Des Moines suffered through a violent weekend. Nine stabbings including a murder were more than enough to keep Police very busy. Sunday morning another man came into authorities and admitted he’d murdered a woman. It’s another reminder that domestic violence is the number one call for service in Des Moines. It happens in every neighborhood and at every socio-economic level. There are a resources for women(who are overwhelmingly the victims) in Des Moines. The Des Moines Police have what’s called the DART team to follow up on cases of domestic abuse. It’s a proactive approach so abuse does not get a chance to escalate to the point where a victim’s life is in danger again.
The other big announcement this morning is that the Principal Financial Group will take over the title sponsorship of the Champions Tour stop in West Des Moines.
Community leaders are breathing a collective sigh of relief as Principal, and Wells Fargo once again step up with VERY deep pockets.
From the company:
“The theme of the PGA ChampionÂs Tour is Giving Back, which makes it an ideal fit for The Principal Â®. We have a long standing commitment to give back to the community where our employees live and work,” said J. Barry Griswell, chairman and CEO of the Principal Financial Group. “WeÂre proud and excited to be able to keep this preeminent golfing event here in the Des Moines area with a new approach. We hope to increase our giving and focus on charities that have a direct impact on children. It will be a fun event for the whole community, whether youÂre a golf fan or not.”
“The Principal Charity Classic is the only Champions Tour event held in the state of Iowa and gives us the opportunity to showcase our community as a stop on the national tour,” said Johnny Danos, president of the Greater Des Moines Community Foundation. “This event not only boosts our local economy, it will provide a lasting impact on the future of our community through financial support for childrenÂs charities.”
The goal of the tournament is to increase the amount of money raised for charity over past years; specifically benefiting non-profit organizations that support children. Contributions will be divided among five major charities: Blank ChildrenÂs Hospital, Bravo Greater Des Moines, Greater Des Moines Community Foundation, United Way of Central Iowa and Variety-The Children’s CHARITYOF IOWA.
Just a side note. This event came to Des Moines because of the record attendance for the 1999 Senior US Open. No one expects crowds like that to show up every year, but think about this one next time you say there’s, “nothing to do” in Des Moines. If you have the weekend free, get a ticket and get out there to support the tournament. They only STAY in Des Moines when the tournament finds support from golf fans year in and year out.
The State Fair is about to start and we’ll be covering it…a lot.
Knoxville Nationals start this week. Ditto.
Short blog. It’s a Monday.