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The Callum Foundation

The Callum Foundation is a charitable organization focused on providing grants to organizations in central Iowa and beyond. The foundation concentrates its grantmaking on core areas, including poverty and hunger, education, animal welfare, and veteran affairs. 

The Callum Foundation is currently being established. Once finalized, interested parties will be able to submit an online application and share information about their request, how the need complements the foundation’s mission and specifically how the funds will be utilized. Requests will be reviewed by the foundation board, which will make determinations about granting funds. Fund requests will begin after January 1, 2019. In the interim, please use the contact form for general inquiries.

The Callum Foundation was established in 2018 by Lerynne West as a way to share the winnings of a Powerball Jackpot. It was named to honor a family member that did not have the opportunity to live a full life. More information about the foundation and its formation will be provided on this site as it becomes available. 

Foundation Mission:

To help individuals and strengthen communities by providing funding for key initiatives that will make a measured impact on the lives of those in need. 

Foundation Vision:

To promote causes that benefit the greater good and to ensure that people of all walks of life have the ability to live with purpose and dignity regardless of their income or background.

Lerynne West

Lerynne West was born and raised in Iowa. She spent most of her childhood in Earlham and has lived her adult life in various communities in Dallas County. 

Growing up, Lerynne lived on a farm with her parents, a welder and homemaker, and her seven siblings. Being from a large family, she is the first to admit she comes from humble beginnings and is no stranger to hard work and lean times.

Lerynne began working at a young age, walking beans and detasseling corn during the summer. She earned her G.E.D. in 1986 and began a series of blue-collar jobs, including work in several local factories, over the next decade. During this time, Lerynne also started a family, giving birth to three daughters.  

Wanting to provide a better life for her daughters, Lerynne began to take night classes to earn a four-year college degree – all while working full-time as a single mother. In 2004, while pursuing her degree, she started a job in the mailroom at Principal Financial Group. After five years of night school, she received her degree in human resources from Upper Iowa University in 2006 and continued working at Principal, where she held a variety of positions over the course of 14 years. 

In September 2018, Lerynne began a new position at Wellmark, but then resigned from the company shortly thereafter in October – thanks to the new-found financial freedom provided by winning the lottery.

Today, at age 51, Lerynne is a mother of three grown daughters and proud grandmother to six grandchildren. She is passionate about her family, friends, animals and showing support for our veterans. 

It was by chance that Lerynne happened to be in Redfield when she bought her winning ticket. However, it was not a coincidence that she bought a ticket, as Lerynne is a regular player of the lottery.

Looking ahead, Lerynne is excited about what the future holds and realizes she has experienced a life-changing moment. She plans to share her winnings with her family and friends, purchase a new home, and enjoy a long vacation (or several). Lerynne also plans to give to the causes and organizations that are meaningful to her and her family through the newly established Callum Foundation.



For general inquires, please use the form below. For media inquiries only, please call (515) 226- 0818 or Email

Attention: Ms. West is not directly contacting organizations or individuals at this time to ask if they need assistance. There are several social media and e-mail scams attempting to use Lerynne West or The Callum Foundation to get personal financial information from individuals. These are fake accounts and false solicitations that we have reported to the appropriate sources. Neither Ms. West nor The Callum Foundation will ask you to share your financial information electronically. Please delete the e-mail or social media messages if you receive them. Ms. West plans to begin to make donation decisions after January 1, 2019. The only place to get accurate and updated information on The Callum Foundation is at this website.