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BySuzanne Hull

Edward Jones – Ryan Kent, CFP® | 2022 Hut Sponsor

Many thanks to Edward Jones – Ryan Kent, CFP®for his support of Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2022. Learn more about Ryan:

I first joined Edward Jones in 2011, working as a branch office administrator in branches across central Iowa. After completing my MBA at Iowa State, I started as a financial advisor in 2015. I was born and raised in Fort Dodge, and I am incredibly proud to build my business in my hometown. I believe in lifetime learning, and I’m proud to have earned my AAMS™ designation in 2018, my CFP® and ChFC® designations in 2019, and my CLU® and ABFP™ in 2022. I partnered with my father for the first five years until his retirement. The knowledge and care he provided made a significant impact on my work ethic and client relationships. I am forever grateful for that time.

The key to successful investing is developing a strategy now that can help you reach your personal goals. One-size-fits-all may be fine for some investors, but we believe investments should be tailored to your needs. Using an established process, I design personalized strategies aligned to your long-term financial goals.

My work is my passion – working with clients to help achieve their personal goals. There is no better feeling than partnering with someone, working hard along the journey and getting to the end together. I believe in treating our clients how I would want to be treated, which means being transparent about the costs and risks involved with investing. I work best with clients that want help to put a long-term financial strategy in place. My vision is to build relationships by adding empathy, understanding and value to our conversations with clients.

My spouse, Sara, is a psychologist in private practice. She’s a fantastic chef, and we enjoy traveling and cooking together.

BySuzanne Hull

CDM 2021 Silent Auction Tree Participation

CDM 2021 Silent Auction Tree Participation

As a part of the Christkindlmarket Des Moines (, we are welcoming back a unique fundraising opportunity for nonprofit organizations.

We will have 15 – six to eight foot cut trees* available for decoration that will be displayed outside during the market and sold via a silent auction. The organization that decorates the tree will receive the funds earned from Des Moines European Heritage Association following the event and minimum bids will start at $65.

Individual organizations are responsible for all tree decorations including lights (if you choose to use them). All items used on the tree will be given to the winning bidder. Please make sure decorations are able to withstand the temperamental Iowa weather (snow, sleet, rain, and/or wind). We will do our best to protect what we can, but the trees will remain outside and for the duration of Christkindlmarket Des Moines.

Tree decorating will take place before the event on Wednesday, December 1st.

Please use this link to register your nonprofit organization as a participant at the Chistkindlmarket Des Moines Silent Auction tree decorating. Once the form has been submitted, additional information will be sent via email.

If you have any questions, contact Missy Mootz at

* Cut trees are not perfect and will have a tendency to lean. We will present the trees in the most positive way given our circumstances. Please manage your expectations accordingly.

BySuzanne Hull

Silent Auction Tree Blog Feature: Alliance Française of Central Iowa

Alliance Française of Central Iowa is another new addition to the Christkindlmarket Des Moines Silent Auction.

The Alliance is an all-volunteer, non-profit, educational, and cultural organization whose mission is to help foster friendship and collaboration between the people of Central Iowa and the French speaking world. They work to develop knowledge and appreciation of the French culture and the French language.

Alliance Française of Central Iowa, established in 1994, is part of the Alliance Française global network that dates from 1883, when the Alliance de Paris was created. Today, there are over 1200 Alliance chapters established in 112 countries.

Come to Christkindlmarekt Des Moines December 6th-8th to enjoy this French inspired tree and make a bid to support this organization.

For more information on Alliance Française of Central Iowa, please visit their website.

BySuzanne Hull

Silent Auction Tree Blog Feature: Mosaic in Central Iowa

Mosaic in Central Iowa is another new addition to our 4th annual Silent Auction.

“The people we support in Central Iowa desire and deserve closer ties to the community and new opportunities for social and cultural activities,” explains Janet Fisher, Mosaic representative. “Our participation in the silent auction empowers the people we support to make new connections and allows us to introduce Mosaic’s mission to community members.”

Mosaic was formed in 2003 from the consolidation of two Nebraska-born Lutheran ministries dedicated to the needs of people with disabilities. It is their mission to relentlessly pursue opportunities to empower people.

“Mosaic’s funding primarily comes from Medicaid, but Medicaid funding only meets the most basic needs for people,” clarifies Fisher. “Funds from the silent auction will allow Mosaic to stand in the gap, continue providing truly personalized services and empower people to live their best life, whatever that looks like to them.”

To support this mission and bid on their tree, visit Christkindlmarket Des Moines at Principal Park December 6th-8th and preview night December 5th.

For more information about Mosaic in Central Iowa, please visit their website.

BySuzanne Hull

European Cultural Heritage “Meet-Up”

Enjoy the fellowship of a diverse group of European Cultural Heritage Organizations for a “Meet-Up” at Christkindlmarket Des Moines. Meet in Yuletide Hall (an outdoor, forced-air heated entertainment tent) as you sip on Glühwein, enjoy a seasonal craft beer or nosh on bratwurst.

Represent your European Cultural Heritage Organization to the Des Moines community with your traditional attire, beer steins, and Glühwein mugs as you get to know other cultural heritage organizations in Central Iowa.

Des Moines European Heritage Association connects Iowans with European traditions, language education and cultural experiences; and it provides resources and tools to other cultural heritage organizations.

BySuzanne Hull

Garland for Sale – After Christkindlmarket Des Moines

Help us find a second home for the hundreds of feet of live fraser fir garland used at Christkindlmarket Des Moines.

Receive 10′ of garland for $10. We’ll throw in a box of stringed lights for $5 extra.

Pick up on Sunday, December 8 at 7pm at Principal Park. The specific location will be provided to the purchaser.

Click here to purchase.

BySuzanne Hull

Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2019 Radio Spot!

Listen to the 30-second radio spot Suzanne Hull recorded with Ross Peterson at iHeart Radio to promote Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2019. Who’s ready for the holidays to be here already?

Feel free to share with your friends and listen for the spot on select iHeart Radio stations as we get closer to Christkindlmarket Des Moines.

iHeartRadio is an Internet radioplatform owned by iHeartMedia, Inc. Founded in April 2008 as the website, as of 2015 iHeartRadio functions both as a music recommender system and as a radio network that aggregates audio content from over 800 local iHeartMedia radio stations across the United States, as well as from hundreds of other stations and from various other media (with companies such as Cumulus Media, Cox Radio and Beasley Broadcast Group also utilizing this service). iHeartRadio is available online, via mobile devices, and on select video-game consoles.

BySuzanne Hull

Bravo Cultural Enrichment Grant Recipient

Christkindlmarket is a Cultural Enrichment grant recipient from Bravo! Bravo Greater Des Moines strives to have a community where arts, culture, and heritage is spread across Iowa. You can find their mission, vision, and values on their website.

Bravo Greater Des Moines leverages community resources to maximize impact of arts, culture, and heritage to advance regional priorities. A primary way they do this is through their community investment grantmaking programs.  Bravo’s cultural partner grantees draw regional tourism, increase resident satisfaction, help attract and retain talent and generally make Greater Des Moines a premier place to work live and play.

 Since 2006, Bravo has awarded 896 grants to more than 100 arts, culture and heritage organizations and programs totaling more than $35 million.

The mission of Bravo Greater Des Moines is to provide reliable funding and support that strengthens arts, culture and heritage organizations serving Greater Des Moines. Bravo Greater Des Moines envisions a community where arts, culture and heritage organizations across central Iowa are recognized and supported as vital contributors to the region’s vibrant quality of life. Some of the values Bravo encourages most in the community is to be collaborative, inclusive, accountable, regional, opportunistic, and passionate. Bravo uses collaboration and inclusion to partner communities with organizations such as Des Moines European Heritage Association. The long-term goal is to have success in Iowa for arts and culture outreach.

The Cultural Enrichment Grant provides operating support to arts, culture, and heritage organizations in Iowa which are three of of the main things Christkindlmarket Des Moines brings to central Iowa! This funding supports investments in growing our community culture and stability. Christkindlmarket Des Moines is happy to receive this grant, and continues to grow our event and outreach!

Des Moines European Heritage Association connects Iowans with European traditions, language education and cultural experiences; and it provides resources and tools to other cultural heritage organizations.

ByAmanda Stout

Meet Amanda Stout, DMEHA Spring 2017 Intern!

Amanda joins us this spring as our new marketing intern with DMEHA. She is a senior at the University of Iowa studying Music, Arts Management, and Graphic Design. Amanda is from Washington, a small town in southeast Iowa. Besides her love for art and music, Amanda loves learning more about history and culture, which she would love to delve into through this internship by learning more about European culture. Amanda has worked at a few museums through internships including the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the National Czech and Slovak Museum in Cedar Rapids. One of her favorite groups she is involved in at the University of Iowa is her klezmer band called Papshoy Klezmer Orchestra, which typically plays standard Klezmer and Euro-Jewish tunes. In her free time, she enjoys arranging and recording music, reading, and wood burning.