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Delaware North, Honey Creek Resort donate $10,000 to local Iowa charity

MORAVIA, Iowa (December 4, 2018) – Honey Creek Resort, which Delaware North operates for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, last month donated $10,000 to a local charity, Mary Sauter’s Pay It Forward.
Honey Creek raised $7,500 through two fundraising efforts and donated an additional $2,500 to reach the $10,000 mark. It fundraised through its inaugural six-week “Honey Creek Live” concert series, collecting individual donations at each concert and allowing Honey Creek associates to wear jeans on concert days for a $5 donation. The resort also raised money through a golf tournament at The Preserve, Honey Creek’s 18-hole championship golf course.
Mary Sauter’s Pay It Forward organization is based in nearby Albia, Iowa. Pay It Forward is a non-profit organization that assists local families in need of holiday gifts, winter coats and boots, and clothing throughout the year.
With Honey Creek’s donation, representatives and volunteers from the charity visited seven Target stores to stock up on toys and gifts. Associates from Honey Creek also volunteered at Sauter’s warehouse for several days, working to fulfill orders for the upcoming holiday season.
“One of Delaware North’s core values is ‘Do Right,’” and accordingly, we seek out opportunities to give back to the communities where we operate,” said Walt Kochansky, general manager of Honey Creek Resort. “We are proud to be able to contribute to a wonderful, local organization like Pay It Forward – especially during the holiday season.”
The Honey Creek Live concert series drew large crowds to Honey Creek Resort each week. The lineup featured local Iowa musical acts and nationally-recognized artists in pop-rock, country, folk rock, blues and funk.
About Honey Creek Resort
Honey Creek Resort is a AAA Three Diamond-Rated resort, owned by the State of Iowa and managed by global hospitality and food service provider Delaware North for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Built in 2008 and LEED Certified by the U.S. Green Buildings Council, Honey Creek Resort is located on the shores of Iowa’s second largest lake, Rathbun Lake, 85 miles southeast of Des Moines. The resort features 105 guest rooms; 28 cottages with one, two or four bedrooms; and an RV park with 14 campsites. Among the resort’s myriad amenities are The Preserve at Rathbun Lake, an 18-hole championship links style golf course; a 42-slip marina; a two-story pirate-themed indoor waterpark; the seasonal outdoor Rathbun Lake Aquapark; and Rathbun Lakeshore Grille, a full-service restaurant and bar with outdoor patios. For room reservations, call 641-724-9100 or toll-free at 866-797-5308 or visit
About Delaware North's parks and resorts business
Delaware North Parks and Resorts is a global leader in the hospitality industry, operating lodging, food and beverage and retail services, recreational activities, and educational programming at destinations throughout North America and Australia. Delaware North operates in many of the United States’ iconic national and state parks, including Grand Canyon National Park, Yellowstone National Park and Niagara Falls State Park, as well as at cultural attractions such as Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex. To learn more about Delaware North’s hospitality management expertise, visit

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