CEDAR FALLS — During National Philanthropy Day last week, recipients were honored with Gift of Heart awards.

The event was sponsored by the Northeast Iowa Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

The honorees included:

Philanthropy (person or persons whose lifetime or long-term achievements exemplify commitment and dedication toward helping society): Karol Rae Hoth, a founding member of the grassroots committee that instituted and implemented Cedar Valley Hospice. Hoth served as the first president of the board and donated countless volunteer hours and financial gifts to the organization.

Legacy (individuals or organizations that inspire philanthropic endeavors by individuals in subsequent generations): Jean Seeland, who has been inspiring youths for more than 30 years, providing the tools to create change. She was an educator with the Waterloo Community Schools and currently serves as youth program coordinator at the Volunteer Center of Cedar Valley.

Community Partnerships (corporation, group or nonprofit organization that has employed a unique and innovative approach to improving its philanthropic endeavors through a new or existing successful partnership): Allen College and the Salvation Army. Their collaborative program offers preventive health care to the community, including physicals, medications, onsite screenings, health education and referrals. The services are provided free of charge. The Salvation Army provides space, and Allen College students gain experiential learning through the program.

Governance (board of directors whose actions demonstrate philanthropic leadership, direct involvement and financial support of a nonprofit organization in Northeast Iowa): House of Hope board of directors. This is a group of 17 members who have given tirelessly of themselves in the past year. The board has raised $1.5 million for the renovation of a new building, began work on a new prevention program and found new ways to expand the reach of House of Hope with continued education of its program and mission to the community.

Youth (young person or group who have demonstrated a significant impact on their community through a philanthropic project): Hansen Elementary fourth-graders, Cedar Falls. They began a project in the spring of 2017 known as “Bracelets for Beau.” The students are classmates of Beau Weichers. All the money raised will assist in funding the inclusive park project, Place to Play Park. They designed bracelets using donated beads and string. They volunteered before and after school to create the jewelry. In less than six months, the students raised more than $6,000.


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