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The I’ll Make Me a World in Iowa Annual Heritage Legacy Awards are statewide recognition for Iowans and organizations who exemplify, through their actions and community contributions, the mission of I’ll Make Me a World in Iowa. Awards will be presented during the Embracing Excellence Grand Gala on Friday evening at 7PM at the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates in Downtown Des Moines. 

Click here for more information about the Gala and tickets.

I'll Make Me a World in Iowa is pleased to announce our 2024 Honorees:


Dasia Taylor

Youth Award


Young inventor of color changing sutures that detect infection; entrepreneur

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Marquas Ashworth

Individual Award

Distillery owner and developer of Center on Sixth; cultivator of Black and Brown businesses

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Audrey Kennis

Executive Director's Award

DEI Director for the city of West Des Moines;  educator and advocate for social justice

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Blk & Bold Coffee

Organization Award

A company founded to unite coffee and tea lovers and invests in the community, specifically youth

Lifetime Achievement Award to be announced at the Embracing Excellence Gala

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Vada Grantham
Heritage Legacy Awards Chair
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