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Iowa Community Hall Of Fame Members 

 

Casey Blake. Indianola, Iowa. Winning Citizen/Benefactor. Readers choice: Blake played 13 years in Major League Baseball for five different franchises. In his career, Blake had 4,500 at bats and 167 homeruns. However, his most impressive numbers took place off-the-diamond. Blake grew up in Indianola, a quiet Iowa town about 16 miles south of Des Moines. Blake donated $1 million to the Indianola school district and challenged the community to match it. As if that was not generous enough, Blake stepped up to the plate and became active in fund-raisers to help the community match his $1 million donation. By Andrew Mitchell

Dwayne King, Council Bluffs, Iowa. Winning Benefactor: Dwayne is the creator of Deaf Missions, a program that educates and ministers through sign language. Deaf Missions creates publications, videos and movies to help the deaf through sign language, and has developed the only studio for doing such work. The program has been able to translate the New Testament into English sign Language and has helped other nations do their translations. Mr. King’s son now works with deaf children via a “Compassion International” type of program in 3rd World countries. By Allen Stark

Rachel at Circus Arts.  Des Moines, Iowa. Winning Benefactor: She is trained on the trapeze, lyra, and silks that circus performers use, and she donates her time to a class of developmentally disabled adults who come to see her weekly at her new studio on Butler Ave.  The class is from Terri Engel’s Art Studio II at the Hozhoni Foundation.  The students are very happy and excited to learn all these expressive movements.  Some of them translate their performing experiences into art. By Connie Burge

Todd and Rita Pratt, Owners of Our Daily Bread Restaurant and Bakery. Griswold, Iowa. Winning Benefactor: It is more than its name implies. Since 2009 the restaurant has become well known for their free soup meals served Saturday evenings during the winter months, and free Thanksgiving meals. The main reason for each event is so that anyone who would be alone, or could use a free meal, would have a place to go, especially during the Thanksgiving holiday. Because of the great response, , Todd and Rita are working towards having an “open door policy” for those in need. By Allen Stark