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2019 Women Helping Women speaker, Gina Skinner-Thebo, and honoree, Susan Voss inspired a crowd of more than 600 people. Click photo to link to full photo album. Credit: Whitney Warne, Ivory House Photography

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For more information contact: 

Terri Speirs, Director of Development and Marketing, 515-251-6670 or email tspeirs@dmpcc.org

 

Women Helping Women event raises $210,000 to provide mental health services for women and girls in need

May 20, 2019, Des Moines, IA – More than 600 people attended the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center’s 21st annual Women Helping Women Luncheon on May 17th which raised $210,000 to provide mental health counseling and education to underserved women and girls, helping to address the acute mental health issues in Central Iowa and beyond. This is the most money raised in the event’s history with the proceeds used to increase access to vitally important mental health services.

Young professional and keynote speaker, Gina Skinner-Thebo spoke poignantly of her personal experience with suicide, prompting her to transform her grief into positive action related to awareness and prevention of suicide. Gina founded the Atwood Center for Women, an organization to empower and connect women and help end isolation and self-doubt. The Atwood Center is best known for its Incredible Women Parties held throughout the metro area on a quarterly basis.

Community leader and mental health advocate, Susan Voss, was this year’s event honoree. Susan has given more than ten years of service to the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center as both a Board member and Board President and is passionate about ensuring access and quality mental health care is available to all persons in need.

“This remarkable outpouring of generosity from the community will help provide critically important counseling sessions for vulnerable women and girls who would otherwise lack access to services,” said Terri Speirs, the Center’s director of development and marketing. “We are tremendously grateful to our sponsors, donors, attendees and volunteers who gave so much to make the event beautiful and meaningful.” 

Since 1998 the Center’s Women Helping Women luncheon has raised more than $1.2 million, providing access and care to thousands of women and girls – a population who experience poverty, crime and abuse at disproportionately high levels.

Founded in 1972, the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center is a nonprofit organization with a mission to bring hope and healing to people of all ages through counseling and education. The Center served more than 5,000 persons in 2018 including nearly 700 children and adolescents.

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Thank you West Bank!

Jim Hayes, Executive Director, Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center, and Geoff Gade, Vice President, Commercial and Industrial Banking, West Bank

The Center was thrilled to receive a $5,000 grant award from West Bank to support C.O.O.L. (Children Overcoming the Obstacles of Life), the Center’s specialized mental health services for children and adolescents. COOL is a unique approach to counseling, integrating play, art, music, food, music, sports, nature and fun into the therapeutic process.
The Center is a nonprofit organization and is grateful for a broad base of community support to strengthen the mission to bring understanding, hope and healing to people of all ages through counseling and education.
This generous funding is critical to assisting children in Iowa who need high quality services. The need is demonstrated by the following statistics:
In Iowa:
  • 15 percent of children (ages 0-17) live under the poverty level. (Kids Count 2018)
  • 21 percent of children ages two to 17 with a parent who has been told by a doctor their child has autism, developmental delays, depression or anxiety, ADD/ADHD, or behavioral/conduct problems. (Kids Count 2018)
  • Approximately 50 percent of children who need mental health treatment do not receive the services needed. (The National Alliance on Mental Health, NAMI)
  • Suicide is the second leading cause of death for ages 15 — 34 years. (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, 2017)
  • Suicide is the third leading cause of death for ages 10-14 years. (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, 2017)

The need for children’s mental health services is great. The Center’s C.O.O.L. clinic is honored to partner with West Bank to make a positive difference for children and families in Central Iowa.

It’s been a great year

James E. Hayes, D. Min., M. Div., Executive Director, Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center

December 2017 – A reflection by Jim Hayes, Executive Director, Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center.

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It’s been a great year.

December 5, 2016 I began my tenure at the executive director of the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center (DMPCC). I had the privilege of two weeks of sitting at the feet of Ellery Duke who served this institution for forty years. He didn’t quite impart all his wisdom in that time, but had a plane ticket, so had to depart for warmer climes on December 23, 2016. The way I see it, my tenure really began once everyone returned from holiday break on January 3, 2017.

It’s been a great year.

How do I capture all that is good about this place? It’s been a whirlwind for me personally and professionally, so putting my thoughts into a tidy box of memories hardly seems fair. One construct that works for me is all that we learned undergoing a strategic planning process ably led by our consultant Sheri Vohs, thanks to a generous grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines. During the process, we explored the “Value Proposition” of our work here at the Center. Let me reflect a bit on how I have witnessed one of those values lived out in the day to day lives of the many people connected to our organization.

People. It is clear to me on a daily basis that this place is special because of the people involved in our organization. It starts with our clients. They are courageous. They accept the responsibility of vulnerability in order to face whatever it takes to work on hope and healing in their lives. There are often stigmas to our work. These folks testify to the brokenness that is a part of each of us and that it’s ok to own the limitations and contingency of our lives and that by doing so in the context of a safe environment, we can all live more fully. Wow, that was a long sentence, read it again! One comment that came up during the planning process is that we meet people where they are and not as a problem that needs to be fixed–as a person who just needs someone to walk with them. We respect the people who come through our door and the values they bring with them. We love them rather than manage their issues. That’s a high bar and an important value added to our community.

People in our organization are talented. Clinicians, spiritual directors and all our staff live out our mission to bring understanding hope and healing to others each day. The quality of our staff and the diversity of our services make this place hum with activity. There is a tremendous amount of intellectual curiosity around this place. Folks are always trying to figure out how to get better. Our value of trying to serve as many people as possible regardless of ability to pay requires great sacrifice of time and resources. I am inspired by the commitment of my colleagues and have learned much from them in my first year. I thank them for grace and patience as we all grow as leaders in this field.

The value of people in our organization stretches well beyond the confines of this building. There are many stakeholders that contribute to our success: volunteers, friends, donors, foundations, politicians and anyone who recommends to a friend or family member that we can help. I have enjoyed meeting many of you and look forward to meeting many more. Thank you!

All of you contribute to other values that we had a hard time naming. Words like peaceful, holistic, and spirit came up. When pushed to the limit of words, I often resort to stories. As I head out of this place for a meeting or engagement in the community, I often hold the door for someone entering the Center and say hello. I respect their privacy and don’t make much small talk. There is still a connection, at least for me. I know that regardless of why they are here, for counseling, spiritual direction, scheduling a future appointment, addressing a question about a bill,  a class, a prescription re-fill, or any other number of reasons, I know they will encounter someone who cares. I like to think they will leave this place with a stronger sense of peace; that whatever strategy for healing is necessary, their whole story (body, mind and spirit) will be taken into account; that their spirit will be lifted up as a result of their time with us.

Knowing that I work in a place that does that kind of work brings me great joy, along with a healthy dose of humility and privilege. Thank you, all of you, for all you do to make it possible to carry on this crucial mission.

It’s been a great year.

I can’t wait for an even better 2018.

Jim

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More blog posts from Jim Hayes here: www.dmpcc.org/Jim

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If you are still making end of year philanthropy decisions, please consider helping children, teens and adults who need access to mental health counseling and education.DonateNow

Meet board member Shirley Poertner

Shirley Poertner, a member of the Center’s Board of Directors

The Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center is grateful for our volunteer, community-based board of directors. They give generously of their time, talents and treasures to advance the mission of understanding, hope and healing. Why? One board member, Shirley Poertner, agreed to share about herself and her motivations. Thank you, Shirley!

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What are your hobbies?  travel, mystery novels, gardening, walking with my dog, Cooper

What is your professional background? I worked in banking for ten years before taking corporate positions at Meredith Corporation and DuPont Pioneer. I formed a management consulting firm in 1994 and for twenty years, offered leadership development, executive coaching , and strategic planning services. The last ten years of my professional career, I was an Associate of VitalSmarts LLC in Provo, UT and marketed, sold and delivered workshops based on the New York Times bestselling book, Crucial Conversations.

Tell us about your educational background: I have a teaching degree from NE MO State University (…now Truman U) and a Master’s in adult education from Drake University.

How did you get involved with the Center’s Board of Directors? I had used the Center’s services over the last fifteen years, donated annually, and I knew a number of the Center’s staff and board members. I had always thought the Center would be a wonderful place to contribute by sharing some of my professional skills. When my name was mentioned as a potential board member and I was contacted, I immediately said, “Yes!”

What do you find most inspiring about the Center’s mission? The most inspiring aspect of the Center for me is its spiritually integrated counseling and its focus on holistic healing and self-discovery. The Center’s services that I tapped into in the early 2000’s literally changed my life, enriching my perspective on who I am and what I have to offer the world.

What would you like others to know about the Center? I’d like others to know what a unique place the Center is, its diversity of services, its inclusiveness and accessibility. We don’t turn anyone away who is in need of healing, offering a sliding fee schedule and assistance funds.

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If you are still making end of year philanthropy decisions, please consider helping children, teens and adults who need access to mental health counseling and education. DonateNow

In gratitude to Betty Durden

Betty Durden: Leaving a legacy for the Center’s future

Betty Durden (photo courtesy of her family)

(October 2017) – Betty Durden lived large and gave generously. A woman of extensive accomplishment, she led with courage even when personal risk was high and rewards limited.

Of the many organizations Betty supported, she gave to the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center throughout her lifetime including serving as a member of the Center’s Foundation Board and advising on human resource best practices. At the time of her death she left a large legacy gift to the Center – a bequest that will help ensure access to counseling services for others, for years to come.

On October 12, 2017, the family of Betty Durden hosted a reception at the Center to honor Betty, and to present a large bequest check from Betty’s estate to fulfill her philanthropic wishes. Center staff were grateful for the invitation to join in the celebration of Betty’s life, and to witness the gift presentation following comments offered by Betty’s daughter, Barbara Durden Davis (see transcript below).

We are forever grateful for Betty Durden’s vision, support and remarkable legacy — supporting our shared mission of understanding, hope and healing far into the future.

The full transcript of Barbara Durden Davis’ presentation

The family of Betty Durden, along with the Center’s executive director Jim Hayes, board vice chair Sally Wood, and Center founders Ellery Duke and Eileen Burtle.

Good Afternoon –

My name is Barbara Durden Davis and I am the daughter of Betty J. Durden.  My oldest brother, Rick Durden is here as is my other brother, David.  Along with David is his wife Loretta and with me are my husband Mark Davis, my daughters Erin and Erika Romar and my granddaughter Kiylah Reed. My first cousin, my mother’s nephew Ron Morden is also here (see family photo above). My brother Rick’s wife, Karen, was going to come but unfortunately was unable to do so at the last minute.

Our Mother, Betty, died on February 20th of this year and my brothers and I are carrying out the wishes she specifically delineated in her will.  But before we make the check presentation, I’d like to tell you a bit about her.

She received her BA in English from Drake in 1948 after having a couple of hiccups in her education due to time spent at the FBI in Washington D.C. in the steno pool and serving as a Yeoman in the WAVES.

She received an MSE in Guidance and Counseling in 1971 and then an Ed.D in 1990 when she was 67 years old.  Both of these were from Drake University.

While she was in a volunteer position at the Des Moines YWCA, she was approached during the summer of 1969 to join Drake University as Director of Women Programs where she was to set up a program of continuing education for women.  She accepted and was appointed Assistant to the Dean of Continuing Education.  She stayed with Drake through 1988 retiring as Director of Human Resources and Special Assistant to the President for Equal Opportunity Programs.

In 1984 she had been honored as a YWCA Woman of the Achievement.

In her “spare” time, she organized and chaired Governor Robert D. Ray’s Commission on the Status of Women, was the State Chair of ERA of Iowa, sat on boards of Interstate Association of Commissions of Status of Women, Children and Families of Iowa, Interfaith Alliance of Iowa, and Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center.

In talking with your Director Emeritus, Ellery Duke, I found out how our Mother began her relationship with Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center.  Although he didn’t remember who had recommended for her to come on the Board, it was her knowledge of personnel issues which made her a valuable asset to Ellery and the Center.  She and the Personnel Committee of the Board reviewed the employment handbook and helped make sure the Center was complying with employment rules and regulations.  Ellery said he relied on her for her expertise in the area of Human Resources.

When her term as a regular board member was coming to an end, she wanted to become a Foundation Board member and did so.  Which she then became the President of.  A former employee here recalls our Mother’s tremendous organizational skills and the follow-up she provided.  She always had an agenda ready for the meeting and provided typed minutes to the Board members thereafter.  Although no longer the President, Mother was an active member of the Foundation Board during the time of the Capital Campaign which resulted in the facility we are in now.   And, fortunately, she was able to live the benefits of this new facility through partaking in the therapy services herself and personally knowing that others were receiving the help they needed.

A little insight into her private life: She had her hair done weekly. She would not go anywhere without her lipstick on.  She had a passion for fine jewelry and Persian rugs.  When most people walk into a room they notice the walls, the furniture and maybe the lighting.  Our mother walked in with her head down, inspecting what covering was on the floors.  She collected teacups and saucers.  She loved eggs made out of all kinds of substances; stone, malachite, porcelain, glass…  She felt that eggs were a representation of life’s renewal.  She studied and educated herself on various religions. Oh, and she was a published author at age 90.  She wrote “Sanity after Seventy, a humorous and poignant look at life in the very mature years….by a woman who is living them.”

At times she was quite haughty and a snob.  She was almost the spitting image of Queen Elizabeth II and in our family, she WAS the Queen. But she was a very loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was an excellent role model for women and she had an adage for us: if you join a group and don’t like how it is run, either quit or take it over!

Our Mother was a huge believer in education and in helping others.  She had a deep sense of faith.  Ellery Duke told me that Mother was especially pleased with Des Moines Pastoral Counseling because of your ability to integrate spirituality and human need.  This bequest to Des Moines Pastoral Counseling was not a last minute decision nor was it made lightly.  I was her attorney for many years and every time we dealt with her estate planning, she made sure that she would be providing for this Center.  And as such, our Mother presents to you a check.

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For more information about the benefits of estate giving, please visit www.dmpcc.org/legacy.

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The Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center launches a strategic planning process with support from the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines

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(Des Moines, Iowa) August 1, 2017 – The Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center received a $2,100 Capacity Building Grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines to help launch a strategic planning process to clarify immediate priorities, sharpen organizational vision, and focus the framework for growth. The process will be led by a volunteer group comprised of board and staff, including the new executive director, Jim Hayes, D.Min., M.Div.

“This planning process comes at a crucial time because of the great uncertainty and unprecedented change in the health care landscape in central Iowa,” said Hayes. “We are grateful for this tremendous support from the Community Foundation. I am convinced that our collaboration will make a positive difference for many individuals, far into the future.”

James E. Hayes, D. Min., M. Div., Executive Director, Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center

As a nonprofit provider of mental health counseling and education, the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center has cultivated a broad base of support and is poised to effect greater community impact.

“With a multidisciplinary staff of 27 highly trained mental health clinicians, we know there are many assets to bring to the table,” Hayes continued. “We want to move forward in a way that is most effective and efficient.”

The provision of mental health counseling and educational services is imperiled by the potential repeal of the Affordable Care Act and looming cuts to Medicaid and traditional insurance benefits. Meanwhile, the need for improved access to coordinated behavioral health services has never been greater. The Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center is poised

“The Community Foundation understands strategic planning is critical for the sustainable success of our community’s nonprofit organizations. We are proud to support the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center as they continue to provide mental health services to those in need,” shares the Community Foundation’s Chief Community Impact Officer, Angie Dethlefs-Trettin.

Through this strategic planning initiative, the Center seeks to ensure its future relevancy in meeting the needs of our community as a leader in mental health counseling and education including innovative, holistic approaches.

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The Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines improves quality of life for all by promoting charitable giving, connecting donors with causes they care about and providing leadership on important community issues…we’re simply better together. The Community Foundation manages assets in excess of $477 million, administers over 1,730 charitable funds and distributed over $29 million in grants in 2016.

The Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center is a nonprofit, nonsectarian organization serving more than 3,700 individuals annually including 645 children and adolescents through counseling and education. The Center is not affiliated with a particular religious group and respects the values of all. Although best known for its 45 years of providing professional mental health therapy, the Center is a multi-faceted organization providing a range of services to promote education and understanding:

  • Counseling, including specialized services for children and adolescents
  • Psychiatry (medication management)
  • Psychological testing and assessment
  • Biofeedback therapy and other holistic approaches
  • Training for clinical professionals
  • Leadership and spiritual life programming
  • Career Coaching
  • Conflict transformation and strategic planning services for congregations, nonprofits and businesses

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Women Helping Women event raises $145,000 to provide mental health counseling for women and girls in need

Des Moines, IA (May 22, 2017) – More than 500 persons attended the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center’s 19th annual Women Helping Women Luncheon on May 19th which raised $145,000 to provide counseling services to underserved women and girls. This is the most money raised in the event’s history, exceeding the previous year by $25,000. The event’s proceeds will increase access to vitally important mental health services and will provide nearly 1,300 hours of quality counseling services to underserved and uninsured women and girls.

Social activist, professor and artist Tilly Woodward captivated the audience with her stories of individuals and groups who experienced discrimination and trauma from racism, sexual assault or AIDS, and who were able to heal, in part, because of the power of art. This year’s event honoree was community leader and philanthropist Pamela Bass-Bookey, founding member of the Des Moines Public Art Foundation who has helped to make Des Moines a world class destination for public art.

The Center’s new executive director, Jim Hayes, said, “This was my first time to attend the Women Helping Women luncheon and it was truly as meaningful and inspirational as I had been told it would be. The $145,000 raised will allow us to continue our important mission of providing hope and healing to those in need, especially to vulnerable women and girls.”

Since 1998 the Center’s Women Helping Women luncheon has raised almost $700,000, providing access and care to thousands of women and girls in need.

The Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center, founded in 1972 with just two counselors, now employs 26 licensed mental health professionals and serves more than 3,700 persons annually, including nearly 700 children and adolescents. The Center is committed to its mission of bringing understanding, hope and healing to people of all ages through mental health counseling and education.

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Social activist, professor and artist Tilly Woodward captivated the audience with her stories of individuals and groups who experienced discrimination and trauma from racism, sexual assault or AIDS, and who were able to heal, in part, because of the power of art. ~ 19th Annual Women Helping Women Luncheon, hosted by the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center (photo credit: Christopher Maharry)

Event honoree was community leader and philanthropist Pamela Bass-Bookey (center), founding member of the Des Moines Public Art Foundation who has helped to make Des Moines a world class destination for public art. She received a standing ovation for her contributions to the community. ~ 19th Annual Women Helping Women Luncheon, hosted by the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center (Photo credit: Christopher Maharry)

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The community is invited to the 19th Annual Women Helping Women luncheon, benefitting vulnerable women and girls who need mental health counseling

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(Des Moines, Iowa) May 2, 2017 – The Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center is hosting its 19th Annual Women Helping Women Luncheon, benefitting vulnerable women and girls who need quality mental health services. The luncheon will take place on Friday, May 19, 2017 at the Embassy Suites in downtown Des Moines. To make reservations, please visit www.dmpcc.org or call 515-251-6670.

The keynote speaker will be artist, professor and social activist Tilly Woodward. The honoree will be Pamela Bass-Bookey, whose leadership as a founding member and first President of the Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation has helped to make Des Moines a world class destination for public art.

Women Helping Women has built a strong reputation as an event that provides stimulating, motivational speakers, creates an exceptional opportunity for networking, and, most importantly, supports women in need. Last year nearly 500 people attended the event and the funds raised helped provide over one thousand counseling sessions for women and girls who otherwise would not have had access to counseling.

“It is deeply moving to see how people respond to Women Helping Women with great generosity in spirit and support,” said Terri Mork Speirs, Director of Marketing at the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center. “Many of us have personal experience with depression, anxiety, abuse, trauma, loss and other emotional challenges – and we want to help others. The luncheon is a chance to enjoy a lovely time with friends for a great cause while being inspired by two amazing women.”

Mental health is an important issue for all. For women and girls the needs are further complicated because of their overrepresentation in populations that experience poverty and crime. Lone mothers can be the most vulnerable and often have little to no access to resources, including counseling and psychiatry.

Since 1999, the Center’s Women Helping Women annual luncheon has raised almost $700,000 to provide counseling assistance so that those who need professional help may access it, including those who are underinsured or live in low-income households.

For more information and to make reservations, please visit www.dmpcc.org or contact Terri Speirs at tspeirs@dmpcc.org or 515-251-6670.

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More about the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center:

The Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center is a nonprofit, nonsectarian organization serving more than 3,700 individuals annually including 645 children and adolescents. The Center is not affiliated with a particular religious group and respects the values of all. Although best known for its 45 years of providing professional mental health therapy, the Center is a multi-faceted organization providing a range of services to promote education and understanding:

  • Counseling, including specialized services for children and adolescents
  • Psychiatry
  • Psychological testing and assessment
  • Training for clinical professionals
  • Leadership and spiritual life programming
  • Career Coaching
  • Conflict transformation and strategic planning services for congregations, nonprofits and businesses

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Media contact:

Terri Speirs, Director of Marketing and Communications

Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center

8553 Urbandale Ave., Urbandale, IA 50322

515-251-6670 / tspeirs@dmpcc.org / www.dmpcc.org / YouTube Channel

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Event speaker, Tilly Woodward, click for high resolution image

 

We’re expecting 500 attendees. Click image for high resolution image.

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Thank you to the 2017 women helping women sponsors and donors

Thank you to the many businesses and individuals who have provided support to the  19th Annual Women Helping Women Luncheon , ensuring greater access to quality mental health services for vulnerable girls and women from low-income households. 

Updated 5/2/17

Leadership Sponsors

American Enterprise Group

Pamela Bass-Bookey and Harry Bookey

Jordan Lloyd Bookey and Felix Brandon Lloyd, Blaine Bookey and Richard T. Walker, Natalie Bookey Baker and Mike Baker

Susan and William C. Knapp

 

Supporting Sponsor

Hy-Vee

 

Contributing Sponsors

Bankers Trust

Borgen Systems

Cultivating Compassion: The Dr. Richard Deming Foundation

Davis Brown Law Firm

Des Moines University

Foster Group

Holmes Murphy

Iowa Radiology

Jewish Federation of Greater Des Moines

Kitchen Collage

Meredith Corporation

Angela Connolly, Polk County Board of Supervisors

The Iowa Clinic Women’s Center

UnityPoint Health – Des Moines

West Bank

Zanzibars Coffee Adventure

 

Media Sponsors

Business Publications Corporation, Inc.

More 104.1 (KMYR-FM)

 

Individuals

The following individuals have made generous donations to assist in providing counseling services for low-income and underserved women and girls. Thank you to this amazing group for this remarkable support.

Special Friends – $1,000

Barbara Beatty, M.D.

Gloria Burnett, in memoriam

Patty and Mary Cownie

Paula Duncan

Lois and Rhonda Fingerman

John Fisher and Jann Freed

Judith Flapan

Barbara Gartner

Suzie Glazer Burt

Mary Gottschalk

Norma Hirsch, M.D.

Trudy Holman Hurd

Charlotte Hubbell

Ellen Hubbell

Rusty Hubbell

LaDonna Matthes

Brenda Mouw

Doris Jean Newlin

Jill Oman

Stephanie Pearl

Shirley Poertner

Ann Richards

Kay Riley

Janis Ruan

Jackie Saunders

Mary Seidler

Rebecca Shaw, M.D.

Kathy and Ted Stuart

Marsha Ternus

Nanette Tollakson

Toni Urban

Susan Voss

Sally Wood

Kathi Zimpleman

Alan Zuckert

 

Leaders Plus – $500

Shelly Brody

Sondra Eddings

Rosalie Gallagher

Sharon Goldford

Anne Kelly

Jeanne Levitt

Liz Neumann

Barbara Nish

Cynthia O’Brien

Deb Pulver

Barb Sherman

 

Leaders – $250

Robin Ahnen-Cacciatore

Anonymous

Linda Anderson

Stephanie Asklof

Sandra L. Axness

Barbara Bachman

Connie Beasley

Sandy Benson Johnson

Jan Berg Kruse

Jan Berlin

Connie Boesen

Carol Bodensteiner

Nancy Bone

Margaret Borgen

Anne Broderick

Eileen Burtle

Phyllis Cacciatore

Teree Caldwell-Johnson

Randi Carr

Kevin Carroll

LaNae Ceryanec

Nancy Cheeseman

Polly Clark

Alicia Claypool

Julius S. Conner, M.D.

Julie Ann Connolly

Chris Conyers

Beth Coonan

Joy Corning

Charlie Day

M.J. Dolan

Amy and Tom Donnelly

Marsha and Ellery Duke

Dave Egleston

Kathy Elsner

Karen Engman

Denise Essman

Jeff Fleming

Peggy Fisher

Allison Fleming

Julie Fleming

Mary Susan Gibson

Kathleen T. Giles

Debbie Gitchell

Diane Glass

Linda Goeldner

Bonnie Green

Renee Hardman

Sarah Hayes, M.D.

Lynn Heggen

Barbara Hein

Trudie and Hal Higgs

Starr Hinrichs

Dixie Hoekman

Denise J.A. Holck

Debbie Hubbell

Bev Hutney

Connie Isaacson

Marian Jacobs

Kate Juelfs

Mary Kelly

Suzan Kelsey Brooks

Sue Kenny

Nancy Knapp

Mary Kramer

Diane Krell

Mary F. Kunkel

Jennie Legates

Caroline Levine

Christine Lewis

Marian Lyddon

Robbie Malm

Lorraine May

Robbie G. Malm

Claudette McDonald

Rachel and Bill McDonough

Andrea McGuire, M.D.

Terri Mork Speirs

Diane Morain

Debra Moyer

Cindy Mumm

Katherine Murphy

Pauline Niebur

Mary Y. Nilsen

Charlotte Noble

Paula O’Brien

Jeanne O’Halloran

Dixie Hoekman

Representative Jo Oldson

Lynsey Oster

Gail Pearl

Sally Pederson

Senator Janet Petersen

Mary Jo Pomerantz

Deanna Questad, M.D.

Lynette Rasmussen

Elizabeth Raymond

Mary Riche

Karen Ritchie

Helen Robinson

Kelle Rolfes

Janet Rosenbury

M. Jessica Rowe

Patrice Sayre

Jan Schellhammer

Rose Mary Shira

Patricia Schneider

Pam Schoffner

Marti Sivi

Mary Kay Shanley

Judith Sheldon

Patsy Shors

Laurie Betts Sloterdyk

Heather Soener

Barbara Stennes

Sheila Starkovich Lingwall

Rachel Stauffer

Beth Stelle Jones

Ellen Strachota

Mary Stuart

Gail Stubbs

Christy Sullivan

Harold and Joyce Templeman

Rachel Thorson Mithelman

Ashley Tollakson

Karen Unrau

Terri Vaughan

Susan Vujnovich McRoberts

Virginia Wangerin

Linda Weidmaier

Michele Whitty

Malinda Wiesner Hammerstrom

Jean Williams

Connie Wimer

Karen Worth

Roberta Yoder

Kent Zimmerman

Kathy Zumbach

 

Young Leaders – $100

Emily Betts Susanin

Annie S. Brandt

Rachel Bruns

Rachel Dahlen

Courtney Erickson

Daniel Hoffman-Zinnel

Alex Hubbell

Kelly Isaacson

Tessa Isaacson

Ali Makris

Libby Moench

Anne Roth

Siobhan Spain

Kelly Sparks

Dania Wilson

 

Table Sponsors – $750

Aureon Staffing

Bank of the West

Hubbell Realty Company

Jewish Federation of Greater Des Moines

Ann Flood

Robyn and Bret Mills

Nyemaster Goode, P.C.

Thrivent Financial – Laurie Gowdy

 

Corporate Friends – $500

Josephs Jewelers

Kemin Industries, Inc.

Laden and Pearson, P.C.

New Leaf Wellness

Veridian Credit Union

Wild Rose Entertainment

Willis Auto Campus

 

 

In-Kind Support

Boesen the Florist

Connie Wilson Design

Tandem CRM

 

 

2017 Women Helping Women Committee

Jann E. Freed, Co-Chair

Anne M. Kelly, Co-Chair

Robin Ahnen-Cacciatore

Jacki Askelson

Stephanie Asklof

Emily Betts Susanin

Carol Bodensteiner

Margaret Borgen

Annie S. Brandt

Beth Coonan

Paula Duncan

Kathy Giles

Sharon Goldford

Starr Hinrichs

Bev Hutney

Connie Isaacson

Kate Juelfs

Mary Kramer

Claudette McDonald

Robyn Mills

Terri Mork Speirs

Lynsey Oster

Laurie Sloterdyk

Kelly Sparks

Kathy Stuart

Karen Unrau

Susan Voss

Sally Wood