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Pella Corporation Awards $69,000 in Community Grants at 6th Annual Joan Kuyper Farver Spirit Awards

Cynthia LaRosa of Ocala, FL named as 2023 winning recipient of $25,000 grant

Spirit Award Winner and Finalists 2023

The Pella Rolscreen Foundation, the nonprofit arm of Pella Corporation, recognized team member Cynthia LaRosa as this year’s winning recipient of the Joan Kuyper Farver Spirit Award, granting $25,000 in her name to the General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC) Greater Ocala Woman’s Club in Ocala, FL.  

Since 2018, the Joan Kuyper Farver Spirit Award has recognized Pella team members with a caring spirit and passion for community service. Winners receive a $25,000 grant for the non-profit organization of their choice, and each of the runners-up receives a $10,000 grant to their organization of choice. Pella also grants $1,000 each to the organizations selected by honorable mention recipients. 

Cynthia LaRosa, a team member of CWS, part of Pella’s family of brands located in Ocala, FL, chose the GFWC Greater Ocala Woman’s Club because she has been a committed member of the volunteer community service organization for nearly two decades. She was nominated by her peers for her unwavering selflessness and her ability to balance her career while caring for family members with unique needs and volunteering in ways that improve lives throughout her community. 

“Our commitment to giving back to our communities is deeply woven into our culture at Pella,” said Karmen Gardner, Pella Rolscreen Foundation Executive Director. “Cynthia’s spirit of giving back to those in need sets a standard for us all, and we are proud to have her as part of the Pella family.”

In addition to the $25,000 grant, Pella awarded $10,000 on behalf of each runner-up to their chosen organizations:  

  • Friends of Crawford County Wellness Center Inc., Denison, IA 
  • The City of Oskaloosa Fire Department, Oskaloosa, IA 
  • People for Paws, Shenandoah, IA 
  • Stanton School Parent Teacher Student Organization, Stanton, IA 

About Pella Corporation  

Pella Corporation designs and manufactures windows and doors for residential homes and commercial applications. The company is headquartered in Pella, Iowa, and employs more than 10,000 people with 18 manufacturing locations and more than 200 showrooms across the country. For more information, visit pressroom.pella.com

About the Pella Rolscreen Foundation  

As a community partner, the Foundation provides grants, invests in youth and education, and undertakes service projects to help progressively shape the communities in which Pella Corporation team members live and work. It also supports the philanthropic interests of team members and retirees through a generous Matching Gift and Volunteer Recognition Program. Together, we are building a brighter tomorrow. Visit http://pellarolscreen.com/ for more information.