Rod Sullivan, Supervisor, Johnson County, Iowa

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April 11, 2014

Sullivan’s Salvos     4/15/14

In this edition:

*Johnson County Democratic Party Hall of Fame
*Iowa City Hospice Walk For Dignity
*Table To Table Fundraiser
*Did You Know?

*Johnson County Democratic Party Hall of Fame
The Johnson County Democratic Party is holding its Annual Hall of Fame Awards on Saturday, May 17 at 7pm at the Coralville Marriott.

Please join us for coffee, desserts, and plenty of old war stories! A cash bar will be available. Parking is available for a small fee on either end of the building.

The Hall of Fame inductees for 2014 are: Patrick Hughes, Joe Johnston, Carol Thompson, Dennis Ryan, David Osterberg, and Pat Cancilla. We hope you can join us in recognizing this remarkable group!

Tickets are available for a $25 suggested donation. People who cannot afford that amount should still feel welcome, but please call 354-7199 so we can get a count.

Sponsorships are available at the following levels: $100 includes two tickets; $250         includes 4 tickets; $500 includes 8 tickets.

Checks can be mailed to: Johnson County Democrats, PO Box 1773, Iowa City, IA 52244

If you have any questions, please contact Rod Sullivan at 354-7199 or

We hope you will join us for a fun evening, and lend your voice to those who are honoring these very deserving people. We look forward to seeing you!

         The ICCSD recently announced a series of cuts to deal with shortfalls in the operating budget. The cuts were clearly designed to be spread broadly across programs and populations, so no one thing shoulders the whole burden. This makes sense. It also gives everyone something about which to complain!

         Are you upset about one or more of these cuts? (I know I am!) What are you going to do about it?

         Here is what I’m NOT going to do. I’m not going to call Board President Sally Hoelscher. She’s doing the best she can. The whole ICCSD Board is doing the best that it can. The blame for this situation lies squarely in two places: Governor Branstad and the Republicans in the Iowa House.

         You have an opportunity to correct this situation. It comes in November – it is the General Election! Clearly, it is not enough to just vote the right way here. You need to give your time and money statewide, or we’ll just see more cuts. Elections have consequences, my friends.

*Iowa City Hospice Walk For Dignity
From Iowa City Hospice: Ask Jane Hanrahan’s children this, “Tell me about your mom,” and the responses are quick, enthusiastic and unanimous – she was so caring, giving, loving, kind (and amazingly) never crabby or cross with any of us!

In addition to being the mother of eight, Jane was a nurse’s aid in the Mercy Iowa City orthopedic unit. Somehow, she still found time to volunteer at school, church, the hospital and later, at Iowa City Hospice.

Her skills and love of people were a perfect fit for hospice care. Jane felt it was a gift to be nurturing, and would sit with patients and their families, prayed with them if they wished and even brought the comfort of a special dish she made herself.

When Jane became ill, Iowa Hospice Care was there for her. Her children recalled that her face would light up when the Iowa City Hospice volunteers, staff or Jane’s nurse, Rachel arrived.

Besides the human touch, whatever the special need, whatever the hour, Iowa City Hospice responded. “It was such a relief when Iowa City Hospice came on board,” Jane’s daughter Teresa recalls, “With one phone call, they took it from there and knew just what to do.”

Even with her experience, Jane and the family didn’t realize the range of what Iowa City Hospice provided. They made sure everyone’s needs were met. Teresa stated, “the love they showed my mother – they never made her feel that she was a burden. It really was dignity that they provided.”

In 2010, a year after Jane’s death, her son Marty formed Team Jane to pay both tribute to their beloved Mother, and to support Iowa City Hospice; a cause she believed in. This year the Hanrahan’s are the 2014 Honorary Walk for Dignity Family.

After the Walk, the Hanrahan family will continue the party and pay one more tribute to their mother with a trip to Dairy Queen, remembering her wish that they get together to have fun and some ice cream, always available in her freezer.

Son Marty says, “My mom took pride in seeing her values reflected in us and her grandchildren. With the Walk, we have a great time and continue her legacy, what she stood for – charity.”

All are invited to join us at the 2014 Walk for Dignity Sunday April 27th, and the special debut of the Tribute Walls, recognizing our most generous donors for the past 30 years. For more details or to get involved, please email or call us at 319-688-4213 or 800-897-3052. You can also visit

Click here to see photos of the Walk fun. Walk for Dignity donations are still being accepted online or by contacting Judy Frits at 319-688-4213.

According to Maggie Elliott, Executive Director, “Donations help us care for patients and their caregivers. We are so grateful for this generous community support!”

Email or call us at 319-688-4213 or 800-897-3052 to get more information about Walk For Dignity.

*Table To Table Fundraiser
         Table To Table, Iowa’s original food rescue operation, is holding its’ 18th annual fundraising dinner on Thursday, April 24 at 6pm at Celebration Farm.

         Called “Amazing Graze”, this meal features food from IRP, New Pi, UI Catering, Mercy, Hy-Vee, and more. There will also be a raffle.

         Tickets are $60 per person or a table off 8 for $450. For tickets or more info, see:

*DID YOU KNOW?  I’ll have more Haiti stories soon. They take a while to write.

Anyone interested in learning more about County government should take a look at the County website-

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