A crowd of about 300 attended the Annual Tenco Awards Banquet on Friday, April 12th evening at the Bridge View Center, in this Tenco’s 54th anniversary of empowerment to people with disabilities. The event honored business and industry, civic organizations, benefactors, and individuals served by Tenco. “You Rock” was the theme of the evening.
Attendees were entertained by juggler Scott Baird, as well as musical entertainment by Dianna Hill, a singer from Ottumwa. The meal was prepared by Chef Bob Newell and Bridge View Center staff. Outstanding volunteers helping serve were Ottumwa Job Corps students and staff. Master of Ceremonies was Tenco’s CFO Marc Roe.
The evening began by honoring the sponsor for the evening: Principal. Principal made a $10,000 gift to Tenco - $5,000 of which covers much of the cost of Tenco Awards Banquet. Tenco truly appreciate the wonderful partnership, friendship and support that Principal has provided to us.
Staff were honored for their years of service. Honored for five years of dedication to Tenco were: Betty Benge, Jessica Bennett, Deanna Carter, Carrie Chase, Kandi Harvey, Bob Morrissey, and Marc Roe.
Tenco Client Winners:
Top Effort Award: recognizes individuals for achievements in the areas of personal growth, skill development and movement toward independence. Winners of the Top Effort Award were Laura Nichols of Fairfield, Connor Helm of Ottumwa, and Kara Knisely of Centerville.
Mitzi Martin Award: presented to individuals who have overcome adversity and are an example to all of us that hard work and determination does indeed lead to personal success. Winners of the Mitzi Martin Award were Cale Ellis of Ottumwa, Tyler Johnson of Ottumwa, and Nancy See of Centerville.
Independence Award: recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding growth in socialization and becoming more independent in their living situation. Winners of the Independence Award were Sarah Gray and Charles “Dan” Walters, both of Knoxville.
Achievement Award: The Achievement Award was developed to honor an extraordinary individual that is served by Tenco services. It is to honor an individual who advocates for themselves and maintained a positive outlook on life during times when others may have lost optimism. This individual has gone above and beyond to future opportunities for individuals served by Tenco. Winners of the Achievement Award were Adam Gevock of Knoxville, Jim Lynch of Ottumwa, and Jim Howe of Ottumwa.
Employer of the Year Award: to recognize a partner’s outstanding commitment to opportunities for meaningful employment opportunities for individuals Tenco serves. Winner of Employer of the Year Award was Fairfield Hy-Vee.
Business Partner of the Year: to recognize a partner for the dedication you have shown on behalf of people with disabilities and for your support of Tenco and its programs. Winners of Business Partner of the Year Award were Kness Manufacturing of Albia and Friday’s Fresh Market of Davenport.
Community Service Award: to recognize a partner for outstanding service and support to Tenco in carrying out our good work. Winners of Community Service Award was First Lutheran Church of Ottumwa.
Exemplar Award: to recognize a partner for being a beneficent model of allegiance and support for Tenco and individuals that we serve. Winner of Exemplar Award were Maurice and Helen Sinclair.
Exceptional Service Award: presented in recognition of extraordinary performance of multiple duties and responsibilities in support of Tenco and individuals we serve. Winner of Exceptional Service Award was Bridge View Center (VenuWorks).
Tenco’s most prestigious award, The Visionary Award, was renamed last year to honor the first executive director Tom Johnson, who recently passed away. “Servant Hearts” will continue to make Tenco a success and those hearts will make certain that those who need it will be served by Tenco. Tom was the father of Tenco and had he not been a visionary, all this would not be possible. Tom Johnson Visionary Award: presented in recognition of foresight and enhancement of the future of Tenco and individuals that we serve. Winner of Tom Johnson Visionary Award were Will and Karen Reece of Ottumwa.
Bob Morrissey provided a planned giving report. Planned gifts to charities across our great nation have been referred to as the “life-blood” of the good work to which these charities are dedicated. Tenco is not an exception; a major planned gift by the Floyd Parker estate in 1975, “really gave Tenco the opportunity to survive and grow” according to Tom Johnson – Tenco’s first Executive Director. Tenco has been named a beneficiary in an estate and will be releasing more information about that as soon as it has been completed.
This Tenco tradition continues today – with Endow Iowa. This account through the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines provides donors who are Iowa residents with all the traditional federal tax advantages of a charitable gift, and in addition allows the donor to receive a 25% Iowa tax credit. Tenco and the Tenco Foundation are certified 501 c 3 by the IRS and as such gifts are tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law.