Ovation: A Tribute to Iowa Women and Girls was unveiled in May at four special events around the state. The 2017 edition is dedicated to Dorothy “Dottie” Ray, the friendly voice of the Iowa City Community for over half a century. Through her radio show she interviewed countless women and girls and the amazing things they were doing for their communities.

This year’s Ovation features 92 tributes to women of all ages all across Iowa who have made a difference in the lives of the people around them. These women are wonderful examples of mentors, advocates and role models. The beautiful stories told are a homage to those featured. They inspire others to reach their goals and enjoy their dreams. They are a strong, thoughtful, driven, tireless and generous group who empower the women around them to be the best they can be. These women are Iowa.

Thank you to our 2017 Ovation sponsors: Presenting Sponsors U.S. Bank and Transamerica; Director Sponsors ACT, Hills Bank and Trust Company, Rockwell Collins, and Van Meter Inc.; Editor Sponsor Kate Hawkins; Book Sponsors James Investment Group, United Fire, Great Western Bank, MidwestOne Bank, Southgate Companies, and The College Board. Special thanks to Robyn Hepker/Benson & Hepker Design for her many volunteer hours.

Do you know a woman that has made a difference for someone? Would you like to share her story? Honor a woman you know by featuring her in the 2018 edition of Ovation. Proceeds help to provide funding for annual grants that in turn strengthen the opportunities for Iowa’s women and girls to become economically self-sufficient. What better way to honor those that have made a difference for all of us? Please contact Ann Parker at ann@iawf.org to submit honorees for 2018, or to become a book sponsor.


See more photos from the unveiling on our Facebook page!