Jim and Patty Cownie have been advocates of The Robert D. and Billie Ray Center since its inception as Character Counts In Iowa in 1997.
They articulate and demonstrate good character in their everyday lives as well-known business professionals and philanthropists in central Iowa.
When Governor Ray first approached the Cownies about the concept of Character Counts In Iowa, Jim became instrumental in the development of our business model.
He encouraged the organization to think bigger and plan for the future. Jim continues to provide guidance for our organization.
Patty has made an impact on central Iowa through a lifelong commitment to volunteerism. She served many years on the Drake University Board of Trustees and currently serves on the Board of Regents.
Jim and Patty exemplify what it means to invest in the community. Through generous contributions of both time and resources, they have made a significant impact on various organizations such as the Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation, Meals from the Heartland, and Bravo Greater Des Moines.
Congratulations to Patty and Jim Cownie, the 2016 Robert D. Ray Pillar of Character recipients!