NEWTON RAGBRAI GIVES BACK TO COMMUNITY
The July 25 RAGBRAI overnight stay in Newton keeps on giving back to the community. The Newton RAGBRAI executive committee announced today they would be donating $35,000 to over 12 different community events, organizations and projects as well as to the non-profits who took part in the event as vendors.
“Thanks to the generosity of the businesses and organizations who sponsored the event, we were able to cover our expenses. This allows us to give back the generous amount of profit that we earned the day of RAGBRAI to a wide variety of community events and organizations,” said Danielle Rogers, member of the Newton RAGBRAI committee. “The non-profit groups who took part in this event as our registered vendors, really helped the community make an impact on the riders and participants. We’ve heard great things about the meals that were served throughout the community.”
“The goal of the event was never about making money, we truly wanted to showcase our community to the over 25,000 people who take part in RAGBRAI from all over the United States and world,” she continued. “Giving back to the community who gave so much time and energy to making July 25th memorable for everyone involved is something the committee is proud to do.”
Contributions were made to a variety of community events including Newton Fest, Thunder Nites, Bowlful of Blues, the Iowa Sculpture Festival and the Jasper County Courthouse Lighting.
“Giving back to the events that bring people to Newton was very important to the committee,” said Amanda Price, who also served on the Newton RAGBRAI committee. “These long standing community events are what bring people to our community every year and we want to make sure that we continue to support them.”
Funds will also be donated to a variety of community organizations including Friends of Newton Parks, Newton Main Street, Red Pride Service Day and Hometown Pride.
“We felt that it was important to give back to organizations that were showcased during the event,” stated Price. “Friends of Newton Parks does a lot of great work in our park system where many of the riders stayed; Newton Main Street is an integral part of our downtown area where the entertainment and activities took place; Red Pride Service Day and Hometown Pride do a lot of great work with the beautification of our community.”
Money is also being given to Newton’s Dollar for Scholars to set up two scholarships for this 2018 – 2019 school year and to the Legacy Commons project at Legacy Plaza/DMACC.