Thank You

A Gala Celebrating Iowa's Arts, History and Culture

Thank you for supporting the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs' Second Annual 'Celebrate Iowa' Gala on December 6, 2013. Nearly 600 people attended the gala, raising more than $150,000 for exhibits, programs and initiatives of the State Historical Society of Iowa and the State Historical Museum of Iowa. This year's gala attendance and fundraising surpassed last year's event and we thank you for your generous support.

Thank You to Our Sponsors and Partners

Thank you to our food and beverage partners, artists, musicians and entertainers from all across the state for their support of the 'Celebrate Iowa' gala. Our guests enjoyed the best Iowa has to offer, including hors d'oeuvres, wine, food, desserts and beverages from around the state.

Thank you to the Turner Center Jazz Orchestra of Des Moines, Flying Pig Fiddle and Banjo of Ames, Ballet Des Moines and The Belin Quartet of Des Moines, and The Pork Tornadoes of Cedar Falls for providing musical entertainment.

We also express our gratitude to Iowa artists Dana Haugaard of Iowa City, Bruce Walters of Davenport and Ray Michael Sorensen II of Greenfield, and Iowa quiltmakers Erick Wolfmeyer of Iowa City and Caroline Trumpold of Middle Amana, for installing their works and interacting with our guests.

Presenting Sponsors

Franz Community Investors, Mid-American Energy, Musco Lighting, Prairie Meadows


Legacy Sponsors

Patty and Jim Cownie Charitable Fund, DuPont Pioneer, HyVee, Iowa State University, John Deere, Meredith, The University of Iowa, Web Filings


Heritage Sponsors

Fred and Charlotte Hubbell Foundation, John Ruan Foundation, Drake University, Knapp Properties, Principal Financial Group, Wild Rose Casino


Historic Sponsors

Advanced Automation, Alliant Energy, Bankers Trust, Catch Des Moines, Christensen Development, Davis Brown Law Firm, Dickson Industries Incorporated, Grinnell College, Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives, ITC, LaMarca and Landry, P.C., Monsanto, Nelson Construction and Development, Rasmussen Group, R.E. Properties, LLC, Reynolds & Reynolds Inc., Ryan, Slingshot Architecture, The Private Bank, The World Food Prize, Wellmark, WestBank


Cultural Sponsors

  • Ahlers & Cooney, P.C.
  • Bill and Mary Kay Bartine
  • BNIM Architects
  • Governor Terry Branstad and First Lady Chris Branstad
  • Casey’s General Stores
  • Catchfire Media
  • Mary and Peter Cownie
  • Cross Studio
  • Delta Dental of Iowa
  • Paul and Joyce Dennison
  • Dr. Richard Deming
  • Des Moines Performing Arts
  • Des Moines Symphony
  • Doll Distributing
  • Fareway Stores, Inc.
  • Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Company of Iowa
  • Feed Energy Company
  • Grasshorse Studios
  • Greater Des Moines Partnership
  • Holmes Murphy
  • INVISION Architecture
  • Iowa Association of Business and Industry
  • Iowa Cattlemen’s Association
  • Iowa Farm Bureau Federation
  • Iowa State Building and Construction Trades Council
  • Josephs Jewelry
  • Museum of Danish America
  • Nyemaster Goode, P.C.
  • Portico Staffing
  • The Iowa Clinic
  • The Iowan Magazine
  • Dr. Simon and Lisa-Marie Wright
  • Dr. Robert and Eleanor Zeff/Dr. Andrew and Maria Zeff


Gala Partners

Action Print, Boesen the Florist, bpc, Fast Signs, Kesling Photography, Markey's Rental and Staging, Stuart Alexander One Source Event Productions


Food Partners

Barattas, Doll Distributing
  • 61 Chophouse (Mediapolis)
  • Applishus (Des Moines)
  • Atlantic Bottling Company (Atlantic)
  • Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival (Des Moines)
  • Chocolaterie Stam (Des Moines)
  • Creme Cupcake + Desserts (Des Moines)
  • Crystal Clear Water (Des Moines)
  • Fireside Winery (Marengo)
  • Goldie's Ice Cream Shoppe (Prairie City)
  • Iowa Cattlemen's Association (Ames)
  • Iowa Coffee Company (Runnells)
  • Iowa Pork Producers (Des Moines)
  • La Mie (Des Moines)
  • La Quercia (Norwalk)
  • Maytag Dairy Farms (Newton)
  • Mississippi River Distilling Company (Le Claire)
  • Outside Scoop (Indianola)
  • Tacopocalypse (Des Moines)
  • Thelma's Treats (Des Moines)