Volunteer Appreciation Party

Black and white photo of 1920's dress

Volunteer Appreciation Party

You are invited to a 20’s themed costume contest to celebrate Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group volunteers.

Wear a costume, enjoy some finger foods, win a prize, and join the celebration of all 520 registered CDG volunteers who cumulatively have logged more than 67,477 volunteer hours since the organization began in 2008!

Heavy hors d’oeuvres including meat balls, deviled eggs, “pastry pigs,” finger sandwiches, and a vegetable tray, will be offered while supplies last. The committee chose foods reminiscent of popular “1920”s foods. Beer and wine will be available for purchase. The Local will be turned into a family-friendly speakeasy for the event, which will be free and open to everyone.

Also the CDG Volunteer of the Year, Business of the Year, Committee of the Year and Citizen of the Year honors will be recognized. In addition, CDG will be presenting awards to three outstanding volunteer board members (John Brehm, Barb Ihde and Michelle Zaruba).

 Awards to be presented include:

  • Volunteer of the Year: Lisa Lansing for outstanding work managing the visitmvl.com website refresh
  • Committee of the Year: Van Gogh Bedroom at Arles “walk-in” art exhibit at Chalk the Walk
  • Business of the Year: Iron Leaf Press for the work on their new space at 113 1st St. NE
  • Citizen of the Year: Mark Kerr of Kernoustie Golf Course for his extended support over the years of CDG, including long-time support of the annual Heritage Days Fireworks

“I hope the entire community will join us at our speakeasy inside The Local to celebrate our timeless and tireless volunteers. Please dig out your best flapper or other 20s-era costume and join us in thanking all who make our communities better.”

Amy Hall Haney, Chair of the CDG Organization Committee

About the Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group

The Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group exists to improve the social and economic well-being of Mount Vernon and Lisbon by capitalizing on their unique identity, assets and character. Mount Vernon was selected as a Main Street community in 2008, and practices economic development within the context of historic preservation.

About Main Street

The Main Street Approach is a copyrighted process of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  The Program has been used in Iowa since 1986 with a total of 56 communities having participated.  Mount Vernon was selected as a Main Street community on March 4, 2008, by the State of Iowa, after submitting a comprehensive application and presenting to a select board of reviewers.

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Aug 15 2023


5:30 pm - 7:00 pm




The Local - Mount Vernon, Iowa
103 1st Street NW


Joe Jennison
(319) 210-9935
[email protected]