Epic Rebirth Community Event - June 13 at Veterans Memorial Building

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

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.
  •  See the full list of participants below
  •  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. 
  • African American Museum

  • American Red Cross –Mobile Food and Beverage Station


  • Cedar Rapids Museum of Art

  • Cedar Rapids Public Library

  • Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity

  • Czech & NewBo Mainstreet District

  • City of Cedar Rapids


  • Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance

  • National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library

  • GO Cedar Rapids

  • Greater CR Community Foundation/Nonprofit Network

  • ICCA

  • Iowa Ceramics Center and Glass Studio-ACTIVITY

  • Iowa Flood Center

  • JEFF CAPPS-Acoustic Guitar/Entertainment

  • Linn Area Partners Active in Disaster (LAP-AID)



  • NewBo City Market

  • Paramount Theatre

  • Serve the City

  • The History Center


  • United Way of East Central Iowa


  • YMCA


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.





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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