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Story County Alliance for Philanthropy announces this year’s winners

The Story County Alliance for Philanthropy, a consortium of Story County nonprofit organizations who work together to recognize the individuals, families, groups and organizations who have impacted Story County through their philanthropy in the form of both monetary support and volunteerism, announces this year’s winners. They include the following:

• Outstanding Individual Volunteer Fundraiser: Jim Black (nominated by Youth and Shelter Services, Inc.)

Over the years, many non-profits have benefited from the leadership and organizational ability of Jim Black. Jim’s strength is strategic planning, and he has provided numerous organizations with his expertise pro bono. Organizations that have benefited from Jim’s strategic planning pro bono work include Ames Historical Society, Ames Library Foundation Board, The Arc of Story County, Boy Scouts of America, Friendship Ark, Habitat for Humanity of Central Iowa, Octagon Center for the Arts, Rotary Club of Ames, United Way of Story County and Youth and Shelter Services

• Outstanding Group Volunteer Fundraiser: Kiwanis of Story County (nominated by Youth and Shelter Services, Inc.)

Story County Kiwanis members volunteer their time and treasure through service projects, fundraising and leadership development. Projects range from children’s reading programs to apple sales and highway clean-up crews. Numerous nonprofits and other organizations have benefited from the clubs, including Boys & Girls Club, Heartland Senior Services, LSI’s People Place & Beloit Residential Treatment Center, Octagon Center for the Arts and Youth and Shelter Services. Collectively the Story County Kiwanis Clubs raised over $56,000 in 2012 and logged countless hours volunteering.

• Outstanding Youth Philanthropist: Girl Scout Troops 28 and 150 (nominated by Volunteer Center of Story County)

Members of Girl Scout Troops 28 and 150 have worked together to develop an innovative project that has had a clear and meaningful outcome in addressing hunger in Story County. Through research about the causes and solutions to hunger they began to understand the link between hunger and obesity and the importance of healthy eating. This prompted them to write and produce a healthy cookbook, “You Are What You Eat,” which appeals to kids and includes recipes that use foods often found at local food pantries. They sold the finished cookbook and raised funds from area businesses so that they could donate 70 copies to income-challenged families in the local area. All the projects the scouts have undertaken to complete this project required a great deal of learning, planning and cooperation as well as a high degree of dedication from each individual.

• Outstanding Business Philanthropist: 3M (nominated by United Way of Story County)

3M has been generous in their corporate philanthropy in Story County for decades and were recently presented with the Gold Award for increasing their giving to United Way of Story County’s LIVE UNITED annual campaign. The plant supports many agencies, programs and services with little or no fanfare and encourages its employees to be involved and take leadership roles in the community.

• Outstanding Family Philanthropist: Yvonne and Kevin Kinzler (nominated by Mary Greeley Medical Center and First National Bank)

Yvonne and Kevin Kinzler together own Kinzler Construction Services. While running a successful business, the Kinzlers have made it a priority to give back to the Ames community in ways few others can match. Yvonne and Kevin were instrumental in the development of the home in Ames run by Mainstream Living, Inc. for adults with high medical needs. They are known as one of the “founding families” of the ChildServeCenter in Ames and for giving generous financial contributions when needed. Perhaps most importantly, they give of their time and talents and encourage others to do the same.

Awardees will be honored at the ninth annual Story County Philanthropy Day luncheon on Thursday November 14, 2013 in Ames at the Gateway Hotel and Conference Center at 11:30 a.m. Recently retired Mainstream Living CEO Reno Berg will serve as MC. This year’s awards were designed and created by the Iowa State University Gaffer’s Guild.

Sponsors for the event include:

• Founding Sponsors: Charitable Giving Resource Center; Hunziker & Associates, Realtor; Trend Financial; and Vision Bank.

• Annual Sponsors: Alpha Copies & Print Centers; Phyllis and Larry Lepke; Danfoss; Mary Greeley Medical Center; McFarland Clinic PC; Stifel-Nicolaus (Daniel P. Devine); Story County Community Foundation; United Way of Story County.

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