Wayde Burkhart, Perry-area realtor and die-hard sports fan, presented Thursday a set of four tickets to the 47th annual Iowa Shrine All-Star Football Classic to lucky contest winner Kelly Whiton of Perry.
“How exciting!” Whiton said when Burkhart handed her the tickets. “It’s a wonderful game and a great Iowa traditon.”
Whiton’s name was drawn at random by ThePerryNews Sports Editor Jeff Webster, with Burkhart supervising.
“This one-day event generates as much as $100,000 in donations,” Burkhart said, “and the funds are spread among all the Shriners Hospitals for Children programs. I hope Kelli and her family have a great time at this great cause.”
The Iowa Shrine All-Star Football Classic will be played Saturday, July 20 at the Unidome at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. Forty-six Iowa high school seniors are selected for each squad by the coaching staffs, with the North and South schools lying on each side of U.S. Highway 30.
The Iowa Shrine All-Star Football Game was established in 1973 by a group of sports-minded Iowa Shriners after they saw the success of Shrine-sponsored football games in other states. Contributions from the annual event now total over $2.6 million dollars in support of the Shriners Hospitals for Children programs.
All profits from the Iowa Shrine All-Star Football Classic go to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, and all donations are tax deductible.