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Embracing Diversity awards given

MASON CITY ñ The North Iowa Diversity Appreciation Team (NIDAT) presented their annual “Embracing Diversity Awards” to recognize an outstanding corporation, service organization and individual in the community for their commitment in understanding and appreciating diversity in the North Iowa area. The awards were presented on Friday, September 16, 2011, at the Lunch by Central Park Event. The following were given awards:
Corporate Winner: Diamond Jo Casino –a location of Peninsula Gaming
Kim C Pang General Manager

Diamond Jo Casino has given generous gifts to the community through their grant programs. Diamond Jo Casino offers encouragement and support of their teams. Since 2008 members have volunteered in their communities over 100,000 hours. In addition, they have created a culture of inclusion and appreciation of diversity.

Service Organization Winner: PFLAG (parents, families, and friends of Lesbians and Gays)
Davie Welsher– President

PFLAG for years has provided opportunities for dialogue about gender orientation and identity. They have acted to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity. Through education, advocacy, and support PFLAG has changed the lives of many. One of their services includes a 24 hour helpline for those in need of assistance. In North Iowa there are over 350 households that are members.

Individual Winner: Mary Rigdon
Mary founded and has served as part of the Baby Pantry, a non profit, non denominational organization that serves families in need in Mason City, Clear Lake, Rockwell, Manly and Nora Springs. Through her involvement in the Baby Pantry, Mary has provided infant and children supplies/clothing to families in need.

Mary Rigdon has been active in recruiting volunteers to work with families and treats all with dignity and respect.

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