Can They Be Your Neighbors?

Maybe if they share their winnings...

Can They Be Your Neighbors?

Joe Schaefer and his wife Carol couldn’t believe the prizes they won as part of the first-ever Neighborhood Passport drawing July 26. Presented at the final Jazz in July event of the season, the grand prize was valued at over $500 and included certificates and passes from over 15 different neighborhood businesses and area attractions. Attendees simply needed to visit the Polk County Housing Trust Fund table and have their Passport stamped to be eligible. Loyal attendees of the Jazz in July series received one raffle ticket for each stamp in their passport at the final concert in West Glen.

In talking with Joe we learned that Carol is a piano teacher and he has been a teacher for 51 years and is currently a senior lecturer in aerospace engineering at ISU. Joe said they been attending Jazz in July since they moved from Dubuque to Ankeny 15 years ago. In addition to the music, he said they also enjoyed the “Can I Be Your Neighbor” handouts that shared the history of each neighborhood, the demographics of the people who lived there and seeing how someone with a particular occupation would fare in finding affordable housing in the area.

Pictured: Grand Prize winners Carol (left) and Joe Schaefer (right) celebrate their win with PCHTF Event Management Intern Paige Curtis (center).