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Epic Rebirth Community Event

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. 

Community showcase participants:

African American Museum

American Red Cross –Mobile Food and Beverage Station

BUILT BY PROS-SPONSOR

Cedar Rapids Museum of Art

Cedar Rapids Public Library

Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity

Czech & NewBo Mainstreet District

City of Cedar Rapids

CLOCK HOUSE & BLACK SHEEP-SPONSOR

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)

LINN COUNTY & BUILDING TRADES-SPONSOR

MERCY MEDICAL CENTER-PRESENTING SPONSOR

NewBo City Market

Paramount Theatre

Serve the City

The History Center

THEATRE CEDAR RAPIDS-PERFORMANCE

United Way of East Central Iowa

VETERAN'S MEMORIAL COMMISSION-SPONSOR

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.

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