365 Impact Awards

In three years of hosting the 365 Impact Awards, the event has really become quite the shindig. The overwhelming response to the first three 365 Impact Awards Shows was more than we at 365 had ever expected. In fact we still hear from our winners that receiving the Impact Award has helped them recruit members, grow their business, motivate their teams and for almost all of them that it just felt great to know that the community appreciates their hard work. First time attendees always comment that the can’t believe they have not been to the event before and can’t wait to do it again next year. Well friends, next year is here.

The 365 Impact Award is more about trying than winning. Heck, Dubuque365 is more about trying than winning... we mean well. : ) It’s for those who choose to make an everyday effort to Impact the world around them 365 days a year. Its meant for those who believe in our community and are willing to do something to make it better for everyone. Sound like anyone, any business or any organization you know? Our mission at 365 is to help connect people to relationships, opportunity and the best possible living experience in our community.  

Who do you think is best helping us make that happen? Who made a real Impact on your life in 2011? 

Send your nomination to me at bryce@dubuque365.com.

Please include the name of Impact Award  nominee, what Award you think they best fit, as well as your reasons for nomination in 500 words or less.  Also include your name and phone number and the best time or method to contact you. Don’t just think about doing it. DO IT! We know a LOT of people. But we don’t know everyone, despite all of our efforts. We know that you know some pretty amazing people doing incredible things in Dubuque that will remain under our radar unless you come forward and shine a light on them.

Here are some suggested nomination categories. We’re not sure what categories we will have awards for this year. Maybe we’ll find we need to invent a category we’ve never had before. It all comes down to the nominees presented to us. 

Art • Econ. Development   • Education  • Community Pride • Dining • Family • Health • Historic Preservation • Inclusion • Media • Music • Nightlife • Non-Profit Excellence • Shopping • Sports/Recreation • Sustainability • Volunteerism • Youth Advocacy. And The Final Four: Overall Business • Overall Organization • Overall Individual • Overall Idea

Our crack team of 365 staff, civic leaders and community thugs will fight it out over the nominees and select this year’s winners.

The next thing to do is mark your calendar for Tuesday evening March 6th for the 2012 edition of the 365 Impact Awards show at the Mississippi Moon Bar. It’s a crazy fun night of celebrating ourselves and our community. 

There is also a good chance you will occasionaly cheer, often laugh, and even perhaps cry a bit. Great people, live music, and probably some last minute chaos just to keep everyone guessing.

Plus, a few people will get, by far, the coolest award statue on earth - the 365 Impact Award, designed by one of favorite local artists, metal sculptor, Gene Tully (above). “I used this medium for the 365 Impact Award because it takes a great amount of  power and energy to make an impression on steel just as it takes a great amount of power and energy to make an impression on society.” And a secret squirrel tells us we may have a newly re-imagined award fresh for 2012.

Events & Articles

62nd Annual Dubuque County Fair

Posted on July 23, 2015

July 28–August 2
Dubuque County Fairgrounds

The Dubuque County Fair, described by organizers as “The Six Best Days of Summer” returns July 28 to August 2 with a full schedule, jam-packed with fun things to see and do for the whole family. This year’s fair is the 62nd for the annual event, held as always at the Dubuque County Fairgrounds just west of the city on Old Highway Road.

Story By Mike Ironside
Photos by Bob Felderman

Everything Photography: New Location, New Opportunities

Posted on July 23, 2015

Story By Shelby Dill
Photos by Everything Photography

In December of 2012, Sean MacDonald opened the store Everything Photography here in Dubuque. Over the past few years, the store has provided a place for individuals to develop their passion for photography, while giving others a resource for their business or hobby. Now in a new location on 1st and Main, Everything Photography is continuing to do just that and more.

Jackson County Fair

Posted on July 07, 2015

July 29–August 2
Jackson County Fairgrounds (Maquoketa, IA)

The Jackson County Fair returns with five days of summer fun, July 29 through August 2. The annual event hosted by the Jackson County Fairgrounds on the east edge of Maquoketa will feature the usual fair favorites of rides, food, contests and displays, plus nightly entertainment that includes a miniature rodeo, stock car races, a truck and tractor pull, a concert by Montgomery Gentry, and the ever-popular “Night of Destruction.”

Scott Thomas & the Birth of Buzz Entertainment Group

Posted By Bryce Parks on July 07, 2015

Scott Thomas’ love of live music started when his dad took him to see Johnny Cash when he was 8 years old. Today, Scott has been booking live music events in the Tri-States for more than 20 years, from the days of putting on teen dances at Riverside Bowl, to track acts at the Brass Ring (popular pop artists singing to recorded backing tracks), to creating recognizable ongoing festivals like Kickoff to Summer and Summer’s Last Blast, and eventually to the man behind the music at the Diamond Jo Casino’s Mississippi Moon Bar. If there was a national act visiting Dubuque, chances are Scott was involved somehow.

Fever River Outfitters—Now in Dubuque!

Posted Shelby Dill on June 18, 2015

Fever River Outfitters, located in the humble tourist town of Galena, has specialized in mid-west recreation for over thirteen years. It has been quite the unexpected journey for owner, Deb Malone. While she recognized early a need for recreation within the area, her store has gone far beyond the initial vision.