Tenco Holds Celebration Banquet

Steve Shama, Keynote Speaker

OTTUMWA-Tenco is planning a Celebration Banquet to be held on Thursday evening, November 2nd at Bridge View Center in anticipation of meeting their Capital Campaign goal of $1.2 million dollars.  In October of 2015, Tenco Capital Campaign Chair Kent Walker publicly announced the campaign, and at this celebration he is expected to announce that the Tenco Foundation has exceeded its goal.

“The public is invited to this special event that will feature an address by inspirational speaker Dr. Steve Shama”, Tenco Capital Campaign Chair Kent Walker stated.  Dr. Shama, who lives in Boston, MA, has recently transitioned  from a 30 year career in medicine to fulltime professional speaking, engaging audiences with topics dear to his heart to include rediscovering the joys of life and why giving of yourself to help others in need feels so good. “I have had the opportunity to hear Steve speak, and I know that people here in southern Iowa will enjoy his enthusiasm, his method of presentation, and his message focused on the good work of Tenco”, added Walker.

The Tenco Capital Campaign has funded many major objectives, including the construction of the new Tenco Hydroponic Greenhouse, the purchase of a wheel chair accessible van, the purchase of a tractor and farm equipment to raise seasonal crops on the land adjacent to the greenhouse, and has raised $40,000 toward the enhancement of the Tenco vehicle fleet.  In addition, the campaign has funded a 74.88 kWh Solar System that will serve the Hydroponic Greenhouse, as well as establishing a Tenco Endow Iowa account that provides a 25% tax credit to Iowans who make contributions to the Tenco Endowment Fund.

Tickets are $50 and are available at Bridge View Center, or by calling Tenco @ (641) 682-8114 or email mmcadams@tenco.org.  Tables for 6 or 8 may be reserved in advance.  The evening will also include a pre-banquet social, as well as a silent and live auction.

The $1.2 million dollar goal was achieved through the assistance of several private, federal, state, foundation and corporate funding sources, as well as past and present Tenco Board Members and Trustees, and Tenco   benefactors.   In addition to Chairman Walker, Tenco Capital Campaign Committee members include Nancy Emanuel, Liz Wilson, Brian Gentz, Julie Zorn, Tenco Executive Director Cheryl Plank, and Tenco Marketing and Development Director Mendy McAdams.  Bob Morrissey, Tenco Marketing and Development staff member coordinated the campaign.

Tenco is a non-profit local corporation currently serving 320 people with disabilities.  Founded in 1965 in Ottumwa, Tenco is celebrating 52 years of service to the people of southern Iowa, and presently serves people with disabilities in Wapello, Jefferson, Van Buren, Marion, Mahaska, Appanoose, and Lucas counties.