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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Written by Brianne Sanchez


Deserving Dads

Raymond Cole


A new signature event for the

American Diabetes Association of Iowa will celebrate fathers who have made a difference in the Des Moines community. The Father of the Year Awards, June 13 at The Meadows Events & Conference Center in Altoona, will highlight the personal and professional lives of Raymond H. Cole, president and chief operating officer of Citadel Communications Co.; Daniel J. Houston, president of retirement, insurance and financial services with Principal Financial Group Inc.; and Gary Palmer, president and CEO of Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino. 
Gary Palmer
The honorees were chosen by inaugural Iowa Father's Day Council tri-chairs Loretta Sieman, Joyce Steinkamp and Marcia Wanamaker as exceptional fathers who have demonstrated the ability to balance achieving a high level of success in their careers and serving as role models in philanthropy. The awards, which are modeled on high-profile father of the year celebrations in larger cities, are especially significant for Sieman because it's a cause close to her heart. 

"I'm known for doing events, but diabetes touched our home," says Sieman, who, over the years, has been involved in numerous nonprofit efforts and organizations. "When my son got it, it was a whole new learning experience for our household." 


Dan Houston
After seeing the awards presented in Chicago, the chairs were compelled to bring Father of the Year to Des Moines. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. and will include a reception, dinner, information about diabetes' impact on Iowa and video tributes of the award recipients.

"All three men exemplify what you'd want a father to be," Sieman says. "They're kind, their integrity is beyond reproach, their hugs give you the strength to go on--and all of them are huge philanthropists who don't just write a check but give of their time. They're the kind of people who will roll up their sleeves and stuff envelopes."

Each year's honorees will join the Iowa Father's Day Council and select future award recipients. Tickets to the event are $150 per person, or $75 for young professionals under 35, and are available through Supporters unable to attend may also donate to the American Diabetes Association in honor of an award recipient through that site. Approximately 225,000 Iowans live with the disease.


Ways to Engage

Last's year's Game Show Gala.

The annual House of Mercy Game Show Gala features "Family Feud"-style fun with a philanthropic flair. This year's event will be 6 p.m. June 20 at The Meadows Events & Conference Center in Altoona. Honorary co-chairs are Jen and Joe Garcia, Michelle and Craig Mahoney, and Diane and Jim Thompson. The event also features entertainment, food stations and a live auction. Tickets are $150 per person ($75 for ages 40 and under) and are available through

A local refugee resettlement office needs help replenishing its stock of furniture and housewares following a storage unit fire that destroyed many donations for newly arriving families. Items needed include couches, chairs, tables, lamps and kitchen items, as well as bed frames and box springs. Contact Laura Wonderlin with the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants at 528-7525 to donate.

It's couch-surfing for cats: The Animal Rescue League of Iowa is searching for volunteers who will provide foster care for well-behaved, litter-trained felines in need of temporary homes. Find more information online: 
The Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) is bringing back its interfaith tours--guided experiences that showcase different faith practices and traditions and explore symbolism and architecture. Upcoming "Beyond Beliefs Tour" dates are May 22, June 19 and June 27. The cost for a six-hour tour is $30 per person and includes lunch and transportation. Info:

Celebrate the lives of those who have had cancer at Relay For Life of Polk County June 7 6-11 p.m. at the Mercy Wellness Campus in Clive. Participants will walk around a track to show their support in the fight for a cure.

Children and Family Urban Ministries (CFUM) will host its eighth annual Score Fore Kids Golf Tournament June 12 at Copper Creek Golf Course. The organization hopes to raise $20,000 through the event in honor of CFUM's 20th anniversary. Proceeds will help support "Awesome Summer Days," a five-week all-day, academically based summer program.

Ever golfed with your grandchild? Help Children & Families of Iowa celebrate its 125th anniversary at an intergenerational "Family Tees" golf tournament June 28 at Terrace Hills Golf Course in Altoona. Flights will be determined by the age of the youngest player. For more information or to register, visit

Grounded? Through Aug. 31, Make-A-Wish America will match donations made to Make-A-Wish Iowa with a "Wishes in Flight" program that allows corporations or individuals to donate unused airline miles. Contributing miles directly offsets the cost of air travel, one of the most expensive items in the organization's budget:


Good to Know

Volunteers with Sammons Financial
Group participate in United Way of
Central Iowa's Day of Action.


In honor of National Volunteer Week last month, United Way of Central Iowa released findings from a volunteerism survey of 85 local businesses that employ about 67,000 people in the metro area. Among the key findings: 

  • 94 percent of businesses contacted identified an active interest in encouraging employees to volunteer, and most allow their staff to volunteer during the workday.
  • A majority of businesses surveyed said they frequently use volunteer activity as team building and professional development opportunities.
  • The top annual volunteer events include Meals for the Heartland, Habitat for Humanity and Trash Bash, as well as United Way volunteer activities such as Day of Action, the Stuff the Bus children's book drive and Reach Out to Dropouts.


Success Stories

Jim Hallihan, Fred Hoiberg, 
Gov. Robert Ray, Jon Wendel and 
Scott Raecker at the All-Star Evening.



Fred Hoiberg, Iowa State University men's basketball coach, was honored with the Robert D. Ray Pillar of Character Award at the 2013 All-Star Evening to benefit Character Counts In Iowa. The April 19 event raised $350,000.

The Iowa chapter of the American Lung Association hosted its most successful Fight for Air Climb ever, raising $210,175 through the April event--a 26 percent increase over last year. This total placed the Des Moines climb ninth in the nation.

Rosalie Gallagher and Soozie McBroom dress to the circus theme of

ChildServe's third annual Bubble Ball.

One lucky Bubble Ball auction winner went home with a couture piece of pop star Katy Perry's personal wardrobe: a bubble wrap snake charmer dress and hat created by local designer Sarah Dornink. The ensemble and autographed photos of Perry were auctioned for $1,800 at the circus-themed event, which was attended by more than 400 people. In all, the Bubble Ball raised $83,800 for the continued development and implementation of ChildServe's new autism program. 

Members of the Isiserettes at the YESS Duck Derby.

Despite the "fowl" weather, the sixth annual YESS Duck Derby celebrated a record 42,641 duck adoptions. More than 1,500 duck watchers braved the early May slush to enjoy games, food samples from local restaurants and performances by the Isiserettes at the event presented by Aviva USA. Proceeds from the Duck Derby directly benefit Youth Emergency Services & Shelter.

Living History Farms (LHF) welcomed165 volunteers (135 from Wells Fargo) to help spruce up the site for its 43rd spring season. LHF ranks first among outdoor history museums for total number of volunteers. In 2012, LHF had 1,038 volunteers contribute 23,783 hours.

It seems like everyone needed to see Sue up close. The Science Center of Iowa reported that more than 83,000 people visited "A T.rex Named Sue," which closed May 12.
Business, government, community and philanthropic leaders filled the Des Moines Marriott Downtown's ballroom last week for the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines' (CFGDM) 2013 Celebration Luncheon and Report to the Community. For the first time, the CFGDM recognized both individual finalists for the organization's annual Better Together award: Lieutenant Joe Gonzalez of the Des Moines Police Department and Mark Ackelson of the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation were both honored for their contributions in building "social capital." They each received a $1,000 CFGDM Giving Card, which they can use to donate to a local nonprofit of their choice. Central Iowa Shelter & Services also was recognized with a Better Together award and received a $2,500 grant from the CFGDM. The other finalists in that category were the FreeStore and Iowa International Center. CEO Barry Griswell and President Kristi Knous also revealed the Foundation's 2012 financial results, which are impressive by any measure: Total assets reached more than $225 million, up from $183 million the year before. The CFGDM managed 1,080 charitable funds in 2012, an increase from 904 in 2011. 


Faces of Philanthropy

Joe McGovern
Joe McGovern was elected to serve as president of the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, (INHF); previously, he was land stewardship director for the organization. 

Sharon Haning joined  Children & Families of Iowa as director of human resources.  

Sara Roti Couture of Mosaic in Des Moines was recognized by the American Network of Community Options and Resources as the 2013 Direct Support Professional of the Year for Iowa for her work helping people with disabilities participate in their communities.  

Tanner Hockensmith
The ALS Association's Iowa chapter named Tanner Hockensmith its executive director. Read more about Hockensmith in the Business Record.



Matt McGarvey, director of The Wellmark Foundation, presents a $16,600 grant to local representatives from NCAT, Goodrell Middle School, and FoodCorps. 
New fruit and vegetable gardens will sprout at six Des Moines schools thanks to a $16,060 grant from the Wellmark Foundation to the National Center for Appropriate Technology. FoodCorps members will implement garden-based education programming for students


DuPont Pioneer recently granted $400,000 to the Iowa State University Science Bound program to help increase the number of ethnically diverse Iowa students pursuing careers in agriculture, science, technology, mathematics and engineering. The grant is expected to benefit more than 500 Iowa students over the next five years.

Orchard Place recently received $55,000 from Nationwide Insurance Foundation in support of its programs and services for children with emotional and behavioral challenges.


Who's Hiring


Prevent Child Abuse Iowa is hiring for a newly created position of development director, who will be responsible for leading the organization's private fund development efforts. Details:


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Brianne Sanchez is a freelance writer and project manager at the Des Moines "I Have a Dream" Foundation. A former journalist for The Des Moines Register, she also volunteers as co-chair of the new Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Des Moines.

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