To acknowledge the company’s deep commitment to the Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin communities it serves, Affiliated Distributors honored Spahn & Rose with the Giving Back Award during the AD Spring Meeting on April 16 at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina.
During the ceremony, Dan Maroni, President, AD Building Materials Division, presented Spahn & Rose CEO Dave Davis with the Giving Back Award, which is now on display in the lobby of the Spahn & Rose General Office in Dubuque.
Based in Wayne, Pennsylvania, Affiliated Distributors is a $41 billion buying network with nationwide divisions, including building materials. Its extensive history of charitable support includes, among many others, donating disaster-relief funds that assist its member companies—and for the past decade, it has presented the Giving Back Award, which acknowledges members that have made significant, ongoing contributions to the places they call home.
“We give back to our members and help them give back,” Maroni says. “The strength of the independent distributors comes from their connection to their communities.”
Affiliated Distributors member organizations such as Spahn & Rose share information about their charitable giving over the course of the year. AD staff then review member contributions to determine which is worthiest of the Giving Back Award.
“What was really impressive with Spahn & Rose was how broad they were in their community giving,” Maroni says. “Spahn & Rose doesn’t just give to one charity; the company is involved in many, many ways.”
In the past year, the company donated a record $131,000 to 66 organizations across the communities that are home to Spahn & Rose stores.
Spahn & Rose is proud to contribute to organizations that serve a diverse array of those in need. Here are just a few of the worthy groups the company helped in 2018:
Alzheimer’s Association of East Central Iowa: This Cedar Rapids-based nonprofit serves those with Alzheimer’s and their families, helping provide access to health care and other resources.
Camp Courageous: A year-round respite care and recreational facility for people of all ages who have disabilities, this nonprofit in Monticello, Iowa, provides opportunities for campers to create arts and crafts, hike and canoe.
Dubuque Regional Humane Society: This past year, Spahn & Rose hosted the fourth annual Girls’ Night Out, which raised $1,700 for the animal shelter. The more than 350 guests also donated a truckload of items, such as animal toys and bedding, to the Humane Society.
Fountain of Youth Program:Based in Dubuque, Fountain of Youth strives to break the generational chain of poverty by offering participants mentoring and help with financial literacy and interpersonal skills.
Iowa Firefighters Association:Spahn & Rose relies on employees in their communities for grant recommendations. When one staffer learned that the Iowa Firefighters Association needed help funding its annual convention, he alerted the Spahn & Rose Foundation and secured a donation.
Iowa Heartland Habitat for Humanity:Spahn & Rose has donated money and materials to help build four Habitat for Humanity homes near its Waverly, Iowa, store.
Junior Achievement of the Heartland:This group has helped more than 55,000 students in Quad Cities, Dubuque, Muscatine, Burlington, Sauk Valley and the Illinois Valley access hands-on elementary and secondary programs focused on work-readiness, financial literacy and entrepreneurship.
Luther Manor Communities:This nonprofit assisted-living organization has provided caring services to generations of Dubuque residents. Spahn & Rose’s $15,000 donation enabled it to expand and open a facility to serve those who are afflicted with dementia and require assisted living.
Make-A-Wish Iowa:Every other day in the Hawkeye State, Make-A-Wish grants the wish of a child with a critical illness—a treat that can help give him or her the courage to face needed medical treatments.
St. Mark Youth Enrichment:Providing before- and after-school programs and a summer academy, this Dubuque-based organization offers innovative programs and services that cultivate the educational, social and emotional development of needy young people.
Staff at the 24 Spahn & Rose locations recommend groups to support, and the company shares its employees’ passion for improving their communities.
“We’re exceptionally proud and honored to receive the Allied Distributors Giving Back Award,” Davis says. “All the Spahn & Rose associates who have given their time, talent and energy to their communities earned this award.”
Spahn & Rose’s charitable giving is coordinated through the Spahn & Rose Charitable Foundation, established in 1950 to improve educational opportunities and quality of life in the communities the company serves by supporting like-minded nonprofit organizations. During the past three years, the Foundation has donated more than $386,000 to a range of nonprofit groups and other worthy causes.