Homers -- What's going right

WELL-DESERVED: The Greater Cedar Rapids Foundation’s work to help this community and area rebuild after the 2008 flood earned big honors recently. First came the Association of Fundraising Professionals International’s 2012 award as the outstanding foundation in North America. Then came Gov. Terry Branstad’s proclamation recognizing the foundation for its outstanding work to improve Iowans’ lives. As the river rose in 2008, GCRCF already had set up a flood fund. It oversaw distribution of $14 million in grants from donations, helping many residents and 300-plus organizations.

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SHOW CHOIR ELITE: School show choir programs are a big deal these days, and Cedar Rapids Kennedy High School’s “Happiness Inc.” is among the best. In November, Parade Magazine named director Storm Ziegler’s group as “America’s Favorite Show Choir.” In late March, the choir took top honors at Nashville nationals.

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INFANT SAVED: Perseverance by Christopher Buresh and Ginny Ryan, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics doctors, brought infant Bedica Ermilus to the UI for a March 29 lifesaving surgical procedure not feasible in her native Haiti. Donors covered costs.

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