Aureon Grant Winners Announced

May 31, 2022

The Elgin Legion Post #352 coordinated the fundraising and construction of their building 40 years ago and it’s been a vital part of the community, ever since.  Families and groups besides the Legion have used it for a wide variety of events including receptions, family reunions and group meetings. The Sons of the American Legion Squadron #352 decided that having a working PA system, video projection and internet service will be valued by users and greatly expand the building’s capabilities. We appreciate their desire to continue serving our communities by improving the A/V in this community building. Congratulations! Pictured are Eric Benson, Aureon; Brian Wenger, Sons of American Legion Squadron #352; Brody Gavin and Elijah Hopp, Alpine Communications. 


The Garnavillo Community Day Care provides services to families in and around the Garnavillo area. They currently serve 46 families with enrollment of 76 children, ranging from 6 weeks to 12 years of age.

This grant will be used for a telecommunications upgrade which will expand their current phone system, add Internet to new classrooms, and provide iPads for staff to increase parent communication and connectivity to children and caregivers.  Alpine Communications appreciates the Garnavillo Community Day Care’s commitment to keeping families connected while they are apart. Congratulations! Pictured are Eric Benson, Aureon; Bill Robinson, Garnavillo Day Care; Austin Behrend, Alpine Communications. 


The Elgin Historical Society was organized in 1984 with a mission of “preserving the history of Elgin and its people”. This project will ensure the foundation of this historic building is repaired, preparing the building for the restoration of the second floor and expansion of exhibits. The museum is open to the public and welcomes visitors to learn about early Indian heritage along with the first Swiss and Norwegian settlers. Alpine Communications appreciates the Elgin Historical Society’s efforts to keep visitors connected to the past which is the foundation this area was built from. Congratulations! Pictured are Brian Koth and Zach Bruns, Alpine Communications; Eric Benson, Aureon; Marilyn Schaer, Mary Foxwell, and Paul Foxwell, Elgin Historical Society. 


This grant will be used to purchase a computer which will be used for education, presentations and individual coaching sessions supporting the improvement of mental health for residents in Clayton and surrounding counties. Within the last six months Seva Health: Center for Wellbeing has held educational opportunities for stress management, yoga, women’s wellness, and resilience training. They have partnered with the Iowa Secretary of State to combat human trafficking and the Iowa National Mental Illness division to conduct mental health training sessions. Alpine Communications appreciates Seva Health: Center for Wellbeing for working with the MFL MarMac school and offering options for students to keep their mental health as fit as their physical health. Congratulations on being awarded an Aureon Grant for the purchase of a new laptop to help with your education efforts. Pictured: Eric Benson, Aureon; Jessica Goltz, Seva Center; Chris Hopp, Alpine Communications. 


Elkader is a destination for commerce, government services, entertainment and employment for the region. Elkader also attracts thousands of visitors from all over the Midwest, infusing the local economy with tourism dollars by offering a unique experience for all ages. Whether people are in Elkader to work, shop or play, Main Street Elkader strives to enhance the physical and visual assets that sets the commercial district apart from other destination communities. Lighting is a key component of creating an inviting atmosphere. The string lights throughout the downtown district will certainly enhance the environment and set the stage for the fun times to be had in Elkader. Congratulations on being awarded a grant to enhance Main Street and all its activities. Pictured are Tony Young, Alpine Communications; Eric Benson, Aureon; Danielle Shea and Ashley Augustyn, Elkader Main Street; Lara Duff, Alpine Communications. 


The City of Guttenberg applied to Aureon for a grant to assist with the Guttenberg Artful Music Park project. Not only will this project enhance the park visually, but it also enables visitors to play and listen to music while enjoying the outdoors.  Music is good for the soul, brain, heart, senses, memory and promotes happiness. It enhances emotion and can build harmonious connected communities. Congratulations on receiving funds for this enhancement to Guttenberg’s ART experience for all ages. Pictured: Chad Ruegnitz, Alpine Communications; Eric Benson, Aureon; Denise Schneider, City of Guttenberg; Brian Koth, Alpine Communications.


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