The Ronald McDonald House here in Des Moines has served as a beacon of family togetherness since 1981. Our mission of enriching the quality of life for children and their families is what we have done for over 10,000 families since we opened our doors 36 years ago. We serve families that have critically ill children being treated in our local hospitals. We provide housing, meals and all amenities during this trying time so that families can focus their attention on the treatment of their children.
In the month of September MFLCares charity is Bryce’s Warriors. You are invited to support Bryce’s Draisey Memorial 2018 Golf Tournament on Saturday September 29th, 2019 at Terrace Hills Golf Course. Bryce Warriors Golf form 2018 registration form.
Bryce Draisey was a happy and presumably healthy 11-year-old boy when he was diagnosed with Dilated Cardiomyopathy in February of 2008. Over the next 2+ years, he endured several surgeries, including a heart transplant, rejection of his new heart, many hospital stays and many other health complications that arose during that time. He endured all of this believing that each day is a new one and the trials, sadness, or anger that may have happened yesterday no longer matter today. He took his health problems seriously and complied with all of his doctors’ instructions, but he also took all of it in stride most of the time. He just wanted to be a normal teenager who went to school and had fun with friends.
Bryce was proud to spread his story to as many people as he could to create awareness for organ donation. In doing this, he also spread a story of love, courage, and forgiveness that all who knew him will remember.
Bryce’s Warriors has four missions:
To tell Bryce Draisey’s story in hopes of raising awareness for organ donation and encouraging people to sign up to be organ donors.
To provide scholarships to graduating seniors at Southeast Polk High School in memory of Bryce Draisey who died of complications after a heart transplant while awaiting his second heart transplant.
To provide financial and emotional support to families of pediatric patients who are waiting for or have received a heart transplant.
To give back to other organizations who made a large impact in the life of Bryce Draisey and his family during his battle with his health and who continue to help children in need.
Today’s libraries are not just about what we have for people, but what we do for and with people. Libraries of all kinds add value in fives key areas: education, employment, entrepreneurship, empowerment, engagement.
The Van Meter Public Library Foundation is a volunteer group of citizens dedicated to the growth and enhancement of the Van Meter Public Library program for all members of the community. Their strategic plan is to construct a new library building, replacing the 1,100 square foot of space in use since 1980.
With the critical role libraries play in communities, it is essential to increase public awareness and support of the value, impact, and services that are provided by investing in the future of our library.
The Foundation’s fund-raising efforts are supported through contributions from individuals and businesses in the community.
Because transformation is essential to the community we serve.
The Van Meter Public Library Foundation spearheads major fund-raising campaigns to bridge the gap caused by the growing needs of Van Meter’s aging library and shrinking municipal budgets. The Van Meter Library’s strategic plan is to construct a new library building, replacing the 1,100 square foot of space in use since 1980. We secured a grant for a library planning consultant to help us assess the needs of our growing community and determine our needs for a future space. With the critical role libraries play in communities, it is essential to increase public awareness and support of the value, impact, and services that are provided by investing in the future of our library.
The Foundation is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, volunteer group of local citizens dedicated to soliciting and managing funds for charitable purposes for the growth and enhancement of the Van Meter Public Library program for all members of the community.
The Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization. Its stated purpose is to raise money to enhance the Van Meter Library and programming it has to offer all children, teens and adults of our community. The Foundation’s fund-raising efforts are supported through contributions from individuals and businesses in the community.
Because transformation is essential to the community we serve.
Barb Phillips, President
Marianne Colsch, Vice President
Megan Alexander, Treasurer
Suzanne Lindaman, Secretary and Library Director
The Van Meter Public Library Foundation welcomes gifts from individuals, families, businesses and nonprofit organizations who wish to demonstrate their love for literacy, our Library and our community. The Van Meter Public Library Foundation’s exclusive mission is to support the library, its programs and resources, and this donation process allows for greater flexibility and use of funds by the library. The Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, your donations are tax deductible.
On June 9th, 2018 at the 7th annual Pink Tractor carnival over $60,000 was raised to continue the support with there mission. From the support of the community members Pink Tractor is enable to continue to support families who are dealing with a cancer diagnosis.
Midwest Family Lending has chosen to support Freedom for Youth in the month of May and we encourage you to as well.
Freedom for Youth Ministries offers after-school and summer programs for K-12th grade students and employment training in Des Moines for 16 to 25-year-olds through Freedom Blend Coffee, a full-service coffee shop. Freedom currently operates in Des Moines, Mitchellville, Knoxville, Huxley, Johnston, Perry, Stuart, Winterset, Carlisle, Hartford, and four church-sponsored locations in the Des Moines metro. All of our programs focus on empowering youth across Iowa though faith, education, employment, and leadership.
Midwest Family Lending has chosen to support Pink Tractor Foundation in the month of May and we encourage you to as well.
Bringing Families Together to Fight Cancer. The Pink Tractor Foundation was founded in 2014 and since its inception, it has given out over $115,000 in financial support to individuals battling cancer. Although the tractor is pink, the Brommel family wants to make it clear that the Foundation’s support is not limited to individuals facing breast cancer. Funds have been given to survivors of all types of cancer, including, but not limited to, breast cancer, brain cancer, lung cancer, colon cancer, pancreatic cancer, thyroid cancer, leukemia, melanoma and many others.
The Pink Tractor Foundation’s annual fundraiser – the Country Carnival – is scheduled for Saturday, June 9, 2018 and is located at 3845-G50 Highway, St. Charles, which is at the home of Tom and Marilyn Brommel (and is also referred to as the “Brommel Party Shed”). The Carnival includes carnival games for the kids, food for the whole family as well as a live and silent auction. Auction items are accepted at any time. The Foundation can be reached through its Facebook page or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Donations can be mailed to 3845-G50 Highway, St. Charles, Iowa 50240.
If you would like to help with this year’s Country Carnival, a volunteer sign up is located at: http://signup.com/go/cuQELxN. If you would like to donate a salad or dessert for the Carnival, please sign up at: http://signup.com/go/RgWatVi