Philanthropic work is important to the quality of life in most communities. That's certainly true here in Fort Dodge.
The individuals, businesses and organizations so critical to making worthwhile undertakings succeed frequently do their important work without much fanfare. Consequently, it is appropriate to pause from time to time to acknowledge these selfless contributors.
The gift to Iowa Central Community College by Tom and Phyllis Cairney of the old Colonial Inn property is an especially dramatic example of Fort Dodgers stepping forward to help a critical local institution thrive.
The building will help the art department at the college meet a pressing need for the space necessary to grow.
Iowa Central President Dan Kinney told The Messenger this important donation will make it possible for the school to address a long-standing need.
"I think it's a lovely gift for us," he said. "It means the world to us."
We all know that our economy is sluggish and there is a need for governments at all levels to spend frugally. Consequently, private philanthropy is especially critical just now. The generosity of Tom and Phyllis Cairney is helping make it possible for Iowa Central to continue its remarkable success story.