RIVERSIDE, Iowa. (KCRG)- In the 16th annual celebrity hunt, former Hawkeye athletes grouped with hundreds of other families to hunt pheasant. Together, the group helped raise money that will be distributed to local hospitals and families that have family members suffering with pediatric cancer.
“It is overwhelming, the great people that come together. Its one big family here and we're really trying to follow Ben’s legacy” said organizer Steve Ries.
The event is in the memory of Ben Ries, Steve's son, who loved hunting with dogs, but passed away due to cancer. Proceeds from Sunday's hunt and a banquet that took place on Saturday will benefit various programs treating pediatric patients and families.
“You know it just means a lot what Steven and Jodie do for all the kids and all the families of kids that are struggling right now and fighting." said former Hawkeye player and current Washington Redskin Brandon Scherff. "It's absolutely incredible and just seeing all the people enjoy, it's a blast to be here.”
“It's growing every single year, there’s more and more people, and you know people come and they keep getting repeat people that come back because it's such a great experience and were touched by the foundation's care for other families that are going through really tough times." said former Hawkeye player and current Baltimore Raven Marshal Yanda.