A Familiar Face Wins Big at Jazz in July

Meet Sage Halfhill, our CIBYN grand prize winner

A Familiar Face Wins Big at Jazz in July

Look familiar?  The winner of the drawing for this year’s Jazz in July Can I Be Your Neighbor grand prize was 12-year old Sage Halfhill of Windsor Heights. She is someone you may have seen if you attended this year’s Jazz in July series.  She worked at 14 of the 17 events helping children create structures with reclaimed wood at the sponsor table for Silent Rivers, a design-build company her father owns.  She also worked the crowd handing out company cards that included this message: "Des Moines is more beautiful because you’re in it. Thank you for supporting the arts in central Iowa."

A unique, creative and generous message – which is apropos given Sage is also unique, creative and generous. In visiting with her we discovered she will be in 7th grade at Cowles Montessori and enjoys  running 5Ks, rock climbing, speaking Spanish, RAYGUN (Greatest store in the universe), creating magazines, PowerPoint presentations - everything to do with technology and animals. She has several animals of her own: a dog, 2 rats, 5 chickens and fish.  Though she loves cats, her mom is allergic, so she volunteers in the cat section at the Animal Rescue League.

At each Jazz in July event Sage visited with the volunteers at the PCHTF / Can I Be Your Neighbor table and faithfully got her Passport sticker and a red ticket for the drawing.  Each event she held her breath wanting desperately to win – and finally, at the final event of the season, the grand finale at West Glen she won the largest prize package filled with things such as - restaurant certificates; tickets to the Iowa State Fair, The Des Moines Playhouse, and an I-Cubs game; Fitness Training; gourmet coffee; and some awesome sunglasses she’s pretty sure her father will lay claim to.

But before she opened her package of prizes, she set the bag to the side and asked to learn a little bit about the Polk County Housing Trust Fund, what we do and how we are working to help the people pictured in the Can I Be Your Neighbor campaign.  What a special and deserving winner!