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Ten charities win $1,000 in daily fair drawings
DES MOINES, Iowa – (August 23, 2022) – The Humboldt Veterans Memorial Association, which seeks to build a memorial at a city park, won $10,000 Sunday in a random drawing at the Iowa State Fair, through the company’s corporate citizenship program called MidAmerican Energy CARES.
The veterans group is one of 10 nonprofit organizations that won $1,000 during daily drawings at the state fair, based on entries submitted in-person and online. The daily winners were eligible for the $10,000 final day grand prize drawing on top of their $1,000 winning.
“The Humboldt Veterans Memorial Association has been raising funds for a local veterans memorial it plans to build and we hope this $11,000 donation honors both the group’s efforts and also the veterans it seeks to honor,” Kathryn Kunert, MidAmerican Energy vice president of economic connections and integration, said.
The group is seeking to raise funds for a 2,400-square-foot memorial at the city’s Worthington Park to honor local veterans who were killed in action, those who served and local Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion posts.
"Our goal, our mission is to create a lasting tribute to recognize the men and women who served and forever remember those we've lost," Daryle Zwiefel, an Army veteran who served during the Vietnam War and is leading the association’s memorial efforts along with a 10-member board, said. "Thanks to MidAmerican's generosity, this donation helps us move a giant step closer to creating a special place where we can properly and respectfully recognize our local veterans here in Humboldt and Humboldt County."
The 10 nonprofits selected for random $1,000 daily drawings at the fair include:
  • Animal Rescue League of Iowa (Des Moines)
  • Cedar Rapids Concert Chorale (Cedar Rapids)
  • Danish Windmill/The Mill Corporation (Elk Horn)
  • Humboldt Veterans Memorial Association (Humboldt)
  • Iowa Giving Crew (Cedar Rapids)
  • Meals from the Heartland (Des Moines)
  • Nahant Marsh Education Center (Davenport)
  • Noble Initiative Foundation (Griswold)
  • Rebuilding Together Greater Des Moines (Des Moines)
  • Rosecrance Jackson Centers (Sioux City)

MidAmerican Energy CARES corporate citizenship program
Through the MidAmerican Energy CARES program, the company assists nonprofits in the communities it serves. CARES stands for Community Enhancement, Arts and Culture, Environmental Respect, Education/STEM, and Safety.
“Through MidAmerican Energy CARES, we help serve our communities through five areas of corporate giving and thousands of employee volunteer hours,” Kunert said. “Beyond providing great service to our customers every day, we also serve our communities by giving back to these organizations.”
About MidAmerican Energy
MidAmerican Energy, headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, serves 804,000 electric customers in Iowa, Illinois and South Dakota, and 781,000 natural gas customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota. Information about MidAmerican is available at and company social media channels.