"It would be easy to describe our commitment to the Community Center Project as a sound investment," said John Spies, Past President and Director of the Iowa Trust & Savings Bank. "But it's also a statement of appreciation to the people of the Emmetsburg area."
Those words came with the announcement that Iowa Trust will provide the $500,000 lead gift for the Community Center at Five Island Lake.
"We are proud to be a part of this community," said Spies. "Emmetsburg and Iowa Trust & Savings Bank have enjoyed a shared history for the past 84 years. We are humbled to consider how many people have been a part of our success and delighted we can give something back to keep our area strong and vibrant. We sincerely believe the new Com- munity Center will be a source of community strength and become one more catalyst for the prosperity and enjoyment of our entire community strength and become one more catalyst for the prosperity and enjoyment of our entire community for many years to come."
JOHN SPIES (right) Kris Ausborn are pictured in front of Iowa Trust &?Savings Bank after announcing the key leadership gift for the community center.
--Jane Whitmore photo
"The willingness of the Spies family and the Iowa Trust board of directors to provide this leadership gift gives the project a real boost," said Kris Ausborn, project Strategic Chair and President & CEO of Iowa Trust & Savings Bank. "From a personal standpoint, it is encouraging to be part of an organization and community that is both forward looking and also recognizes the factors that contribute to growth and economic development. Our future is bright because the people of our community embrace challenges and are dedicated to finding solutions. The new Community Center has the potential to greatly enhance our future."
A capital campaign to generate $1.75 million in private and business support for the Community Center at Five Island Lake project is in process. A facility planning committee is targeting a five year timeframe to become self-sustaining with $100,000 included in the fund raising goal to help sustain the center in the intervening time.