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Two upcoming dinners the last weekend of October will benefit two worthwhile organizations in Eastern Iowa. Fortunately, the events are on separate days, so you can  indulge your gastronomic desires and attend both.

The Local Food Banquet, with silent and live auctions, is set for Oct. 25, 2014, to benefit the Iowa Valley RC&D. The following day, on Oct. 26, is the Marion Heritage Center’s 11th Annual Soup Supper & Silent Auction.

Read on for details about both events from each organization:


The Iowa Valley Resource, Conservation & Development (IVRC&D) invites all to celebrate local foods and farmers Saturday, October 25th for their annual Local Foods Banquet at Mercy Hospital, Cedar Rapids.

The banquet will feature a meal of local foods prepared by Chef Andy Deutmeyer and Mercy staff along with locally crafted beers and wines, music, and auctions.

The event begins at 5:30 pm with a social gathering, silent auction, and entertainment by “The Too Many Strings Band” of Grinnell.  Dinner will begin at 7:00.

A live auction will feature three celebrity autographed memorabilia pieces: a Star Wars Cast movie poster, Johnny Depp sketch, and Led Zeppelin record album. All items from Charity Fundraising come with a certificate of authenticity. Along with the celebrity items, the silent and live auctions will offer other items such as a quarter side of grass-fed beef, CSA share, pastured chickens, baked goods, overnight stays, certificates for area attractions, wine and gift baskets – and much more!

While the event brings people together in celebration of local foods and farmers, it also allows the IVRC&D the opportunity to bring awareness and support in their work. The IVRC&D is a non-profit organization that serves Benton, Iowa, Johnson, Linn, Poweshiek, Tama counties and the Meskwaki Settlement.

Past and current IVRC&D projects include a Farm to School program, Iowa Valley Food Co-op, the Iowa Valley Scenic Byway, developing birding, paddler and outdoor guides, and the Great Iowa River Canoe and Kayak Race. Proceeds from the event will support the work of the IVRC&D.

Event tickets can be purchased online at or at the IVRC&D office in Amana.  Tickets are $40 per person or $75 for two. For more information please contact Dora Bopp at or (319) 622.3264.

Marion Heritage Center 11th Annual Soup Supper & Silent Auction

All soup and dessert-lovers are invited to the 11th annual Marion Heritage Society Soup Supper & Silent Auction. Sunday, October 26, 2014 at the Marion Heritage Center. Enjoy supper and see the current exhibition Everything Marion: Treasured Memories at no extra charge.

Supper will be from 5:00 – 7:00 pm at the Center, 590th Tenth Street, Marion, Iowa. Doors will open at 4:50 pm. Cost is $6.50 per person in advance, or $8.00 at the door. Children under 6 years old eat free.

Tickets are available at the Heritage Center and the Granger House. Silent auction items are available. You do not have to be present to win. Bidding will close at 6:30 pm. The meal includes a hearty bowl of soup, drink and dessert. Last serving is at 6:45 pm.

Eight different kinds of soups will be served, courtesy of the following leaders in Marion and the Marion Historical Society: Jay Kacena is bringing his famous chili. He was the 2013 first place winner of the Johnson County Chili Cook- Off. He also serves as the chairman of our annual Art by Your Friends and Neighbors exhibition and Co-chair of the Friends of Oak Shade Cemetery.

Vicki Hughes is bringing her potato soup. She has updated a traditional Irish recipe, substituting heavy cream with a lighter healthier base. Vicki serves on committees throughout the community including First Lutheran Church, City of Marion Swamp Fox Festival, and Friends of Oak Shade Cemetery.

Vic & Pat Klopfenstein will supply delicious hamburger chili, clam chowder and beef stew soup. Dr. Vic is a retired veterinarian, past mayor of the City of Marion and current Vice-President of the Marion Historical Society. Pat was named volunteer of the year by RSVP Advisory Council in 2013. Both are active in the Friendship Force, an international community organization that promotes global understanding.

Margaret Eichhorn, Marion Historical Society treasurer, is bringing her homemade meatless vegetable soup. Margaret owns a small bookkeeping business and has three children.

Finally, Barb Robison, by popular demand, brings her chicken noodle soup with homemade noodles. Barb is the co-owner of Robison & Rhea, PLC a full-service accounting firm serving clients throughout the area of Marion. She served as treasurer of the Marion Historical Society for over ten years.

For those of you attending the Granger House “steampunk-themed” Halloween costume party Saturday evening, Oct. 25, consider wearing your costume to the supper. For added fun, we will have our traditional history puzzle game for all ages and a prize for the winner. If you would like to donate a gift basket or a gift certificate please contact Lynette at: 447-6376. See our website: for more information about our sponsors. For more information contact Lynette Brenzel at  The Marion Heritage Center, 590 Tenth Street, Marion, Iowa 52302 Hours: Wed.-Sun., 1 – 4 PM, or by appointment. E-mail: