The Ottumwa Courier

March 23, 2013

Fundraiser a recipe for success

From the editor

Ottumwa Courier editor

OTTUMWA — This week’s “Soup for the Arts” fundraiser at Indian Hills Community College is a great example of how we can meld two loves — the arts and food — and raise money at the same time.

The fundraiser paired artists, who created handcrafted pottery, and the IHCC Culinary Arts program, to serve up an original idea that benefits students with scholarships as well as a Ottumwa Laureate Guild project.

Both food and the arts gives us sustenance. The homemade soup and food created by the culinary students feeds our stomachs; the endeavors by the artists feeds our souls.

“Soup for the Arts” was a tasteful way to blend both into an event that I hope will continue for years to come. 

Here’s something else I hope continues for years to come — the Courier’s annual Progress edition.

Next Saturday, our tribute to “Southern Iowans Who Make A Difference” features profiles of a number of local and area people who touch lives in a positive way, either professionally or personally.

It has been my great privilege to be part of this effort, recognizing outstanding people who positively impact their customers, colleagues, families and friends.

For example, readers will learn more about a pastor who is the epitome of compassion; two musically-gifted high school students; a sheriff’s deputy who is dedicated to serving others; two cancer survivors; a superintendent with heart and many more.

And thanks to our reporters Laura Carrell, Chelsea Davis, Lori Faybik, Helen Hannan, Andy Heintz, Scott Jackson and Cindy Toopes for their stories about these remarkable people.