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Catch Des Moines Annual Celebration

Join us for a night celebrating you! Hosted by the Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau and Des Moines Area Sports Commission.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
World Food Prize (100 Locust Street, Des Moines)
Complimentary Beverages & Hors d'oeuvres, 5 - 7 p.m.
Presentation & Awards, 5:45 p.m.
Questions? Contact Kristine Reeves at or (515) 699-3445.


Below are the award winners for 2013: 

  • 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





    Thank you to our sponsor:

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    The Parent Organization of the Des Moines Area Sports Commission
    400 Locust Street, Suite 265, Des Moines, IA 50309-2350 (800) 451-2625
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