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Get Ready to Book, Bake, and Race for United Way!

In support of the University’s United Way campaign, Ames Laboratory is hosting its second annual United Way Fall Kick-off event on September 20 from 1:30 – 3:30 in 301 Spedding. Last year’s inaugural bake sale raised over $750, and was such a success that this year’s event has been expanded to include a used book sale and….wait for it….a Matchbox car race derby!

Racers compete head to head in multi car heats, with winners moving through the bracket to the ultimate showdown. Prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers, and one special non-winner will also be recognized. Staff may purchase their race car(s) for $5 at ESH in G40 TASF until noon on September 20. Cars will also be available prior to the race.

Donation letters will be sent by ISU on September 11. Turn in your envelope at the Kick-off and get a bonus prize!

Donated books and baked goods are needed, so please visit the Book/Bake/Race website for details.


Members of ISU Environmental Health and Safety watch their cars race down the track. ISU Facilities Planning and Management constructed the track.