CATCH DES MOINES ANNUAL CELEBRATION

Thank you to all those who joined us for a night celebrating you!

Hyperion-Logo2015 Annual Celebration Winners: 

  • Catch Champions - Chris Draper & Jeremiah Johnson, USA Rugby
  • Civic Champion -  Mark Wandro, Polk County Administrator
  • Community Champion - Don Short, West End Architectural Salvage
  • Corporate Champion -  DuPont Pioneer
  • CVB Champion - Dan Houston, Principal Financial Group
  • Media Champion - Midwest Living
  • Partner Champion - Orchestrate Hospitality Management
  • Spirit of Community Champion - Representative Peter Cownie
  • Sports Champion - Chow's Gymnastics Booster Club
  • Volunteer Champion - Marilyn Schroder, Lutheran Women

Visitor Choice Awards:

  • Attraction Champion - Iowa State Fair
  • Restaurant Champion - Centro
  • Hotel Champion - Des Moines Marriot Downtown
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2014 Annual Celebration Winners: 

  • Civic Champion -  Senator Matt McCoy
  • Corporate Champion -  Wells Fargo Bank
  • CVB Champion - Terry McLane
  • Catch Champion - Suku Radia, CEO & President of Bankers Trust
  • Advocacy Champion - Suzie Glazer Burt
  • Media Champion - KCWI 23
  • Partner Champion - Cater DSM and Dos Rios
  • Community Champion - Jay Byers
  • Sports Champion - Vernon Delpesce, President & CEO of YMCA of Greater Des Moines
  • Volunteer Champion - Jim Thorp, National Junior High Finals Rodeo
  • Catch National Events Champion - Molly Lopez, President of the Association Management, Ltd. in Ankeny

Visitor Choice Awards:

  • Attraction Champion - Knoxville Raceway
  • Restaurant Champion - Baratta's
  • Hotel Champion - Hotel Pattee 

2013 Annual Celebration Winners: 

  • Civic Champion - Jerry Sullivan, former Mayor of Windsor Heights
  • Corporate Champion -  Prairie Meadows
  • CVB Champion - Des Moines Register
  • Catch Champion - Tim Pearson & Harold Kahler, Iowa Soccer Association
  • Media Champion - WHO-TV 13 News
  • Partner Champion - Atlantic Coca-Cola Bottling Company
  • Community Champion - Principal Financial Group
  • Sports Champion - Iowa State University, Iowa Events Center & Polk County, hosts of the 2013 NCAA Division I Wrestling National Championships
  • Volunteer Champion - Todd Kinney, National Association of County Engineers

Visitor Choice Awards:

  • Attraction Champion - Iowa State Fair
  • Restaurant Champion - Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse (Fleur Drive)
  • Hotel Champion - Prairie Meadows

Additional Honorees:

  • Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau staff Vicki Comegys, Vice President of Sales, Sports and Services, and Katie Fencl, Director of Events, were recognized for completing the Certified Sports Event Executive (CSEE) Program
  • Sue Elliott, upon retiring as Project Manager for the Polk County Supervisor’s Office, was honored for her outstanding support, service and advocacy of the Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Greg Edwards, President and CEO of the Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau, was recognized as Destination Leadership Champion for his support of local, regional and national tourism