Des Moines Community WOWS! at 19th Annual Bayside Brunch 2018!!
All the great super heroes were represented at Bayside Brunch 2018, Sunday, November 4th at Anthony's Homeport in Des Moines. With our theme, Super
Heroes, Ninja Turtles, Batwoman, Superwoman, Superman, Mae West, The Joker.......we had them all and more in festive costumes to support this annual
FUNdraiser for Des Moines low income youth and seniors! in 2.5 hours the generous and caring crowd of 121 guests and volunteers raised over $20,000
for senior services programs and $14,125 for recreation scholarships for low income youth. Our "community defenders of justice" took home great silent,
live and raffle items, as well as restaurant gift certificates. Our BAM they are amazing!! goes as always to the staff at Anthony's Homeport, who
volunteer their time for this event, and provide their executive chef brunch buffet and complimentary champagne.
See Full Details and Photos From Bayside Brunch
We Are LEGACY
For 19 years the Des Moines Legacy Foundation has provided a safety net that supports the vulnerable amongst us. We are the conduit that shows this community
cares. Your generous donations:
- Help our kids participate in supervised recreation programs before and after school and during school vacations;
- Help our seniors prolong their mobility and remain in their homes longer before having to move into costly assisted living; and
- Help fund cultural events such as the Beach Park Summer Concert Series, Shakespeare in the Park and Movies in the Park to enrich our lives.
We are an all-volunteer, 501c3 non-profit dedicated to helping our neighbors. You can be assured that your contribution to the Des Moines Legacy Foundation
goes where you intend. (And it may be tax-deductible!)
Please join us this summer at our annual fundraising events to continue to help make Des Moines a great place to live:
- Bids4Kids – On July 11: Our annual silent auction at Beach Park in conjunction with the opening of the seven-week Summer Concert Series and Destination
Des Moines' Smoke On The Water community barbeque to finance the annual Fireworks Over Des Moines Fourth of July celebration;
- Arts Gala on Poverty Bay – On Sept. 21: Our annual art show and auction at Beach Park to support cultural events and local artists; and
- Bayside Brunch – On Nov. 4: Our annual silent and live auctions at Anthony's Homeport Restaurant to benefit senior services and youth recreation
initiatives. This year's theme is Superheroes and is your chance to be a superhero for the less fortunate in our community.
For more information, visit our Contact Us Page
and thank you for your generous support.
Des Moines Walking Fun - The Walking Sundays Are Back!
Join Gary McNeil, Des Moines Legacy Foundation director, for monthly Sunday walks starting in May. Dates are the 3rd third Sunday of the month.
Walkers meet at the base of the Des Moines marina fishing pier. Walks vary in length and difficulty around the
Des Moines community and will not exceed 4 miles. Walks are rain or shine. Dogs welcome.
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Des Moines Legacy Foundation Annual LEGACY Award
2018 Des Moines Legacy Award goes to volunteer youth sports coach David Rahn - the 2018 Legacy Award winner.
Named by the board of directors, David was presented with a trophy in the form of a glass flame, signifying the positive force of an outstanding
community volunteer in serving the needs of our community through selfless leadership. The presentation took place July 11 during the opening of
the 2018 Summer Concert Series at Beach Park.
David has been a volunteer coach in the Des Moines Parks, Recreation and Senior Services youth sports programs for the past decade. Helping to
shape local youth not only into better-skilled players, but better teammates and human beings. During his tenure David has coached hundreds of
children in multiple sports, truly making a difference in the lives of children in the Des Moines area. David instills in his youth how to be a
model citizen, a contributing member of the community and a good teammate.
He is just one of the many fantastic people who inspire and mold both the character and future of our children through parks and recreation. These
mentors and leaders come from all walks of life, never failing to provide enthusiasm, and guidance. Coaches are some of the most selfless, giving
and incredible people who have an enduring influence on the lives of all with whom they come in contact. Being a coach, for any sport, at any level,
is a daunting challenge and requires absolute commitment and dedication. David has taken on this challenge time and time again. Never once has he
denied a player access to a team he has coached; in fact, David has been accepting of any player regardless of age, gender, race or athletic ability
as long as they were able to be on a city team. David serves as an example of selflessness and passion; an example carried on by all those he has
taught on and off the sports surface. For his tenacious commitment, the employees of Des Moines Parks, Recreation and Senior Services are thankful.
Nomination forms for the 2019 Legacy Award will be available in January.
Des Moines Legacy Foundation Launches a Citywide Playground Project Community Campaign
The Des Moines Citywide Playground Project approved by City Council in March of this year will provide the designs to repair and replace play structures at seven of Des Moines Parks and to create a new play area at Steven J. Underwood Memorial Park. This action is the first of many steps that will be taken within the next three years to restore City's aging park play areas.
The play equipment located at Cecil Powell Neighborhood Park was removed due to safety concerns in 2013 and the neighborhood has asked for the equipment to be replaced. The removal of play equipment at Kiddie Park, Westwood Park and Wooton Park is also eminent, likely within the next year or two. And, there is strong community support for play areas to be installed at Des Moines Beach Park where the play area was removed over a decade ago due to flooding and infrastructure repairs and at Steven J. Underwood Memorial Park where a play area has not been installed due to lack of funding. The City's challenge is the lack of funding resources to make the necessary improvements.