Prairie Foundation Society Breakfast


Our annual Foundation Society Breakfast was held on November 6th, 2023. While eating a delicious breakfast catered by LJ's Catering, Foundation Members and Donors enjoyed remarks by Superintendent Dr. Doug Wheeler, and Keynote Speaker Kenyon Murray. We also presented our annual Philanthropy and Pride of Prairie Awards. For more details on the Award Winners and Speakers, see our Facebook Page!

The Winners of this years Philanthropy Awards:

  • Chris Fischer from Holmes Murphy
  • Debbie Erenberger

Pride of Prairie Award Winner:

  • Scott Slezak


The Prairie School Foundation had planned to host its sixth annual Prairie Foundation Society Breakfast this fall. The event honors the foundation’s most generous donors and provides an opportunity to present awards to outstanding supporters of the College Community Schools.

Because of building use restrictions on the College Community Schools Campus and Linn County COVID-19 regulations, the foundation will not be hosting its annual Prairie Foundation Society Breakfast this fall. The foundation thanks its many supporters for their generosity and service for the benefit of our Prairie Students. We look forward to seeing all of you again in the Fall of 2021. 


 The Prairie School Foundation held its fifth Prairie Foundation Society Breakfast in the Prairie High School Study Halls on Monday, November 11, 2019.  The event honors the foundation’s most generous donors and provides an opportunity to present awards to outstanding supporters of the College Community Schools.

Mick and Linda Starcevich received the philanthropy award for outstanding support by an individual or individuals.  They have established a $50,000 scholarship through their estate plans for Prairie High School Seniors.  The scholarship will be named in memory of their late daughter, Michelle Starcevich, who was the cherished manager of the Prairie High School Volleyball Team and the Girls Basketball Team for several years. 

Foundation President, Steve Howes, presented three awards during the program.  Pearson was named the recipient of the philanthropy award to a business or organization.  They have provided annual support to the Prairie Foundation for a number of years to benefit Prairie Students and staff.  Their cumulative giving total to date is in excess of $21,000.  Pearson’s Vice President of Operations, Tracy Sankot, accepted the award on behalf of the company.

Pictured on left President Steve Howes and Tracy Sankot on behalf of Pearson

Pictured above President Steve Howes, Linda and Mick Starcevich

The Pride of Prairie Award is given by the foundation to those who have demonstrated loyal commitment and service to Prairie Schools.  Amy Ellis was named the winner of this year’s award.  She was nominated by Deron Jimmerson and Charles Oldenkamp, co-directors of Prairie Bands for her tireless work with the bands for 19 years.

Pictured at left: Deron Jimmerson, President Steve Howes, Pride of Prairie Awardee Amy Ellis, Charles Oldenkamp, PSF Executive Director Randy Rumery 

Jim Miller, Director of the National Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum in Waterloo, and former head wrestling coach at Wartburg College was the morning’s keynote speaker.   He encouraged the foundation and its supporters to reach higher levels by “breaking through walls” and by consistently playing a “success video” in their minds.

Pictured at Right: Nate Specht Board Member, Jim MIller Event Speaker, and President Steve Howes


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Prairie School Foundation
401 76th Avenue SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404-7034
Phone: (319) 848-5200 Ext. 2019