Mon, Oct. 10, 2011 - [Football]
On October 10, 2011 the head coaches, athletic directors, and two members of each football team were on hand when Loras College and the University of Dubuque presented the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque with this year's fundraising efforts from the "Key City Clash". The brief ceremony took place at the offices of the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque in the historic Roshek Building in downtown Dubuque.
For each of the last four years the Duhawks and Spartans have donated at least $2,000 to a local non-profit organization as a way to give back to the city they call home.
This year, the flooding of the tri-states in late July left many in the area in need of assistance. The Spartans, as the host, looked no further than the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque and their ability to offer that assistance.
"Many local families are still dealing with serious damage from the July flooding and are not eligible for federal funding," says Nancy Van Milligen, president and CEO of the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque. "The 2011 Disaster Recovery Fund, created by the Diamond Jo Casino, Mystique Casinos, and the Community Foundation, is helping to fill this gap by distributing aid to the residents most in need through our partners at area non-profit relief agencies."
"We are always looking to give back to the community here at Loras," Loras co-captain Gavin Kaiser said at the presentation. "The game is always so well attended and so much fun and we know this money can really help the flood victims, so we're happy to give back this way."
Senior Frank Pereiro echoed Kaiser's thoughts.
"It is always intense on the field, but this is really a good chance for us to step away from that and give something to the city of Dubuque."
Joining Kaiser and Pereiro were Dubuque's Justin Spaulding and Michael Zweifel.
This year Chalmers Field on the campus of the University of Dubuque hosted the night game on September 17. The hosts broke a 13-13 halftime tie and went on to win the game 41-16.
In 2012, the "Key City Clash" will return to the Rock Bowl.
Previous organizations to receive donations from the game are United Way (2008), Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Eastern Iowa (2009), and the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Dubuque (2010).
Portions of this release courtesy of the University of Dubuque
(PICTURED - Gavin Kaiser, Frank Pereiro, Michael Zweifel, Justin Spaulding, and Nancy Van Milligen
Courtesy: Loras College Sports Information)