The Tama County Community Foundation (TCCF), an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa, held its annual Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, April 17. The ceremony was held at the Reinig Center in Toledo, with 44 grants totaling $100,399.62 being awarded to non-profit organizations, schools, and governmental entities.
One of the highlights of this year's awards ceremony was the presentation of the Lance J. Horbach Award to the North Tama County Community School District. As a seven term state legislator, Horbach was instrumental in writing the legislation that established eighty-five county-based community foundations in Iowa. TCCF is one of those entities. To honor the positive impact of Horbach's legislative efforts and to recognize him, and with his approval, the TCCF's Governing Committee determined that one outstanding grant applicant each year will be honored with this award. The award will annually be presented to the grantee which best exemplifies creativity/impact/innovation/vision for its requested initiative to enhance life in Tama County, as was the outcome of Horbach's service in the Iowa Legislature for all Iowans.
This year's Lance J. Horbach Award was presented to North Tama Schools in support of the Tama County Family STEM Festival, which was held on April 7th in Traer. This program, for middle school students and their families from across the county, emphasized the S.T.E.M. disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. TCCF was very pleased that Mr. Horbach has committed himself to presenting the award selection annually, and was on hand to do so, and will, after witnessing firsthand the outcome of each award initiative when completed, publish countywide his account of its success.
Among recipients of Tama County Community?Foundation grants were (left to right) Laura Galvez, Latinas / Latinos al Exito - Commitment to School Success; Mary Sherwood, South Tama assistant elementary principal, South Tama County Schools - Education for All; Enright-Schrader Post 73 Tama American Legion and Auxiliary - Dan Anderson, Mike Thomas, Dave Baier, Dot Chmelik, Lloyd Chyma - Oak Hill Cemetery veterans flags; Ron Garrett, Montour Fire Department - safety equipment; John Lloyd, Tama superintendent of Public Works - Oak Hill Cemetery improvements; Sue Carnahan, presenter; Cassie Sokol, coordinator Tama-Toledo Area Chamber of Commerce - technology; Jim Husak and Trish Stadler, STC Activity Boosters- high school signage. A total of $100,400 was presented to 44 organizations county-wide in ceremonies at the Reinig-Toledo Civic Center on Wednesday, April 17.
TCCF assists in providing resources to meet a broad range of charitable needs in the Tama County. Grants are awarded in the areas of arts and culture; community affairs and development; education; environmental needs; health; historic preservation; and human services.
Following is a complete list of grantees receiving funding from the TCCF.
Arts & Culture
City of Tama - technology equipment and materials
Toledo Community Theatre Guild Wieting Theater Training Workshop
Community Affairs and Development
City of Chelsea equipment and materials for the public library
City of Clutier bookshelves for the public library
City of Clutier equipment upgrade for the volunteer fire department
City of Dysart drinking fountain project in city park
City of Elberon equipment and materials for the public library
City of Garwin public library enhancements for children and teens
City of Gladbrook Gladbrook City Centre enhancements
City of Gladbrook fire department deck gun
City of Gladbrook pool enhancements for Gladbrook Fitness and Wellness Center
City of Tama Oak Hill Cemetery equipment
City of Tama library technology equipment
City of Tama Oak Hill Cemetery flag display enhancements
City of Toledo fire station furnace project
City of Toledo Toledo Heights Park shelter house restrooms
City of Traer community entrance sign project
City of Traer Make Waves for the Pool capital project
City of Traer Winding Stairs Festival equipment
Dysart Community Betterment Corporation concession stand improvements
Montour Volunteer Fire Department safety equipment
South Tama County Schools Activity Boosters for STC High School sign
Tama County Community Foundation operating and outreach support
Tama County Humane Society outdoor dog runs
Tama County 2014 county calendar project
Tama County 2013-2014 Tourism Guide
Crayon Corner Learning Center preschool curriculum
Gladbrook American Legion Post 3127 Tama County Government Day
Latinas/Latinos al Exito Latinas: Commitment to School Success program
North Tama County Community Schools Tama County Family STEM Festival
Pied Piper Preschool and Child Care Kitchen equipment upgrade
South Tama County Schools Education for All program
Tama County Daycare (Kids' Corner) New cribs for infant room
Union Community Schools Middle School technology program
Tama County Tama County Nature Center exhibit components
City of Elberon fire department cardiac monitor/defibrillator
City of Clutier ZCBJ Hall preservation project
Dysart Historical Society computer equipment
BASIC, Inc. Sowing Seeds for Youth program
City of Garwin fire department equipment
City of Toledo Tama County Council on Aging program
Genesis Development Day Hab Program for people with mental disabilities
Iowa Juvenile Home Foundation True Colors Activity program
Northeast Iowa Food Bank Elderly nutrition programs in Tama County
TCCF has been created by and for the people of Tama County. The community foundation's main goals are to support charitable projects and programs in Tama County, to attract additional funds, and to assist donors in creating lasting legacies through a variety of giving options within Tama County. For more information about the Tama County Community Foundation, contact the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa at (319) 287-9106 or Rick Krug, Chair of the Tama County Community Foundation at (319) 478-2148.