Des Moines–Diamond Vogel Paint and Keep Iowa Beautiful announced the grant awards for the 2016 Paint Iowa Beautiful program. The program provides free paint to a wide variety of public service projects throughout Iowa. The program is administered through Keep Iowa Beautiful with the paint provided by the Diamond Vogel Paint Company.

“Governor Branstad is signing a proclamation this week to designate April as Keep Iowa Beautiful month and we are pleased to do our part by awarding paint to 81 community projects in Iowa,” said Doug Vogel, Vice-President, Trade Marketing, of the Iowa- based company. “The partnership with Keep Iowa Beautiful allows Diamond Vogel Paint to assist and work with the many local volunteers that help build stronger Iowa communities.”

Gerald Schnepf, executive director of Keep Iowa Beautiful added, “The Paint Iowa Beautiful program helps us increase our assistance to neighborhoods, communities, historic projects and other public service organizations in improving the attractiveness and beauty of our home areas. These projects definitely improve the beauty of Iowa, its countryside and its communities.”

In the 13-year partnership with KIB, Diamond Vogel has provided over 8,260 gallons of paint for 585 Iowa community projects.

About Diamond Vogel Paint

Diamond Vogel is an Iowa based, family owned company started in 1926 by Andrew Vogel. It serves 13 states with seven manufacturing facilities and over 65 service center outlets providing Architectural Finishes, Industrial and Original Equipment Finishes and Home Decorating Products.

About Keep Iowa Beautiful

Keep Iowa Beautiful was established in 2000 by Governor Robert D. Ray and Donald F. Lamberti becoming the 23rd State Affiliate of Keep America Beautiful.  It is a 501c3 charitable organization working with Iowa citizens, neighborhoods, communities and regions in improving the quality, beauty and cleanliness of our State. KIB empowers Iowan’s to have a greater commitment in building pride and respect in the places we live. Please check out our web page at


The following is a listing of the 81 statewide award winners for the 2016 allocation of paint from the Diamond Vogel Paint Company.

Community/Org.                                        Type of Project                                    Name of Contact

Albert City Threshermen & Collectors Show

1040’s corn crib

Connie Reinert

Ames Community Arts Council

Alley Art Gallery

Jennifer Drinkwater

Auburn Hometown Pride Committee

Community Building

Cindy Finley

Bagley Beautify Bagley Organization

Ball park bleachers & snack shop

Tonya Storesund

Baxter Hometown Pride Committee

Little League dugouts, picnic tables, trash receptacles & playground

Mike Kaiser

Burlington Public Library

Teen area & nonfiction area

Rhonda Frevert

Cascade Downtown Committee

Downtown façade improvement

Deanna McCusker

General Federation of Castana Women’s Tables Club

Shelter house poles, ceiling &

Cathy Hanson

Cedar Rapids Ushers Ferry Historic Village

College Township Hall

Ann Cejka

Clarion Clarion Pride Committee

Paint residences

Peggy O’Neill

Clinton Downtown Clinton Alliance

2 downtown murals

Jacob Couppee

Corydon Wayne County Fair

Show ring & arena bleachers

Susan Hontz

Cotter Hometown Pride Committee

Local house

Doug Elam

Cresco Cresco Area Pride

Two low-income homes

Amy Bouska

Decorah Winneshiek County Historical Preservation Commission

Interior of Highlandville

Terri Mozzone

Denison Our Savior Lutheran Church

Playground equipment

Leslie Gustafson

Des Moines 6th Avenue Corridor


Breann Bye

Des Moines Neighborhood Finance Corp & Community Housing Initiatives

Five homes

Stephanie Preusch

Dubuque Four Mounds Foundation

110-year-old historic barn

Christine Happ Olson

Eagle Grove Chamber of Commerce

Fair grounds lemonade stand & billboard

Lisa Knigge

Eldorado Fayette County CLG & Friends of Dover #4

One room school house

Donna Story

Elkader Clayton County Conservation

Interior conservation center

Jenna Pollock

Elkader Elkader Depot Project

Caboose & box car

Larry Lerch

Exira Exira Lions Club & Sparton Leo Club of DHK

Park concessions stand

Allen Zobel

Exira Exira Fire & EMS Association

Fire hall/EMS building

Tim Wahloert

Fairfield Fairfield Beautification Commission


Nancy Horras

Fontanelle Fontanelle Enterprise Club

Park equipment & bandstand

Cindy Baldogo

Forest City Winnebago Historical Society

Heritagae Park barn

Jim Oulman

Fort Dodge Fort Dodge Historical Foundation

Fort Museum buildings

Jim Kimpell

Fort Dodge PICA

Mural, retaining wall & serpentine walk

Jan Wilson

Geneva Geneva Betterment

Auditorium & lunchroom

Tonya Sanders

Gilmore City Hometown Pride Committee

Public Works building

Chris McKee

Greenfield Adair County Historical Society

Historic buildings

Jane Sullivan

Guthrie Center Main Street

Restaurant & store

Julie Bailey

Guthrie County White Pole Road Development

108 poles along road

Liz Gilman

Hamburg Hometown Pride Committee

City Hall benches, park restrooms and cemetery shed

John Ferguson

Hampton Franklin County Chamber Main Street Program

Alley Art Murals

Newton Grozinger

Hawarden Big Sioux River Valley

Historical Society

Tim Kurth

Havelock Hometown Pride Committee

Park equipment & bandstand

Cindy O’Neall

Imogene Heritage Park barn Hometown Pride Committee

Mural on City Hall/Fire Station

Carla Kucirek

Indianola Fort Museum buildings Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center


Jeff Lucas

Kanawha Liberty School Museum

Museum building Mural, retaining wall &

James Mallen

Kingsley Parks & Recreation Improvement Committee

Park shelter & picnic area

Janna Hiemstra

Le Mars Chamber/Main Street

Alley Art

Mary Reynolds

Lamoni Lamoni Marketing Committee

New community logo on coop tank

Ethan Pitt

Laurens Hometown Pride Committee

Swimming pool bathhouse

Barb Smith

Louisa County Conservation Hometown Pride Committee

Virginia Grove one-room schoolhouse restroom & parking lot posts

Katie Hammond

Manilla Manilla Area Historical Assoc.

Historic Klondike Hotel

Michele Ertz

Mapleton City of

Community Center

Karla Uhl

Marathon City of

Two homes

Denine Garton

Marshalltown Marshall County 4-H

Central Iowa Fair Exhibit

Lauren Mosher

Melcher-Dallas Public Library

Interior of library

Patricia Jenkins

Monroe Hometown Pride Committee

City Parks Trail—shelter, tables & benches

Matthew Mardesen

Montrose Montrose Riverfront, Inc.

Berry shed & feed warehouse

Greg Ruch

Moravia Moravia Betterment Committee

Park shelters, benches, court lines, backboards & parking poles

Sam Kirby

Moville Woodbury County Fair

Show ring & beef barn

Kari Cummins

New Hampton New Hampton High School

Repainting parking lot lines

Bob Ayers

Newton Center for Arts and Artists

12’ x 24’ mural

Linda Klepinger

Newton Hometown Pride Committee

Arches for Christmas decorations on the court house

Bruce Showalter

Newton Hometown Pride Committee

Welcome sign new logo

Bruce Showalter

Newton Jasper County Historical Museum

1875 barn & engine house

Ken Barthelman

Oakville-City of & Hometown Pride Committee

Home privacy fence, park gazebo & curbs/gutters

Dale Whitaker

Oskaloosa New Hope Community

Community Center

Blaine Vos

Paullina Volunteer

Corner block curbs

Marlo Ebel

Pleasant Hill Parks and Recreation

Park storage, concession

Rick Courcier

Plover Hometown Pride Committee

Shelter house interior

Janeice Garrard

Pocahontas Hometown Pride Committee

Native American Heritage Mural

Mindy Decker

Rockwell City Preservation Depot Committee

Steel railroad Speeder cars

Dianne Modlin

Sabula Community Visioning Committee

Soo line work caboose

Carol Young

Sac City Planning and Zoning

Low income homes

Curtis Bloes

Sac City Hometown Pride Committee

Historic park shed, driveway posts & restroom

Bruce Perr

Sac County Barn Quilts Committee

Redo barn quilts

Harold & Sue Peyton

Schaller, City of & St. Paul Lutheran Church

Opera House

Janice Watson

Sidney Hometown Pride Committee

Fitness facility

Jonna Loewe

City of Sidney

Park pavilion

Mark Travis

City of Spragueville

Community Center, park pavilion, restrooms & one-room school

Caroline Bredekamp

Stanhope Development Group, Inc.

Streetlights & poles

Jessica Murray

Sully Hometown Pride Committee

Park bandstand & stage

Diane Vos

Tabor Hometown Pride Committee

Main Street wall

Susan Shepherd

Waverly City Leisure Service Dept.

Five “food can” receptacles by school artists

Tab Ray

West Liberty Muscatine County Fair Board

Restoration of fair grounds buildings

Lisa Wertzbaugher