Tax-deductible donations to support CIBS’ education programs can be made to the Carol Thomas Memorial Endowment Fund by clicking on the DONATE button in the right-hand column or mailing to:
Central Iowa Blues Society
Carol Thomas Memorial Endowment Fund
Carol Thomas was a long-time blues singer and keyboard player, a founding member of the Central Iowa Blues Society, and served as the Newsletter Editor for CIBS’ Blues Crier from 1992 until her death in 1997 from cancer. Carol was loved and is missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her. In her honor, the Central Iowa Blues Society has established the Carol Thomas Memorial Endowment Fund. Monies collected are dedicated to youth educational programs.
Since its establishment, the endowment fund has been the primary funding mechanism for CIBS’ Blues in the Schools programs. Many people may not be aware that the Winter Blues Fest in turn provides a substantial portion of the funding to the Carol Thomas Endowment.
As part of the sponsorship package since 2005, the host hotels have donated a percentage of bar sales from the event to the fund. CIBS would like to recognize and thank the Hotel Fort Des Moines and the Downtown Des Moines Marriott for their contributions to CIBS’ educational efforts.
Lynette Webster and Jeff Wagner have both been instrumental to the success of the Central Iowa Blues Society from its inception through its first 20 years. Lynette has represented CIBS as its President for 9 years (1998-2001, 2004-2007, 2010-2013) in addition to 4 years as Vice President, 1 year as Treasurer, 4 years as Secretary and 2 years as Production Coordinator. There is little doubt that Lynette was the heart and soul of CIBS throughout that time. After having spent 3 years as CIBS Treasurer and 3 years as President, Jeff became the managing owner of Blues on Grand. In that capacity, “Dr. Doubt” became ineligible to hold elected office in CIBS, however he continued to serve as Chair of the Finance & Fundraising committee until 2013. Jeff is also a former member of the Blues Foundation Board of Directors. In recognition of their years of service, and in culmination of a goal of the society since its inception, the Central Iowa Blues Society is proud to announce the establishment of the Webster/Wagner Scholarship to assist in the education of a young person showing an interest in or aptitude for America’s original musical art form.
2007 Blues In The Schools Photos
The third edition of CIBS’ BITS program took place in June 2007 involving a group of students at the Scavo campus, and this time taught by two artists-in-residence, Iowa City’s Kevin Burt and Iowa Blues Hall of Fame Inductee Dartanyan Brown, assisted by Maxx G and fellow IBHOF members George Davis and Sam Salomone. This time around, the program’s conclusion was a performance on the U.S. Cellular stage at the Des Moines Arts Festival.