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ISU?Spirit Squad will lend atmosphere

Legends tailgate party set for Friday

July 29, 2012
By JOE SUTTER, , Messenger News

At Legends tailgate party, everyone is on the same team and the goal isn't a trophy; the goal is keeping people in their homes.

Friendship Haven's fourth annual Legends tailgate party will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, with all proceeds going to benefit Friendship Haven's Good Samaritan Fund.

"It's a different take on a normal fundraiser," said Ashley O'Brion, development coordinator at Friendship Haven. "It's a tailgate-style event. It's outside and sports-themed.

"We'll have someone grilling; we'll do hamburgers and brats, a veggie tray, chips - typical tailgate food."

There will be a DJ, a beverage tent, live and silent auctions, a raffle and a number of tailgate games. For the first time, the Iowa State University spirit squad will be at the event to enhance the tailgating feeling. The squad is appearing at no charge.

"You can put in a request to Iowa State and they do one free non-profit event, I think every month," O'Brion said. "Since I emailed so early, back in May, we were the first ones on the list."

Fact Box

If you go:

What: Friendship Haven's Legends tailgate party fundraiser

When: 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday

Where: Friendship Haven campus, 420 Kenyon Road; after-party at Olde Boston's Restaurant and Pub

Tickets: $15 per person or $25 per couple in advance; $20 per person at the door. Raffle tickets are $2 each or three for $5. and are available at the Friendship Haven gift shop or

Contact: 573-6000

The party will be outdoors on the Friendship Haven campus. Parking will be a little difficult, due to all the construction.

"People can park in the Opera House parking lot or our help center parking lot, and we will have a shuttle service to bring people back and forth," she said.

There will be an after-party at Olde Boston's Restaurant and Pub starting at 8 p.m. O'Brion said there will be drink specials for anyone who attended the tailgate party.

O'Brion and Angie Tracy, administrative assistant for Tompkins Health Center, are co-chairs of the event. Tracy said they have been busy collecting auction items, setting up entertainment, organizing all the food, and getting sponsorships.

"We get quite a few items donated for the live and silent auction for the evening," Tracy said.

Some of the silent auction items include a football signed by former Iowa Hawkeyes players Ricky Stanzi, Tony Moeaki and Casey Wiegman and four tickets to any home Iowa Cubs game. The live auction will offer a tailgate package including grill, propane, chairs and tailgate supplies; a party for 20 at Olde Boston's Restaurant and Pub; and something called "What's in the Coach Purse."

"We have a Coach purse, and we'll tell people the value but not what's in it," O'Brion said. "There are a lot of different surprises in the purse."

The raffle prizes are a new iPad, a fully processed hog and $100 cash. Tickets are $2 each, or $5 for three tickets.

Tracy said 250 to 300 people usually come to the event.

The Good Samaritan Fund is to help Friendship Haven residents who are no longer able to afford their care, through no fault of their own.

"We do about ... $800,000 a year is what we spend helping those who can no longer cover the cost of living here," O'Brion said. "Once people live here, we've never asked anybody to leave because they can no longer cover the cost of their living. Like if two people are living together, married, and one passes away and the other one's income doesn't pay for the full cost of living, then we would supplement that."



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