Enjoy a Night Out to Help Local Kids Do What They Love

There are many children in our community that cannot pursue their passions.

Let that sink in for a second.

There are kids in Johnson County that are absolutely meant to dribble a basketball, strum a guitar, or lace up a dance shoe — but they can’t because they don’t have the financial resources to participate.

That’s where HAVlife Johnson County comes in. Our organization works to Prevent Lost Potential™  by ensuring youth across the Iowa City area, in Johnson County specifically, have access to athletics, arts, and music. We do this by granting funds to local organizations that align with our mission.

You can help advance this mission by attending the HAVlife Johnson County Martini Shake Off at the new Courtyard overlooking Kinnick Stadium on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022.

A grant for the Alexander PTO

What is HAVlife Johnson County?HAVlife logo

Since 2016, HAVlife, a non-profit organization that is entirely volunteer-operated, has awarded more than $300,000 to 40 Johnson County nonprofits. These include, but are not limited to, the Iowa City Community School District Foundation, Girls on the Run, Iowa City UNESCO, Kickers, Courage League Sports, Neighborhood Centers of Johnson County, and more.

If this mission speaks to you, there is an easy way you can help — while having a little fun, too.

Attend the HAVlife Martini Shake Off Fundraiser

The HAVlife Martini Shake Off is our largest fundraiser of the year. It helps fund the granting cycles for the next school year for the many non-profits that need our help to ensure all kids in our community can play, practice, and learn.

On Wednesday, Aug. 17, from 6-9 p.m., enjoy a breathtaking view of Kinnick while sipping upscale martinis mixed by local establishments, sampling hors d’oeuvres, and bidding on unique experiences ― all from the top floor of the Iowa City Marriott Courtyard. You do not have to have an event ticket to participate in the silent auction, bidding is all done online via text message. You must register to participate.


HAVlife Martini Shake Off

Participating local establishments include:

  • 30hop
  • Blackstone
  • Hudson’s Southside Tap
  • Micky’s Irish Pub
  • Mosley’s Barbeque and Provisions
  • Pullman Bar & Diner
  • Stella
  • The Bistro
  • Tin Roost
  • Tribute Bar and Eatery
  • Wild Culture Kombucha


Tickets are $50 each and can be purchased online. Your online ticket and registration will grant you easy access to the silent auction. Be sure to register online after you purchase your ticket.

This event is sure to be a good time, but most importantly, it is helping many in our community improve the lives of local youth by giving them access to the activities they love.

If you can’t attend this event, but still want to help, please consider making a financial donation.

About Our Sponsor

Since 2016, HAVlife Johnson County has awarded more than $300,000 to 40 Johnson County nonprofit organizations that align with our mission to Prevent Lost Potential™. These grants have made a meaningful impact on more than 23,000 youth in the Iowa City area. If you’d like to learn more about HAVlife and its mission, visit its website or Facebook page.

Katie is a spouse, mother, and professional communicator. She became acquainted with Iowa City as a student at the University of Iowa, earning degrees in Journalism, Political Science, and most recently her MA in Strategic Communication. Katie and her husband met and fell in love in Iowa City, deciding to never leave. Their family can often be found eating their way through downtown, walking their dog in City Park, or cheering on their beloved Hawkeyes at live sporting events.


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