Kum & Go CEO, Wife Earn Philanthropy Honor

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa -- Kum & Go president and CEO Kyle Krause and his wife, Sharon, received a prestigious philanthropic award from the Des Moines Register. The Booneville, Iowa couple was awarded the newspaper's 2010 Iowa Star award, The Springfield News-Leader reported.

Now in its ninth year, the annual award is presented to individuals in central Iowa who work to promote unity, self-empowerment and self-sufficiency for all.

As board chairman of the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines in 2010, Kyle Krause helped the organization exceed significant donation goals, and assets increased to more than $165 million. He also helped jumpstart the $17 million "We Believe" capital campaign for Dowling Catholic High School in West Des Moines, according to the report.

Sharon Krause served on the United Way of Central Iowa's Women's Leadership Initiative Advocacy Committee, working to support early childhood learning opportunities. She also has been an advocate for the rights of women and their families.

In the past year, the couple pledged $250,000 to Mercy Medical Center's Million Little Reasons campaign; $25,000 to Iowa State University's College of Engineering Krause Scholarship; and $60,000 to Sacred Heart's Light for Tomorrow campaign, the report noted.

Des Moines Register readers nominated community members for the Iowa Star honor, and an independent panel of judges selected the finalists and award recipient.

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