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Nenana Ice Classic featured on national late-night show; host John Oliver donating $10,000 to Food Bank of Alaska

The annual Nenana Ice Classic was featured on an HBO late-night show Sunday night, with the host promising a big donation to the Food Bank of Alaska.
Published: Mar. 28, 2022 at 2:10 PM AKDT|Updated: Mar. 28, 2022 at 8:29 PM AKDT
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NENANA, Alaska (KTUU) - The annual Nenana Ice Classic was featured on an HBO late-night show Sunday night, with the host promising a big donation to the Food Bank of Alaska.

During his final segment on “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,” Oliver profiled the contest. The show even went as far as sending a polar bear mascot to Nenana to place an entry in the popular annual betting contest.

Oliver placed an entry for April 26 at 2:17 p.m., saying that if his entry wins, he will donate the proceeds to the Food Bank of Alaska.

Win or not, Oliver said he will be donating $10,000 to the Food Bank of Alaska.

Thank you, John Oliver, for your pledge to Food Bank of Alaska!

Posted by Food Bank of Alaska on Monday, March 28, 2022

The Nenana Ice Classic dates back to 1917 and involves betting, at $2.50 per entry, on when a wooden tripod drops on the Tanana River during the breakup of the river ice.

Last year’s jackpot was $233,591 and tickets are sold throughout the state through April 5.

Find more information about the Nenana Ice Classic on its website.

Correction: This article has been updated to correct the fact that the jackpot of $233,591 was for last year, not this year.

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