This January Local Foods Connection received an Iowa Cultural Corridor Innovative Excellence Award, fondly known as an Icky. Laura Dowd of Local Foods Connection and Susan Keefer of the African American Historical Museum and Cultural Center of Iowa accepted the “Reaching Out Collaborative Award” at a sealed-envelope reception Monday (Jan 28) evening at the Englert Theatre.
Last spring, LFC collaborated with Marlene Jessop of the Museum to throw a Mardi Gras party for Johnson & Linn Katrina evacuees, to welcome them to southeast Iowa, to introduce them to each other, and to help them forget their troubles for awhile. A chicken and rice dinner was served at the Museum’s reception all, and the attendees listened to live music and played games.
Local Foods Connection was honored to be nominated along with Marlene and other great people at the African-American Museum. We are proud and humbled to be chosen as an award recipient. The 113 member organizations of ICCA nominate and vote on the awards, which, in the words of the program, “recognize cultural events in the Corridor that have helped to expand awareness, push the envelope, and attract positive attention” in the Cedar Rapids-Iowa City area.
So many other organizations and people helped make this party a success. Thanks to everyone!!:
- MidAmerican Housing Project: invited the Linn County Katrina families
- Ron Gleitman & Prairie Table, Iowa City: donated food
- Chefs Mary Frei & Jean Donohue: prepared & served food
- The Charlie Morgan Ban: gave a live concert
- George Zacharakis-Jutz, David Zacharakis-Jutz, Jeff Donohue, Abby Burgess, Jack Gilbert, Kajari GhoshDastidar, Raja, Felicia Franklin: volunteered as needed
- Susan Hansen & Christ Episcopal Church, Cedar Rapids: use of kitchen to prepare meal
- The Cottage Bakery & Café: donation of cornbread
Learn more about the Iowa Cultural Corridor Alliance at:
Our area’s Katrina families still need your support! Although help with employment and transportation is still greatly needed, more than anything else, these families need help becoming a part of our community. We need to go out of our way, and perhaps out of our comfort zone, to reach out to these families and invite them into our homes and hearts. Don’t let them sit alone in the back of your church, or sit at home by the radio instead of attending the free downtown jazz festival, or bring their children straight home from school to sit in front of a television set instead of going to a scout meeting.