While the Tokyo Olympics are just around the corner this summer, the Cedar Valley has its own local Olympian. Joe Soy has competed in the Special Olympics since he was 8 years old. According to a press release, Soy has had the opportunity to compete in many events offered. His favorites are snow skiing, basketball, track and field and bowling. But none of this would be possible for Soy and others without the support one local and statewide organization.

The Fraternity Order of the Eagles (Aerie #4074), 2125 W. Lone Tree Rd in Cedar Falls, invites the public to help support this event that has been so special to many local individuals. The Iowa State Eagles carry out fundraising at various levels throughout the year. But here, at a local level, Cedar Falls Eagles members raise money for their community. This year, the Iowa State Eagles have chosen to support Special Olympics of Iowa.

You can do your part to help support this great cause, by joining the Eagles for State Charity Night at the Cedar Falls Eagles on Friday, May 7th starting at 5:00pm. Activities include a silent auction from 5:00pm-7:00 PM along with 50/50 raffle drawings held throughout the night. Plus, Special Olympics merchandise will be for sale. You can also enjoy a meal with the proceeds going directly to the Special Olympics.

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Other activities include a raffle of Special Olympic items and Special Olympics of Iowa socks will be auctioned off to the highest bidder. Make a night of it by coming out and supporting a great cause and help someone's dreams come true.

CELEBRATE SPRING: Iowa Springtime Tradition-Tulip Time Festival-Pella May 6, 7 & 8, 2021

Scroll down for more information and a list of some of this year's highlights and click here for a 2021 Tulip Time schedule and list of attractions, along with some photos from last spring in Pella.

OPINION - This Cedar Valley Eyesore Needs To Be Demolished

In its heyday, the Rath Packing Company employed 8,500 people. It's still thought of fondly by many as what helped put Waterloo "on the map" and giving many area families a good income to raise their families. When rumors of bankruptcy started in 1979, the company became employee-owned in 1980. Despite many attempts to save it and massive amounts of money invested (from employees and loans from the city of Waterloo) all of those efforts ultimately failed, leading to its demise and liquidation in 1985.