_IWF6539The third edition of Ovation: A Tribute to Iowa Women and Girls was unveiled at a special reception and presentation at the Hotel Kirkwood in Cedar Rapids on May 9, 2016.

Ovation is IWF’s signature annual publication, providing a unique and meaningful way to pay tribute to a woman or girl in your life. Each year, the publication contains personal tributes to amazing women and girls from around the state, sponsored by family members, friends, colleagues, or community members who value the impact of the profiled woman or girl.

At the reception on May 9, Dawn Oliver, IWF’s Executive Director, shared with guests details of the work being done by IWF through research, grantmaking, and advocacy. She was joined by Chuck Peters, CEO of The Gazette Company, and Curt Heideman, Market President at US Bank, who shared their support for Ovation and IWF. At the conclusion, honorees were presented with special wrapped editions of the publication, along with a long-stemmed rose.

This year’s edition of Ovation honored 114 remarkable women and girls and raised an incredible $105,000 for IWF.

To learn more about submitting a tribute or supporting the publication as a corporate sponsor, please visit our Ovation contribution page.


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Event Sponsors

Presenting Sponsors

U.S. Bank



Publisher Sponsors

The Gazette Company


Director Sponsors

Hills Bank and Trust Company


Rockwell Collins

Van Meter Inc


Editor Sponsors

Diane Benoit

Susan Judisch

University of Iowa Community Credit Union

University of Iowa Health Care

Wells Fargo


In-Kind Sponsors

Benson & Hepker Design

Cedar Graphics