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CEO's generosity marks Foreign Candy Company's 35th anniversary

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HULL, Iowa (KTIV) -

Peter De Yager has heard them all. The Candy Man, Iowa's Willy Wonka. But he'd really just like to be known as a man who loves God, his community, and the same job he's had since he first started selling gummy bears out of his basement in 1978.

"No human being could have done it. I very much believe that God did it. It's his big thing," said De Yager, Owner and CEO of the Foreign Candy Company.

Thursday night, De Yager threw what he called a celebration of God's goodness and bigness, inviting anyone and everyone to savor his sweet company's 35th year anniversary with free food, fun, and live Christian-themed entertainment.

"Money doesn't make you happy. But again, even talking to you about it, about sharing it, is not as much fun as just doing it. That feeling in your heart that you've touched somebody's life," said De Yager.

Among the faces in the crowd? Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, who says De Yager is a role model for the state's other business leaders.

"He used to be a school teacher so he relates well with children and young people and he's a very devout Christian who gives a lot back to help other people," said Branstad.

And De Yager's not done, revealing to Thursday night's audience that he'll fund the construction of a half-million dollar spec building to attract more businesses to Hull. He'll also donate $100,000 to his church, $50,000 a piece to needy Hull families, the public golf course, and the EMS and fire departments.

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