OTTUMWA ? A crowd of nearly 450 attended the recent Annual Tenco Awards Banquet at the Bridge View Center to honor business and industry, civic organizations, benefactors, Tenco staff and individuals served by Tenco.
?Keeping Dreams Alive? was the theme of the evening.
Top Effort Award: recognizes individuals for achievements in the areas of personal growth, skill development and movement toward independence. Local winner was: Justin Morehouse of Fairfield.
Mitzi Martin Award: presented to individuals who have overcome adversity and are an example to all that hard work and determination lead to personal success. Local winners were: Idora Crafton of Keosauqua, and Jessica Clements of Fairfield.
Independence Award: recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding growth in socialization and becoming more independent in their living situation. Local winner was: Randy Davidson of Fairfield.
Achievement Award: honors an individual who advocates for themselves and maintained a positive outlook on life during times when others may have lost optimism. This individual has gone above and beyond to future opportunities for individuals served by Tenco. Local winner was: William Shaw of Fairfield.
Business Partner of the Year: to recognize a partner for the dedication shown on behalf of people with disabilities and for support of Tenco and its programs. Local winner was Breadtopia of Fairfield.
Community Service Award: to recognize a partner for outstanding service and support to Tenco in carrying out its good work. Local winner was Fairfield Eagles Club.
Allegiance Award: for the loyalty, commitment and faithfulness portrayed to the community, the individuals Tenco serves and other staff members. Local winner was: Deanna Carter of Keosauqua.
Bob Morrissey provided a planned-giving report. Planned gifts to charities have been referred to as the ?lifeblood? of the good work to which these charities are dedicated. Tenco is not an exception; a major planned gift by the Floyd Parker estate in 1975, ?really gave Tenco the opportunity to survive and grow? according to Tom Johnson, Tenco?s first executive director.
This Tenco tradition continues today with Endow Iowa. This account through the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines provides donors who are Iowa residents with all the traditional federal tax advantages of a charitable gift, and in addition allows the donor to receive a 25 percent Iowa tax credit. Tenco and the Tenco Foundation are certified 501c3 by the IRS, and as such, gifts are tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law.
Attendees were entertained by juggler Scott Baird, as well as musical entertainment by Fast Henry, an acoustic rock band from Ottumwa.
The meal was prepared by Chef Bob Newell and Bridge View Center staff. Volunteers helping serve included Ottumwa Job Corps students, Ottumwa Leadership Academy alumni, and U.S. Bank staff. Master of ceremonies was Tenco?s CFO Marc Roe.