Holbrook Fundraiser in Des Moines

February 19, 2022

Kirk Ferentz autographed football, up for bids in our the silent auction.

On behalf of the Frank "Kinney" Holbrook Memorial Society, I'm excited to share that we will take part in a special Black history month presentation on Saturday, February 19 at Hope + Elim Church, 2500 University Avenue, Des Moines. The event will feature a screening of "The Shoulders of Giants," the award winning documentary by former Hawkeye and NFL star Quinn Early. This film chronicles the life of Holbrook- a Tipton native and Iowa's first Black collegiate athlete- and reflects on how Holbrook's courage and willingness to stand tall in the face of racism paved the way for Early and many others who would follow. Quinn will be available to answer audience questions via live video stream from Los Angeles after the showing, and myself and Charles Pearson of the Iowa African American Heritage Trail will be on hand to speak of the importance of recognizing Iowa's fascinating, yet often untold, Black history.

In conjunction with Saturday's presentation, there will also be an online silent auction- live now and running until 4 pm Central, February 19. Items up for bids include signed footballs by Kirk Ferentz and Quinn Early, a "Sweetness of Cedar County" basket which includes a half dozen of our world famous crescent rolls from Tipton Bakery, and a number of Des Moines area business packages. All proceeds will be shared between the Ann Early Intervention Foundation to assist families afflicted by Alzheimers, and the Holbrook Society as we continue to raise funds for a statue, scholarship, and other educational outreach and youth programming in Tipton.

Doors open at 2, and we're scheduled to run until about 4:30. The event is free to the public and of course all are welcome and encouraged to attend. Additionally, the entire presentation will be steamed live on YouTube for those who can't be there in person, but who would like to watch from afar.

The Live Stream and Online Silent Auction can be found at the following links-

EDIT: If watching the replay, the presentation begins just after the 31 minute mark. Just use the slider to fast forward past the opening placeholder screen.


For more information on Frank "Kinney" Holbrook, and our work at the Frank "Kinney" Holbrook Memorial Society, please visit our website at www.fkholbrooksociety.org

Thank you for having a look, and thanks to Dayna Chandler and Black Girls Do Bike, Des Moines for sponsoring this event. I hope many of you will be able to join us, either online or in person in Des Moines!