Community Foundation Celebrates Nonprofit Professionals

Published: August 29, 2023 | By: Corinne Ramler | Category:

On Thursday, September 14, the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation will host the Nonprofit Party at the Market to celebrate Linn County nonprofit professionals. All nonprofit employees are invited to attend the party at NewBo City Market from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Complimentary appetizers and drinks will be served.

“We’re looking forward to celebrating the work nonprofit professionals do every day to support our community,” said Carrie Walker, Nonprofit Network Manager at the Community Foundation. “The Nonprofit Party is a small token of our appreciation; it’s a chance for nonprofit professionals to relax and connect with colleagues.”

At the event, Spirit of Minnie Rubek honorees will be recognized for going above and beyond in service to the community. Named after an early Community Foundation donor who had a quiet but lasting impact, the Spirit of Minnie Rubek recognizes those that quietly work to strengthen Linn County. This year, 12 nonprofit professionals were submitted for the honor by their nonprofit employer. Linn County nonprofit organizations were invited to submit one nonprofit employee who exhibits the Spirit of Minnie Rubek for the recognition.


The 2023 Spirit of Minnie Rubek honorees include:

Amy Brunner, Director of Community Engagement, Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois

Polly Draker, Clinic Supervisor, His Hands Free Clinic

Alicia Faust, Executive Director, Willis Dady Homeless Services

Leland Freie, Nutrition Specialist, Foundation 2 Crisis Services

Rozana Garrison, Women’s Services Recovery Specialist, Catherine McAuley Center

Katie Goedken-Fennell, Site Assistant, The Arc of East Central Iowa

Jeff Hazzard, Helping Hands Ministry Program Coordinator, Ecumenical Community Center Foundation

Rhonda Martin, Assistant to the Athletic Director, Mount Mercy University

Sandy Osborn, Nutrition Services Manager, Horizons

Jessica Peel-Austin, Curator of Museum Collections, Brucemore

Alice Silver, Food Service Manager, Tanager

Yer Vang, Director of Immigration Legal Services, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Dubuque


For more information on the 2023 Spirit of Minnie Rubek honorees and how they have impacted the community, click here.

To attend the event, nonprofit professionals should RSVP here.

To learn more about the Nonprofit Party, click here.


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