Mary Doak Named Iowan of the Day

DES MOINES, IA (07/25/2017) (readMedia)-- The Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation and Cookies Food Products are pleased to present Mary Doak of Grundy Center as an Iowan of the Day for the 2017 Iowa State Fair.

Grundy Center has become a community that is "Living the Good Life" because of Mary's dedication and passion for bettering her town of Grundy Center. Mary exemplifies true Iowan passion through her efforts for the transformation of Grundy Center's main street. She played an instrumental role in creating new bi-laws and procedures for the improvements that were made to Main Street.

Along with establishing Main Street Grundy Center, Mary also established the Grundy Center Preservation Commission, the Grundy Family YMCA and the Grundy Center Historical Society- all through volunteer hours. She has spent time with children in the local elementary school and assisted with the local museum. The courthouse lawn is lit up with Christmas trees every year, known as the "Magical Forest" due to Mary's creativity and effort to brighten her town.

"Mary's contributions to our community are endless and she takes on projects with an 'energizer bunny like' passion that gets things done," says Kristin Cleveland, Director of Main Street Grundy Center.

Mary's day of recognition will be on Wednesday, August 16 at the 2017 Iowa State Fair. She will be recognized with a presentation on the Anne & Bill Riley stage at 2:30 P.M. Along with accommodations at the Des Moines Marriott Downtown, she will receive a gift bag, grandstand tickets and use of the Iowan of the Day golf cart.

Founded in 1997, the Iowan of the Day program allows the Blue Ribbon Foundation to recognize Iowa's most outstanding individuals. The program continues to honor Iowans across the state who have made a difference in others' lives, while upholding the characteristics associated with Iowa-dependability, integrity, hard work and sense of community.

The Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. Since its inception in 1993, the Foundation has generated more than $135 million for renovations and improvements to the Iowa State Fairgrounds. For more information, please contact the Blue Ribbon Foundation at 1-800-450-3732 or