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State Historical Society of Iowa Press Release

For immediate release November 9, 2011

Contact: Jeff Morgan, Jeff.Morgan@iowa.gov, (515) 281-3858

7th Annual Chili for Charity Nov. 23 at State Historical Building

Governor Branstad, Lt. Governor Reynolds team up with Girl Scouts to serve guests

DES MOINES – Governor Terry Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds will team up with local Girl Scouts this month to serve guests at the Department of Cultural Affairs’ 7th annual Chili for Charity event.

The public is invited to Chili for Charity 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 23, 2011, at the State Historical Building, 600 E. Locust Street in Des Moines. Guests will receive chili or vegetarian chili, cornbread, dessert and a drink for $5 or the donation of a toy. Proceeds benefit the Food Bank of Iowa and the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots.

“With the holiday season quickly approaching, the Chili for Charity event is an opportunity to help those in need,” DCA Director Mary Tiffany Cownie said. “We are very grateful for the support of Governor Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Reynolds and all of our sponsors. I encourage the public to come out and help support this wonderful event.”

In addition to serving chili, the Girl Scouts will perform songs with accompaniment from Phil Dean, and the White Eagle Pow-Wow will perform Native American drumming and dancing.

Chili for Charity is sponsored by KCCI-TV, U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots, Fareway Stores, Iowa Network Services, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Kum & Go and Café Baratta’s. Call 515-281-5111 for more information.


The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs is responsible for developing the state’s interest in the areas of the arts, history and other cultural matters with the advice and assistance from its two divisions: the State Historical Society of Iowa and the Iowa Arts Council. DCA preserves, researches, interprets and promotes an awareness and understanding of local, state and regional history and stimulates and encourages the study and presentation of the performing and fine arts and public interest and participation in them. It implements tourism-related art and history projects as directed by the General Assembly and designs a comprehensive, statewide, long-range plan with the assistance of the Iowa Arts Council to develop the arts in Iowa. More information about DCA is available at www.culturalaffairs.org.
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