing nearly every county in Iowa and state in the nation.
The I-Club is administered through The University of Iowa Foundation, the preferred channel for private support to the University. Click HERE for information about becoming a member of the I-Club and supporting the intercollegiate athletics program at the UI.