The Ray Center annually recognizes Iowans who show the Six Pillars of CHARACTER COUNTS!: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and good citizenship. Since 2005, we have recognized more than 100 Iowans for showing good character.
All nominees will receive a certificate in the mail recognizing their good character and two complimentary tickets to attend the 2018 Iowa Character Awards.
Award recipients will be selected and contacted the first week of June. Award recipients will receive a trophy, complimentary tickets to the 2018 Iowa Character Awards, and a special hometown visit from FOX KDSM 17 for an interview, which will be played at the 2018 Iowa Character Awards.
The 2018 Iowa Character Awards dinner and program will be held on Friday, July 20th, 2018 at Prairie Meadows Event Center in Altoona.
Congratulations to the 2018 Iowa Character Award recipients:
Robert D. Ray Pillar of Character Award: Mike Gartner, Des Moines
Aaron Eilerts Award: Trinity Hopkey, Cumming
Partner of the Year: MidAmerican Energy
Character Champion: Jay Parker, Urbandale
Community of Character: Aplington-Parkersburg
Pursuing Victory with Honor Award: Iowa High School Dance and Drill Team Association
Business/Organization of Character: Boone Hope Foundation, Boone
Adult Citizen of Character: George Belistos, Ames
Youth Citizen of Character: Zyrianna Cerna-Koehrsen, Iowa Falls
School of Character: Denison Elementary/Broadway Schools
Educator of Character: Kevin Johnson, Lynnville-Sully
School Team/ Organization of Character: Mentors in Violence Prevention (Cedar Rapids Kennedy), Cedar Rapids
The 2018 Iowa Character Awards are presented by: