The City of Iowa City has won the 2019 Severson Holiday Charity Challenge.

During the 2019 holiday season, government entities in Johnson County joined together in memory of Linda Severson, former Human Services Coordinator for Iowa City, for a friendly competition between Metropolitan Planning Organization of Johnson County (MPO) members to encourage donations to local charitable organizations chosen by each.

The winner of the Severson Cup was selected based on increased giving over the previous year’s contributions.

This year’s donations were again directed to all three area food pantries in Coralville, North Liberty, and Iowa City, in addition to the Joan Buxton Children’s Aid Fund, Valley View Lodge (a Shelter House Fair Weather Lodge), and the Ronald McDonald House.

In total, staff of the MPO agencies donated just over $6,442 in cash, food, or personal care items.

Iowa City is the winner of the 2019 Severson Challenge as their staff increased their giving by 18.4%, narrowly surpassing the 17.6% increase in donations from the staff of Johnson County. 

The “Severson Cup,” an engraved traveling trophy, will be turned over to the City of Iowa City. North Liberty took top honors last year. 

For more information, contact Sarah Walz, MPOJC Assistant Transportation Planner, at 319-356-5239 or

Date of publication

Friday, January 31, 2020