"We are pleased to announce that Mr. Gary Kirke and Dr. Mike Richards are providing a $150,000 leadership gift to our Community Center capital cam- paign," announced Kris Ausborn, Strategic Chair of the Community Center Fundraising campaign.
Mr. Kirke, CEO of Wild Rose Entertainment, Inc., stated this gift is being given to thank the Emmetsburg area and former Iowa State Senator Jack Kibbie.
"The Emmetsburg community and surrounding area have provided tremendous support to Wild Rose Entertainment," said Kirke. "Additionally, Jack Kibbie has been a key part of that support. His tremendous drive to build Iowa's rural communities is contagious for any business looking to grow. It is our desire to honor Jack's commitment not only to the citizens he served in the Iowa Senate, but all Iowans."
According to Ausborn, the support offered by Mr. Kirke and Dr. Richards is important to the Community Center's future success.
"We believe the new Community Center at Five Island Lake and Wild Rose Entertainment are complimentary," said Ausborn. "We're both interested in drawing people, organizations and businesses to the Emmetsburg area. The synergies created by Wild Rose and the Community Center have the potential to create an even stronger draw to establish Emmetsburg as an event destination."
Kibbie, an Honorary Chair of the project, says he was taken aback by the gift.
"To do this on top of the support Wild Rose provides for the area is extraordinary. I think they are sending a message they believe in the Emmetsburg area and this project. It's been a great partnership for our community and it will only get better," Kibbie commented.
Emmetsburg's Community Center will be built on the shore of Five Island Lake. Mr. Kirke and Dr. Richards have requested with their donation that the Lakeview Room in the Community Center be named to honor former Iowa State Senator Jack Kibbie.
The community center is designed to facilitate social, educational and recreational opportunities for area citizens, organizations and businesses. It is designed to facilitate a community of people growing together, providing opportunities that make our area a great place to live, work, relax and raise a family.
Emmetsburg is in the early stages of the capital campaign to raise $1.75 million for the new Community Center project. In addition to contributions from residents and area businesses and industry, the City of Emmetsburg has made application for CAT (Community Action and Tourism) Grant funding.