Iowa State fan's beer money request sign raises more than $225,000 for children's hospital

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DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN/KCRG) - UPDATE 9/19: (CNN) An Iowa State fan who made a sign asking for people to send him money on Venmo for beer has now raised more than $225,000 for the University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital.

Carson King's sign that he held up in the crowd at ESPN College GameDay on Sept. 14, 2019 in Ames (NBC)

23-year-old Carson King decided to donate the money as it started adding up.

His donations have reached more than $75,000, and since two companies, Busch Beer and Venmo, have pledged to match his total, the campaign has raised more than $225,000 total.

ORIGINAL: (KCRG) An Iowa State fan's tongue-in-cheek sign asking for more beer money has now raised tens of thousands of dollars for the University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital after two companies said they would match his total.

According to Carson King's Twitter account, people have sent him over $10,000 in donations to his Venmo account after holding up a sign that said "Busch Light Supply Needs Replenished ~Venmo~ Carson-King-25" during the broadcast of ESPN's College GameDay ahead of the Iowa State versus Iowa football game on Saturday.

King, 23, said instead of using the money to buy more beer, he plans to donate all the money to the University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital.

Now, two companies have responded to King's generous plan with matching donations.

The first was Busch Beer, tweeting that it would match whatever King collects.


Now, the online money transfer service Venmo has added its matching donation to the total.


If you'd like to donate, his Venmo user name is @carson-king-25.

Read the original version at kcrg.com.