Iowa City took home the trophy following a charity competition among local government groups.
The Severson Challenge is an annual holiday donation drive among local government staff. It is named for the late Linda Severson, the former Human Services Planning Coordinator for the Metropolitan Planning Organization of Johnson County (MPOJC). Severson was passionate about helping those in need.
Each year, in her honor, Johnson County, North Liberty, Coralville and Iowa City/MPOJC employees compete for the traveling Severson Cup. This year, participants competed to increase giving over the previous year.
In total, staff across the entities collected 5,131 items for area food pantries as well as Cassie’s Mittens, and donated a total $3,366 to area charities. Coralville staff also donated 578 bus passes to the Valley View Lodge in Coralville, which is part of the Shelter House’s Fairweather Lodge Program.
The City of Iowa City won the challenge with a 73 percent increase in giving compared to the 2015 holiday fundraiser. Iowa City employees donated $2,555 to the Joan Buxton Children’s Fund, an organization that provides a variety of needs to children enrolled in the Iowa City Community School District.