I just read that the John Brown Jayhawk was inside the Journal-World office. I thought the Jayhawks had to be donated to a nonprofit. What's up with that?
Jayhawks on Parade sponsors were given the option of designating a nonprofit beneficiary for their bird, with those Jayhawks being given to the organization at the end of the exhibit. According to the Lawrence Convention and Visitors Bureau, which sponsored the parade, more than a dozen beneficiaries were chosen.
The rest of the 30 sponsors, like the Journal-World, elected to take ownership of their birds at the end of the parade. Each sponsor paid $4,500 to take part in the event. Many also paid the artists who created each bird. "John Brown Jayhawk" was sponsored by the Journal-World and created by Lawrence artist Jim Brothers and his associates.