GIVE Foundation Receives Commander’s Award for Public Service

RIVERSIDE, Iowa –On Tuesday, April 27th members of the G.I.V.E. Foundation received the Commander’s Award for Public Service from General Orr of the Iowa National Guard. The Commander’s Award for Public Service is the fourth highest honor the United State Department of the Army can bestow upon a civilian.

Kirt Sickels, Director of National Special Events for the VA, Jim Dickerson, Director of Instruction for the G.I.V.E. program and PGA Professional, and Dan Kehl, CEO of Riverside Casino and Golf Resort were presented the civilian awards.

The G.I.V.E. Foundation began in 2007 and has achieved national recognition by The PGA of America and the Veterans Administration for its blend of PGA Professional-led golf curriculum and accompanying life lesson support to enhance the mental, social, physical and emotional well-being of veterans.

The GIVE program is a partnership between the Iowa PGA, the Iowa VA Medical Center and Riverside Casino & Golf Resort. The partnership was brought together by Louis King of Cedar Rapids, president of the GIVE Foundation, a Veteran and former Executive Director of the PGA of America.

“The men and women who serve our country are the true American Heroes. We are proud and humbled at the same time for this recognition and award bestowed upon our organization by the Iowa National Guard. We look forward to assisting many more veterans and their families through this program.” stated Dan Kehl.

For more information about the GIVE Foundation and contact the Iowa PGA Section headquarters 319-648-0026 or e-mail The GIVE Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) non-for-profit organization, with all donations tax-deductible.

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