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Support Our Annual Appeal!

What hits me the hardest as I reflect on the past year is just how much we’ve missed you at the Heritage Carousel.  We’ve especially missed your laughter and cannot wait to welcome you back for a ride when it’s safe to do so.

The unexpected disruption of the pandemic meant that we canceled our 2020 operating season in order to prioritize the health and safety of our community.  That means we couldn’t welcome the 50,000 visitors who ride the Carousel each year and we did not secure the revenue associated with each of those rides.  These are tough times, but we are resilient.

Would you consider making a gift to help the Carousel ensure a bright future?  Your gift keeps the cost of a ride at an affordable 50 cents.  Your gift sustains the Carousel.  Your gift allows for innovation of the Carousel’s operations.  And—best of all—your gift sparks the joy we so need this year!

In some ways our beloved Carousel stood still in 2020, but those echoes of laughter have only fueled our vision and plans for the future.  We launched a Capital Campaign to maintain the integrity of the building and to make sure the landmark remains a point of pride for the Des Moines Metro area and the Union Park neighborhood.  We completed a study to implement a plan that will secure a sustainable financial future for the Carousel.  With your help, we look eagerly toward the future.

Your gift today will spark joy for more kids and families next year and beyond.  Thank you for considering a donation to ensure a bright future for the Carousel and the many who enjoy it like you.

And how we miss you!  When it’s safe to gather responsibly again, we hope to see you at the Carousel listening to the old-fashioned band organ and celebrating the smiles and laughter you helped to spark.

Thank you for helping preserve the joy we so need in this world. 

To make a gift online, go here or mail your gift to us at:
Des Moines Carousel Foundation
PO Box 8352
Des Moines, IA 50301-8352


Donate to Heritage Carousel Today

Our riders come in all ages!The Heritage Carousel is a non-profit organization overseen by the Des Moines Carousel Foundation.  Patron and donor support is used to:

  • Maintain & operate this authentic Carousel so that many can enjoy this nostalgic and affordable form of entertainment.

  • Support the on-going maintenance of the band organ, pavilion and painting of both the animals and the Carousel.

  • Continue to play an active role in activities such as “Clowns at the Carousel” (all free family event),  Cruise to the Carousel car show, art education activities with other non-profit programs serving children (in conjunction with the Iowa Arts Council), providing discounted usage fees to school groups and non-profit organizations.


The Heritage Carousel is a not-for-profit 501(c) 3 and donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed.  If you would like to make a tax deductible donation,
please send a check to:

Heritage Carousel
PO Box 8352
Des Moines, IA 50301-8352


Special Thanks To:
Eric J. Hermann Design & Photography - many, many photos and website design
JTM MultiMedia, Inc. - website hosting, maintenance & happy-to-help attitude

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