Iowa Concert of Hope: Iowa Derecho Relief Center

In the wake of the massively destructive derecho storm that occurred on August 10, where some of the hardest hit areas were Cedar Rapids, Hiawatha, Marion, and other parts of East Central Iowa, performers are coming together for a virtual concert benefit event, airing on KCRG-TV channel 9.2 and Mediacom channels 815/822 and streaming at on Thursday October 1st at 7pm. The Iowa Concert of Hope will feature performances and appearances by national and local talent, from the worlds of film, Broadway, TV, dance, opera and cabaret. Many of the performers are rooted in Iowa, or started their careers here.

Before and during the event, those who wish to contribute can direct their donations to benefit the Iowa Derecho Relief Center, the Iowa Giving Crew, United Way of East Central Iowa, or Brucemore Historic Site & Cultural Center. More details and performer info at Please spread the word, and plan to join us for the concert!

This GoFundMe campaign is for the Iowa Derecho Relief Center, and any donation will help make an impact. Please consider also giving to our GoFundMe campaigns for the Iowa Giving Crew, United Way of East Central Iowa, and Brucemore. Thanks in advance for your contribution to support these disaster relief & recovery efforts.

Started by volunteers within 48 hours of the storm, the Iowa Derecho Relief Center is a grass roots community group dedicated to helping those affected in the Cedar Rapids & surrounding areas by providing food and household supplies and delivering meals, and organizing groups of volunteers for tree removal, yard cleanup, and many other community needs. The center is operated in warehouse space donated by McGrath Auto at the site of their former dealership & shop on First Avenue. Donations help fund continued distribution of food and other essentials to anyone struggling with basic day-to-day needs. The group has just formed a non-profit organization named "Together We Achieve" to continue their work beyond the current center operations.



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