DES MOINES, Iowa - State Treasurer Michael L. Fitzgerald was pleased to present a check last week for over $14,000 from the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt to Grand Secretary Lawrence Shilling and Grand Treasurer Marty Zylstra for the Grand Lodge of Iowa of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows in Des Moines on Wednesday. “We are all partners in ensuring that we take care of our organizations,” Fitzgerald said. “I am happy to get this money back to the Grand Lodge of Iowa of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.”
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Treasurer Fitzgerald encourages all Iowans to check the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt website at GreatIowaTreasureHunt.gov for forgotten treasures. “We have over two million names in our database with over 172,000 in Polk County alone,” said Fitzgerald. “Unclaimed property is not just for individuals. I encourage people to search for their local churches, schools and businesses.”
Corporations, business associations, financial institutions and companies across the nation report millions of dollars in unclaimed property to the state treasurer each year. Common examples of unclaimed property include money in forgotten savings and checking accounts, uncashed insurance benefit and payroll checks, lost stock and dividends, abandoned safe deposit box contents, utility refunds or deposits.
Visit the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt at GreatIowaTreasureHunt.gov to begin your search. Be sure to like Great Iowa Treasure Hunt on Facebook and follow the program on Twitter @GreatIATreasure.