Okoboji Foundation cancels 'Founders' celebration

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

The Okoboji Foundation staff and board of directors were looking forward to celebrating the Okoboji Foundation at its annual event this summer, but said the ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to be a risk.

"It is with a heavy heart the Okoboji Foundation has decided to cancel our Celebrating our Founders and our Future event scheduled for June 27," the organization said in a May 12 statement. "We feel responsible for the safety of all our guests and would not want to be the cause of someone becoming ill. We will miss seeing you all and appreciate the support you have given us over the years."

The announcement noted that the Okoboji Foundation Board of Directors have put the organization on solid ground by building an operations endowment to cover annual operating expenses.

"Many nonprofit organizations rely on their fundraising events to cover annual operations, so we are taking a step back to allow more support for them this year," the statement said. "Please remember to be philanthropic and continue to support those organizations you love during this difficult time."

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