Tanager Place raised more than $34,000 to support mental health resources and services for children during the 23rd annual Summer Fest , heldÂ June 1 at the Rockwell Collins Sports Complex. The free, outdoor festival drew more than 5,000 people as families across the Corridor enjoyed interactive activities, crafts, inflatables, live entertainment, andÂ mascot mania.
Over the past 23 years, this free family festival â€“ made possible by generous sponsors â€“ has raised more than $568,000Â for Tanager Place programs specializing in mental and emotional services for children. Summer Fest celebrates Tanager Placeâ€™s mission to support and build strong and healthy families.
During Summer Fest, children created their very own cereal in the General Millsâ€™ â€śMake Your Own Cerealâ€ť tent. With the support of UnityPoint Health St. Lukeâ€™s Hospitals, the first 1,000 kids received free bike helmets. Other activities included the Revâ€™ved Up 4 Tanager Kids Charity Car & Motorcycle Show, sponsored by Eddies Rod and Custom and Master Tool; Video Games Etc. gaming area, Safety Town with help from 45 area businesses focused on interactive learning; and STEM activities. Audiences enjoyed special stage appearances by the Titans Dolls Dance Team, Cedar Rapids Spirits, local band Home Grown, and music by Vibrations Pro Disc Jockeys. Kids also enjoyed games and a magic show by magicians Keith West and Jackson Green.
â€śSummer Fest is a wonderful opportunity for us to partner with multiple organizations within the community and give back to families through a fun and memorable experience,â€ť says Director of Community Relations Joan Hackbarth.
Summer Fest 2014 will take placeÂ Saturday, June 7.