Epic Rebirth Community Event - June 13 at Veterans Memorial Building

Join The Gazette and KCRG-TV9 for a Celebration of Community Spirit


Since June 2008, the landscape of Cedar Rapids has experienced a renewal that few could have predicted. Once cited as one of the largest natural disasters in US history, the 2008 flood is now recognized as a turning point in major community development and achievement. Cedar Rapids has become a model for recovery that other cities look to emulate. After ten years of hard work, it’s time to celebrate the spirit that made this an Epic Rebirth.

Join The Gazette and KCRG-TV9 for an afternoon into evening honoring the various sectors that have contributed tireless resources to creating the Cedar Rapids we enjoy today. Guests will enjoy live performances, connect with community resources and hear from leaders about what’s next for Cedar Rapids.

4:30pm-Community Showcase. Live music and entertainment will kick off the celebration, along with representatives from various flood impacted sectors of Cedar Rapids to speak with guests about their achievements since 2008 while offering opportunities for guests to get involved in upcoming events and initiatives.

Participants will include:

  • The History Center
  • Cedar Rapids Museum of Art
  • Iowa Flood Center
  • City of Cedar Rapids
  • Cedar Rapids Public Library
  • Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance
  • United Way of East Central Iowa
  • GO Cedar Rapids
  • Serve the City
  • National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library
  • African American Museum
  • YMCA
  • Theatre Cedar Rapids
  • Paramount Theatre

6:30pm-Live Program. Hosted by Bruce Aune and Beth Malicki, the 90 minute television broadcast will feature interview-style segments along with performance pieces related to rebuild, system and development milestones since 2008.

Live Program Segments will include:

  • Downtown & Economic Development
  • Capturing and Telling Our Story
  • Emergency Response
  • Core District Development
  • Neighborhoods & Housing
  • Government
  • Featured performances by Theatre Cedar Rapids, Voices of Hope and more!


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From Our Sponsors:

Tim Charles, President & CEO, Mercy Medical Center

What organizational achievements are you most proud of-directly and indirectly related to the 2008 flood?

As we emerged from the flood and moved forward, our organizational theme was, “Together, we rose above it.” I can think of no truer words. When the flood of 2008 was at its worst, Cedar Rapids and the employees of Mercy Medical Center were at their best. Because of the many hands that labored, and their hard work, damage to our facility was minimized. Not only did we fully re-open our doors two weeks after the flood hit, but we recommitted ourselves to providing the very best facilities, technology and patient care. Through that enduring commitment we have surpassed standards and transformed healthcare in eastern Iowa. I’m infinitely proud of our staff and grateful to our community for their continued confidence in Mercy.



What are your hopes for the next ten years-as an organization and as a part of the Cedar Rapids community?

Guided by the compassionate spirit of our founding Sisters, Mercy Medical Center and MercyCare Community Physicians remain focused on providing exceptional healthcare to our community. We are energized as we move forward with the introduction of new services, technologies and physical spaces to enhance patient care. Mercy’s growing specialty care clinics are just one example of how we’re meeting comprehensive health care needs and transforming care through multidisciplinary collaborations and advanced treatments. We’re also focused on the needs of our ever-increasing aging population and how we can best support caregivers and care receivers in our community. We’ll have some exciting news to share on that front in the months ahead.



What would you say to the Cedar Rapids community as it approaches 10 years since the 2008 flood?

First and foremost, thank you for being there and supporting Mercy through the difficult days of the flood ten years ago and for continuing to entrust us with your care now and in the future. You are at the heart of all that we do. We owe you our sincere appreciation. Our halls will forever echo with gratitude and the assurance that we are better than ever.

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