Carson King ends up raising $3 million — thanks to Iowa Busch Light distributors
Carson King fundraiser ends with nearly $3 million raised Wochit
Though his fundraising campaign for the University of Iowa's children's hospital officially ended Monday, Carson King announced Wednesday that he had reached the $3 million mark with a new donation that came from Iowa's Busch Light distributors.
"We Did It! Thank you to all the Local Busch Light Distributors across the state for the final $41,000.00, making this last push possible! 3 Million Dollars for @UIchildrens!" King tweeted Wednesday afternoon.
King had announced Tuesday on KXnO's "Murph and Andy Show" that he had raised $2.96 million, but the donations kept rolling in.
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. Written on the sign, in plain black marker, was "Busch Light Supply Needs Replenished" and his Venmo handle.
When the money poured in, far exceeding anything King had expected, he decided to donate the funds to the university's Stead Family Children's Hospital. Busch Light and Venmo pledged to match any donations, and several Iowa businesses also pitched in, including Smokey Row Coffee Co. and an ice cream shop in Prairie City, where King grew up.
The fundraising campaign spread across the state and the country, with King at the forefront. He traveled to New York City and appeared on CNN, participated in the University of Iowa's popular Hawkeye Wave tradition, and visited appreciative families at the children's hospital.
Gov. Kim Reynolds even declared Sept. 28 "Carson King Day," and local musicians in Des Moines staged a benefit concert Monday night.