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$250,000 donated to NIACC scholarship fund

John and Mary Pappajohn John and Mary Pappajohn

Announcement made at annual entrepreneur awards.

Posted: Oct. 3, 2018 3:44 PM

MASON CITY, Iowa – The 2018 Pappajohn Entrepreneur Gala handed out its annual awards in four categories on September 26.

The Pappajohn Entrepreneur Legacy Award went to John and Mary Pappajohn.


Denzel Decker

Steve Sukup

Katie Wold of K&D Enterprises in Mason City was named Young Entrepreneur of the Year and received a $5,000 prize.

Denzel Decker of Waukon received a special award of $1,000 as a student entrepreneur for the cupcake business, Decker Delish, he founded in 2016 at the age of 12.

Entrepreneur of the Year went to Dustin Balsley of Performance Livestock Analtics in Ames, receiving $5,000.

Jessica Balsley of Osage won the Innovation Award and $5,000 for her company, The Art of Education, which provides professional development for art teachers around the world.

And the Business of the Year award and $5,000 went to Sukup Manufacturing in Sheffield.

John Pappajohn also announced during his keynote address that he was donating $250,000 to the NIACC Scholarship Fund.

Katie Wold

Katie Wold

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