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Posted August 15, 2012 in Ankeny, Community Featured

Ankeny KCs participate and place at regatta

Lee Breitkreutz, left, and Rob Francis, right, of the Msgr. J.M. Hanson Council 5038 of the Knights of Columbus share laughter between heats at the ninth annual Easter Seals Iowa Camp Sunnyside Regatta on July 19.

For the third year in a row, the Msgr. J.M. Hanson Council 5038 of the Knights of Columbus in Ankeny participated in the annual Easter Seals Iowa Camp Sunnyside Regatta. Held on July 19, the ninth annual event saw the Knights enter two teams with one placing second overall.
Ric Schuett and Ron Langel, both of Ankeny, were team “Knights 1.” They spun out with a broken rudder during their preliminary heat. Team “Knights 2” of John Gaspari and Sam Hanna, both of Ankeny, advanced from their preliminary heat and placed second overall in the final heat.
Since 2004, this annual community fundraising event challenges two-person teams of paddleboat racers to compete on Lake Cheerio located at Camp Sunnyside. The regatta raises funds to provide program support and financial assistance, supporting the financial gap in providing services in creating life-changing solutions for individuals with disabilities and special needs and their families.

New exhibit at Ankeny Art Center
This year, the Ankeny Art Center is excited to host the Iowa Watercolor Society’s 35th anniversary show. The show runs until Sept. 27 in the main gallery and side gallery. This juried exhibition displays 65 exceptional paintings chosen from 150 works by Iowa watercolorists. Internationally renowned watercolorist Paul Jackson will serve as this year’s juror and instructor. Jackson was born in Lawrence, Kan., and was raised in Starkville, Miss. Since his receiving his master’s of fine arts from the University of Missouri, he has been awarded signature membership by both the American Watercolor Society and the National Watercolor Society. In addition to judging the show, he will also teach two workshops during his time in Iowa. For more information about Jackson and his art, please visit

The Iowa Watercolor Society was originally founded to allow a space for the advancement of watermedia and to gain support and appreciation for artists and the viewing public. The IWS enjoys very active membership and is one of the most progressive art organizations in Iowa. In order to become a member, one must only live in Iowa and have a passion for watercolor painting. To learn more about the IWS or to become a member, please visit

The Ankeny Art Center is located in a city park at Southwest Third and State Front Road. Gallery hours are Tuesday and Wednesday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Thursday 4 – 7 p.m, Friday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. – noon. The Center is closed Sunday and Monday. For more information about the Ankeny Art Center, please visit

Memorial golf classic honors community leader
The Merle Hay Urbandale Kiwanis’ 18th Annual Jim Jordan Memorial Golf Classic to benefit Special Olympics Iowa (SOIA) is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 22 at Otter Creek Golf Course in Ankeny.
The late Jim Jordan started the golf tournament more than 18 years ago to benefit SOIA athletes. He provided leadership to SOIA as a member of its board of directors. After his untimely death in 2003, the golf tournament was named in his honor to recognize his contributions to SOIA and to continue to support athletes with intellectual disabilities.
Registration for this four-person, 18-hole best shot tournament begins at 7 a.m. with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. and awards following. The cost is $80 per golfer which includes 18 holes of golf, a cart, lunch and prizes. Kiwanis members receive $10 off of their registration fee.
“This event would not be possible without the planning and organization of the Merle Hay – Urbandale Kiwanis Club and the generosity of event sponsors EMC Insurance, the Knights of Columbus and lunch sponsor William C. Knapp Charitable Foundation,” said SOIA Director of Grants Management and Special Events, Abby Fellingham.
To register or for more information, please contact Abby Fellingham at 515-986-5520 or by email at The registration brochure is also available on the Special Olympics Iowa website:
Special Olympics Iowa is a nonprofit organization serving children and adults with intellectual disabilities since 1968. SOIA provides training and competitions in 23 Olympic-type sports for nearly 11,000 athletes and Unified Sports partners, representing each of Iowa’s 99 counties. For more information, please call 515-986-5520 or visit

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