BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
FORT MADISON – The Fort Madison Partners and the Fort Madison Daily Democrat honored six deserving local community members who’ve donated time and resources for the betterment of Fort Madison on Friday night.
At the Fort Madison Partners annual dinner entitled “Celebrating Milestones”, Partners Director Tim Gobble addressed a full room of local people representing businesses, service groups, government and industries in and around Fort Madison.
Gobble said there are good things on the horizon for Fort Madison, but the community needs to stay active and integrate with each other to keep the wheels turning.
Rusty Andrews, Chairman of Fort Madison Main Street, honored Kelly Peters for her work on the Main Street Farmers’ Market. Brenda Derr was also nominated.
Angie Budnik, the Fort Madison Chamber of Commerce chair, honored Angela King from Team Staffing in a new category called “Ambassador in Action”. Budnik also honored Rachel Benda as Ambassador of the Year. Sandy Holtkamp and Matt Lafrenz were also nominated for that honor.
Gobble, on behalf of Fort Madison Economic Development Group, then gave the first-ever Community Development Award to Tony Baxter of Baxter Construction. Baxter encouraged those in attendance to keep giving of what they could because even the smallest efforts can make huge benefits. Jenny Steffensmeier, Michael Mohrfeld, and Bob Huffman, Jr. were also nominated for this award.
As is the tradition, the Daily Democrat presented the Citizen of the Year at the end the evening prior to the silent auction winner announcements.
Co-Publisher Bill Helenthal presented the award to Rusty Andrews citing his work on the Fort Madison City Council, Fort Madison Main Street, the Tri-State Rodeo, his work with the Charlie Korschgen Kiddie Parade and a multitude of other ventures. Linda Marshall and Lisa Nafziger were also considered for the honor.
Live auction items including a John Deere Classic Package, a St. Louis Cardinals package, a “Get Your Grill On” grilling package and a “Building Your Image” package were available at the event. Those items were donated by Mid American Energy/Spirit Hollow/SCC, Shottenkirk The GM Giant/Air Choice One/Enterprise, Axalta Coating Systems/Fareway/Hope Real Estate/Kempker’s True Value/Pinnacle Foods, and Devan Marie Photography/Atlas.
Attendees also were able to bid on over 30 silent auction items as well.