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DC Foundation doles out cash at annual awards celebration

Kristi Knous, president of the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines, was the guest speaker at the Dallas County Foundation grant awards presentation on Tuesday.Buy Photo
Kristi Knous, president of the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines, was the guest speaker at the Dallas County Foundation grant awards presentation on Tuesday.

More than $91,000 was handed out Tuesday night as the Dallas County Foundation held its annual banquet at the Des Moines Golf & Country Club.

A total of $91,593.55 was presented to non-profit groups in Dallas County to be used for a wide array of community betterment initiatives. Each award winner is at 501 (c) 3, 5 or 6 organization or a 107 (b) unit of government.

Kristi Knous, president of the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines, was the night’s guest speaker and stated how pleased she was to be a part of a great organization.

“It’s an honor and privilege to lead this organization,” Knous said. “Our foundation has 1,140 funds which amount to $241 million at the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines.”

Since its inception, the DCF has awarded over $537,000 to nearly 100 Dallas County organizations.

The next grant cycle will be announced in the early first quarter of 2014.

Interested parties may contact Cheryl Semerad at cherylsemerad@gmail.com or (515) 577-9353 for an application or visit www.dallascountyfoundation.org. The DCF is an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines.

Those receiving 2013 awards on Tuesday, in alphabetical order, included:

• Adel DeSoto Arts Boosters Club — Purchase stage boxes and audio equipment for school auditorium, $5,000;

• Adel DeSoto Minburn Community School District — Update playground equipment, $8,000;

• Adel Lions Club — Purchase vision screening digital camera for child screening, $5,000;

• Adel Public Library Foundation — Purchase materials to produce daycare outreach kits for patrons, $1,500;

• The Brenton Arboretum — Dallas Center, Navigational signage for stormwater project, $3,200;

• Dallas Center Roy R. Estle Memorial Library — Electronic community activity sign, $9,000;

• DeSoto Police Department — Purchase new computer, $1,200;

• DeSoto United Methodist Church — Purchase safety equipment for city emergency shelter, $3,200;

• DeSoto Public Library — Purchase Computer Systems, $2,000;

• AHeinz57 Pet Rescue and Transport — DeSoto, Facility improvement, $6,700;

• Dexter Community Foundation/City Park — Construct new restrooms, $7,500;

• City of Granger Parks and Recreation Board — Phase 4 of Community Center, $2,500;

• Grimes Public Library — Purchase I-pads for technology lab, $1,000;

• Dr. Eugene R. Brady Library, Perry High School — Update hard-cover book collection, $2,500;

• Perry Volunteer Fire Department — Purchase equipment for emergency ATV, $5,383.55;

• Dallas County Hospital Foundation, Perry — Create in-door walking trail for patients, $1,000;

• Redfield Lions Club — Electronic message board, $9,000;

• Waukee Area Christian Free Clinic — Computer and software, $2,500;

• Waukee Area Arts Council — Computer and printer equipment, $1,250;

• WDM Fire Department — New weather siren in Dallas County, $8,000;

•WDM Police Department — Funds to purchase a medicine return/drug collection, $1,500;

• WDM Public Works Dept. — Install remote access control equipment at 4 Dallas County speed zone flasher units, $4,160;

• Woodward Police Department — New electronic control device, $500.

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