Bench Named in Memory of Jim Bell

October 14, 2019 (Independence, IA) – The Independence Community School District (ICSD) and Mustang Foundation, Inc. would like to extend their thanks after a recent donation was made to the American Trotter Trail project.  Emily Cahalan organized a Go Fund Me campaign to raise money for a bench in memory of her uncle, Jim Bell.  In less than two weeks, more than $1500 was raised from various community and family members to reach the fundraising goal.

Jim spent more than 17 years as a custodian for the Independence Community School District, and cared deeply about the staff and students he worked with. He enjoyed reading, and spent many hours lost in a mystery or western novel. His family was important to him, and he attended every one of his boys’ basketball games. He was usually found in the opposing teams bleachers making friends.

The bench will be located in front of the JR/SR High School where students, staff and guests entering the facility can see Jim’s plaque and remember all the good he brought to the community and his family. The family chose to have the plaque say “loved by family and friends” because of the love of the family and friends who paid for the bench.   

Making a donation to Mustang Foundation, Inc., c/o the American Trotter Trail Project is a distinct way to honor a loved one, recognize a graduating class (Class of XXXX), remember an achievement (XXXX State Champs), or publicize your business name to all who frequent the trail. The funds donated to the Mustang Foundation, c/o the American Trotter Trail Project, are used to pay for additional benches and other improvements at Leinbaugh Field, Mustang Way Park and the tennis courts. 

Community members have access to this paved trail on part of the Independence Community School District’s 92 acres. The American Trotter Trail name is in honor of the late C.W. Williams who owned a horse racing publication in the 1890’s called The American Trotter, and also had a nationally recognized kite-shaped horse racing track, located primarily on the school’s 92 acres. 

To make a donation or for more information on the American Trotter Trail, visit the Independence Mustang Foundation website at www.indeemustangfoundation.com.

Donate in memory of Tom Sheets

Donors in the community are coming together to purchase a blocking sled for the Independence Mustang Football to use this coming football season. This blocking sled will be purchased in memory of Tom Sheet and his many years of dedication to the Mustang Football program.

Here’s how you can donate to this cause:

  • Online donation
  • Write a check to the Mustang Foundation with the name Tom Sheets in the memo line.
    • Checks can me mailed to: Mustang Foundation, Inc. c/o Rob Robinson, P.O. Box 229, Independence, Iowa 50644
    • Checks can be dropped off to any local BankIowa location

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The Mustang Foundation Inc. (Foundation) is a 501 (c) (3) public charity and is qualified by the IRS to receive tax-deductible gifts, bequests, devises or transfers.

The Foundation is organized exclusively for the charitable, educational, and scientific purposes which benefit or support extra curricular activities of the Independence Community School District. A nine-person board appointed in staggered terms by the Independence Community School District Board governs the Foundation.

The Foundation’s assets are made up of endowments as well as restricted nonendowed funds for specific short-term projects. Past projects have included, but are not limited to, funding for an all-weather track, gifts for mentoring programs, gifts for classroom reading programs, funds for softball / baseball complex improvements, sponsoring guest fine arts performers, class and whole-grade field trip funding support, funding to construct a stand alone multi-purpose athletic facility, funding for after school and summer education programming, and funding for theatre productions and sound equipment upgrades.

Questions regarding the Foundation can be directed to board member and treasurer Rob Robinson at 319-334-7181 or rob.robinson@bankiowa.com.

LOCAL FARMER DIRECTS AMERICA’S FARMERS GROW COMMUNITIES DONATION TO THE INDEPENDENCE MUSTANG FOUNDATION

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Contacts: Angela Allen, America’s Farmers Grow Communities, (314) 694-1333


LOCAL FARMER DIRECTS AMERICA’S FARMERS GROW COMMUNITIES DONATION TO THE INDEPENDENCE MUSTANG FOUNDATION

  • Each year, the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program partners with local farmers to provide grants to local nonprofits.
  • Sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, a philanthropic arm of Bayer, the program provides farmers the opportunity to support and give back to nonprofit organizations they care about in their local communities by enrolling for a chance to direct a $2,500 donation to a nonprofit of their choice.
  • Since 2010, the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program has given more than $33 million to over 8,000 nonprofits across rural America.

Independence, IA (February 2019) – County farmer, Jim Beatty, directed $2,500 to The Independence Mustang Foundation through America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, a philanthropic arm of Bayer. As part of their mission, “The Independence Mustang Foundation will use the funds exclusively for the charitable, educational, and scientific purposes which benefit or support extracurricular activities of the Independence Community School District.” said, Rob Robinson, Mustang Foundation Treasurer.

Celebrating its 10th year, America’s Farmers Grow Communities partners with farmers to support nonprofit organizations strengthening rural communities. The program offers farmers the chance to direct a $2,500 donation to a nonprofit of their choice. It has awarded more than $33 million to over 8,000 nonprofits across rural America.

“A better life is Bayer’s goal. Farmers are invested in their communities, they root for their neighbors, and they know when and where there is a need,” said Al Mitchell, Vice President Corporate Engagement, Bayer. “Farmers are one of America’s best resources, which is why Grow Communities partners with them to direct donations to the organizations they are passionate about and that make a positive impact and a better life in communities.”

To learn more about the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program, visit www.AmericasFarmers.com or follow on Facebook at facebook.com/AmericasFarmers.

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About America’s Farmers
Started in 2010, the America’s Farmers programs, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, a philanthropic arm of Bayer, have been dedicated to partnering with farmers to strengthen rural communities. The programs provide funding for ag scholarships, nonprofit donations and school STEM grants. Since inception the fund has awarded over $50 million to rural communities. For more information visit AmericasFarmers.com.

About the Monsanto Fund
The Monsanto Fund, a philanthropic arm of Bayer, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the communities where farmers and Bayer employees live and work. Visit the Monsanto Fund at www.monsantofund.org.

Roberts & Eddy, P.C. Donating Picnic Table for Leinbaugh Field

December 24, 2018 (Independence, IA) – The Mustang Foundation, Inc. would like to extend their appreciation to a recent donor to the Independence Community School District Paver Project. Roberts & Eddy, P.C. made a $1,500.00 donation of a picnic table located on the paver project at Leinbaugh Field.

Roberts & Eddy, P.C. an Independence based law firm with three arttorneys, Daryl Roberts, Brian Eddy and Jeremy Hahn, and five legal assistants. They are committed to providing exceptional services to their clients and giving back to the community. Roberts & Eddy, P.C. offers professional legal services in several areas including business/corporate law, taxation, real estate, probate, estate planning, wills, trusts, family law and litigation. For more information, please visit www.robertseddy.com or follow ‘Roberts & Eddy, P.C.’ on Facebook.

To make a donation or for more information on the Leinbaugh Complex Paver Project,  visit the Independence Mustang Foundation website at www.indeemustangfoundation.com.

 

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10th Annual Mustang Foundation Banquet

 

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The Mustang Foundation board members would like to invite fans of the Independence Community School District (ICSD) to an evening out supporting the Mustangs! Put on your maroon and white and come enjoy the 10th Annual Mustang Foundation Fundraising Banquet and the Foundation’s 25th anniversary! Attendees will enjoy the company of friends and together raise money for a common cause.

The Mustang Foundation, Inc. was formed in 1994 with the mission of the Foundation to solicit and receive contributions, grants, gifts and transfer of property to or for the benefit of the Independence Community School District. In 1998, Rudy Leytze donated $100,000 to create the Mustang Foundation Endowment Fund. The Foundation’s annual community banquet was created to strengthen the endowment fund. Additionally, a portion of the banquets proceeds go directly towards selected school projects/activities. Since the formation of the Foundation, the organization has funneled over $3 million in gifts toward the betterment of the ICSD.

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Weltzin Family Donates to the American Trotter Trail

August 27, 2018 (Independence, IA) – The Independence Community School District (ICSD) would like to extend their thanks to a recent donor of the American Trotter Trail project, the Weltzin family. The Weltzin family made a donation of a bench with a plaque which reads, “Flying with butterflies. In memory of Sheryl Weltzin,” in the memory of their mother, Sheryl Weltzin.

Sheryl R. Weltzin was a woman who emphasized the importance of making the most of the little things.  While others looked to high profile vacations and expensive toys, Sheryl was content to sit on her deck in the early morning hours, drinking coffee, reading a book, and listening to the birds chirp.  Sheryl epitomized and emphasized integrity, strength, and empathy.  She instilled these values into her four children Jeremy, Jennifer, Jillian, and Jesse, from an early age, using every day family activities to drive togetherness and a caring environment.  Her children were everything to her, and she made sure to provide them with the utmost support through all of their endeavors.

Sheryl worked at Kwik Star in Independence for 25 years, and by all accounts, was a customer favorite due to her bubbly attitude and genuine approach.  Her favorite hobbies included: watching old time westerns and shows, enjoying her quiet morning time, visiting the Amish in the country, piecing together puzzles, and was especially gifted at sewing.

The family thought a bench on the trail close to the prairie grass where someone could sit and listen to the birds and nature as their mother did, was a wonderful way to keep their mother’s memory alive. Their bench is located at the east entrance of the American Trotter Trail.

The funds donated to the American Trotter Trail Project are used to pay for the benches, lighting and litter receptacles along the trail.

Making a donation to the American Trotter Trail is a distinct way to honor a loved one, recognize a graduating class (Class of XXXX), remember an achievement (XXXX State Champs), or publicize your business name to all who frequent the trail.

Community members have access to this paved trail on part of the Independence Community School District’s 92 acres. The American Trotter Trail name is in honor of the late C.W. Williams who owned a horse racing publication in the 1890’s called, The American Trotter, and also had a nationally recognized kite-shaped horse racing track, located primarily on the school’s 92 acres.  The American Trotter Trail connects all three school buildings, creating a unified campus.

To make a donation or for more information on the American Trotter Trail, visit the Independence Mustang Foundation website at www.indeemustangfoundation.com.

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Corkery Family Donates to the American Trotter Trail

July 19, 2018 (Independence, IA) – The Independence Community School District (ICSD) would like to extend their thanks to a recent donor of the American Trotter Trail project, the Corkery Family. The Corkery family made a donation of a bench, in the memory of their parents, Jim and Jan Corkery. They honored them with a plaque on the bench which reads “Jim & Jan Corkery 30 Years of Service to Indee Schools.”

Jim and Jan Corkery were dedicated employees of the Independence Community School System. Jim was a middle school social studies teacher from 1964-1995. Students who had Jim as a teacher, may remember memorizing the 99 counties in Iowa, reading maps, his sympathy for the soldiers and families involved in the Vietnam War, and his stories about raising and showing pigeons. He was even known to pass on a few pigeons to anyone who expressed the least bit of interest in raising pigeons of their own.

Jim was also an excellent coach. He coached 7th grade football, basketball, and track and field. He genuinely loved being a coach and seeing the kids succeed. He enjoyed the people he taught and coached with; considering many of them best friends.

As the years went by, Jim enjoyed running into past students and former players and hearing all about their life’s journey and reminiscing for a bit. His family believes if he had to do it all over again he would in a minute.

Jim’s love for teaching inspired all three of his children to choose education as a career. Jan, Jim’s wife of 57 years, was a dedicated secretary with the school system from 1976-1995, most of that time being in the administration building. She too loved being a part of the Independence Community School District and working with so many wonderful people. For this reason, the bench donation seemed a perfect addition to ICSD, where Jan and Jim dedicated their time and made many memories.

Both Jim and Jan passed away within eight months of each other in the last year and a half. The family would like to honor their lives and memories right at the school where someone may sit and reminisce with Jim and Jan once again. Their bench is located in front of the Jr./Sr. High school beneath the flag pole.

The funds donated to the American Trotter Trail Project are used to pay for the benches, lighting and litter receptacles along the trail.

Making a donation to the American Trotter Trail is a distinct way to honor a loved one, recognize a graduating class (Class of XXXX), remember an achievement (XXXX State Champs), or publicize your business name to all who frequent the trail.

Community members have access to this paved trail on part of the Independence Community School District’s 92 acres. The American Trotter Trail name is in honor of the late C.W. Williams who owned a horse racing publication in the 1890’s called, The American Trotter, and also had a nationally recognized kite-shaped horse racing track, located primarily on the school’s 92 acres.  The American Trotter Trail connects all three school buildings, creating a unified campus.

To make a donation or for more information on the American Trotter Trail, visit the Independence Mustang Foundation website at www.indeemustangfoundation.com.

 

Pictured are Jim & Jan Corkery’s children and their families who made this generation donation in memory of their parents/grandparents.  Front - Loren Pink, Breanne Pink, Baby McCoy Pink, Baby Caden Pink, Austin Pink, Katelyn Loveland, Daughter Deb Corkery Bundy Back- Daughter Angie Corkery Pink, son Brian Corkery, Julie Corkery, Emma Corkery, Spencer Pink, Daniel Bundy, Kyle Bundy, Jayson Bundy, Kevin Bundy (not pictured Anna Corkery)

Pictured are Jim & Jan Corkery’s children and their families who made this generation donation in memory of their parents/grandparents.
Front – Loren Pink, Breanne Pink, Baby McCoy Pink, Baby Caden Pink, Austin Pink, Katelyn Loveland, Daughter Deb Corkery Bundy Back- Daughter Angie Corkery Pink, son Brian Corkery, Julie Corkery, Emma Corkery, Spencer Pink, Daniel Bundy, Kyle Bundy, Jayson Bundy, Kevin Bundy (not pictured Anna Corkery)

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9th Annual Mustang Foundation Banquet Set for January 27, 2018 – Order Tickets Now

The Mustang Foundation Banquet Committee would like to invite fans of the Independence Community School District (ICSD) to an evening out supporting the Mustangs! Put on your maroon and white and come enjoy the 2018 Mustang Foundation Banquet! Attendees will enjoy the company of friends, indulge in fabulous desserts and together raise money for a common cause.

The upcoming banquet is scheduled for Saturday, January 27, 2018. Social hour is set to begin at 5:30, dinner will be served shortly after 7:00 by Bill’s Pizza & Smokehouse, and auction items will be available throughout the evening. This past January, a sold out crowd raised over $20,000 toward the Mustang Foundation’s endowment fund, which is to benefit and support the extracurricular activities of the ICSD.

The evening will also include live and silent auction items completely unique to the Mustang Foundation Banquet. Emcees for this year will once again be Meg Rawlins and Danielle Meyer, both employees of the ICSD. If you missed how entertaining they were at  last year’s banquet, make sure you don’t miss it this year!

The Mustang Foundation’s annual banquet is highlighted by the unique way of presenting and serving desserts. The desserts are made by volunteer dessert chefs associated with various ICSD student activities, clubs or classrooms. These dessert chefs prepare lavish and indulgent desserts, in order to generate tips from the table they are serving; the chef with the largest amount of tips is declared the winner of the evening. Last year’s dessert chefs raised over $7,000 in tips! These tips are then evenly distributed to benefit the ICSD groups who had a chef representing them.

The Mustang Foundation, Inc. was formed in 1994 with the mission of the Foundation to solicit and receive contributions, grants, gifts and transfer of property to or for the benefit of the Independence Community School District. In 1998, Rudy Leytze donated $100,000 to create the Mustang Foundation Endowment Fund. The Foundation’s annual community banquet was created to strengthen the endowment fund. Additionally, a portion of the banquets proceeds go directly towards selected school projects/activities. Since the formation of the Foundation, the organization has funneled over $3 million in gifts toward the betterment of the ICSD.

To order your individual tickets or sponsor a table of eight for the 2018 Banquet, please visit our website https://www.indeemustangfoundation.com/donate/ .  In the top right corner click on DONATE & ORDER TICKETS. This brings up the donation page. Complete your data and under the drop down menu for “Donate or Purchase Tickets” select “Mustang Foundation Banquet”. Proceed with ordering and paying for your tickets.   You may also call Shelly Whited at 319-334-7534 or email shelly.whited@bankiowa.com. Table sponsors and donors will be recognized throughout the evening. The Mustang Foundation Banquet continues to be a sellout event every year, so plan on ordering your tickets early. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

For more information about the Mustang Foundation, visit the Independence Mustang Foundation website at https://www.indeemustangfoundation.com/donate/.

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The Mustang Foundation Inc. (Foundation) is a 501 (c) (3) public charity and is qualified by the IRS to receive tax-deductible gifts, bequests, devises or transfers. The Foundation is organized exclusively for the charitable, educational, and scientific purposes which benefit or support extra-curricular activities of the Independence Community School District. A 13-person board appointed in staggered terms by the Independence Community School District Board governs the Foundation.

Superior Cleaning Services Make Monetary Donation to Final Push

The Mustang Foundation, Inc. extend their appreciation to recent Final Push donor, Superior Cleaning Services. At a recent Mustang Foundation, Inc. board meeting, Superior Cleaning Services owner, Doug Cue, presented the Mustang Foundation with a monetary donation to the Mustang Foundation’s Final Push Campaign.

Superior Cleaning Services is a full service commercial janitorial/floor care company headquartered out of Independence, IA, who serve most of the Northeast Iowa area. Available services include janitorial duties, construction cleanup, parking lot sweeping, parking lot striping, carpet cleaning and more.

The Superior Cleaning Services team aim to provide personal service to each client while maintaining quality workmanship on every commitment; there are two things that are never swept under the rug, great service and competitive pricing. When Superior Cleaning Services is finished with your project, you’ll be proud to tell others that it was truly a “Superior Job”.

“The Mustang Foundation recognizes Doug and Superior Cleaning as a longtime supporter of the Mustang Foundation and the Independence Community School District. Whether it’s his services, his time or a monetary donation, we thank Doug and the Superior Cleaning team for their continued contributions,” stated Mustang Foundation Treasurer, Rob Robinson. “These gifts of time, services and money from local businesses and residents enhance the mission of the Mustang Foundation and benefit the extracurricular activities of the Independence Community School District.”

For more information about the Mustang Foundation and the Final Push Campaign, visit the Independence Mustang Foundation website at www.indeemustangfoundation.com.

Superior Cleaning

Photo: (Image by Charlie McCardle) Mustang Foundation, Inc. board members Shelly Whited, Lloyd Davis, Megan Rasmussen, Kim Hansen, Susan Johnson, Meredith Miller, Lans Flickinger, Dan Kegler, Andy Hauber and Rob Robinson pose with Superior Cleaning Services owner, Doug Cue.

The Mustang Foundation Inc. (Foundation) is a 501 (c) (3) public charity and is qualified by the IRS to receive tax-deductible gifts, bequests, devises or transfers. The Foundation is organized exclusively for the charitable, educational, and scientific purposes which benefit or support extra-curricular activities of the Independence Community School District. A 13-person board appointed in staggered terms by the Independence Community School District Board governs the Foundation.

Order Tickets Now for the January 21st Annual Mustang Foundation Banquet

The Mustang Foundation Banquet Committee is inviting all Independence Community School District (ICSD) fans to an evening enjoying the company of friends, indulging in fabulous desserts and together raising money for a common cause…supporting the Mustangs!

The upcoming banquet is scheduled for Saturday, January 21, 2017. Social hour is set to begin at 5:30, dinner will be served shortly after 7:00 by Bill’s Pizza & Smokehouse.  Auction items will be available throughout the evening.

The 2017 Mustang Foundation Banquet emcees are Meg Rawlins, ICSD Gifted and Talented K-2 and 7-12 teacher and Danielle Meyer, East Elementary Principal. Rawlins and Meyer are sure to keep all banquet patrons entertained! Expect smiles, laughs and maybe even costume changes?

The Mustang Foundation’s annual banquet is highlighted by the unique way of presenting and serving desserts. The desserts are made by volunteer dessert chefs associated with various ICSD student activities, athletics or classrooms. These dessert chefs prepare lavish and indulgent desserts, in order to generate tips from the table they are serving; the chef with the largest amount of tips is declared the winner of the evening. These tips are then evenly distributed to benefit the ICSD groups who had a chef representing them.

The evening will also include live and silent auction items completely unique to the Mustang Foundation Banquet.  Expect to see varying auction items ranging from something you might find on a vehicle to something that takes you high above the clouds to items that will fill your tummies and summer schedules!

This past January, a sold out crowd raised over $20,000 toward the Mustang Foundation’s endowment fund, which is to benefit and support the extracurricular activities of the ICSD.

The Mustang Foundation, Inc. was formed in 1994 with the mission of the Foundation to solicit and receive contributions, grants, gifts and transfer of property to or for the benefit of the Independence Community School District. In 1998, Rudy Leytze donated $100,000 to create the Mustang Foundation Endowment Fund. The Foundation’s annual community banquet was created to strengthen the endowment fund. Additionally, a portion of the banquets proceeds go directly towards selected school projects/activities. Since the formation of the Foundation, the organization has funneled over $3 million in gifts toward the betterment of the ICSD.

Put on your maroon and white and come enjoy the 2017 Mustang Foundation Banquet!

To order your tickets or sponsor a table for the 2017 Banquet, please visit our Donate Page on the Website.  New this year is the ability to order tickets online.  You may also call Rob Robinson at 319-334-7181 or email rob.robinson@bankiowa.com. Table Sponsors will be recognized in the program. The Mustang Foundation Banquet continues to be a sellout event every year, so plan on ordering your tickets early. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

2017 Emcees, Meg Rawlins and Danielle Meyer.

2017 Emcees, Meg Rawlins and Danielle Meyer.

 

The Mustang Foundation Inc. (Foundation) is a 501 (c) (3) public charity and is qualified by the IRS to receive tax-deductible gifts, bequests, devises or transfers. The Foundation is organized exclusively for the charitable, educational, and scientific purposes which benefit or support extra-curricular activities of the Independence Community School District. A 13-person board appointed in staggered terms by the Independence Community School District Board governs the Foundation.