The heated University of Iowa vs. Iowa State University football game at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9, provides the backdrop for a fundraising event, "Kick Out Hunger" by Churches United of the Quad-City Area.
"We want to raise awareness of the hunger issue in the Quad-Cities," said Betsy Vanausdeln, outreach manager for Churches United.
This first-ever event will feature former University of Iowa Hawkeye star running back Lew Montgomery, and be held in the Ken Anderson Academic All-America Club overlooking Lindberg Stadium on the Augustana College campus in Rock Island.
There are 100 tickets for sale at $50 each; organizers hope to sell the majority of them by Sept. 5.
Montgomery, from Waterloo, played for Coach Hayden Fry at Iowa. He was a co-captain, lettered for four years, and played in three bowl games, including the Peach Bowl, Holiday Bowl and Rose Bowl.
He now has a family of three healthy daughters, but his only son has a rare genetic disability called Sanfilippo Syndrome. Montgomery will share his story at halftime of the game.
East Moline's Glenview Middle School mariachi band will perform at 10:30 a.m. 30 minutes before the 11 a.m. kickoff.
There will be several silent auction gift baskets for bidding, according to Vanausdeln. These include: Hawkeye-themed basket and Cyclone-themed basket complete with game tickets, a "men's" basket with whiskey and golf balls, and golfing package, and one for a private wine tasting in one's home.
The Ken Anderson room has televisions mounted on the walls and all of them will be tuned to the game, which is held this year at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames.
For tickets or more information: 563-332-5002, online at cuqca.org