This summer marks a special time for the Iowa Great Lakes. Keep Okoboji Blue is bringing the community together and standing up for CLEAN WATER! Keep Okoboji Blue is launching a campaign to raise one million dollars for an endowment fund to sustain the clean water of the Iowa Great Lakes. This fund will provide money each year for any organization or landowner that is in need of funds to keep Okoboji blue, for a timeless amount of generations.

Money raised through this campaign will be administrated by the Okoboji Foundation and invested with the Des Moines Community Fund, averaging a 12% financial return. Every year, 5% will be available for grants. For residents of Iowa, an Iowa tax credit of 25% of total donation will be issued to those who give to the endowment.

Keep Okoboji Blue and their sponsors; Okoboji Protective Association and Iowa Great Lakes Association will be hosting a Clean Water Concert on Saturday, July 20th at the Green Space in Arnolds Park. The Okoboji native band, Enemy Planes, formally known as Pictures of Then, will be the headliner for the night with the Des Moines band, Bright Giant opening. The concert will begin at 7:30 pm and is free to the public.

Iowa Great Lakes Association representatives will be present at the VIP tent before the concert. The VIP tent will include beer tastings from the local breweries of Okoboji Brewery and West O Beer, a cash bar, delightful appetizers, desserts and iced coffee from Prairie Chick, and VIP seating for the concert. There will also be an overview of the clean water projects and organizations. A one of a kind paddleboard with the KOB logo on it will be raffled off courtesy of Mau Marine. The new paddle boarding company, SUP Iowa will be present in the tent as well. Entry into the VIP tent will be $30 and can be purchased at Keep Okoboji Blue’s website or the Wine Bar, Arnolds Perk, Prairie Chick, West O Beer and Okoboji Brewery Co.

This campaign is an inspiration for the community dedicated to protecting the beautiful Iowa Great Lakes! They need your help to cover expenses and to kick off the endowment fund. If you have any questions regarding this campaign please feel free to contact Deidre Rosenboom or Grace Toale at