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Panda Palooza

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    Date: May 19
    Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Location: Brenton Skating Plaza
    520 Robert D Ray Dr.
    Des Moines, IA 50309

Panda Palooza

Jennifer Rhoads and Clark Smith know what it’s like to live through the loss of a spouse – and to have the fortune to find love again. They will celebrate that love on their May 19th wedding day by hosting Panda Palooza, an evening event to benefit the grief support services provided by Amanda the Panda, a program of HCI Care Services & VNS of Iowa.


Panda Palooza, a family-friendly event with live music and food, will be held at Brenton Skating Plaza from 6-9 p.m. on Saturday, May 19.  Tickets are $20 and may be purchased at  


Rhoads and Smith felt moved to host the charity event because they and their three daughters had experienced the care and support offered by Amanda the Panda and HCI Hospice Care Services – both programs of HCI Care Services & Visiting Nurse Services of Iowa.


Panda Palooza will feature two live bands – The Candymakers and Faculty Lounge, snacks from Christiani’s, local beers from Confluence and Firetrucker, and a cash bar. Smith and Rhoads are grateful to additional local businesses who are supporting the event, including Spindustry Digital, give., Allspice, O’Donnell & Friends Open and Atlantic Coca-Cola Bottling.