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Hospice of Dubuque Named 2014 Crawford Cares Award Recipient

December 3, 2014

Dubuque, IA - Crawford Company presented the 2014 Crawford Cares Award to the Hospice of Dubuque today at the company’s "North” location on Highway 20 West. Crawford recognized Hospice of Dubuque with a $1,000 contribution.  Crawford also made $250 contributions to finalists: Dubuque Lutheran School Association and Shalom Spirituality Center. The program was sponsored by WDBQ 1490-AM and 103-WJOD New Country.

Hospice of Dubuque provides compassionate care for the terminally ill and their loved ones since 1983. Hospice of Dubuque manages pain and symptoms to help terminally ill individuals remain comfortably alert and able to participate in life as fully as possible. Dubuque Lutheran School Association, founded in 2002, is accredited by the State of Iowa and serves kindergarten through fifth graders with a mission to enrich children in a Christ centered learning environment. Established in 1989, the Shalom Spirituality Center annually serves over 8,000 people of all ages and faith traditions as a place for peace, offering hospitality and hope, inspiration and challenge, programs and privacy.

"We appreciate the Crawford Cares program and are grateful for the funding. It will allow us to bring services to anyone in the tri-state area experiencing loss,” Lavonne Noel, Executive Director, said from Hospice of Dubuque. "We plan to use the prize money to purchase a new printer, allowing us to reach out to everyone on our mailing list."

Crawford Cares is a program that gives back to the Greater Dubuque Area. Crawford Cares is an effort to make a positive impact in the community by honoring entities with personalized awards, recognition and charitable donations. To be eligible, the nominees had to be Dubuque area 501(c)3 organizations and nominated by a local resident. All nominees had to serve local causes for the purpose of having a positive impact on the region. The organizations were also required to demonstrate they were mission focused and operating on limited resources.

"We are grateful for the award to Shalom Spirituality Center and we wish Crawford Company well in Dubuque," Karen Knepper said from Shalom Spirituality Center.

Twelve non-profits were initially nominated. Over 2,000 votes were cast throughout the Dubuque community to narrow the field to the three finalists. In the final round, a review committee made up of non-Crawford employees, determined the overall winner.

The other nominees included: National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium, Hillcrest Family Services, St. Mark Youth Enrichment, Friends of Dubuque County Conservation Board, Dubuque Phlockers, Young Professionals Dubuque – Community Days of Caring, Crescent Community Health and Wellness Center, Klarify Foundation, and Dubuque County Fair Association.

"Crawford is committed to the communities we serve," said Ian Frink, Crawford vice president. "We're gratified there has been so much interest in this effort. It shows Dubuque is a community that cares."

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