In 2013, through the generosity of the people in our area, the Mount Hope Cemetery board was able to invest in an endowment fund with the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque. This was a very wise decision for us, as we have been able to begin the tedious job of repairing the aged monuments at the cemetery.

This fund allows us to withdraw 5 percent of the balance each year. This money, along with grants we have received from the Dyersville Area Community Foundation, has been a real blessing for us.

As 2015 comes to an end, you are probably doing your tax planning. We would like to encourage you to consider a donation to the Mount Hope Cemetery Endowment Fund. By doing so we can continue to make Mount Hope a place that everyone in our area can be proud of. The cemetery is the burial place of James Dyer, the founder of Dyersville and family members of Ernest Hemingway along with other prominent people.

Please consider making a donation to the Mount Hope Endowment Fund. With your donation, along with your normal tax credit, you will also receive a coupon for a 25 percent Iowa tax credit. Make your check payable to Mount Hope Cemetery Endowment Fund and mail it to Dyersville Area Community Foundation, c/o of Mt. Hope Cemetery, 1100th Ave CT SE, Dyersville, IA 52040.