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Giving back while helping out

Tiffun Creek Fest provides a day of fun with a greater purpose
Cal takes advantage of a rare opportunity as he hurls a ball at the target on a dunk tank containing North Bend Elementary School Principal Brenda Parker Saturday, July 28, during the Tiffun Creek Fest in Tiffin City Park. Clear Creek Amana educators took turns in a pair of dunk tanks with the donation of school supplies being the cost for kids to take their best shots. (photo by Chris Umscheid)

TIFFIN– For the second year, residents of Tiffin and the surrounding area had a full day of entertainment courtesy of the Tiffun Creek Fest, the successor to Tiffin Fest. This year’s event was held on Saturday, July 28, in the Tiffin City Park, a change from the soccer fields last year.
“We just wanted to have an event that we could really involve the community and give back to the community,” Melissa Fontanini, an organizer, said. The event featured a 5K run, walk or bike in memory of Mackenzie Lown, a Clear Creek Amana (CCA) student who died in a motor vehicle accident in October of 2011, a parade through the northern part of Tiffin, a kids fishing tournament, inflatables, pony rides and a petting zoo, a kickball tournament and a bags tournament and new for this year; a rock climbing wall.
Country music star Jake McVey (who has performed for the CCA football team in previous years) and a fireworks show closed out the event.
But the festival was about more than just having fun on a sunny summer day.
Money raised will benefit local children in need, as will school supplies, which served as the ticket price for two activities: the fishing tournament and dunk tanks with CCA teachers and staff volunteering to get soaked.
“We’ve teamed up with an awesome outreach program that serves the children right here in the Clear Creek school district,” Fontanini said.
Servolution, based out of LIFEchurch in Coralville, is the outreach program Fontanini spoke of and has hosted a number of special back-to-school events in the past and has a large event coming up on Aug. 18. Servolution’s event is geared toward helping families prepare for the new school year without having to take a huge hit in their finances. Servolution volunteers will distribute free shoes, backpacks, groceries and school supplies while professionals will provide free haircuts. Members of LIFEchurch purchase some of the items while others are donated from across the community. Servolution also receives some funding from the Community Foundation of Johnson County.
The 2018 event will be held at LIFEchurch, 2205 2nd St. in Coralville on Saturday, Aug. 18, from 1 until 4 p.m. For more information call 319-435-8090 or go to www.lifechurchnow.org/servolution.