Local Bank Teaming Up With Joy Of Life Foundation

Thu 7-4-2019

(Spirit Lake)-- A lakes area bank will be putting on a special event this Friday to help raise funds for an organization raising awareness over skin cancer and the danger of exposure to the sun. Central Bank in Spirit Lake is putting on special events on Fridays through the season benefiting various causes. One this Friday will raise funds for the Joy of Life Foundation, which was founded in memory of Joy Walz who passed away several years ago of melanoma. Courtney Bolluyt of Spirit Lake says the foundation has installed a number of sunscreen dispensers at various outdoor attractions throughout the lakes area...Joy Of Life01 

"I was involved in a group called the 100 Plus Women Who Care which is an organization throughout northwest Iowa in five different counties including Dickinson county. This organization provides funding for nonprofits so we nominated the Joy of Life Foundation and made a partnership there. Over $5,000 was provided by the 100 Plus Women Who Care group and Morgan and I researched some sunscreen dispensers and decided that that's what we would like to do with the money through the Joy of Life Foundation. We talked to different area water parks, little league parks, state parks, some golf courses and we have sunscreen dispensers in those areas. The original money from the organization provided 35 of those dispensers and the money that we're raising locally currently goes toward refills of those dispensers and new ones as well."

Bolluyt says they're always looking for donations and volunteers to help their cause...Joy Of Life02 

"And those can be given through Central Bank and you can get involved that way. We also do have a group of families and individuals throughout the area who are willing to be a caregiver of each sunscreen dispenser, for example we have one gal who's willing to go to the dog park once a week and make sure that dispenser is cleaned off and that it doesn't need refills and then they just contact us if there needs to be any service or refills of those dispensers."

This Friday's fundraiser for Joy of Life at Central Bank will be held from 11:30 am until 1:00 pm with grilled brats and burgers being served.

The annual Joy of Life Concert will be held this year on October 12th at the Dickinson County Expo Building.