Our Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner initiative continues in December with a Multi-Cultural Dinner, hosted by four of our community’s most outstanding women:
Thursday, December 7 • 6:30 – 9 pm
340 SW 3rd Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50315
Marta Codina • Renee Hardman • Loretta Sieman • Marcia Wanamaker
The Multi-Cultural Dinner
These generous ladies have graciously offered to turn their private dinner party into a public gathering at the beautiful new River Center event space. You are invited to join us for a 5-course dinner with a multi-cultural menu. Each of the hosts will contribute her own culinary specialty to the meal. They will be working alongside Executive Chef Diego Critelli and his lovely wife Sara Giacomini, both originally from Padua, Italy. The evening will begin with cocktails starting at 6:30 pm, followed by dinner (served buffet-style) at 7:30. A cash bar will also be available.
To attend the dinner, you must make a reservation by Monday, December 4. Click the link below to make a reservation online from our secure event page at Network for Good. If you received an invitation in the mail, you may respond to any of the hosts by e-mail as indicated in your invitation, or use the online system.
What is the Cost?
There is no charge for you to make a reservation, but this event is a fundraiser for CultureALL. You are encouraged to make a contribution when you make your reservation, but you also have the option to make your donation at the party. As our generous hosts are donating the food, 100% of your donation is tax-deductible.
Questions About the Multi-Cultural Dinner?
If you have questions about this event, please e-mail host Marcia Wanamaker or contact Paula Hutton McKinley, CultureALL’s Director of Community Engagement by phone at 515-273-8569 ext. 2 or by e-mail.
About Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
Community leaders in greater Des Moines are hosting all sorts of fun social cultural gatherings to benefit CultureALL’s diversity and inclusion initiatives. In the spirit of the classic movie “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” these gatherings will connect neighbors and friends in new ways that make our community better. The initiative began the week of October 20-22 and will continue on into 2018. For more information – and to find out how you can host your own culturally-themed gathering – please visit the project page on our website.
Special Thanks to Prairie Meadows for sponsoring this initiative!
About Our Hosts
Get to know the fantastic ladies who are hosting this event:
Marta is a 39-year veteran of the financial services industry who currently serves as region bank president for Wells Fargo Bank. She was a founding member of the Wells Fargo Central Iowa Diversity and Inclusion Council and is an executive sponsor of that group, which coordinates Wells Fargo’s local efforts around diversity and inclusion. Marta currently serves on the National Advisory Council of The Robert D. and Billie Ray Center (formerly known as Character Counts in Iowa) and as vice chair on the executive committee of the United Way of Central Iowa. She is a very active volunteer in the Central Iowa community with a variety of non-profits.
A native of Cuba, Marta came to the United States as a refugee in the early 1960s with her parents. Her passion is around “making a difference” primarily in the areas of early childhood development and diversity and inclusion. This spring she was celebrated as one of the Inspiring Women of Iowa at a luncheon presented by the Girls Scouts of Iowa.
Renee is a CultureALL Board Member and one of the Chairs of our Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner Committee. Originally from Chicago, Renee has enjoyed a successful career in Human Resources. As Senior Vice President of Human Resources and a member of the Executive Committee at Bankers Trust Company, she was responsible for strategic direction in the areas of employee engagement, diversity, compensation and benefits, talent acquisition, employee relations, and employee development for locations in Iowa, Arizona, South Dakota and Nebraska. After nearly 22 years at Bankers Trust, Renee was ready for new challenges. Three years ago, she started her own company – Hardman Consulting – to provide services in the area of employee development, diversity training and audits, workplace investigations, executive coaching, and leadership development.
Earlier this month, Renee was elected as to serve as a member of the West Des Moines City Council. Learn more about her in this article we posted earlier this year.
Loretta is one of our community’s most dedicated leaders. A Drake University graduate, she worked early in her career as a high school English teacher and school administrator before moving on to the business world. She retired in 2008 from Business Publications LLC. She served on the West Des Moines City Council for 14+ years and has been a tireless force in dozens of leadership and hands-on roles with community service and nonprofit organizations.
Loretta, who was recognized as a Volunteer of the Year by the governor’s office in 1994 and with the A. Arthur Davis Award from the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute in 2004, has a list of board affiliations, committee memberships, and chair positions that could fill page after page. Organizations she’s been involved with include Variety – The Children’s Charity, March of Dimes, Blank Children’s Hospital, Broadlawns Medical Center, Habitat for Humanity, the American Red Cross, the American Cancer Society, the National Kidney Foundation, the American Heart Association, Junior League of Des Moines, the Science Center of Iowa and the Blank Park Zoo – just to name a few. CultureALL is grateful to have had her help with both our Bollywood Ball and Living Cultures: Brazil events as well as Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.
Marcia is also a CultureALL Board Member and one of the Chairs of our Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner Committee. She began her sales career in the 1970’s, and she has been a top producing Realtor with Iowa Realty for 28 years. Along the way, she has placed an importance on being an active community volunteer and serving in leadership roles for many non-profit organizations, including The American Heart Association, The Iowa Homeless Youth Center, Keep Iowa Beautiful, Variety The Children’s Charity, and CultureALL. Learn more about Marcia in this article we posted in January when she was honored by Women Of Worth Magazine.
About the River Center
The River Center is Des Moines’s newest event space. Housed in a historic building that dates back to 1915, it includes a large main event floor, outside covered patio, and a 2,000 square foot mezzanine with a ballpark and capital views. Antique light fixtures illuminate the entire facility for any event, from weddings and banquets to trade shows and conventions.
CultureALL is grateful to extend its partnership with the River Center, which began with the November 21 Taste of the Loire Valley dining event. The Multi-cultural Dinner will be our second event with the River Center this year, and we are so grateful to the River Center and the Port of Des Moines LLC management team – especially Chef Lisa and Michael La Valle and Chef Diego Critelli – for their support!