Here at dsm magazine, we are pleased once again to share the annual list of civic leaders to be celebrated asSages Over 70. They’ll be the toast of the town in November, when we honor their accomplishments in print and at a reception Nov. 11 at the Sheraton West Des Moines Hotel, where each will share insights into their approach to life. In addition to success in their own careers, each has contributed significantly in the personal development of others, in the growth of Greater Des Moines and in support of charitable causes and institutions. This year’s sages:
- Penny Furgerson, choreographer, pharmacist and mentor.
- Ruth Ann Gaines, legislator, teacher and mentor.
- Ruth and Tom Harkin, double honorees who have devoted their lives to public service.
- John Pappajohn, business developer and philanthropist.
- Ila Plasencia, Latina community leader and civic volunteer.
- Mary Seidler, banker, commercial real estate broker and advocate for the arts.