Giving for good comes naturally for Iowa City native
Community Foundation of Johnson County Treasurer Dean Price says it’s not uncommon to find a longtime generous donor who has deep roots in the community. “Loretta understands there are many unmet needs in our community.”
Loretta (Hughes) Angerer was born in the Plum Grove home built by Iowa's first Territorial Governor, Robert and Friendly Lucas. Her parents had moved from a farm in southern Johnson County to the historic red brick, two-story house located just off Kirkwood Street. Shortly after her birth, the family moved to Lucas Street where she lived modestly throughout her school years.
Loretta and husband Kent traveled extensively after he retired and before he died in 2008. She fondly describes Kent as “constantly on the go and so much fun.” He was always suggesting and planning activities that she helped carry out. Today, family and friends keep Loretta on the go.
At one time the Angerer family home on Iowa City’s eastside was near the center of Iowa City’s growing community. The home now serves as an anchor where Loretta’s five adult children and their growing families gather throughout the year and on holidays.
The family’s longstanding relationship with Dean Price of RSM US LLP, formerly McGladery LLP, connected Loretta’s deep roots and love of community to the Community Foundation of Johnson County.
When CFJC grant requests exceeded resources in 2014, Dean, who helps many of his clients achieve their financial and charitable giving goals, says, “Foundation Board members suggested inviting donors and service clubs to collaborate.
“Loretta’s generous gifts help the Community Foundation fund art and human service programs that serve our entire community. Through the years, friends and donors of the Community Foundation have contributed extensively to fund projects and assist residents.”
Helping fund art programs and military veterans in need of assistance touches Loretta deeply as Kent served with the U.S. Marine Corps during WWII in the Pacific Theater, and her grandson is a gifted artist who works with multiple mediums.
“Isn’t that what life’s all about? Helping people,” Loretta says. “We have a good life. I am so blessed with family and good friends.”