(Dakota Dunes, SD) Tyson Fresh Meats today announced a $100,000 grant to the Siouxland Community Foundation. The donation will go toward a Siouxland nonprofit capacity building program for hunger relief organizations.
Siouxland Community Foundation partnered with LaSalle University to deliver an eight-month capacity building program. Ten to 12 participating nonprofits will receive 50 hours of instruction, coaching and problem-based consulting services.
“We are so pleased Tyson has funded this capacity building project,” said Rebecca Krohn, executive director of Siouxland Community Foundation. “So often nonprofits need this type of mentoring, but it is cost prohibitive.”
The program targets nonprofit organizations that focus on immigrant services, hunger relief, adult education and language services.
“The Siouxland Community Foundation is proud to partner with Tyson and bring this needed opportunity to several nonprofits serving the Siouxland tri-state region,” said Krohn. “This will strengthen local nonprofits and in return it will benefit those they serve.”
SCF strives to enhance the quality of life in the greater Siouxland area by seeking charitable gifts to build permanent endowments for the community, a safety umbrella to receiving and distributing gifts of any size, contributing investments to community needs, and providing services that will help shape the well-being of Siouxland.
“We are honored to fund an organization that promotes healthier communities,” said Dan Heffernan, vice president of human resources operations at Tyson Foods. “Our hope is the Siouxland Community Foundation’s efforts will reach not only our 9,000 Tyson team members in the area, but positively affect the lives of many others.”
(Wakefield, NE) The Wakefield Community Foundation (WCF), an affiliate of the Siouxland Community Foundation, recently awarded grants totaling $2,000 to four organizations that serve Wakefield.
“Since 2007 when the first grants were awarded, $15,400 has been awarded to support needs in the community that positively impact the quality of life here in Wakefield,” said Laura Dendinger, President of the WCF Board of Directors.
This year, grants were awarded to:
The mission of the Wakefield Community Foundation is to enhance the quality of life for Wakefield citizens by addressing current needs and raising, managing, and distributing funds for charitable purposes in the areas of cultural, social, health, and educational services.
Your support helps make the grants and scholarships possible. All current and former Wakefield area residents are eligible to become members of the Wakefield Community Foundation. Membership fees are $25 for a single, $50 for a couple. Please consider supporting the Foundation. Join today by mailing your membership fee to WCF c/o Siouxland Community Foundation, 505 Fifth Street, Suite 412, Sioux City, IA 51101.
(Sioux City, IA) The Karen A. Luken Memorial Scholarship was established in 2005 by the Greater Sioux City Press Club to provide assistance for college students pursuing a career in Mass Communication or Journalism.
This year, Ari Lebowitz, a student at Briar Cliff University, has been selected to receive the $1,000 Karen A. Luken Memorial Scholarship from the Greater Sioux City Press Club Scholarship Fund.
(Akron, IA, December 7, 2016) – The Akron Community Foundation (ACF), an affiliate of the Siouxland Community Foundation, is accepting grant applications from 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and units of local government that serve the Akron community. The 2017 deadline for submitting an application is February 1.
To date, over $125,000 has been awarded to help address community needs in the areas of arts and culture, civic affairs, education, health, and human services. Priority consideration is given to projects that:
• Enhance the quality of life in Akron.
• Address present and emerging needs.
• Leverage other funds and/or community resources.
• Result in the greatest good for the greatest number of people.
• Are developed in collaboration with other organizations.
• Encourage volunteerism.
The ACF Advisory Board is well aware that service clubs and organizations have an important role in Akron and may have identified some community needs. Even though the Foundation can not make grants directly to service clubs or other non-501(c)(3) organizations, those organizations are encouraged to collaborate with a qualified nonprofit agency on projects or seek a fiscal sponsor.
Applications will be processed on-line at http://www.siouxlandcommunityfoundation.org/akron-community-foundation. Questions about the application process should be directed to the ACF Administrative Office within the Siouxland Community Foundation at (712) 293-3303. Information about the Akron Community Foundation and grant application materials are available at http://www.siouxlandcommunityfoundation.org/akron-community-foundation.
The Jonathan David Phillips Performing Arts Scholarship fund was established in 2002 by the family and friends of Jonathan David Phillips (1981-2002). Each year scholarships ranging from $250 to $1,000 are awarded to college-bound high school seniors in the Siouxland area who are seeking a career in the performing arts or in the teaching of the performing arts. Since 2003, $18,500 in scholarships have been awarded to 25 high school seniors. The Siouxland Community Foundation began administering this fund in 2016. “Performing arts” includes but is not limited to theatre, music, band, orchestra and dance.
Jonathan David Phillips was born on December 8, 1981, and graduated from South Sioux City High School in 2000. He was one of five valedictorians in his high school class and was Homecoming King his senior year. Throughout his education, Jonathan received numerous academic awards and honors and was active in drama, choir, show choir, band, jazz band, madrigal, Math Olympics, the Quiz Bowl, Odyssey of the Mind, and more. He was attending the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) at the time of his death and would have graduated in 2004.His first love was musical theatre. He joined the Sioux City Community Theatre Junior Theatre in the fall of 1992. He remained active at the community theatre until 1997 and also received training and had roles at Lamb Theatre. He was also active in the South Sioux City High School drama program and had roles in almost every school production from seventh grade on, culminating with the role of Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music his senior year. In the summer of 1999, he was selected to attend and participated in a theatre program at New York University, New York. Additionally, he was a member of the Jumpstarts/Side Project “ska” band from 1996 to 2000 and sang and played saxophone. He continued to pursue studies in theatre at UNL. He was an active member of the Acacia Fraternity, and in 2001 he wrote, directed, and starred in a melodrama that was produced as a fundraiser by UNL fraternities and sororities. Jonathan passed away in a car accident on May 30, 2002. His life continues to inspire his family and friends today.
To learn more about Jonathan join the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/JonathanDavidPhillipsorg-199316686713/ or inquire at www.phillipsperformingarts.org
(Hawarden, Iowa) – The Hawarden Community Foundation (HCF), an affiliate of the Siouxland Community Foundation, announced at their Celebration of Giving Event $53,548 in community grants. In addition to the grant awards, Ric Porter, Hawarden Community Foundation Board Chair announced a $25,000 matching grant for $1:$1 matching funds for new contributions for Hawarden Regional Healthcare’s capitol campaign to keep healthcare “close to home”.Both Charles and Edna Horton, who founded the Community Foundation, spent their last days at the center. The Foundation Board members saw it fit to award a challenge grant to the community hospital to help in the fundraising efforts for the new center.
Charles and Edna Horton were longtime residents of Hawarden. As was stated in a news article following the announcement of the Hawarden Community Fund, “Charles and Edna were generous, caring people who loved Hawarden, and wanted to give something back for the good life they enjoyed there.” “They chose the Foundation at the vehicle to carry out their charitable objectives because they wanted the Hawarden Fund to exist in perpetuity for community betterment, not just to finance a few good projects over the next couple of years.”
Charles Horton created a vehicle for current and former residents of Hawarden to give back to their community and the Board wanted to see this effort go full circle with this challenge grant.
The mission of the HCF, an affiliate of the Siouxland Community Foundation, is to enhance the quality of life, promote unity, and develop community pride now and in the future by partnering with the Hawarden community to identify and prioritize community needs, attract and distribute funds, support volunteerism, and challenge personal involvement and commitment.
Visit www.siouxlandcommunityfoundation.org/hawarden.aspx to learn more about the Hawarden Community Foundation.
Contacts: Ric Porter, Advisory Board Chair
Rebecca Krohn, HCF Administrator
BEEF PRODUCTS, INC. SCHOLARSHIP
Application Deadline: March 15
Final Determinations: 3rd week April
BACKGROUND: This scholarship fund was established in 2015 by Beef Products Inc.
PURPOSE: The purpose of the scholarship program is to assist graduating high school seniors in their pursuit of a post-secondary education at an accredited two-year or four-year college/university.
ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA: Applicants must be graduating seniors from a 30 mile radius of Sioux City, IA to include Nebraska and South Dakota; have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 and be ranked in the top 75% of your graduating class; must have participated in part time or full time work during his/her high school experience.
SELECTION CRITERIA: Selection of recipients is based on such factors as scholastic performance while in high school, school and/or community service activities, and financial need.
SCHOLARSHIP AWARD: Minimum of $1,000 not to exceed $2000, not renewable.
APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Application must be received by the March 15 deadline and must include the following:
The Board of Directors of the Siouxland Community Foundation has approved a total of $1,349,268 in funding by “connecting donors that care with causes that matter” this year. The Siouxland Community Foundation hit a 25 year milestone this past September and since then a total of 334 grants and scholarships have been awarded to Siouxland nonprofit organizations and graduating seniors to help support needs in the areas of continuing education, arts and culture, education, environment, community betterment, health, and human services. Grants and scholarships are made possible by 150+ charitable funds that the Foundation currently administers which have been established by donors to carry out their charitable intent.
The following grants were awarded:
|Akron Care Center, Inc.||Wellness Center Exercise Equipment||$2,959|
|Akron Child Care Center/Thrift Store||Furnace Replacement||$1,250|
|Akron Park & Recreation Board||Lefty Swift Playground Improvements||5626|
|Akron Public Library||New Circulation Desk & Chair||$3,000|
|Archer Fire Department||Internet Training Equipment||$1,917|
|Arthur Community Fire Department||Breathing Air Compressor||$3,800|
|Arthur Playground Improvement Committee||New Playground Equipment||$3,300|
|Battle Creek Community Fire Department||Fire Truck Upgrade||$10,000|
|Battle Creek Community Fire Department||Pumper Truck Replacement||$1,500|
|Battle Creek Public Library||Children's Books||$500|
|Battle Township Board of Trustees||Battle Township Country School Restoration||$2,000|
|Baum Harmon Mercy Hospital||Front Entrance Renovation||$6,782|
|Big Sioux River Valley Historical Society||Historical House Roof Replacement||$10,200|
|Big Springs Baptist Church||Endowment Distribution||$5,651|
|Bishop Heelan High School - general support||Advised Grant||$5,000|
|Blencoe Community Club||Community Center Kitchen Appliances/Cabinets||$1,781|
|Blencoe Fire Department||Communication & Water Delivery Improvements||$4,415|
|Boyden Area Fire Department||Protective Clothing - Coats & Boots||$5,000|
|Boys Club of Sioux City||Endowment Distribution||$1,827|
|Briar Cliff University||Scholarship Distribution||$8,000|
|Briar Cliff University||Endowment Distribution||$1,741|
|Bright Start Childcare Center||Outdoor Playground||$5,000|
|Castana Volunteer Fire Department||Doors & Driveway for New Building||$9,659|
|Celebrating Community Foundation||Celebrating Siouxland's Unsung Heroes||$5,000|
|Centers Against Abuse and Sexual Assault||Appliances for Transitional Housing Apartment||$2,000|
|Cherish Center||"No Apologies" Conference and Speaker Event||$4,000|
|City of Alton||Eastside Park Playground Equipment||$10,000|
|City of Alton - Community Celebration||Advised Grant||$125|
|City of Anthon||Shahl Park Shelter House Improvements||$5,000|
|City of Calumet||Concrete for New Fire Station||$10,000|
|City of Correctionville||Fire and Rescue Turnout Gear Replacement||$2,500|
|City of Everly||Park Walking Path and Disc Gold Course Restoration||$1,510|
|City of Holstein||"Infinity Rig" Exercise Equipment Purchase||$2,000|
|City of Ireton||Walking/Biking Trail||$2,000|
|City of Moorhead||Cover Country School House Improvements||$1,265|
|City of Rock Valley||Lighting for Outdoor Sports Complex||$5,000|
|City of Rock Valley - Fire Department||Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA)||$5,000|
|City of Sioux Center||Central Park Restroom Expansion||$5,000|
|City of South Sioux City||South Sioux City Community Orchard||$2,500|
|City of Sutherland||Sutherland Park Beautification||$2,000|
|City of Turin||Playground Equipment Mulch Replacement||$2,318|
|City of Turin||Community Center Kitchen Renovation||$3,886|
|City of Webb||Electronic Marquee Sign||$10,000|
|City of Whiting||Heating/Cooling System for Community Center||$7,543|
|Clay Central-Everly School District||Backpack Food Program||$5,000|
|Clay County Conservation Board||Scharnberg Park - Handicap Accessible Campsite Pads||$4,000|
|Clay County Public Health||Child Passenger Safety Seat Program||$1,500|
|Community Memorial Health Center||Handicapped Accessible Entrance for Clinic||$2,104|
|Council on Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence||Endowment Distribution||$15,769|
|Everly Fire and Rescue||Bunker Gear||$8,750|
|Family Crisis Centers||Victim Service Enrichment Project||$5,455|
|Family Crisis Centers of NW Iowa||Emergency Housing Upgrades||$3,000|
|First Presbyterian Church - Shepherd’s Garden||Advised Grant||$20,000|
|Food Bank of Siouxland, Inc.||Endowment Distribution||$1,311|
|Friends of Latham Park||Flower Bed Planting||$800|
|Galva Economic Development Corporation||Electronic Marquee Sign Replacement||$5,000|
|Galva Fire Department||Extrication Tool Set||$10,000|
|Gehlen Catholic School||Google School - Chrome books Purchase||$2,790|
|Girls Incorporated of Sioux City||Endowment Distribution||$5,395|
|Good Samaritan Society - Holstein||Electric Bed Frame & Mattress Replacement||$9,996|
|Goodwill Camp - Education||Advised Grant||$3,475|
|Grand Avenue Free Medical Clinic||Computer and Dental Equipment||$7,345|
|Granville Fire & EMS Association||New Fire Station||$10,000|
|Graves Park: Ball field Improvements||Advised Grant||$37,349|
|Handicap lift for Moville Public Pool||Advised Grant||$1,000|
|Hartley Cemetery Chapel Restoration||Advised Grant||$5,033|
|Hartley Museum Restoration||Advised Grant||$2,931|
|Hartley Park & Recreation||13 New Picnic Tables||$1,250|
|Hartley Police Department||Zetron Paging Encoder||$970|
|Hartley Volunteer Fire Department||Junior Firefighter Program - Protective Equipment||$2,000|
|Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn High School||High School Trail - Phase 1 (Concrete)||$5,000|
|Hawarden Community Ambulance||Ambulance Defibrillator Replacement||$7,765|
|Hawarden Public Library||Meeting Room Tables||$1,330|
|Hawarden Public Library||eBook Collection Expansion||$1,750|
|Hawarden Public Library||Community Outreach Programming||$3,000|
|Hawarden Regional Healthcare||New Building - $1:$1 Matching Funds Grant||$25,000|
|Hawarden Senior Center||Convection Oven||$4,214|
|Hawarden Supper Committee||Monthly Supper Project||$6,700|
|Holstein Fire & Ambulance||Thermal Imaging Camera||$8,000|
|Holstein Fire & Ambulance||Hose Replacement||$2,500|
|Horn Memorial Hospital||Safe View Visual Alert Bed Systems||$7,000|
|Hospers Ambulance Service||Pulse Oximetry/CO Detector||$600|
|Ida County Conservation Board||Water Accessibility for Crawford Creek Camping Area||$9,000|
|Ida County Conservation Foundation||Children's Discovery Area||$9,500|
|Ida Grove Community Rec Center||Endowment Distribution||$6,015|
|Ida Grove Public Library||Flooring Replacement||$1,000|
|Ida Grove Rec Center||Electronic Gym Divider||$2,000|
|Ida Grove Volunteer Fire Department||Purchase of Grass Fire Truck||$10,000|
|Iowa Department of Natural Resources||Project AWARE - River Cleanup||$3,000|
|Iowa Jobs for America's Graduates||Career Association Activities - North High School||$2,500|
|ISU Extension - Sioux County||Environmental Education for Children||$5,000|
|ISU Extension, Clay County||Sci-Citing Educational Program||$5,000|
|Jackson Recovery Centers, Inc.||Endowment Distribution||$521|
|Kids Express Daycare||New Fencing & Automatic External Defibrillator||$7,594|
|Kids Kampus||Kids Kampus Storage Building||$3,984|
|Kingsley - Pierson Middle School||Google Chrome books for 5th Grade Mobile Lab||$2,790|
|Lawton Bronson Elementary||Outdoor Classroom & Garden||$4,525|
|Lawton-Bronson Elementary School||Outdoor Classroom & Garden||$1,000|
|Life Skills Training Center||Refurbish Training/Production Area||$500|
|Little Mav's Childcare Center||Mentoring Supplies||$900|
|Little Red Hen Theatre||Missoula Children's Theatre Residency||$500|
|Little Sioux Valley Conservation Assoc.||Snowshoe Equipment for Community Education||$2,900|
|Loess Hills Historical Society||Heating/Cooling Unit for Historical Museum||$6,537|
|Loess Hills Hospitality Association||Loess Hills Scenic Site Maps||$1,265|
|Macy Senior Citizen Center||Advised Grant||$4,500|
|Magic Depot Child Care Center, Inc.||Shade Structures for Playground Equipment||$6,566|
|Make-A-Wish Foundation of Iowa||Endowment Distribution||$28,000|
|Mapleton Star spinners 4-H Club||Mapleton City Park Playground||$6,000|
|Mapleton Star spinners 4-H Club||Memorial Crosses for Local Cemeteries||$1,231|
|Marcus-Meridian-Cleghorn Youth Activity Assoc.||Addition of Second Ball Field in City Complex||$2,500|
|Mary Elizabeth Day Care Center||Endowment Distribution||$290|
|Mary J. Treglia Community House||Endowment Distribution||$179|
|Matlock Town & Country Club||Matlock Community Signage||$3,358|
|Mercy Child Advocacy Center||Child Abuse Prevention-Awareness Program||$750|
|Monona County Veterans Memorial Museum||Name Plate Replacements (Phase 4)||$3,000|
|Moorhead Fire Department||New Bunker Gear for 2 Firemen||$3,848|
|Morningside College||Scholarship Distribution||$8,000|
|Morningside College||Endowment Distribution||$554|
|Morningside College||Endowment Distribution||$1,450|
|Mt. Hope Cemetery Association||Monument Restoration||$3,637|
|National Council on Youth Leadership||Advised Grant||$500|
|Noah's Ark Daycare Inc.||Outdoor Learning Environment||$3,663|
|Northwest Iowa Community College||Emergency Services Training Equipment||$2,677|
|Northwest Iowa Council for Families & Children||Drug Endangered Children - Drug Testing Supplies||$500|
|Northwest Iowa Council for Families & Children||At Risk Youth/Family Activity Expenses||$500|
|OA-BCIG Dollars for Scholars Foundation||Endowment Distribution||$5,800|
|O'Brien County Conservation Board||Dog Creek Park - Playground Equipment||$5,338|
|O'Brien County Fair Board||Primghar Camp Site Creation||$6,000|
|OCDC, Inc.||Building for Dutch Heritage Preservation||$5,000|
|Onawa Volunteer Fire Department||Extrication Tool Upgrade ONLY||$2,623|
|Opportunities Unlimited||Endowment Distribution||$248|
|Orange City Fire Department||Air Compressor System Replacement||$4,821|
|Orpheum Theatre Preservation Project, Ltd.||Endowment Distribution||$13,389|
|Parker Historical Society of Clay County||Seminar Tables and Chairs||$2,580|
|Paullina Chamber of Commerce||New Tables and Chairs||$4,810|
|Pearson Lakes Art Center||Endowment Distribution||$1,197|
|Pearson Lakes Art Center||Endowment Distribution||$2,678|
|Peterson Fire Department||Hose Inventory & Thermal Image Camera||$3,500|
|Plymouth County Historical Museum||Endowment Distribution||$10,230|
|Primghar Ambulance Team||Automated External Defibrillator Upgrade||$10,000|
|Primghar Public Library||Window's Computer Operating System Upgrade||$925|
|Radiant Life Community Church||Food Pantry, Meal Ministry & Clothing Closet||$5,000|
|Radiant Life Community Church||Food Pantry & Clothing Closet||$500|
|Remsen Heritage Museum||Endowment Distribution||$268|
|Remsen Heritage Museum: New Flooring||Advised Grant||$2,438|
|Rotary Club of Rock Valley||Foster Grandparent Cost Reimbursement||$2,303|
|Rotary Club of Rock Valley||Senior Companion Program||$1,750|
|Rotary Club of Rock Valley Fdn.||Foster Grandparent Program||$1,727|
|Rotary Club of Rock Valley Fdn.||Senior Companion Program||$1,862|
|Rotary Club of Rock Valley Foundation||Senior Companion Program||$1,186|
|Sacred Heart School general support||Advised Grant||$4,000|
|Sanborn Fire & Rescue||Thermal Imaging Camera & Accessories||$5,110|
|Sanborn Public Library||Media Upgrade for Presentations||$2,355|
|Sanford Community Center||Endowment Distribution||$1,544|
|SB-L Community School||Mimeo Document Camera||$400|
|SB-L Community School||Anchor Charts for Active Learning||$100|
|SB-L Community School||Mimeo Document Camera||$800|
|SB-L Community School||Daily Five / Read to Self-Books||$1,282|
|Scholarships to graduating Seniors||88 students in the Siouxland Area||$285,850|
|Seasons for Behavioral Health||Office Furnishings||$5,000|
|Sheldon Community Day Care||Room Divider||$1,875|
|Shesler Hall||Endowment Distribution||$1,443|
|SHIP - Four Directions Community Center||Advised Grant||$8,000|
|Sioux Center Music Boosters, Inc.||Endowment Distribution||$3,387|
|Sioux City Chamber Music Association||Endowment Distribution||$273|
|Sioux City Community School District||Endowment Distribution||$2,552|
|Sioux City Community School District - Science Labs||Advised Grant||$65,010|
|Sioux City Gospel Mission||Endowment Distribution||$9,329|
|Sioux City Public Museum||Endowment Distribution||$20,520|
|Sioux City Public Museum||Endowment Distribution||$15,281|
|SIOUX CITY PUBLIC SCHOOLS - Clark Elementary||8 Nooks for Math & Reading||$500|
|SIOUX CITY PUBLIC SCHOOLS - Clark Elementary||Interactive Reading Program||$497|
|SIOUX CITY PUBLIC SCHOOLS - Hunt Elementary||Math Resources||$500|
|SIOUX CITY PUBLIC SCHOOLS - Hunt Elementary||Portable CD Listening Centers & Books/CDs||$469|
|SIOUX CITY PUBLIC SCHOOLS - Leeds Elementary||Leap Frog Readers||$1,000|
|SIOUX CITY PUBLIC SCHOOLS - Nodland Elementary||Audio Reading Program||$456|
|SIOUX CITY PUBLIC SCHOOLS - Whittier Elementary||Wii Physical Fitness||$380|
|Sioux County Conservation Board||Big Sioux Recreation Area Playground Equipment||$3,000|
|Sioux County Conservation Board||Big Sioux Recreation Playground Equip.||$9,000|
|Sioux County Library Association||Newspaper Digitization||$5,000|
|Sioux County Trails Council||Sioux County Trail Route Signage||$5,000|
|Siouxland Civic Dance Association||Advised Grant||$4,000|
|Siouxland District Health Department||Oral Health Program||$4,634|
|Siouxland District Health Department||Endowment Distribution||$282|
|Siouxland Dive Rescue||Dive Equipment||$1,588|
|Siouxland Golf Charities, Inc.||Endowment Distribution||$287|
|Siouxland Habitat for Humanity||Habitat House Construction||$5,000|
|Siouxland Mental Health Center||Endowment Distribution||$2,141|
|Soldier Community Club||Flooring and ADA Bathroom Improvements||$3,228|
|SOUTH SIOUX CITY - St. Michael's Elementary||Risers||$1,000|
|Spencer Area Activity Center||Marketing Activities Planning Strategies||$2,000|
|Spencer Area Arts Council||Lighting and Signage||$2,300|
|Spencer Community Theatre||Costume Inventory||$7,000|
|Spencer High School||Classroom Reconfiguration||$2,000|
|Spencer Municipal Library Trust||Library Marketing Upgrade||$2,000|
|St. Luke Home & Services, Inc.||Wheelchair Minibus||$8,000|
|St. Mary's Catholic Church||Endowment Distribution||$10,925|
|St. Thomas Episcopal Church||Food Items||$500|
|Sutherland Commercial Club||Antique Fire Truck Restoration||$2,000|
|The Mission of the Messiah||Shelving for Referral Center||$500|
|Tiger Mentoring (FS= City of Royal)||Daycare Startup||$4,000|
|Trinity Preschool and Daycare||SMART Table||$4,000|
|United 232 Memorial||Bronze Memorial||$4,586|
|United 232 Memorial||Bronze Memorial||$4,586|
|United 232 Memorial Event||Bronze Memorial||$5,414|
|United Way of Siouxland||Endowment Distribution||$29,808|
|Ute Fire Department||Firefighting Equipment||$3,527|
|Ute Town & Country||New Ceiling & Lights for Community Building||$5,450|
|Village Northwest Unlimited||Furniture Replacement||$2,500|
|Webb Volunteer Fire and Rescue||Extrication Tool Set||$6,480|
|West Central Community Action||Emergency Food Pantry||$709|
|West Monona/Whiting Backpack Program||Weekend Backpack Food Program||$8,394|
|West Sioux Community School District||Hawarden Community Garden||$2,500|
|West Sioux Community Schools||Hawarden Community Garden||$5,000|
|West Sioux Daycare||Cots & Display Centers||$1,155|
|West Sioux Elementary - Hawarden Center||Positive Behavior Support & Interventions||$1,000|
|West Sioux Elementary - Ireton Center||Positive Behavior Support Program||$500|
|Western Iowa Tech Community College||Scholarship Distribution||$8,000|
|WHCC - Humpty Dumpty Daycare||New Tile Flooring||$500|
|WHCC - Wakefield Villa||Cement Handicapped Parking||$500|
|Whiting Community Club||City Park Playground Equipment||$6,000|
|Whiting Public Library||Replacement of Public-Use Computers||$2,000|
|Whiting Volunteer Fire Department||12 Motorola Pagers and Headset||$4,288|
|Women Aware||"Moving On" Program Supplies||$683|
|Woodbury Central Community School District||Endowment Distribution||$899|
|Woodbury Co. Conservation Board||Animal Track Panels for Nature Playscape||$750|
|Woodbury County Conservation Foundation||Endowment Distribution||$495|
|Woodbury County Extension - Midtown Center||Growing in the Garden||$5,000|
|Zestos, Inc.||Distribution Center Renovation||$10,000|
We’re dedicated to promoting the spirit of philanthropy, enhancing quality of life, building and preserving endowments for community benefit, and creating collaborative efforts that demonstrate mutual respect, trust, and common concern for the welfare of Siouxland communities. For more information about the Foundation, call (712) 293-3303.
Nancy Luikart was born Aug. 24, 1936, in Sioux City to Clair John and Bernadine (Smith) Conway.
Luikart was West High School’s founding Choral Director. She was a Westside girl and PROUD OF IT! She was born up on California Street August 24th 1936. The hills of Riverside were her domain. She had many happy hours exploring West side with her brothers and sisters and her horse Molly. Nancy was a gifted vocalist and she loved sharing her music with others.
She graduated from Sioux City Central High School in 1954, where she was chosen All Central. She attended the University of South Dakota and graduated with a B.F.A. degree in music education. She also studied voice at the Chicago Conservatory of Music in the summers of 1958 and 1959. She was also a district and regional winner of the, National Association of the Teachers of Singing, and a vocal winner in 1958. She furthered her studies at the University of Nebraska as well as Kansas University. She taught vocal music in the secondary schools of Sioux City for 30 years.
Some of her performance highlights include: singing with the Sioux City Symphony, the Sioux City Coral Association, the Shrine Chanters, the University of South Dakota Band, the Yankton College Orchestra, Sioux City Community Theater, Lamb Productions, Morningside College Choir recitals and orchestra, Morningside Choral Union, Morningside College Theatre and the Metro Opera of Waterloo, Iowa. She was a featured soloist at the Sioux City Band Shell for more than 40 years, and a Messiah soloist throughout the Midwest. Other career highlights include singing with Danny Thomas and William Warfield. She sang for a special reception in Sioux City for then-President Gerald Ford.
When Sioux City schools built West High, Luikart, was asked to take on a young program with students who were being separated and sent to high schools all over the city. Luikart decided that West High’s vocal music department was going to be strong, successful and happy at West High. She helped write the schools fight song, select the Wolverine mascot and the schools Classy Green and cream. She loved West High and the kids. She was one of them and she was proud of it.
A guiding life principle of hers was to use her God-given music talent to bring joy to others, especially to young people. Nancy’s “Philosophy of Life”, written in 1955 states that, “I would like to be a concert singer, but if the Lord didn’t mean me to do this then I will teach his children the music. Oh, what a gift to the world music is, think of how dull life would be without being able to express ourselves through music.”
Luikart, 68, passed away December 26, 2004. Family, friends and West High Music Alumni gave to establish the Nancy Conway Luikart Music Scholarship to be administered by the Siouxland Community Foundation.
The Luikart family would like to thank all of those who gave so generously. The Luikart family would like to see this scholarship grow and touch young professionals’ lives. We are now excited to announce the first winner of the Nancy Conway Luikart Music Scholarship. The award recipient for 2014 is Alexis A. Larvick from West High School in Sioux City, IA who will be attending Northwestern College in Orange City, IA this fall.
The O’Brien County Community Foundation (OBCCF) recently awarded 27 grants totaling $103,262 to nonprofit organizations and units of local government in support of projects throughout O’Brien County. Since the first grants were made in 2006, over $744,262 has been awarded. Funding for the grant program is a result of County Endowment Fund legislation (HF2302) passed in 2005 which provides that a percentage of state gambling revenues be distributed among all Iowa counties that do not have a gambling entity.
The following grants were recently awarded by the Community Foundation:
|Archer Fire Department||Internet Training Equipment||$ 1,917|
|Baum Harmon Mercy Hospital||Front Entrance Renovation||$ 6,782|
|City of Calumet||Concrete for New Fire Station||$ 10,000|
|City of Sutherland||Sutherland Park Beautification||$ 2,000|
|Community Memorial Health Center||Handicapped Accessible Entrance for Clinic||$ 2,104|
|Family Crisis Centers||Victim Service Enrichment Project||$ 5,455|
|Hartley Park & Recreation||13 New Picnic Tables||$ 1,250|
|Hartley Police Department||Zetron Paging Encoder||$ 970|
|Hartley Volunteer Fire Department||Junior Firefighter – Protective Equipment||$ 2,000|
|Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn High School||High School Trail – Phase 1 (Concrete)||$ 5,000|
|Kids Express Daycare||New Fencing & External Defibrillator||$ 7,594|
|Kids Kampus||Kids Kampus Storage Building||$ 3,984|
|Little Sioux Valley Conservation||Snowshoe Equipment||$ 2,900|
|Noah’s Ark Daycare Inc.||Outdoor Learning Environment||$ 3,663|
|Northwest Iowa Community College||Emergency Services Training Equipment||$ 2,677|
|O’Brien County Conservation Board||Dog Creek Park – Playground Equipment||$ 5,338|
|O’Brien County Fair Board||Primghar Camp Site Creation||$ 6,000|
|Paullina Chamber of Commerce||New Tables and Chairs||$ 4,810|
|Primghar Ambulance Team||Automated External Defibrillator Upgrade||$ 10,000|
|Primghar Public Library||Operating System Upgrade||$ 925|
|Rotary Club of Rock Valley||Foster Grandparent Cost Reimbursement||$ 2,303|
|Rotary Club of Rock Valley||Senior Companion Program||$ 1,750|
|Sanborn Fire & Rescue||Thermal Imaging Camera & Accessories||$ 5,110|
|Sanborn Public Library||Media Upgrade for Presentations||$ 2,355|
|Sheldon Community Day Care||Room Divider||$ 1,875|
|Sutherland Commercial Club||Antique Fire Truck Restoration||$ 2,000|
|Village Northwest Unlimited||Furniture Replacement||$ 2,500|
|TOTAL FUNDING FOR 2014||$ 103,262|
The OBCCF was formally established in 2005 through affiliation with the Siouxland Community Foundation and is governed by a local nine-member advisory board composed of representatives from each of the communities in O’Brien County: Archer, Calumet, Hartley, Paullina, Primghar, Sanborn, Sheldon, and Sutherland; as well as one county-at-large member.
The mission of the O’Brien County Community Foundation is to enhance the quality of life in the communities served by encouraging permanent charitable giving to meet the needs of present and future generations.
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