Carson King to speak at WHS

Friday, January 31, 2020
Carson King

Carson King, the beloved Iowan with a sign at a college football game asking for beer money that turned into a $3 million windfall for the Iowa City Stead Family Children’s Hospital, will be in Cherokee Monday to talk to WHS students.

At the personal request of the sagacious and opportunistic WHS Guidance Counselor Jolene Heater, King will speak to students from 10-11 a.m.Monday in the WHS Auditorium. The public is invited.

What started as a 24-year-old just asking for beer money ended with nearly $3 million raised for Stead Family Iowa Children's Hospital, already internationally acclaimed for its poignant “Wave” during Hawkeye football games that has captivated the nation.

The Altoona resident became a sensation after cameras caught him holding a hand-drawn sign as he stood behind the set of ESPN's "College GameDay" in Ames on Sept. 14. Drawn on the sign in plain black marker: "Busch Light Supply Needs Replenished," and King's Venmo handle.

When the money poured in, far exceeding anything King had expected, he decided to donate the funds to the hospital. Busch Light and Venmo pledged to match any donations, and several Iowa businesses also donated, including an ice cream shop from Prairie City, where King grew up.

Heater said she emailed King, asking if he might consider coming to Cherokee and speak with students and he responded right back and said he would “love to.”

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