Peter Melendy Award Nominees Sought 2015

July 1, 2015


Nominations being accepted for Community Builder Award


The Cedar Falls Community Foundation is accepting nominations for the 6th annual Peter Melendy Distinguished Community Builder Award. This award recognizes individuals or couples who have made outstanding contributions to the City of Cedar Falls through selfless dedication of time, energy, knowledge, skills, and support.  Organizations are not eligible to be nominated.


The award is named in memory and honor of Peter Melendy, who came to Cedar Falls in 1859 at the age of 36. By living fully and energetically, he contributed much to the cultural life and economic development of Cedar Falls.  Nominees are sought who reflect the example set by Peter Melendy.  Previous award recipients include: Nancy Redfern, Judith Cutler, Sid Morris, Hugh Pettersen, and Liane Nichols.  Previous posthumous awards were made to: John M. Overman, Solomon B. Humbert, Ella Cotton Rownd, Roxie L. Taylor, and Herman Hemenway.   Biographies of previous award recipients are available at


Nominations and supporting materials are due October 1st. Materials may be submitted electronically to or mailed to PO Box 546, Cedar Falls, IA 50613.  Incomplete nominations will not be considered.  Previously submitted complete nominations are considered in subsequent years and need not be resubmitted.


Nominations should include the name and address of the individual making the nomination; a biographical sketch or resume of the nominee(s); specific contributions the nominee(s) has/have made to the community of Cedar Falls in the form of community involvement, commitment to volunteering their time and/or skills, leadership, community assistance, personal example, personal accomplishments beyond the scope of their professional practice, or financial support.  Election to political office in itself does not quality as criteria for receiving the award.  Two letters of support from other community members are required.


For detailed nomination criteria and the nomination process, please visit For more information e-mail or call the Foundation office at 319-243-9170.