Hartlieb, Hodge, Long, and Gable team up with IOWA Clubs this spring.
Members of the Paradise IOWA Club cheer on their Hawkeyes from more than a thousand miles away in Fort Myers, Florida. Last month, a pair of Iowa football greats visited Paradise to return the favor.
Chuck Hartlieb, 88BA, and Abdul Hodge, 05BA, attended the club’s annual fundraising dinner and applauded the nearly 100 members who raised more than $3,000 for the Brett Greenwood Foundation.
Attendees packed the Sandy Hook Fish and Rib House, a waterfront restaurant in nearby Matlacha decked out with Hawkeye pennants for the night. Other special guests included UI Alumni Association President and CEO Jeff Kueter, 93BA; UI College of Engineering Dean Alec Scranton, 84BSE; and Mike Riggan, a Muscatine trucking company owner and the longtime driver of Iowa’s football equipment semi.
Hartlieb, a member of the UIAA board of directors, spoke about his record-setting days as the Hawkeyes’ quarterback, as well as the UIAA’s 150th anniversary initiatives. Hodge, a linebacker who played for five seasons in the NFL and now lives and works in Coral Springs, Florida, signed memorabilia that was auctioned off. All proceeds from the night supported Greenwood, the former Hawkeye football player recovering from a 2011 brain injury caused by a heart arrhythmia.
“Being so far away from Iowa City, we don’t get the regular slate of speakers you might get at the Johnson County I-Club,” says Paradise IOWA Club President Justin McBride, 96BS. “So when we do get high-profile people to come from the university, it means a lot to our members.”
Paradise is traditionally among the top IOWA Clubs in the nation. Last fall, it earned the UIAA’s Small Club of the Year honors in recognition of its volunteerism and community engagement.
The dinner was one of many fundraisers hosted by IOWA Clubs around the country this spring:
• The Memphis IOWA Club hosted its annual scholarship dinner in March, where members honored Iowa football alumnus and Memphis community leader Ike White, 74BBA.
• Legendary Iowa wrestling coach Dan Gable will be on hand April 20 when the Dallas-Fort Worth IOWA Club hosts a special event called “Grappling with Childhood Cancer with Gable.” The dinner will raise money for the TeamConner Childhood Cancer Foundation.
• Former Hawkeye football star and current Big Ten Network analyst Chuck Long, 85BBA, will be the keynote speaker at the St. Louis IOWA Club’s scholarship dinner May 6.