Terry and Paula Friedman Honored as ‘First Citizens’

As Paula and Terry Friedman accepted the Telegraph Herald’s 50th First Citizen award January 9, they recognized the spirit of Dubuque’s people, who they said go the extra mile to make the community a better place.

“We are fortunate to live in a community where so many people will step up,” Paula said. “But there are still so many needs to be met.”

“If we are willing to give our time, talent and treasure, we can get things done in Dubuque,” Terry added.

As longtime civic leaders, the Friedmans were honored with the Telegraph Herald’s annual award for individuals who have made significant contributions beyond their professional lives to improving their community.

Terry, CEO of the Friedman Group and a Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque board member, and Paula, a community volunteer, are supporters of many Dubuque organizations, including Church of the Resurrection, where they are members; the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Dubuque; Steeple Square; Opening Doors; and Stonehill Franciscan Services.

In front of a standing-room-only crowd at the Diamond Jo Casino, the Friedmans celebrated the second First Citizen award in their family. Terry’s father, Larry Friedman, was the 1999 recipient, and he along with other past winners attended Terry and Paula’s reception.

“Terry and Paul are so deserving of this award,” said Nancy Van Milligen, Community Foundation president and CEO. “Together, they support many different nonprofits and do so much in the community, yet they never care about taking credit.

“Knowing Terry and Paula like we do, it’s very special for us at the Community Foundation to be part of this celebration of their lives and their hard work.”

The Friedmans also are featured in a new video that debuted at the reception and was produced in partnership by the Community Foundation — First Citizen sponsor — and the Telegraph Herald. In it, the Friedmans and other community leaders highlight a spirit of generosity that runs deep in Dubuque — and speak to the importance of being prepared to address challenges that may arise in the future.

Read more about the Friedmans in the Telegraph Herald and watch the video below.

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