Creating a Tradition of Service

AWARENESS MATTERS

 

My name is Kathleen Brace, my friends call me Kat. When I was 14 I was diagnosed with stage one breast cancer. At the time, I thought it was cool. I didn't realize that it would be life changing. I just thought that all these doctors coming from all over was neat and it made me a rockstar.

I ended up having a lumpectomy. No chemo, no radiation. I just had to have mammograms, biopsies and ultrasounds every 6 months. In my 20's and 30's, I flirted with cancer again. Having mutated cells removed, to having a mass removed. In September 2014, I found a lump while I was waiting for my mom to be called to heaven. She was dying of ovarian cancer.

Five months later, three MRIs, two ultrasounds, a cell removal, and a one car accident later, I was told by phone that I had cancer. I was 45 years old.

I was told that the best course of action was to have a double mastectomy. I sat there in shock. Dr. Goldman said, "You had to know it was coming." My response being how I always thought it would be in my 70's, not my 40's. At the time he didn't think I would need chemo or radiation. Unfortunately, he was wrong. I ended up needing both.

As I sat in one of the many lobbies waiting for a specialist, that's when I heard about Casting for Recovery.

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There was a pamphlet about fly casting and breast cancer. I thought, "What the heck, something different," and if I could get more use out of my arm.. Bonus. I thought it would be fun so I applied online. About three months later, I got an email saying I had been accepted!
At the time, I was in recovery from my last surgery. This news couldn't have come at a better time.
I went that following October and it was amazing. I had never been to counseling, but here I was with 14 other women dealing with side effects just like me.
We shared stories, we got help, we learned how to fly fish and had an incredible time. This organization made me grow as an individual. I was asked six months ago to volunteer for this worthy cause. With Deery of Ames giving me an outstanding, yes - I can now support a cause that is near and dear to my heart.
Thank you Deery of Ames!
-Kat Brace, Service Manager

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In the month of October, Deery of Ames Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram will be donating $20 for EVERY VEHICLE PURCHASED in the month of October to the William R. Bliss Cancer Center! We stand firmly next to our roots and culture as a growing family here in Ames, which is why we do our best to continuously help support the people who help to support us. We know how important every mother, daughter, grandmother, and aunt is in every family, so we hope to provide some assistance in our efforts to give back to the amazing woman in our lives.  
This is the start of a wonderful tradition that is near to our hears and we look forward to carrying on for years to come! 

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We look forward to working with this wonderful organization for the years to come! 

 



WE LOVE TO SHOP LOCAL

 

We have had such a great time supporting the Ames Main Street Farmers Market this summer!
There are so many creative, dedicated individuals throughout the Ames area and it is always a blast when we all get together as a community! We encourage our customers to shop local, not just here at Deery of Ames, but throughout all the business that lie within our great town!
If you enjoy creativity, quality produce, fresh flowers or great company, this is the place to be on Saturday mornings before that chilly weather returns! 




LET'S FIGHT HUNGER TOGETHER


United Way of Story County holds an annual LIVE UNITED Food Drive in the spring each year and we loved having the opportunity be a drop off center this past spring again! 
Mark your calendars for next year! 

Here's the Wish List we received this past spring!
It's never too early to start collecting items here and there! 💛
  Please check expiration dates!  
 FOOD ITEMS (NO GLASS JARS PLEASE) • Boxed/Helper meals • Canned fruit (pineapple & mixed fruit) • Canned chicken or tuna • Canned meals (ravioli, beef stew, etc.) • Canned mushrooms • Cereal • Cream soups • Fruit juice • Instant potatoes • Macaroni & Cheese • Pancake mix & syrup • Pasta (not whole wheat) & sauce • Peanut Butter & Jelly • Snack crackers 
NON-FOOD ITEMS • Deodorant • Diapers (size 4-6 & pull-ups) & wipes • Feminine hygiene products • Laundry detergent • Shampoo & conditioner • Soap/body wash • Toilet paper, paper towels, facial tissues • Toothpaste & toothbrushes • Reusable bags 
 CASH DONATIONS (PLEASE INDICATE FOOD DRIVE) • Checks payable to UWSC • Online uwstory.org

Join us as we work to support the fight against hunger in Story County all year long! Visit the United Way website to see all the fantastic volunteer and fundraising opportunities they have for our community!





#AMESGORED

    
We loved having the opportunity to show our support for the 2018 Story County Go Red for Women Dinner by learning Hands Only CPR! Our team takes pride in the organizations we support and the #AmesGoRed movement is just another fantastic example. 

     
We encourage you to check out their Facebook Page and see how you can join the #AmesGoRed movement! 



AMES CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: 2018 LEADERSHIP SERIES

The Ames Chamber of Commerce has developed a Leadership Series, "Developed to help you SOAR in 2018!" Looking forward to helping inspire the community one speaker at a time! We are proud to have had the opportunity to host the kickoff of this years' series with motivational speaker and founder of Headbands for Hope.

  

Jess Ekstrom is the founder and CEO of Headbands of Hope, a company she started as a junior in college in 2012. Headbands of Hope has donated thousands of headbands reaching children's hospitals across the United States and 15 countries. On March 28, 2018 at the Gateway Hotel & Conference Center, we had the awesome opportunity to sponsor the kickoff of the 2018 SOAR Leadership Series with special guest speaker, Jess Ekstrom!





THE IOWA JEEP SHOW

   
Who doesn't love having the opportunity to bring out their Jeep or Off-Road capable 4x4 and try it out on an outside obstacle course? We had such a great time supporting this awesome weekend event! From watching our friends take on the courses, taking them on ourselves and seeing all the awesome vehicles that made it out - it's hard to think of a much better way to spend a weekend! The time, work and effort that is put into planning these events are something all attendees can appreciate, whether you're there to drive or watch! 
If you missed it this year, join us next year! We're already counting down the months! 





THE ISU CYCLONE STAMPEDE RODEO

    
We loved having the opportunity to present Rodeo Queen, Kaeli Sedlak, with our donation to the ISU Cyclone Stampede Rodeo! What a fun foundation to support! We had a great time watching the talent of these young individuals last Fall! 



LET'S FIGHT HUNGER TOGETHER

United Way of Story County holds an annual LIVE UNITED Food Drive in the spring each year. Since 2011, the number of students receiving free/reduced lunch has increased by 16%. Once summer comes, these kids lose access to these routinely provided meals. The statistics of hunger in our community is haunting. LIVE UNITED helps fight this by collecting food and monetary donations that in turn are distributed throughout the local food pantries. In 2016, this collection helped bring an additional 1,000 pounds of food to locations throughout our community. 

We proudly stay involved as a local drop spot for this great organization and invite you to join us! Stay tuned for the next annual food drive and let's ban together to fight hunger in our community! 




KNOWLEDGE IS POWER

We had the great pleasure of hosting over 100 8th graders from Gilbert Middle School at the dealership on March 21, 2017. The day was full of all things cars or trucks. We spent time with each of them to as they were able to learn about how to buy a used car and how financing and credit play a major part in acquiring new wheels. They learned the importance of setting a budget, what wants versus needs are, how to research for the right vehicle as well as what to look for when choosing a dealership to do business with.


CONGRATULATIONS!

Congratulations Jennifer Mayer, the recipient of the Pat & Carol Clemons scholarship from the Iowa Automobile Dealers Foundation for Education! Jennifer graduated from West Marshall Community School District and plans to study business administration at Des Moines Area Community College. Jennifer was proudly recommended by Deery of Ames. Our Office Manager, Robbin Olson and Manager Mark Chasey presented her with the scholarship in May.