Council Bluffs, Iowa
Iowa Western Community College has announced that Tom and Shirley Hanafan will receive the 2013 Investment in Excellence Award. The award will be presented Sat., Sept. 28, at the annual Black Tie Harvest for Scholarships auction and dinner at the college’s campus in Council Bluffs. The IWCC Foundation Board began honoring individuals at its inaugural scholarship event in 1999. The event is held to recognize friends of IWCC and to raise money for the college’s scholarship fund.
Tom Hanafan, often referred to as Council Bluffs’ “Mayor for Life,” has dedicated much of his adult life to serving the city where he was born and raised. He will step down from his post this year after more than three decades of service.
A 1965 graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School, Hanafan went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in History and Government from the University of South Dakota. He was first elected to city government in 1982, earning his first seat on the city council. His colleagues on the council moved him into the mayor’s chair in January 1985, and he was elected full-time mayor in January 1988. Shirley Hanafan has been a long-time community volunteer and has been involved in countless non-profit organizations and events during her husband’s tenure at city hall. Both have been ardent supporters of Iowa Western, serving as chairs of the Black Tie Harvest in 2008 and event co-chairs in 2007.
Past Investment in Excellence Award winners: Scott and Liz Doll; Dr. and Mrs. John Marshall; John and Linda Allen; Ron and Suzanne Mahoney; Dr. Eugene and Linda Lloyd, Don Fenster, Colleen Geiger, Robert Laubenthal, Jim and Gertrude Woodworth, John P. Nelson, Wanda Rosenbaugh, Tom Whitson, Carmen Gioiello and the late Lyman Bennett.