At a Main Street ceremony held on June 13, La Porte City Mayor, David Neil, presented the 2014 Jesse Wasson Award to Dee and Dick Hutton. The Jesse Wasson Award is given in recognition of service to the community.
“Dick and Dee have always been very involved in the community. Fourteen years ago, they bought the LPC Bakery. The Bakery has become the center of Main Street and they are known far and wide for their delicious rolls and donuts, moist and beautiful cakes and their warm friendly greetings,” the nomination stated.
“Aside from supplying cakes for graduations, weddings, and other celebrations, they have done a lot of ‘behind the scenes’ work. They deliver meals to shut-ins, doughnuts and rolls to city employees clearing snow, and doughnuts to nursing home residents at the end of the day. On Sundays, when they are closed, they deliver rolls to several churches. Even on Mondays when they are closed, if you need a cake, they will have it when you need it or if you need a special request or last-minute item or if you need to pick it up after hours, they accommodate anyone.
“Dick and Dee are very active in the Chamber of Commerce, holding office positions. Dick has helped by playing Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny on various occasions. Dick is also involved in the Lion’s Club and the American Legion. They prepare meals for Women’s Club and open their business for their meetings after hours. Dick and Dee are involved with LPC Community Theatre as well as supporters of our local schools and help with Crosslines.
“Dick and Dee are very involved with the local churches working with the youth for 20+ years as well as holding several offices in their church. Dee was a Girl Scout leader for several years, even taking the girls camping. Dick and Dee are so giving and thoughtful and have touched so many lives in La Porte City. They promote what ‘community’ actually means. They always have time for others and easily make everyone feel welcome in the bakery. They are willing to be a friend to anyone who needs it including giving cash to people ‘down on their luck.’
“This couple has shown what it means to take an active part in your community and their good deeds go on endlessly,” the nomination added.