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Rebuilding the Future Sets a Record

In March of 2008, the NCSML was riding the crest of 21 years of steady achievement. The museum and library had grown mightily, and the grand, red-roofed building had reached its limit. The constricted space was cramping the work of articulating the ideas and values the organization had grown to represent. The NCSML unveiled plans to expand the museum campus. The excitement was palpable – but it wouldn’t last.

On June 13, 2008 the nation watched in disbelief as Cedar Rapids, Iowa was inundated by the worst flood on record – a flood that exceeded predictions not by inches, but by feet (click here to read our flood story).

In the spring of 2009, the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library embarked on a quest to raise $25 million that would move, restore and add 30,000 sq. ft. to its cherished original museum building; restore flood-damaged historic buildings, and cover disaster expenses.

A campaign of this magnitude would usually take an organization the size of the NCSML six or more years to complete. On December 15, 2010, after a mere 19 months, the NCSML announced that it had exceeded its goal. These dollars included significant funds from both FEMA, and the I-JOBS program set up by Governor Chet Culver and the State of Iowa.

We are forever grateful to the many volunteers who came forth to help with the task of
organizing the Rebuilding the Future campaign.           

Honorary Campaign Chairs
The Honorable Madeleine K. Albright, U.S. Secretary of State, 1997 – 2001
His Excellency Peter Burian, the Ambassador of the Slovak Republic
Captain Gene Cernan
Peter Siś
His Excellency, Petr Kolář, The Ambassador of the Czech Republic

Campaign Chairs
Ernie and Joanne Buresh
George Drost
Ed Hemphill
Sally Mason
Robert Petrik
Richard and Barbara Pivnicka
Gary and Cathy Rozek
Juraj and Julie Slavik
Dyan and John Smith

Campaign Cabinet
Tom Aller
Lu Barta Barron
Robert Becker
Terri Christoffersen
Kathy Eno
Robert F. and Janis L. Kazimour
Frank Mitvalksy
Ron Olson
Sue Plotz Olson
Danielle Rings
Jim Sattler
Robert Tomanek
Bob Vancura
Craig Van Dyke
Bill Vernon
Without this enthusiastic legion of volunteers, the goal would never have been reached. Thank you! 

The NCSML could not have realized its dream without these generous donors to the campaign:
Hall-Perrine Foundation
Vision Iowa / Cultural Attraction & Tourism Grant Program

$500,000 - $999,999
Institute of Museum and Library Services
Dyan and John Smith
Gary and Cathy Rozek
Ed Hemphill

$100,000 - $499,999
George and Beth Drost
Roman and Mary Ann Hruska
Eleanor Severa Steen
Office of Energy Independence
Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation
Bill and Amy Severa
Ray L. Jiruska Family
Jiruska Family Foundation
Rockwell Collins
AEGON Transamerica Foundation
Western Fraternal Life Association
Estate of George J. Naxera Jr.
Embassy of the Czech Republic

$20,000 - $99,999
Joyce and John Anderson
Ed Babka
David H. and Rose Marie Dryml Burke
David and Julie Ekland
Jim and Denise Erusha
James and JoFran Falcon
Irene and Don Hamous
Rod Jiruska
David Jiruska
Thomas and Le Ann Kadlec
King's Material, Inc.
The McIntyre Foundation
Frank and Cheryle Mitvalsky
Vic and Jan Naxera
Ron and Sue Plotz Olson
Paulson Electric/PEC Communications Fund
Henrietta Bartizal Pons
Jim and Julie Sattler
Al Sattler
Skogman Companies
United Fire & Casualty Insurance Company
Wells Fargo Bank
A.J. & Marge Ziskovsky

$10,000 - $19,999
Alliant Energy Foundation
Lu Barta Barron and Bill Barron
Barron Motor Supply
LeeAnn Benischek and Steve Groner
Barry and Gilda Boyer
Terri Christoffersen
City of Cedar Rapids
Elizabeth Dake
Dave Schmitt Construction Company Inc.
Carey Downs Gibson and Terry Gibson
Margaret Haupt
Highway Equipment Company
Hy-Vee, Inc.
Kenneth Johnson
Robert F. & Janis L. Kazimour Charitable Lead Trust
Emil Koval
Clay and Debbie Jones
Judy and Alexander Lindsay
Linn County Board of Supervisors
Rich and Loretta Mitvalsky
Waldo Morris
Rinderknecht Associations Donor Advised Fund (GCRCF)
TrueNorth Companies
Thorland Company
Schimberg Company
St. Luke's Hospital

$5,000 - $9,999
Tom and Kathleen Aller
Tom and Sarah Anderson
Lloyd and Joan Baird
Bankers Trust
Cedar Memorial
Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust
Climate Engineers
Czech Cottage
Tom and Beth DeBoom
Diamond V Mills Donor Advised Fund
Kristyna M. Driehaus Foundation
Rex and Kathy Eno
Kimberly Erusha and John Kunnert
Jack and Nancy Evans
Farmers State Bank
Vicky and John Garnsey
Douglas and Virginia Kohoutek
George and Janelle McClain
Larry and Susan McCray
Danielle and Randy Rings
RSM McGladrey Flood Fund (GCRCF)
Dave Schmitt
Doug & Pat Sedlacek Donor-Advised Fund (GCRCF)
Shuttleworth & Ingersoll, P.L.C.
Gary and Robin Skogman
Sound Concepts
Merle H. Sykora
Robert and Rita Tomanek
Van Meter Industrial
Bob and Sara Vancura
Jim and Judy Wolfe
Worley Warehousing

$1,000 - $4,999
Rob and Dee Baird
Harold and Robert Becker
Dr. Christopher and Moira Blake
Rosemary Bodien
Willard and Susan Boyd
Christine and Mike Casey
Clifton Gunderson LLP
Coldwell Banker Hedges Realty
Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International
Bernice Dvorak
Margaret Dvorak
Denver Dvorsky and Anne Vespa
Bob & Beverly Erenberger
F & M Bank
Guaranty Bank & Trust
Marc and Cathy Gullickson
Lawrence Harney
Neil and Keri Havlik
Henry Russell Bruce, Incorporated
Jared and Carol Hills
Mel and Carolyn Holubar
J.P. Gasway Company Inc.
Rose Marie Jun
Gene and Bev Kadlec
Bert and Sue Katz
Keith Kopec and Nancy Lorenzini
Mary Jo Langer
Thea Leslie
Hilery Livengood
Nina E. and Victor Merveaux Fund for Historic Preservation
Millhiser-Smith Agency, Inc.
Darrel and Middie Morf
Mount Vernon Bank & Trust Company

Gail and Dennis Naughton
Duane and Kay Nesetril Fund
Linda and Steve Noll
Steve and Carol Nordstrom
Linda Novotny
Organizational Development Fund (GCRCF)
Don Pardubsky
James and Monica Piersall
Ann Poe
Marc-Andre Pons
Ralston Foods
Randy and Lisa Ramlo
Rockwell Collins Matching Gift Program
Jack Roland
Keith and Justine Schulte
Shive-Hattery, Incorporated
Simmons Perrine Moyer Bergman PLC
Bob and Marge Stone
Terry-Durin Electrical Company
Joan Thaler
Ted and Cathy Townsend
US Bank
Craig and Anita Van Dyke
Bill and Monica Vernon
Stephen Volesky
Judy Vopava and Roger Johanson
Donald and Esther Vorel
David and Nancy Welsh
Doug and Lori Wenzel
Scott White
Arlene Wiley and Bob Claypool
Jason and Leslie Wright
Gary Zabokrtsky
Leora Zahorik

$500 - $999
Kris Armstrong
Ron and Engra Banse
Emil Brlit
City State Bank
Janice Crowe
Beth Dowd
Warren and Fern Fackler
Marilee Fowler
Thomas Hruska
Gene and Sharon Machacek
Cecelia Oujiri
Stephanie and Todd Parker

Gary and Susie Streit
Phil and Mary Suess
Clair and Suzanne Svoboda
Jim Thebeau and Teel Salaun
Union Pacific GivePLUS
Mark and Jan Watson
Janice Wessel
WFLA Idaho Lodge #234

$100 - $499
ADM Matching Gifts Program
James and Ruth Affeldt
Maria Balaz
Anna and Paul Balev
Becker & Poliakoff, P.A.
Douglas and Sheila Brakhahn
Grant W. Bramel
Jerry and Nancy Chalupnik
Lavona Colton
Blanche Cuhel
St. Ann's Society #11
Kelley Davis
Charles Dlask
Sharon Foley
Ondrej and Nancy Hasek
Bonnie Holubar
Ron and Mary Holubar
Sam and Pam Johnson
Phillip Kasik
Vergermaine Klima
John and Patricia Koza
Steven J. and Vickie S. Kriz
Robert Kucharski
Margaret Kundel
Deborah Lebeda
Ronald LeClere
Dr. Leonard and Eleanor Levy

Lodge Bratri Od Sazavy No. 211

Marcia and Cedric Lofdahl
Wilma Malina
Andrew Mariassy
June A. Mengler
Rose Vlasek Miller
Richard and Sally Muller
Larry and Ruth Neppl
Naushira and Siddharth Pandya
Pasadena Beseda Club
Frank Pechar
Scott Phillips
Mr. Thomas Pospisil
Randy Kuehl Honda
Howard and Diane Rattner
John and Sue Rocarek
Wayne and Vera Rogers
Royal Norwegian Consulate General
Olga Sedenka
Dianna and Anthony Silvagni
Albert Soukup
Patti Stauffer and Brian & Will Raue
Esther Steinbach
William Stransky
Charlotte and William Stupka
Roman Sukenik
Arthur Tellin
Dennis and Debra Volesky
WFLA Lodge Seattle #181
Elaine Willis

The American Institute of Polish Culture, Inc.
Sandra and Marc Anthony
Ed and Doris Ballard
Patricia A. Battin
Robert and Elaine Boes
Mrs. Alberta Bouska

Carrie Amrich Bowen
C. J. and Dee Buelow
Janice Carpenter
Judy Cheney
Helen Christophersen
Consulate General of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas
John and Marilyn Cooper
Jeffrey and Margaret Courter
Kenneth and Carol Cuhel
Betty Debban
Bernie Drahozal
Miroslav Dusek
Mark and Angie Dvorak
Maxine Frueh
Martin G. Gabriel
Evelyn and Richard Gallagher
Betty Gallagher
Charlotte Glynn
Thomas Gral
Mitchell and Mary Guthrie
Richard and Donna Hover
George and Sona Hromulak
Jeff and Sue Hubler
Gaylon and Lois Hynek
Robert and Kathryn Keshock
Flora Kitzman
Donald Kohout
Marcela Kotrcova
Lyle Koutny
John Kuba

Sue Latting
Edward and Edna Lingo
Ernest and Joyce Ludvicek
Mary Makar
David and Victoria Maley
Pat Martin
Ltc. Edward and Mrs. Karen Martin
Julia Matchett
Paul and Mildred McIlrath
Kevin L. Mead
Mrs. E. Merulla
Wallace Milden
James and Kathryn Miller
Dan and Ginny Mitchell
Tom Moran
Gary and Carolyn Myers
Charles Netolicky
Stana Novak
Vera Nyitray
Rich and Marion Patterson
Lois and Darrell Paulsen
A. and Jack Pilling
Thomas and Victoria Pospisil
Wilma Jane Pospisil
Barry Reed
Marvin and Hermina Rigel
Janice and Richard Risdale
John Schmidt
Jane Schuyler
Jeanne Scovel
Martha Serbousek
John and Marcela Sinnreich
Sally J. and Stephen W. Stendel
Carl and Evelyn Studt
Betty Suchan
Howard and Joanne Walrath
Wiederspan Gallery
Kaye and Fletcher Williams
Ann Carson and Larry Zirbel

Care to join this enthusiastic group of donors? You still can! Tax deductable gifts of all sizes are still being accepted to support the NCSML and its campaign to Rebuild the Future. Gifts of $1,000 or greater will be acknowledged on commemorative donor recognition plaques that will be permanently displayed in the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library’s Grand Hall.

There are a limited number of opportunities to name spaces in the museum and library for gifts of $10,000 or more.A special acknowledgment plaque will be displayed in the named space.

To give, simply click on the “Donate Now” button, or contact anyone in the development office of the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library at 319-362-8500.