Keokuk & Montrose Organizations Awarded Iowa Grant

Written by on March 23, 2020

Diamond Vogel and Keep Iowa Beautiful Announce Keokuk’s Great River Players and Montrose Riverfront as 2020 Grant Awards

(March 23, 2020) – Diamond Vogel and Keep Iowa Beautiful announced the grant awards for the 2020 Paint Iowa Beautiful program. The program provides free paint to a wide variety of public service projects throughout Iowa. Keokuk’s “Great River Players” was announced as one of the awardees for their Kantamneni Building after being nominated by Susan Dunek. Montrose Riverfront, Inc. was also awarded a grant for their Historic Old Berry Shed after being nominated by Greg Ruth.

“The partnership with Keep Iowa Beautiful allows Diamond Vogel to assist and work with many local volunteers that help build communities, making Iowa the number one state in the nation to live,” said Doug Vogel, Vice-President, Marketing, of the Iowa based company. “Governor Reynolds will be signing a proclamation designating April as Keep Iowa Beautiful month and we are pleased to do our part by awarding paint to 114 community projects in Iowa.” 

Kevin Techau, Executive Director of Keep Iowa Beautiful added, “The Paint Iowa Beautiful program helps us increase our assistance to neighborhoods and communities in improving the attractiveness and beauty of where we live. These projects definitely improve the beauty of Iowa, its countryside and its communities.” 

In the 17-year partnership with KIB, Diamond Vogel has awarded over 11,165 gallons of paint for 1,000 community projects in Iowa.

About Diamond Vogel

Diamond Vogel is an Iowa based, family owned company started in 1926 by Andrew Vogel. It serves 13 states with seven manufacturing facilities and 53 service center outlets providing Architectural Finishes, Industrial and Original Equipment Finishes and Home Decorating Products. 

About Keep Iowa Beautiful

Keep Iowa Beautiful was established in 2000 by Governor Robert D. Ray and Donald F. Lamberti becoming the 23rd State Affiliate of Keep America Beautiful. It is a 501c3 charitable organization working with citizens, neighborhoods and communities in improving the vitality and cultural health of the state of Iowa. KIB is helping build stronger communities to develop sustainable futures. For more information see our web page at



Afton; Afton Community Club; Commercial buildings; Mary Hill

Allerton; International Center For Rural Culture and Art, Inc.; Christian Church, Victorian House, & Round Barn; David Wampler

Alta; Hanover Historical Society; Buildings on Historical Site; Gene L. Suhr

Armstrong; City of Armstrong; City Maintenance Shop; Tracie Lang

Arthur; Arthur Public Library; Children’s/Adult’s Section ; Kailey Childers

Bedford; Bedford Area Chamber; Garage doors; Cole Walters

Belmond; Belmond Historical Society; Country school house; Larry Turner

Boone; Harrison Township Trustees; School house; Laura Loots

Calamus; Calamus American Legion ; CALCO Community Center; Lance Goettsch

Shimek Forest; Friends of Shimek State Forest Equestrian Trails, Inc.; Picnic table tops and benches; Lora P Conrad

Carlisle; Chamber of Commerce/Carlisle Hometown Pride; Sidewalk mural; Gabrielle Breheny

Carter Lake; Carter Lake Improvement Club; Building exterior; Mitch Rasmussen

Cedar Rapids; Czech Village New Bohemia Urban Main Street District; Mural on the Novak Building; Monica Vernon

Cedar Rapids; Indian Creek Nature Center; Pennigroth Barn and Sugar House; Jason Bies

Center Point; Town of Center Point; Fross Park restrooms; Molly Stuelke

Chariton; Van Allen Elementary School; School library & media center; Josh Morgan

Chariton; Chariton Public Library; Interior of the public library; Dawn Morgan

Cherokee; Cherokee County Fair Association; East Restroom Building; Peggy Corrington

Churdan; City of Churdan; Water Tower & Shelter House ; Krystal Kempf

Clinton County; Clinton Co Agricultural Society; Livestock barns & Exhibits roof; Mary Stevenson

Clinton; Gateway Area Community Center; Children’s play area and murals ; Theresa Rieger

Colfax; City of Colfax; Women’s Club Park Buildings; Wade Wagoner

Council Bluffs; Council Bluffs Area Chamber of Commerce; Various homes; Turner Morgan

Creston; Union County Development Association; Asphalt Art in Uptown; Mindy Stalker

Cumming; Cumming Hometown Pride; Water tower; Natasha Adams

Davenport; Unity House of Davenport; Historic home; Kelly O’Brien

Davis County; County Agricultural Society; Picnic tables and posts; Barb Cole

Dayton; City of Dayton; City Hall and Council Chambers; Sara Pieper

Decorah; Seed Savers Exchange, Inc.; Historic Cattle Yard Fence; Heather Haynes

Denison; Crawford County Women in Business Impact Organization; Crawford County Fairgrounds; Rachel Desy

Des Moines; Blank Park Zoo Foundation; Blank Park Zoo; Amanda Nuzum

DeWitt; Kids’ Business of DeWitt, Inc.; Classrooms and bathrooms; Tricia Ludrof

Dubuque; City of Dubuque; Storm drains; Kristin Hill

Dunlap; Dunlap Mural Project; Bonsall Building exterior; Jill Schaben

Dysart; Vision Dysart/Dysart Development Corporation; Street surface; Mary Behrens

Eagle Grove; Eagle Grove Chamber; Building in Commercial District; Sara Middleton

Elk Horn; Danish Windmill; Windmill’s Exterior Catwalk; Lisa Steen Riggs

Elkader; Main Street Elkader; Alley Wall; Kate Lower

Elkport; Immanuel Preservation Society; Church; Beverly Bahls

Emerson; City of Emerson; Downtown buildings; Stephanie Latta Mayor

Garner; City of Garner; Golf Course Club House; Daisy Huffman

Glenwood; City of Glenwood Parks & Rec; Park shelters, benches and dugouts ; Angie Winquist

Glidden; City of Glidden; Various homes; Brooke Peterson

Goldfield; Stevenson, Inc.; Various homes; Scott C. Stevenson

Goodell; City of Goodell; Community Hall storage room; Daisy Huffman

Gowrie; Gowrie Public Library; Library; Lacey Spece

Greene; City of Greene; Buildings in the Business District; Marnie Schmidt

Guthrie Center; Main Street Guthrie Center; Williams Building; Laura Wolfe

Havelock; Hometown Pride Committee; Fire hydrants; Amanda Tripp

Hopkinton; City of Hopkinton; Wastewater Treatment Plant; Saarh Helle

Ida Grove; City of Ida Grove; Pump House; Heather Sweeden

Indianola; Warren County Historical Society; Warren County Historical Museum; Deb Taylor

Jasper County; Jasper County Gun Club; Trap Houses; Teresa Arrowood

Jefferson; Greene County Christian Action Resource Center; Food Pantry; Shirley Haupert

Jesup; Boy Scouts Troop 95; Jesup Gazebo; Cameron Troyer

Keokuk; Great River Players; Kantamneni Building; Susan Dunek

Kimballton; Audubon County Economic Development & Tourism; New Genesis Art Studio; Sara Slater

Lanesboro; City of Lanesboro; Shelter house; Angie Richardson

Laurens; Laurens Hometown Pride; Trail signs; Hilary Reed

Le Mars; Le Mars Main Street Program; Olson Cultural Event Center; Richard Ziettlow

Linn Grove ; Wonders of Nature; Nature Center and various homes; Marian M. McNabb

Lisbon; City of Lisbon; Dugouts and facility doors; Drayton Kamberling

Malvern; Mills County Fair Association; Various buildings; Mary Bolton

Marshalltown; Central Iowa Fair; Show Pavilion; Shannon Espenscheid

Marshalltown; Cartwright Downtown Farmer’s Market; Open Air shelter; Trisha Wilder

Missouri Valley; Missouri Valley Chamber; Ice house building; Jeannie Wortman

Monroe; Monroe Hometown Pride; City Hall & Park Tennis Court; Kimberly Thomas

Montezuma; Community Development; City Common Spaces; Abby Hubbard

Monticello; Parks and Recreation Dept.; Picnic Tables; Jacob Oswald

Montrose; Montrose Riverfront, Inc. (MRI); Historic Old Berry Shed; Greg Ruth

Moville; City of Moville; Haskell Pool & Memorial Park; Megan Cross

Nevada; Main Street Nevada; Patton Building; Henry T Corbin

New Hampton; New Hampton High School; Culinary Arts Room; April Schmitt

New Hampton; City of New Hampton; New Hampton Community Center; Karen Clemens

New Market; City of New Market; Community Center and City Hall; Angie Tracy

New Sharon; City of New Sharon; Picnic shelters and playground; Dianna Klinker

New Virginia; New Virginia Hometown Pride; Old Firehouse; Nicole Wilson

Newton; Newton Main Street; Benches; Erin Yeager

Norwalk; Norwalk Hometown Pride; Police garage; Michael Foss

Odebolt; Rural Legacy Projects; Rural Schools Museum; Carol Raasch

Oelwein; City of Oelwein; Park campground; Joshua Johnson

Onawa; Magic Depot Child Care Center; Magic Depot; Amanda Yanak

Oskaloosa; Fine Arts & Cultural Events; Murals; Diane Ottosson

Ottumwa; Wapello County 4H Expo; Dorm rooms; Lisa Richardson

Parkersburg; City of Parkersburg; Parkersburg Building & Depot Park Downtown ; Aimee Allan/Chris Luhring

Pella; Historical Society/Museums; General Store; Valerie Van Kooten

Pleasant Hill; Parks & Recreation; Ralph Grant Memorial Stage; Rick Courcier

Pocahontas; Pocahontas Hometown Pride; Murals; Suzanne Dudley

Postville; Northeast Iowa Wellness and Recreation Center; Wellness Center locker rooms; Melanie Bauch

Prairie City; Prairie City; Storage building; John Lloyd

Reinbeck; City of Reinbeck Park Board; Shelter Houses; Julie Wilkerson

Riverside; Riverside Chamber of Commerce; Downtown Store Fronts; Russell Rogerson

Sac City; Sac City Chamber / Main Street; Various homes; Lance Wilhelm

Shelby; City of Shelby; Little Library and various homes; Karen Schlueter

Sheldon; Prairie Arts Council; Lynn Township Country School; Karin VandenBerg

Sidney; Hometown Pride Fund; Mark Jewell Photography Building; Jonna Loewe

Spencer; Clay County Heritage; Parker Museum & Duroe Building; Stephanie Horsley

St. Ansgar; Community Betterment; Historical downtown building; Sommer Falk

Stanley; Stanley Fire & EMS; Overhead doors on Station; Joe Bahe

Stanton; City of Stanton, Iowa; Mural and crosswalks; Jenna Ramsey

State Center; Development Association; School house museum; Everett Halsted

Story City; Story City Greater Chamber ; Antique Carousel Pavilion; Karen Hermanson

Tabor; Tabor Hometown Pride; Tabor City Park Restrooms; Susan Shepherd

Urbandale; Urbandale Parks and Recreation; Culverts, fences, garden posts; Jan Herke

Vinton; Vinton Parks and Recreation; Vinton Skate and Activity Center; Matt Boggess

Walcott; City of Walcott; Crosswalks, stop bars, and curbs; Paul Stagg

Walford; City of Walford; Baseball Diamond dugouts; Janet L. Gann

Waterloo; City of Waterloo; Bicycle lane and bicyle boxes; Mohammad Elahi

Waverly; Leisure Services Parks Dept.; Storage Facility; Garret Riordan

West Liberty; Muscatine County Fair; Fairground buildings; Kelsey Morris

West Union; City of West Union; Crosswalks and bike shareos; Kathleen Guyer

Winterset; American Legion Post 184; Legion Hall; Jason Kems

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