STORM LAKE, Iowa—The Sioux City Journal reports that Don Lamberti, founder and CEO of Casey’s General Stores, donated $2.9 million to Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa, to establish a rural business incubator program.
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds joined Buena Vista President Joshua Merchant at a ceremony in Des Moines last week to announce the Donald F. and Charlene K. Lamberti Center for Rural Entrepreneurship at BVU. The $2.9 million donation was coupled with an anonymous $500,000 donation.
The Lamberti Center will help grow and develop new businesses as jobs are created. The curriculum will focus on real-world business applications and provide students and professionals the opportunity to sharpen skills while challenging one another “with a shared goal of moving rural America forward.”
College officials said the center will “stand as a resource for existing businesses across the region, allowing those enterprises, for example, to develop and fine-tune marketing campaigns and business plans with the assistance of BVU faculty members and students enrolled in related fields.”
Don Lamberti has served on the BVU Board of Trustees for a number of years and built his first mom-and-pop c-store into Casey’s back in 1968. This is the second entity on campus that will bear the Lamberti name.
In another philanthropic effort, Casey’s General Stores in 16 states are supporting the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) in September to help children and adults who are living with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related neuromuscular diseases. Casey’s has supported MDA since 2006 and has raised more than $11 million in the process.