August 7, 2021 - A DAY TO REMEMBER
Over $45,000 raised!!
RECAP OF our 2021 annual 5k & Quilt Day
This is has been an unforgettable couple of years for our 5K & Quilt Day. The pandemic has certainly made planning events like this a challenge and this year, it was no exception. Although it was our intention to have a live auction this past summer, we ultimately determined that we'd proceed with our event with some modifications. So, we welcomed runners to camp for our annual 5K Run/Walk, we invited the community to come and see the beautiful quilts on display in our chapel both Friday evening and Saturday, we prepared an amazing lunch for those interested in coming to camp, and we decided to move the auction ALL online, similar to 2020. We simply couldn't imagine the possibility of low attendance for the live auction and such amazing quilts going for lower-dollar bids.
As it turned out, our decision to go online for 100% of the quilts was a GREAT decision. Once again, people across the country were able to participate in the bidding - we were even able to connect with people who didn't know Riverside at all but found out about our auction. What another terrific way to "Make Christ Known"! Additionally, because the online auction opens up the Monday prior, it increases the amount of engagement we obtain from participants and helps to increase bidding throughout the event.
We were delighted to welcome so many Riverside supporters and community members to camp to see up close and in person the amazing work of our talented quilters from all across Iowa and the midwest. We also enjoyed a beautiful morning for the 5K Run/Walk. Families were able to enjoy a dip in the pool as we opened up the pool to our community. We served up a delicious turkey lunch - so many compliments were shared for the amazing food our talented kitchen team assembled and served.
At the end of the day, we were simply overwhelmed at the generosity of our participants in the day - the runners, the diners, and the bidders! Through the 5K registrations, our event sponsors, the free-will offering at lunch, and the quilt bids we were able to add over $45,000 to our general fund at Riverside - this fund helps to support camperships making it possible for EVERY kid to attend camp regardless of their financial circumstances.
SPECIAL THANKS to the following important contributors to the 2021 5K & Quilt Day:
Our 5K Sponsors = PDG Printing, Atlantic Bottling Company, DK Handmade, Mustard Seed Revival, Jewell Family Dentistry & Orthodontics, GNB, & Straub Marketing
Our terrific year-round and 2021 summer team at Riverside
All of our dedicated quilters
All participants who participated in this spectacular day right here at Riverside or online!