BRAVO AWARDS GALA
THE FIRST SATURDAY IN FEBRUARY
Celebrating and Supporting Arts, Culture, & Heritage in our Community, as a Community
The Bravo Awards Gala is more than just a party. It’s the party behind our purpose. Through a night filled with music, awards, and dancing, we recognize the transformative power of the arts in our community and celebrate the organizations and individuals that are making an impact.
The Bravo Awards Gala is also a showcase for the work Bravo does year-round: providing a competitive and reliable source of funding to regional nonprofit organizations in the arts, culture, and heritage sector, and leading the region in thoughtful discussion, strategy, and research of the impact that arts and culture has on the economy, quality of life, and every regional priorities.
Proceeds from the Bravo Awards Gala help offset Bravo’s administrative expenses allowing more public dollars to be invested back into the arts, culture and heritage organizations that create the entertaining and thoughtful experience we all enjoy. Every dollar raised beyond Bravo’s operational goal goes directly to our youth arts program, Passport to Culture.
The Bravo Awards Gala is more than just a party.
It’s the party behind our purpose.
2024 SPOTLIGHT AWARD RECIPIENTS
Since the first Awards Gala in 2006, Bravo has recognized cultural partners at the Gala for their transformative impact on the region. In 2020, the award was renamed the Spotlight Award and honorees were selected each year not only for the incredible work and growth they achieved in the previous year, but also because their goals, strategy, and programming align with the pillars of Bravo’s strategic plan and core values. The 2024 honorees are vibrant examples of the impact of arts, culture, and heritage on the community.
- 2023 Iowa Asian Alliance, Ballet Des Moines
- 2022 Capital City Pride, ArtForce Iowa
- 2020 City Voices, ASAP - After School Arts Program
- 2019 Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation, Des Moines Playhouse
- 2018 Pyramid Theatre Company, Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden
- 2017 Hoyt Sherman Place, Des Moines Art Center
- 2016 Des Moines Social Club
- 2015 Des Moines Metro Opera
- 2014 Blank Park Zoo
- 2013 Des Moines Symphony
- 2012 Des Moines Arts Festival
- 2011 Des Moines Performing Arts
2024 BRAVO AWARD
Since 2006, the Bravo Award has been given to an individual, family, or foundation whose commitment to the arts, culture, heritage, and community has positively impacted Greater Des Moines.
- 2023 Kyle & Sharon Krause
- 2022 Tom & Linda Koehn
- 2020 Don & Margo Blumenthal
- 2019 Maytag Family
- 2018 Connie Wimer
- 2017 Suku Radia
- 2016 RW & Mary Nelson
- 2015 Steven Zumbach
- 2014 Fred & Charlotte Hubbell
- 2013 Patty & Jim Cownie
- 2012 W.C. Knapp, The John Ruan Family
- 2011 The John Ruan Family
- 2010 Barry & Michele Griswell
- 2009 Richard Levitt / Maddie Levitt
- 2008 John & Mary Pappajohn
- 2007 David & LIz Kruidenier
- 2006 Myron & Jackie Blank
2024 Bravo Awards Gala Sponsors
Atlantic Coca-Cola Bottling Company
Belin McCormick, P.C.
Boesen the Florist
Business Record Corp
Catch Des Moines
Christine Lauridsen Sand and Rob Sand
Community Choice Credit Union
Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines
Delta Dental of Iowa
Dentons Davis Brown
Des Moines Orthopedic Surgeons
Des Moines University
Dr. Richard Deming
Ernst & Young LLP
FBL Financial Group, Inc.
Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines
First Interstate Bank
Gilbert & Cook
Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa
Greater Des Moines Partnership
GreenState Credit Union
Knapp Properties, LC
McGill Junge Wealth Management
R&R Realty Group
RDG Planning & Design
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Iowa
RSM US LLP
Ruan Transportation Management Systems
Ryan Companies US, Inc.
Technology Association of Iowa
The Iowa Clinic
The Waldinger Corporation
The Weitz Company
UnityPoint Health – Des Moines
Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield
Whitfield & Eddy Law
Wright Service Corp.