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Iowa City Hospice

18th Annual Walk for Dignity

Come join us at our 18th Annual Walk for Dignity!

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017, 1:00 pm at Willow Creek Park in Iowa City.

  • Donation drop-off starts at 11 am.
  • Time of Remembrance at 11:30 am.
  • Fun activities begin at noon.
  • Walk begins at 1 pm.

For more details, information or to get involved, please email or call Judy Frits at 319-688-4213 or 800-897-3052, or use any of the following resources:

MEET OUR 2017 HONORARY FAMILY: Classy Chassy Cruisers Car Club of Iowa City

Every year I look forward to the participation of Classy Chassy Cruisers. They have been represented at the Walk since 2006 and team members have solicited over $12,000 outside of the donations from their organization. These wonderful people truly support us and the community.” — Judy Frits, ICH Walk Coordinator

Maybe you’ve seen a local cruise-in: an array of gleaming cars in a mall parking lot on a balmy Friday evening. The line-up includes well-loved cars and trucks of all ages and all colors, from classics sporting large tail fins to sleek convertibles to dragsters and even pedal cars.

Sound familiar? You probably saw the Classy Chassy Cruisers Car Club of Iowa City. These car enthusiasts keep a busy calendar of auto shows, tours, parades, and social events all year ‘round. But in addition to sharing their enjoyment of autos and their expertise, members share a generosity of spirit toward local not-for-profit organizations. And Iowa City Hospice is chief among them.

In fact, Classy Chassy Cruisers’ long-time support of Iowa City Hospice has earned the Cruisers the designation Honorary Walk Family 2017 in the annual Walk for Dignity, planned for Sunday, April 23. Many Cruisers members will join the walk and others will volunteer to carry out the event. It isn’t the group’s first involvement with the walk, either. Members provided music and public announcements at the 2016 Walk for Dignity.

“We organized ourselves as a not-for-profit,” said CCC President Mark Heacock, “so early on, we said, ‘Why not raise money for other community not-for-profits?’”

When the Cruisers formed in 2001 with nine members, one of those charter members was living with hemophilia. In a spirit of giving, CCC chose a hemophilia-related organization as its very first beneficiary. Other worthy charities followed in the next few years, including the Arthritis Foundation, Ronald McDonald House, Systems Unlimited, Elder Services of Iowa City and others.

But over the years Iowa City Hospice has earned a special place in the hearts of members and a strong commitment has formed.

“Several members of our group have been touched by Hospice,” says member Mike Drapac. “But anyone whose life has been touched by Iowa City Hospice knows why it is so special.”

There are several reasons for this long commitment, according to Drapac.

“When we donate to Iowa City Hospice, we know that our funds are used locally, that the funds specifically go to patient care, and that the services are available to everyone,” he adds. “Those factors are very important to us.”

“In turn, we get very good support from Hospice,” says Drapac. “They always send a representative to our cruise-ins and we know they appreciate our efforts. Everyone at Iowa City Hospice is enjoyable to deal with.”

The Walk for Dignity is a community event that gives friends and families an opportunity to celebrate life and honor the memories of their loved ones, while showing support for Iowa City Hospice. The best part is that funds raised support our compassionate patient care.

We invite you to join us by walking individually or forming a team. We know that everyone walking with us has been touched in some way by hospice care, whether in our seven-county service area or another community.

Walk for Dignity 2017 Sponsors

Thank you to our generous sponsors, who make this event possible: