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Iowa City businesses to support February giving campaigns

BY KRISTEN EAST | JANUARY 25, 2013 5:00 AM

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More than 30 Iowa City businesses will collaborate in support of two giving campaigns next month.
The first campaign will start Feb. 1 to support the American Heart Association’s National Wear Red Day, according to a Downtown District release.

The University of Iowa Heart and Vascular Center invited businesses to support the campaign.
“Many people don’t realize that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of men and women,” said Rachel Napoli, strategic communications manager at the UI Hospitals and Clinics, in a release. “Funds raised by the American Heart Association go toward fighting cardiovascular disease through community education and vital research here at the University of Iowa.”

The second campaign, the fourth-annual “Small Businesses Have Big Hearts” event, will start Feb. 8 and run through Feb. 17. Businesses will collect money for the Iowa City Purple Meter Project: Make Change with Your Change.

Several local service organizations are supported by the Meter Project, including the Johnson County Crisis Center, the Iowa City Shelter House, the Iowa City Free Medical Clinic, the United Action for Youth, and PATH.

“Small Businesses Have Big Hearts is such a great way to give back to the city I call home,” Ritu Jain, the owner of Textiles, said in the release. “It supports vital local programs, and local is what small businesses are all about.”


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