A Fund has been established with the Waterloo Community Foundation to honor the legacy of community leader Bette Wubbena and encourage the health and vitality of Waterloo and its citizens.
Bette Wubbena was the Events Director at Grow Cedar Valley and a longtime champion for Waterloo. She was involved in various community organizations, including the Waterloo Downtown Council, My Waterloo Days Committee, the Allen Heart Foundation, The Ambassadors, and more. Bette passed away December 11, 2022. Her family established The Bette W Fund to carry on her legacy of generosity in Waterloo.
The Bette W Fund will provide support for organizations promoting arts and culture, specifically for events or programs drawing people to downtown or celebrating Waterloo. Bette’s family says, “She has always wanted Waterloo to thrive and make everyone feel alive, like it did for her”. Additionally, funds may be provided to health and human services programs addressing cardiac or mental health, two causes Bette passionately advocated for.
Bette’s son, Mark, says, “Mom wanted everyone to have a life full of entertainment, the arts, a small-town community vibe but big-city living and, most of all, live to see the next generation take up the mantle and continue pushing the community forward in commerce, culture & the arts, and do so with acceptance in their hearts”.
Bette’s heart was tied to our community in many ways and The Bette W Fund is just one the love she had for her home will continue to impact Waterloo.
Those who wish to contribute to The Bette W Fund may donate online here or checks can be mailed to the Waterloo Community Foundation at 425 Cedar Street, Suite 320, P.O. Box 1253 Waterloo, IA 50704.