Bank tellers needed to clear their counters in the wake of Spahn & Rose’s annual Big Red Check Day this past December 19. Dozens of huge checks representing donations to local charities and nonprofit organizations were handed out during a celebratory afternoon.
Spahn & Rose welcomed to its Dubuque location more than a dozen representatives from local charitable groups to commemorate the past year’s community involvement.
“It was great to attend Big Red Check Day to reconnect with the Spahn & Rose leadership who helped make this support possible,” says Rachel Dilling, executive director of Habitat for Humanity Dubuque and Jackson Counties. “It was also amazing to see all the organizations Spahn & Rose has supported through their charitable giving. You get a sense for how much they care about their community members, and it was nice to see the diversity of organizations that received support.”
This past year, the Spahn & Rose Charitable Foundation donated $149,925 to 65 organizations that serve the communities in which Spahn & Rose has stores. Established in 1950, the Foundation supports programs that provide services for higher education, healthy communities and at-risk youth. Over the last three years, the Foundation has donated more than $400,000 to a wide range of nonprofit groups and other worthy causes.
In addition to financial contributions, Spahn & Rose also provides a variety of goods to its beneficiaries, giving the Dubuque and Jackson Habitat for Humanity, among others, donations of certain building materials and discounts on others.
“Monetary support is critical, but discounts and donations of products can make all the difference when we’re working to keep projects affordable and help move a family into a home as quickly as we can,” Dilling says.
The Spahn & Rose Foundation has a deep local connection to the areas the company serves. Spahn & Rose employees will often provide recommendations of organizations to support, and the groups that benefit invariably serve broad, varied and diverse segments of their communities.
“The people at Spahn & Rose really understand that we are all in this world together, and they do their part to give back,” says David Moore, director of the annual fund at MercyOne Dubuque Foundation, a Spahn & Rose Foundation recipient. “We recently attended Big Red Check Day and were able to see how many different organizations Spahn & Rose supports. It was truly amazing and inspirational. Dubuque and our surrounding communities are better places to live because of the gifts Spahn & Rose invests in them.”
December’s Big Red Check Day was the culmination of the Foundation’s historic year of giving in 2019. Last May, Affiliated Distributors honored Spahn & Rose with its Giving Back Award, an honor acknowledging member companies that make significant community contributions.
“Each and every one of these organizations Spahn & Rose supports does outstanding work,” says Spahn & Rose CEO and President Dave Davis. “It’s deeply rewarding to help these organizations that are the foundations of our communities.”
Here are the 65 entities that received support from the Spahn & Rose Charitable Foundation in 2019.
American Cancer Society Relay for Life
American Heart Association
American Red Cross—Dubuque Branch
Aquanut Water Shows
Austin Strong Foundation
Beckman School System
Buchanan County Economic Development
Camp Albrecht Acres
Children’s Therapy Center
Clark U One-Team/Dream Athletic Facilities
Colt Drum & Bugle Corps
Crawford County Special Services PDC Chamber
Dubuque Arboretum Association
Dubuque Boys & Girls Club
Dubuque City Rescue Mission
Dubuque Community YMCA
Dubuque Museum of Art
Dubuque Regional Humane Society
Dubuque Symphony Orchestra
Emmaus Bible College
Foundation for Dubuque Public Schools
Foundation for Greater Dubuque—Run 4 Troops
Foundation of Youth
Greater Dubuque Development Corp.
Grundy Center Memorial Hospital
Habitat for Humanity – Dubuque & Jackson Counties
Habitat for Humanity—Iowa Heartland
Hillcrest Family Services—Reflections in the Park
Hills & Dales
Hospice of Dubuque
Iowa College Foundation
Iowa Sports Foundation–Live Healthy Iowa
Junior Achievement of the Heartland
Key West Fire & EMS
Luther Manor—Annual Donation
March of Dimes
MercyOne—Mercy Health Foundation
Pheasants Forever—West Union
Pheasants Forever—Silver Sponsor
Shalom Spirituality Center
Sherrill Fire Department—1 Year
St. Mark Community Center
Stonehill Foundation—Annual Appeal
Tri-State Christian School
University of Dubuque
Visiting Nurse Association Junior Board
Wahlert High School—Holy Family
Walworth County Food Pantry
Warren School Athletic Boosters