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Spirit Awards

Friday, October 4th, 2019

Iowa Events Center Ballroom

6:00 pm Drink Reception, 7:00 pm Dinner & Program

 

 

The Iowa Safe Schools Spirit Awards, introduced in 2009 and held annually in Des Moines, showcases the work of students, educators, individuals, organizations, and corporations who have made a significant impact on the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) youth.  The Spirit Awards raises funds to support life-saving work that empowers LGBTQ youth across the state. We invite you to join us for a night of celebrating the incredible work being done across the state to support LGBTQ youth as they live their truth!

The 2019 Spirit Awards will be held on October 4th at the Iowa Events Center. Join us for a drink reception beginning at 6:00PM complete with silent auction baskets, and Spirit Awards  program and dinner beginning promptly at 7:00PM.

The emcee for the Spirit Awards will be announced soon, and you won’t believe who we are bringing this year!

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Iowa Safe Schools is proud to recognize the achievements of LGBTQ student groups, educators, partners in progress, and community members throughout the year. The awards that are given out each year are:

GSA of the Year – Sioux City East High School. This award is given to one Gay/Straight Alliance each year in Iowa. To qualify, groups must be: elementary, middle school or high school groups in Iowa and be a part of a primary or secondary education program or institution (i.e. a public or private school or home-school program). Past recipients have included: Des Moines’ East High School (’15); Humboldt High School (’16); Linn-Mar High School (’17); and Ames High School (’18).

Queer Student Organization of the Year – St. Ambrose University PRISM. This award is given to one college or post-secondary group each year in Iowa. To qualify, groups must be: part of any post-secondary educational program or institution. Examples may include: 2-year and 4-year public or private colleges or universities, trade schools, work readiness programs, etc. Past recipients have include the University of Northern Iowa (’18).

The Lynn Reinicke Educator of the Year – Ryan Penning, Valley Southwoods 9th Grade School, West Des Moines, IA. This award is given to an education professional (teacher, school counselor, administrator, para-educator, education support profession) in a k-12 setting who has contributed to creating a more inclusive and supportive learning environment for LGBTQ youth.

Advocate of the Year – Dwolla, Inc. This award is given to a leader in Iowa who has advocated for policy change to create safer communities and schools for LGBTQ youth in the state.

Ally of the Year – Congresswoman Cindy Axne. This award is given to a leader or community member in Iowa who has shown outstanding allyship to LGBTQ youth, and is passionate about creating safer and more inclusive learning environments for all students

Partner in Progress – AFSCME Council 61. This award is given to an organization or corporation who has shown a commitment to promoting inclusion in the workplace or community through active involvement in the LGBTQ community.

 

 

Directions

From Interstate 35 from the North:

Follow I-235 West into downtown Des Moines and take the 3rd Street exit to the Iowa Events Center. Parking is available on-site, with additional street and ramp parking within walking distance of our complex.


From Interstate 35 from the South:

Merge onto the I-235 East exit and travel east towards downtown Des Moines. Take the downtown exit and proceed to the 3rd Street exit. Parking is available on-site, with additional street and ramp parking within walking distance of our complex.


From Interstate 80 from the East:

Headed west on I-80, take the I-235 West exit and continue towards downtown Des Moines. Take the 3rd Street exit (Downtown Des Moines) and go south to the Iowa Events Center complex. Parking is available on-site, with additional street and ramp parking within walking distance of our complex.


From Interstate 80 from the West:

Headed east on I-80, take the I-235 East exit and continue towards downtown Des Moines. Take the Iowa Events Center exit (3rd Street) and turn right. Parking is available on-site, with additional street and ramp parking within walking distance of our complex.

 

Parking

  • Parking is available north of the Iowa Events Center with entrances off of the following streets:
    • 3rd Street
    • 5th Avenue
    • Crocker Street
  • The Iowa Events Center surface parking lots offer the closest and most convenient access to the facility, and easy access to I-235 and other major routes after the event. ADA Accessible parking is available at the Iowa Events Center by entering the lot south of Crocker Street, next to Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center.
  • Cost: $10 for cars and trucks, $20 for large trucks (duallys and snow blades) and $40 for RVs and Buses. Registration for the Spirit Awards does not include parking fees.
  • NOTE: There is NO overnight parking available in Iowa Events Center lots. Vehicles left overnight will be towed.

STREET PARKING DOWNTOWN

  • Street parking is available throughout downtown with the convenience of parking meters. Pay attention to the location and rates as many meters have different time limits and parking restrictions during certain times.

PARKING GARAGES

  • City parking garages are located throughout downtown with convenient skywalk access to the Iowa Events Center. Payment for city garages is collected each time you enter the garage. The City of Des Moines recently completed a downtown parking signage system to give up to the minute details on where parking is available in the garages.
  • The cost varies depending on the garage.