Cardboard Boats for the Troops!

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The Sioux City Growth Organization hosted its second annual Cardboard Cup, Sunday.

Folks were invited out to Pipe Dream Campgrounds outside of Hinton to race homemade cardboard boats.

The cup is put on to help raise money for local charities, and this year’s charity of choice was Support Siouxland Soldiers.

Cup winner, Tim Grover of Sioux City said, “Our boat is supporting the Iowa National Guard, and we support Siouxland Soldiers and Food for Vets. So, it’s a good cause. It’s a lot of fun. It gets a lot of good people together.”

As far as the boats go, contestants did have some rules to follow like only two people could be in a boat.  And of course, they could only use cardboard, duct–tape, paint, and glue to build their boats.

Some spent countless hours building their boats, coming up with all kinds of boat themes while others went the shorter route and made them the night before, which made for some unfortunate sinks.

“People get excited for just the different creativity on the boat designs and also for the people that don’t finish,” said Luis Trejo of The Sioux City Growth Organization. “They like to see a couple people sink and not make it, but it’s all for a good cause, and it’s great fun.”

About twenty boats were racing for the coveted Cardboard Cup trophy. Other prizes included The Epic Shipwreck Award as well as The Best Overall Theme Award.

Sioux City Growth Organization raises funds for “Food for Veterans” project!

Join us this coming Sunday at Pipe Dream, Hinton IA at 2:00 p.m. for the Cardboard Cup!! Proceeds benefit Support Siouxland Soldiers’ “Food for Veterans” project. It’s easy!

1. Register your 2 person team at

2. Build a cardboard boat with glue, paint and duct tape. (Need tips? click on this link for the secrets to winning!)

 Click here to read the Top Secret Manual: How to Win a Cardboard Boat Race

Thank you, Thrivent Financial for raising funds for the Troops!

Thank you, Thrivent Financial for raising over $30,000 for the Troops!

The all American past time paired up with an all American holiday to support our Siouxland Service Members.

We want to thank Thrivent Financial for raising $30,000 over the last four years for our Military families, Veterans and Service Members! Each year Thrivent gives away over 1500 tickets to Military families and Thrivent members for the July 3rd Explorer’s game with fireworks, provides a catered tailgate and raises money for our Troops.They also help collect donations from the crowd at the game and throw out prizes between innings.

“I think that we don’t support our local Soldiers enough,” said Pam Bales of Thrivent Financial. “We hear everything that’s going on in the world and I think we kind of forget what’s happening right here and that’s what our company is all about, supporting the local community.”

The money raised at Tuesday’s game will go to Support Siouxland Soldiers’ Fallen and Injured Service Member Fund and help create the care packages that S.A.L.U.T.E. sends out to our deployed Soldiers.

The evening down at Lewis And Clark Stadium was capped off with fireworks to make the patriotic evening complete.

After crowd donations, Thrivent Financial presented a check on the field for more than $8,700 to Support Siouxland Soldiers and S.A.L.U.T.E.

Heroes On the Homefront Award!

Support Siouxland Soldiers presents Joe Fokken, store manager of Cubby’s Convenience Store (Cenex Station) in Sioux City, IA, with a 2012 Heroes on the Homefront Award. Joe and his team at Cubby’s Cenex Station received this award in recognition for their outstanding support of the Tri-state Region’s Service Members during their military duty and deployments.  Support Siouxland Soldiers thanked Joe for his countless hours of hard work and donations to support the Troops and their families. Over the years Joe and Cubby’s  have donated an abundance of snacks and items to be included in the Soldiers care-packages. On Armed Forces Day, Cubby’s Cenex Station hosted a care-packing event with Support Siouxland Soldiers and invited Military families and the public to come and customize care-packages for the deployed Siouxland Service Members. Cenex donated ten $50 gas cards to be raffled off with the proceeds covering the cost to ship the boxes. Joe also partnered with Pepsi and Bimbo Bakeries to make this event a great success!  So on behalf of all of the Military Families in the region, Support Siouxland Soldiers wants to say “Thank you, Joe Fokken and Cubby’s Cenex Station for being our Heroes on the Homefront!”


Douangdara Memorial War Dog Park Fundraiser – News, Weather and Sports for Sioux City, IA:

Douangdara Memorial War Dog Park Fundraiser – News, Weather and Sports for Sioux City, IA:

There’s a fundraiser Thursday night for the John Douangdara Memorial War Dog Park.

The dog park is being built in honor of Douangdara because he was a dog handler.

Douangdara was killed in Afghanistan back in August.

Support Siouxland Soldiers is putting on this fundraiser Thursday from 6:00-9:00p.m. at Eldon’s.

And they’ll donate all of the proceeds to the War Dog Memorial.

If you want to give an item for the soldiers holiday care packages then Eldon’s will give you 10 percent off your food order.

Family Puts Up Over 20,000 Lights for Holiday Display. – News, Weather and Sports for Sioux City, IA:

Family Puts Up Over 20,000 Lights for Holiday Display. – News, Weather and Sports for Sioux City, IA:

It’s the third year in a row the Wilmes family has put on their spectacular holiday light show. The entire display has well over 20,000 lights, and every year, the lights are synched to music. This year it’s a medley of all your favorite holiday classics that you can hear on 106.5.

“We just love it. People in our neighborhood, our neighbors come out and we all stand on the side walk, turn on our cars, our radios and we all stand there and dance to the music,” Pam Wilmes, homeowner.

The whole thing starts right on the computer. Matt Wilmes uses an excel-type program to synchronize the lights with the music. And according to Wilmse, that’s the easy part.

“The twenty-five minute show that we have this year it’s a minimum of a hundred hours of sequencing every minute takes about 2-3 hours,” said Wilmes.

The hardest part, actually finding the time to put up the lights. But when it comes down to it, Wilmes says its not about time or money, it’s about giving back and honoring his father who passed away several years ago.

“My dad I felt was a good man and one of the things he instilled in me was to give back, and that’s what I’m doing,” said Wilmes.

And while these lights turned on for the first time only a couple days ago, Wilmes is already thinking about next year.

The Wilmes’ welcome everyone to come out and see the holiday light show, that runs now through January 2nd. This year, any donations the family receives will go to Support Siouxland Soldiers. There is a donation box in the shape of a candy cane out in front of the house.

The address is 4026 Capitol Street in Sioux City.

Fast Food Chain Takes Quick Action to Support Local Troops – News, Weather and Sports for Sioux City, IA:

Fast Food Chain Takes Quick Action to Support Local Troops – News, Weather and Sports for Sioux City, IA:

A restaurant chain is asking you to support our troops.

Wendy’s restaurants in Sioux City and South Sioux City are putting up collection sites for Support Siouxland Soldiers, who send care packages to troops deployed overseas.

And for one manager, there’s a person connection – his son is deployed to Afghanistan.

“Talking to my son, he just thinks it’s Christmas every time he gets a package. A lot of our family are sending packages directly to him. I mean you send him candy and he just goes nuts on it,” says Wendy’s Manager Patrick McKeever.

Patrick’s son is with the 113th Cavalry based in Sioux City.

The troops are in need of everything from beef jerky to batteries.

The packages go to all Siouxland soldiers, and the drive will continue until the soldiers come home.

Siouxland Swine Support One of Their Own – News, Weather and Sports for Sioux City, IA:

Siouxland Swine Support One of Their Own – News, Weather and Sports for Sioux City, IA:

When soldiers overseas get a care package, it’s like getting a little piece of home. If its sent with the help of someone’s heart and soul– it means that much more.

Some big guys with some big hearts are working to do just that.

Rugby teams from all over the Siouxland area stopped in Sioux City today for some friendly matches and to raise money for Siouxland soldiers.

A cause near and dear to the Siouxland Swine as one of their own was recently deployed to Afghanistan.

The players of the Siouxland Swine rugby team can definitely stand the intensity of a match, but what about the pain?

“It wears off after a couple of days.”

Pain aside, there’s a reason these guys are pouring their heart and soul into every play.

“This is kind of a, more than special occasion for us this year because one of our players just got sent over to Afghanistan– just in the last month.” Says John Singer, VP of the Siouxland Swine.

The siouxland swine rugby team has held fundraising tournaments to benefit “support siouxland soldiers” in the past.

They never thought their efforts would benefit one of their own.

“It’s kind of one of those things, you never think it will happen to you.” Says Singer.

“Kevin Heineman, he’s a sergeant with the police department I believe and he got shipped off just a couple weeks ago, so we wanted to make it even more of a big event because it hit home a little bit.” Says Vern Helt with the Siouxland Swine.

Rugby isn’t a hugely popular sport in the area, but when a fellow rugger is going through a hard time, the comradery is there.

“They’re all supporting our country and they’re over there and everybody’s families are stuck here so I mean anything we can do and all pitch in to help out I definitely think we should do it. Sioux City has a rugger right now over in Afghanistan so I definitely feel that everybody came together in a group effort.” Says Rocky Welker, a former player for the Swine and current member of the University of South Dakota Rugby team.

Keeping their fellow rugger in mind, the Swine made it into the championship game. It’s a feet anyone can be proud of– but especially their teammate.

“He’s just proud of us and we gave him one of our jersey’s before he left and he said he’d wear it proud over there so now we’ve got a jersey overseas.” Says Helt.

the Siouxland Swine Rugby Tournament raised double what it made last year– they’re expecting to donate upwards of $3,000 to support Siouxland Soldiers.