December 14, 2019 Amb. Kenneth Quinn
In December 2019, the World Food Prize hosted two events to bid farewell to Ambassador Quinn as he retired following 20 years of leading the organization. The first was a more formal reception for key leaders from the Greater Des Moines community, which included the launch of his book entitled, "My 20 Years at the World Food Prize." The following night was a less formal event for World Food Prize staff, interns, docents and close friends of Ambassador and Mrs. Quinn. Highlights of that evening included Ambassador Quinn on the dance floor and a special musical surprise presentation led by Meghan Walters and Morgan Day. They composed a song entitled, "Proud Kenny" performed to the music of "Proud Mary" sung by Tina Turner. With numerous staff members and interns as the backup dancers, that musical number, which focuses on "rolling down the river," captures the theme of Ambassador Quinn's career "From the Mississippi to the Mekong."