Epic Rebirth Community Event

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - Veterans Memorial Building

Join The Gazette and KCRG-TV9 for Epic Rebirth, a free community celebration, on June 13 at Veterans Memorial Building in downtown Cedar Rapids.

In June 2008, the landscape of Cedar Rapids was forever changed. 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. After ten years, two media outlets have captured the flood story from day one, and will now work together to host this milestone celebration for all to enjoy.

At Epic Rebirth, experience live performances, connect with community resources and hear from city leaders about what’s next for Cedar Rapids. The schedule will include:

  • 4:30pm-Community Showcase. A variety of community resources will be ready for guests to learn about achievements since 2008 and how to get involved in upcoming events and initiatives.
    • African American Museum
    • Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance
    • Cedar Rapids Museum of Art
    • Cedar Rapids Public Library
    • City of Cedar Rapids
    • GO Cedar Rapids
    • Iowa Flood Center
    • LAP-AID
    • National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library
    • Paramount Theatre
    • Serve the City
    • The History Center
    • Theatre Cedar Rapids
    • United Way of East Central Iowa
    • YMCA
  • 6:30pm-Live Program. Hosted by Bruce Aune and Beth Malicki, the 90 minute live broadcast will feature interview-style segments about the rebuild, system and development milestones, along with performance by local representatives from the arts, culture and entertainment sectors. Segments will include representatives from emergency response, local government, core neighborhoods and more.  

Special thanks to:

Presenting Sponsor: Mercy Medical Center

Community Sponsors: Linn County, Building Trades, Built By Pros, Black Sheep, Clock House and Veterans Memorial Commission.


The June 13 event is part of The Gazette's 10th anniversary coverage of the 2008 Floods. Coverage will also include a special commemorative section to be published on June 10. Additional coverage will be published online.

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