Two Rivers Cooperative awards $5,000 grant to Pella Historical Society

Tracy Gathman, Two Rivers Cooperative general manager (left), and Lonnie De Zwarte, Two Rivers Cooperative petroleum department manager (right), present a $5,000 check to Val Van Kooten, executive director of the Pella Historical Society and Museums. 

PELLA — Tulip Time, an annual celebration of Dutch culture, was honored as a source of pride to the community by Two Rivers Cooperative and Cenex®, the energy brand of CHS.

As part of the honor, the community was awarded a $5,000 grant that will benefit the Pella Historical Society.

Pella’s Tulip Time is an annual celebration that features parades, food, performances, Dutch attire and thousands of blossoming tulips. Volunteers planted over 350,000 tulip bulbs this week in preparation for the event that will take place in May 2021.

To add to the anticipation of the event next spring, Two Rivers Cooperative representatives Tracy Gathman, general manager, and Lonnie De Zwarte, petroleum department manager, presented the grant check to Valerie Van Kooten of Pella Historical Society on Oct. 26.

With the grant winnings, Pella Historical Society will update the beloved tractor-drawn wagons that bring festival goers from the satellite parking lots throughout the city to the festival. Two wagons will be retrofitted with wheelchair accessibility and all will receive safety lights to be used during night rides.

“For the past 85 years, everyone in town has looked forward to the tulips and festival each spring,” said Gathman. “We’re proud to support our community’s favorite tradition this year and for years to come.”

The grant was provided through an initiative that encourages Cenex dealers, retailers and distributors to share stories about what makes their local communities special. In its second year, the initiative will grant more than $100,000 to Cenex communities this year.

“The Cenex brand is committed to supporting and celebrating what makes hometowns across America special,” said Mark Vanderlinde, communications manager at CHS. “We are proud of our Cenex dealers, like Two Rivers Cooperative, who play an active role in enriching their community’s culture.”

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