Dubuque philanthropist Donna Ginter dies at 84

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Donna Ginter, a Dubuque philanthropist who organized a longstanding Thanksgiving dinner for the needy, has died. She was 84.

Ginter’s daughter, Genny, told the Telegraph Herald of Dubuque (http://bit.ly/19mfXW3 ) that her mother died Tuesday at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital.

Ginter became ill at the site of the Catfish Festival, an annual event she founded and helped organize. She also founded the annual Riverfest, a popular camping and entertainment event in Dubuque.

But Ginter also was known for starting a Thanksgiving dinner for the needy more than 50 years ago. It served more than 2,500 meals in the area last November.

Dubuque Mayor Roy Buol says Ginter was a compassionate person who “could motivate the masses to help.”

Hoffmann-Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home in Dubuque confirmed Ginter’s death. Arrangements are pending.

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Information from: Telegraph Herald, http://www.thonline.com

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