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Taste of the South Side

Thursday, April 5, 2012



For Further Information:

East & South Des Moines Chambers of Commerce

Media: Sadie Trytten | | 515.309.3231 




Join the celebration of dedicated individuals and participate in a live and silent auction


DES MOINES, Iowa – April 5, 2012 – The South Des Moines Chamber of Commerce will announce the 2011 Volunteer of the Year, Chuck Mettler, and Educator of the Year, Laurie Phillips, at its annual Taste of the South Side event.


            Taste of the South Side

            Jasper Winery – 2400 George Flagg Pkwy (parking at Des Moines Water Works)

            May 10, 2012 – 5 – 8 p.m.

            Tickets $20 in advance/$25 at the door


Enjoy live music from Brian Congdon and culinary sampling from local businesses as we celebrate individuals who give freely of their time, talent and energy for the advancement of South Des Moines.


The Chamber will host an iPad raffle, silent and live auction to raise money for its scholarship fund, awarded to South Des Moines students pursuing a higher education. Bidding for the silent auction will take place from 5 – 7 p.m., with the live auction beginning at 7 p.m.


Volunteer of the Year

The annual Volunteer of the Year award honors the dedication and service of a truly outstanding volunteer. It recognizes the inspiring work of an individual who has donated their time, talents and energy to make our community a better place. The winner of this award goes above and beyond for the betterment of the Chamber and other community organizations.


In 2011, Sherry Fleming was awarded the 2010 Volunteer of the Year award. Fleming spends countless hours volunteering for many organizations in Des Moines. She especially enjoys spending time with the kids at Youth Emergency Services & Shelter (YESS). As a valued employee of the Macerich Company, Fleming receives a corporate grant each quarter to further her goal of helping children forget their troubles and simply be kids. Fleming invites children to Southridge Mall to spend gift certificates, eat lunch and sometimes watch a movie. Recently, the Chairman of Macerich Company contributed a personal check of $2,000 for Fleming to continue her mission of helping kids.


Educator of the Year

The annual Educator of the Year award honors an outstanding educator who has demonstrated exceptional or innovative capabilities in his/her respective education fields. In addition to being subject-matter experts, nominees demonstrate other teaching-related achievement, such as advising, mentoring, motivating and developing future leaders.


In 2011, Shirlee Krouch was awarded the 2010 Educator of the Year award. Krouch has positively impacted students for over a decade at AIB College of Business. Throughout her years, she has served in various roles including adjunct instructor, director of corporate training, director of admissions, and currently she recruits non-traditional students for evening and online classes. Krouch is the founder and sponsor of the International Student Organization. She is always giving of her time and experience for the betterment of students.


This event is made possible, in part, by the generous support of South Des Moines businesses. The Chamber would like to thank event sponsors: Affinity Credit Union, Allegra Marketing, Print &Mail, Bennigan’s, Magnuson Hotel Des Moines Airport and Trixies Aveda Concept Salon.


Tickets can be purchased before the event at Hy-Vee customer service on Fleur, Army Post and Park Ave - also online.

For more information, email or call 515-309-3231.

Culinary samples include:

Baratta’s | Bennigan’s | Dr. Pepper Snapple Group | Jasper Winery | Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse | Hy-Vee on Fleur | Okoboji Bar and Grill | Skip’s | Tumea & Sons| Valley View Village | And more


About East & South Des Moines Chambers of Commerce

In an effort to better serve our members, the East and South Des Moines Chambers of Commerce have forged a strategic alliance essentially giving our current and prospective members the benefit of two memberships for the price of one. Together the Chambers serve over 300 business members. The Chambers are an affiliate of the Greater Des Moines Partnership. For more information about the East & South Des Moines Chambers of Commerce, please visit



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