Participants will sleep in boxes, sleeping bags or puptents to raise money.
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Drake University will open its stadium for the fourth annual Reggie’s Sleepout, a fundraiser for Iowa Homeless Youth Centers and an event to raise awareness of youth homelessness in Iowa, on Saturday, Oct. 24.
The sleepout will start at 7 p.m. on Saturday and conclude at 7 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 25, in Drake Stadium, 2719 Forest Ave.
Participants will sleep in boxes, sleeping bags or puptents to raise money, awareness and honor the memory of Reggie Kelsey, who was found dead in the Des Moines River several months after being aged out of the foster care system in 2001.
The event will feature food, including pizza and pasta, as well as activities and entertainment such as a box decorating contest, live music and movies.
Last year the sleepout had more than 1,000 participants and raised more than $150,000 with a generous $50,000 match from the Richard O. Jacobson Foundation.
Registration will be held before the event at the Drake Fieldhouse, 2701 Forest Ave., from 3-7 p.m. on Oct. 24. Reggie’s Sleepout T-shirts will be available for purchase at the event for $10.
For more information or to register online, visit the Web site.
Sponsors for the event are: Red Dot Design, WHO-TV, Drake University, The Des Moines Register, Pioneer, Iowa Finance Authority, Casey’s General Store, Iowa Realty, First American Bank, Iowa Farm Bureau, Principal Financial Group, A.Q. Allstate Pest Control, Nationwide, HyVee and the Richard O. Jacobson Foundation.