The goal is to have 50 businesses participate in the program in 2014, with each business choosing a project the employees can work on together, whether it is a continuation of volunteerism that is already being done or a new addition to the work place. The program also asks that the businesses document and share their work with the community throughout the year.
“We want to build an environment where engagement and community involvement is the norm,” said Bieber.
Iowa Trust and Savings Bank was chosen as the Lead the Way leader for the year. Iowa Trust and Saving’s Bank Senior Vice President Mark Dekker spoke on behalf of Chairman, CEO and President Jeff Young.
“Over the years we’ve had the good fortune of bank employees and officers involved in civic groups and social groups, school boards, city councils, non-profits, United Way, Mercy Medical, just all over the board like many of you have,” said Dekker. “We’re going to determine a project in conjunction with Joyce that our employees are passionate about and that will make a positive difference to our citizens…and on behalf of Jeff Young we thank you for the opportunity and look forward to the first project that we have and the many success that Operation Lead the Way will have.”
Pancake Day Queen Maddison Lange spoke to the crowd about her experiences since being crowned queen in September as well as her upcoming competition and the work she is doing for her platform, which involves juvenile diabetes. Lange will be involved in The Amazing Walk, to benefit Type I Diabetes research and help Maggie Cowan, a local girl who has juvenile diabetes.
The event will take place Saturday, April 5 from 9-11 a.m. at the Howar Junior High gym with Lange doing the kick-off presentation at 8:30 a.m. The walk will be approximately two miles and will include both indoor and outdoor areas. All donations gathered will go to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Anyone interested in being involved should pre-register by March 26 with Melanie Cowan, by calling (641) 895-0985 or e-mailing email@example.com. Donations may also be made online at www.walk.jdrf.org for Magamoo’s Walker’s, the team’s name.