Posted on Saturday May 15, 2021
The Main Street Iowa Awards program recognizes the efforts of those who work day-in and day-out to revitalize Iowa’s downtowns – the heart and soul of communities across the state. The awards honor outstanding accomplishments, activities and people making a difference in the state’s 55 designated Main Street Iowa districts.
One outstanding volunteer from each community was recognized for their contributions to the local Main Street initiative with a Leadership Award. Nominees were recognized for their efforts that made a positive impact on the local Main Street organization and/or district.
In their second year as a Main Street community, Main Street Coon Rapids (MSCR) nominated Jim and Cherrie Mohr for the leadership award. MSCR nominated Mohrs for their deep involvement in the Main Street program.
They were the driving force behind the drive-in movies termed “Movies on Main” last year from designing the screen, overseeing the fabrication and hoisting the screen 40 feet in the air with their equipment. This year, three Movies on Main have been planned and Mohrs have one again generously agreed to hoist the screen for the pleasure of moviegoers. Jim has provided guidance on several improvement projects to downtown and both Jim and Cherrie are notorious for moving feet of snow from downtown. With the Memorial weekend Main Street Block Party just a week away, you are guaranteed to see the Mohrs down there setting up the inflatables and getting things set up that day. Mohrs have also lent their time and talents to several other projects around town.
“We have several great Main Street volunteers, but Mohrs stood out as they put in many evening hours setting up the ginormous drive-in screen, testing the audio-visual equipment and don’t forget all the snow they moved this weinter,” said MSCR President Joe Stitz. “We appreciate their impactful contributions behind the scenes to move projects forward and thank them for their dedication.”
Main Street Iowa held a pre-recorded virtual Awards ceremony at noon on Friday, May 14. Mohrs were recognized during that presentation for their volunteer contributions. Following the ceremony, MSCR surprised Mohrs with a volunteer leadership award and social hour at the Coon Rapids Golf Club House. The award was signed by Governor Kim Reynolds and Debi Durham, director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority and Iowa Finance Authority.