Building partnerships to revitalize downtown
by bringing community together

We have rolled out our capital campaign and are asking for your assistance to help us raise the money needed to rehabilitate the historic Elks Building and open the doors.

The total project cost is $3.2 million with $1.12 million in funds already secured. Those funds covered the work done in Phase I. Phase 2 will require $2.1 million to complete the interior rehabilitation as well as the addition of a 3-story elevator. 

Phase 1 was officially completed in early 2022 and included tuck pointing, new windows, a new front door, stain glass repair and structural repairs to the roof. Phase 2 has an anticipated completion in 2024. 

We have a tremendous opportunity to apply for and receive the Destination Iowa Grant which requires that we raise 60% of the remaining project total through pledges or cash in hand. This grant needs to be applied for no later than December and is on a first-come first-serve basis, thus the sense of urgency.

If we receive this grant, it will provide us with 25% of the project total and, when coupled with the 25% from State Historic Tax Credits that we are applying for, we have our project funded.

All donations are appreciated and needed to complete this project. Every donor will be recognized on our website and donations over $1,000 will be recognized in the main lobby of the building on a donor wall.

For ways to support the LIFT WC organization and the building rehabilitation project, click here.

If any questions on LIFT WC and this project or on making a donation, please contact Darcy Swon by email at or via phone (515-297-0296). remainin

Destination Iowa Grant
Qualification Goal

Click the DONATE button to show your support and to make a secure donation online.

LIFT WC is a 501c3 and all gifts are tax deductible.

This information is as of August 19, 2022


Check out the video timeline of the changes made to the historic Elks Building
since we took possession from April 2019 until a few months ago.

September 18, 2022

6:00 PM – Garden Social in Reveiz Park

7:00 PM – 5-course dinner served in front of the historic Elks Building under the lights
Immediately following the dinner will be a Garden Nightcap in the Reveiz Park featuring acoustical music, a fire pit and an opportunity to socialize with others in attendance.
There are only 120 seats available for this year’s event. Last year we sold out. 
Cost is $75 per person and includes the Garden Social, 5-course meal, two drink tickets and the Garden Nightcap.
Secure your tickets online or by stopping Groves & Chizek Law Firm at 1620 Superior Street.