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Statement Regarding the Recent Events in Charlottesville


CultureALL’s Statement in Response to the Recent Events in Charlottesville, Virginia

August 18, 2017

Let’s Be Clear:

  • Racism and bigotry are unacceptable.
  • Notions of supremacy of any kind are disgraceful and damaging. 
  • The beliefs and tactics of the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and hate groups of any kind are unconscionable.

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Support CultureALL at the 2017 Principal Charity Classic

Support CultureALL through the 2107 Principal Charity Clasic

The 2017 Principal Charity Classic is June 6-11 at Wakonda Club in Des Moines. Over the past 10 years this annual PGA Tour Champions tournament has distributed more than $10 million to Iowa children’s charities. This year’s tournament is June 6-11 at Wakonda Club.

The 2017 Principal Charity Classic is a PGA Champions Tour eventBirdies for Charity is a special initiative that helps local charities raise money for children’s programs through the Principal Charity Classic. Tournament sponsors Sammons Financial Group and Wells Fargo have pledged to match every dollar raised by 10%. By “watching the birdies” – and making a pledge to donate based on how many birdies are made during the tournament – you can help CultureALL raise additional dollars to support our global education programs.

What’s a Birdie?

If you don’t play golf, you might be wondering.

A “birdie” is a score of one stroke better than “par” for any golf hole on the course. “Par” is the normal expected score of a golf professional on any given hole. For example, on a par 4 hole a score of 3 is a birdie. Score two under par and you’ve made an “eagle.” Score one over par and you have made the dreaded “bogey.”

How You Can Help

There are two ways that you can support CultureALL through Birdies for Charity at the 2017 Principal Charity Classic:

  1. Make a one-time flat donation – you decide how much to give, and make your gift right away.
  2. Pledge a per-birdie amount of at least $0.05 for every birdie scored by PGA Tour Champions during the tournament. Your gift is calculated at the end of the tournament.

The number of birdies scored each year can fluctuate due to unforeseeable conditions. Over the past 9 years the average number of birdies made was 808. At $0.05 per birdie that would be a donation of $40.40.

You can make your gift or pledge online through the Principal Charity Classic Donation Page:

If you’d like to mail your pledge, click here to download a 2017 Birdies For Charity Pledge Form. (Be sure to designate CultureALL as the organization you want to receive your contribution.)

Guess The Birdies and Win

When you complete your pledge form, you have the option to guess the number of birdies that will be made during the 2017 tournament for the chance to win prizes through the annual Guess the Birdies Competition. One grand prize will be determined by a random drawing among all participants who correctly guessed the total number of birdies made. Additional prizes will also be awarded through random drawings.

The Benefits of Giving through the 2017 Principal Charity Classic

Culture Day at Valerius Elementary
Culture Day workshop at Valorous Elementary (photo by Ryan Morrison)

There are no administrative fees when you make your pledge through the Birdies for Charity program – 100% of your contribution will go directly to CultureALL.

Your donation is 100% tax deductible.

Every dollar collected between now and July 31, 2017 will be matched by 10%, making the value of your contribution even greater!

By donating now, you’ll be helping young people in Iowa prepare to be great global citizens by providing them with opportunities to explore world cultures through CultureALL’s school programs.

Make Your Pledge Today!

Obrigado! Living Cultures Brazil

Living Cultures Brazil

Obrigado ( that’s Portuguese for Thank You) to the sponsors, partners, artists, volunteers, supporters, and everyone who attended our Living Cultures Brazil event on Saturday May 13th at Valley High School!

We are working on pulling together photos and other details from the event, and we’ll be sharing them soon, so please check back for updates.

For now, you can find a few photos and videos posted live during the event on our Facebook page.

Help Us By Taking Our Survey

If you attended the event, please give us your feedback by taking our Guest Survey on SurveyMonkey.

Your input is invaluable: it will help us in communicating the value of the event to our sponsors and stakeholders and guide us in planning our next community event,

Submit your survey by Thursday, June 1, and your name will be entered to win a $20 Gift Card from our friends at Tandem Brick Gallery.  The winner will be notified by phone or e-mail, and posted here on our blog and on social media the week of June 5-9.

Connect and Share

If you attended the event and have comments – or if you have pictures or video you’d like to share – you can post them on our Facebook event page.  You can also post them on your own social media and tag us with our handle – @CultureALL.IA on Facebook; @CultureALL_IA on Twitter – and the hashtag #LivingCulturesBrazil.  

You can also e-mail your photos – or links to any videos you have posted on YouTube or Vimeo – to our Marketing Team.

If you missed this event, but don’t want to miss the next one, please join our mailing list.


Joining Us for Living Cultures Brazil? Here’s What You Need to Know

Living Cultures Brazil

Today is the Day!

Do you have tickets for Living Cultures Brazil?  Are you thinking about it?  Here’s what you need to know to make the most of the evening:

Living Cultures Brazil: What You Need To Know Date:  Saturday, May 13 from 7:00 PM – 10 PM

(Guest Check-In begins at 6:30.)

Location: Valley High School (Cafeteria)

3650 Woodland Avenue in West Des Moines


Frequently Asked Questions

Are Tickets Still On Sale?

Yes!  Online ticket sales have ended, but you can purchase tickets at the door using cash, check, or credit card.

What Should You Wear?

Fun, casual party attire – feel free to wear something colorful.  If you like to dance, wear shoes that are comfortable for dancing.

Where Should You Park?

Park in the lot on the west side of the building – the entrance is on 39th Street.

What Should You Bring? 

Just yourself and your best party spirit.  There are no physical tickets for this event.  If you want to being a copy of the e-mail confirming your ticket purchase that is fine, but it should not be necessary.

Where Should You Go When You Arrive?

Check-in begins at 6:30 PM. Enter through the West Entrance and look for the two Check-In Tables.  Your name (or the name of your host or ticket purchaser) will be on our guest list. When you check in, you will get a Brazilian Wish Bracelet as proof of admission – so if you need to leave the venue for any reason, you’ll be able to get back in.  The event is in the Cafeteria.  (For more information about what to expect at the event, see this article from our May Newsletter.)

What Can You Do at the Event?

There will be entertainment throughout the evening, beginning around 7 PM with the Brazilian 2wins.   You can also wander around, sample some Brazilian foods, explore the culture through our Discovery Experiences, and take photos at our Copacabana Selfie Station.   At the end of the night, join the Carnaval Dance Party – an instructor will be on hand to lead some popular Brazilian dances that even beginners will be able to master.

Will Alcohol Be Served?

Sorry, but because we are in a school building, alcohol is not permitted.  However, if you’re over 21 and would like to join us after the event, we’ll be keeping the party going downtown at The Garden Nightclub (112 SE 4th Street in Des Moines) where you can enjoy Brazilian-themed drinks and music.  Show your Brazilian Wish Bracelet at the door and you will be admitted FREE after 10 PM.


If there is something we did not cover here that you need to know, you can call Paula Hutton McKinley at 515-273-8569 ext. 2 or e-mail Paula@CultureALL.org,    However, the CultureALL office is closed on Saturdays.  We will check for phone messages, but the best way to reach us quickly  is to send us a message on Facebook.


We look forward to seeing you on Saturday!

After School Program at Brody Middle School Gives Students a Taste of World Cultures

Brody after school