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Governor Signs Proclamation for Attendance Awareness Month

September 29, 2015 On September 4, representatives from five Iowa Campaign for Grade Level Reading communities convened at the State Capitol for the signing of a special proclamation by Governor Terry Branstad in honor of Attendance Awareness Month. Community members representing the Grinnell Campaign included Julie Gosselink president and CEO of the Claude W. and [...]

By | 2016-08-23T19:36:21+00:00 September 29th, 2015|Foundation News|0 Comments


August 27, 2015 The Grinnell Area Arts Council (GAAC) is the 2015 recipient of the “Leave It Better Than You Found It” award from the Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation (CDAF). The arts council oversees programming and performances for the Loft Theatre, Arts Academy, Community Theatre, Community Band, Grin City Collective, Music in the [...]

By | 2017-05-18T15:58:51+00:00 August 28th, 2015|Foundation News|0 Comments

Grinnell’s Campaign for Grade Level Reading Benefits from Funding Infusion

June 30, 2015 Grinnell College receives AmeriCorps National Service Grant to hire 14 AmeriCorps members and the Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation donates 10K to propel the cause Through a grant from the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service (ICVS), Grinnell’s Campaign for Grade Level Reading will receive funding to hire a team of 14 [...]

By | 2017-05-18T15:58:51+00:00 July 1st, 2015|Foundation News|0 Comments

GPCF honors Marshall with monthly award

June 3, 2015 The Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation (GPCF), founded by the late Tom Marshall, honored his legacy with a Pie in the Sky event at the foundation’s office on June 2, Marshall’s birthday. The event launched a plan for GPCF to receive nominations and give a pie to a community member on the second [...]

By | 2017-05-18T15:58:52+00:00 June 12th, 2015|Foundation News|0 Comments

Tom Marshall, GPCF Founder Dies

March 25, 2015 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Tom Marshall, 81, founder and past president of the Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation. Tom died yesterday in the Mayflower Health Center after battling colon cancer. Two of Tom’s three children were with him and the third completed a visit just a [...]

By | 2015-07-01T20:35:59+00:00 May 27th, 2015|Foundation News|0 Comments

New Signage At Ahrens Park

November 18, 2014 Ahrens Park added four large directional maps and eight distance markers to its walking path this fall. The purpose for the signage was to enhance the walking and exercising path and encourage more physical activity. Funding for the signage came from the Poweshiek County Transformation Grant (CTG), which was administered through Grinnell [...]

By | 2017-05-18T15:58:52+00:00 November 18th, 2014|Foundation News|0 Comments

Paul W. Ahrens Fitness Center Dedication

October 23, 2014 From left: Todd Linden, GRMC President and CEO; Shannon Fitzgerald, Ahrens Foundation CFO and Controller; Julie Gosselink, Foundation President and CEO; Chad Ahrens, Foundation board member; Susan Witt, GRMC and Foundation board member; Vanessa Doty, Administrative Manager The Paul W. Ahrens Fitness Center in Grinnell Regional Medical Center's (GRMC) Postels Community Health [...]

By | 2017-05-18T15:58:52+00:00 October 23rd, 2014|Foundation News|0 Comments

GRMC’s New Ahrens Fitness Center & Postels Opens This Month

October 12, 2014 Facility Possible Thanks to Philanthropy There’s a lot of philanthropic muscle behind the new Paul W. Ahrens Fitness Center at Postels Community Health Park. Thanks to more than 300 gifts to the $500,000 project—including support from many fitness center members and lead gifts from the Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation, [...]

By | 2017-05-18T15:58:53+00:00 October 12th, 2014|Foundation News|0 Comments

Ahrens/Paschall Memorial Park To Celebrate 20 Years

August 29, 2014 It is easy to overlook how unique it is for a small, rural town to have the many assets Grinnell, Iowa possesses. From its strong regional hospital, to its nationally ranked and financially solid college; Grinnell sets a high standard for the quality of its citizen's rural life. Perhaps most significant among [...]

By | 2017-05-18T15:58:53+00:00 August 29th, 2014|Foundation News|0 Comments

2014 “Leave It Better Than You Found It” Award to S.H.E. Counts

August 18, 2014 Representing the board in receiving the award are (from left) board members Sue Drake, Rachel Bly, Melissa Strovers and Jill Allen. S.H.E. COUNTS, a fund to support and empower women and girls throughout Poweshiek County, is the 2014 recipient of the “Leave It Better Than You Found It” award from the Claude [...]

By | 2017-05-18T15:58:53+00:00 July 20th, 2014|Foundation News|0 Comments