• Celebration of Progress


    The annual Celebration of Progress event showcases new and upcoming commercial developments on the East Side. During the short program, the chamber awards the Educator of the Year (see details below) and raised funds for the annual scholarships given to students from East High School, Lincoln High School, Grand View University, Grand View Christian School, and Des Moines Area Community College - $5,000 total.

    We look to our Chamber businesses to support this event to kickoff fundraising for the next round of scholarships.  If you have questions or are interested in providing a donation, click here.

    Educator of the Year: 
    1. An individual who is dedicated to the teaching profession and works tirelessly for the advancement of Des Moines students.

      Nominee Criteria:

      • Nominee must be an active, full-time teacher, counselor, administrator, or aide.

      • Nominee must teach at a Des Moines school, representing a public or parochial school, elementary,

        secondary, or higher education institution.

      • Nominee must serve as a positive role model to area students.

      • Nominee must serve as a motivator to area students. 

    2017 Educator of the Year: 
    Jenna Eppert
    Central Campus
    2016 Educator of the Year: 
    Stephanie Brennan
    Lincoln High School
    2016 Celebration of Progress: Valley View Village
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    2015 Celebration of Progress: Grand View University
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