Iowa State University fan turns beer money into fundraiser


IOWA (CNN)– An Iowa College football fan took his moment on the national stage to ask for beer money.

However, his joke turned into a serious to help sick kids.

Each fall Saturday college football nation turns millions of eyes onto college game day and Ames was no exception.

“It was electric. It was just non-stop energy,” said Iowa State fan, Carson King. “People were out there singing, you know, dancing, moving around, having a good time the entire time.”

King lives in Altoona, went to school at Iowa State University and arrived for the 3 p.m. Cy-Hawk Game at 5:30 Saturday morning.

“It was a lifetime dream of ours to be able to go to GameDay,” King said.

In the slim event to make it on television, King made a sign requesting beer money be sent to his Venmo account.

“I just thought as a joke. Maybe I could make a sign asking for money to get some Busch Light. You know, buy some lattes,” King said. “My mom was like ‘this is going to be a proud mom moment. My son is going to be begging for money for beer on national television.'”

Carson and the sign found their moment in prime position on national TV.

“I looked down at my phone. My friend was like, ‘who keeps texting you?’ And it just kept going off and I looked down and had about $400 on my Venmo account,” King said.

Moments later it reached $600, then $1,000.

“I had people from Texas, Idaho, California, Massachusetts,” King said. “A lot of Clemson people donated. I guess they like Busch Light, too.”

King called his parents and they came up with a plan.

Keep enough for a case of Busch Lite and send the rest to the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital.

“Their hospital does great things for the state of Iowa. Both for Iowa State and the University of Iowa. The wave is a huge thing now,” King said. “Those kids are fighters and they deserve any chance they can get.”

A post on social media and his Venmo account continue to swell into Monday.

“It was over $5,700 and people are still donating and sharing the post and all that fun stuff,” King said.

King says he plans to keep his account open until the end of the month.

He will then make the donation to the children’s hospital in person.


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