Allen College

ACE-SAP Free Clinic Honored

Center picture: Rus DeBonis and Steve Carignan, emcee and Executive Director of Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center
Right picture: Rus DeBonis, Grace Fee (center), Salvation Army, and Kaye Englin (right), President and CEO of the Community Foundation of NE Iowa


Allen College professor Dr. Ruselle DeBonis, the Salvation Army and the ACE-SAP Free Clinic were honored on November 9 at the Northeast Iowa Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) National Philanthropy Day luncheon in Cedar Falls. Dr. DeBonis and the Salvation Army were awarded a “Gift of the Heart Award” in the category of Community Partnerships. The Community Partnership award is given to a corporation, group or nonprofit organization that has employed a unique and innovative approach to improving its philanthropic endeavors through a new or existing partnership. The two other nominees in the Community Partnership category were John Deere Engineering and the Sartori Festival of Trees.

The Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa honored each award recipient with a $250 grant to the organization of the recipient’s choice. Dr. DeBonis selected the Salvation Army to receive this grant.

This is such a tremendous honor for Dr. DeBonis and everyone who plays a part to ensure the ACE-SAP Clinic provides service and learning opportunities for Allen College students and needed healthcare services for the community.