How is the cruise funded? In January, our first round of communications are mailed to the the business community, with sponsorship opportunities. Our new packaging for 2014 ensures that the dedicated sponsors receive as much acknowledgment for their participation in the annual fun-filled community service event. Each year we cast an ever-widening net to give as many organizations the opportunity to promote themselves while giving back to the community. Our sponsors, depending on the level of sponsorship, are thanked with as much acknowledgment as possible in print, signage and now via Internet. Social Media Networking and ever increasing marketing and promotional efforts increase our outreach and attendance every year. Shorewood Kiwanis funds initial costs from our own coffers until the sponsorships start to roll in, and they always do.
Who benefits from the cruise? We all do, of course! The proceeds from the Harper Charity Cruise, after expenses, benefit the many charitable organizations that we support on a regular basis and help fund our own community service projects.The Harper Charity Cruise is now a premier summer event for the City of St. Clair Shores and we appreciate the opportunity to create an event so enjoyable that the attendees forget that each and every one is performing an act of community service. Every dollar donated, every T-shirt purchased and every dollar spent with the sponsors of this event is an act of giving back to your community. If you like the cruise, thank the sponsors, for without their loyal support Shorewood Kiwanis would be hard-pressed to produce an event of ever-increasing size and popularity.
Who are the volunteers? Shorewood Kiwanis members and their families, staff and friends. Additionally, we receive support from the following local Kiwanis clubs: Lac Ste. Clair, Roseville-Warren and Warren. Also on hand are our dedicated charity partners, who work the cruise by volunteering, selling shirts and collecting donations. After expenses, these charity partners are funded first with all the proceeds collected by their group(s) of volunteers.
What Shorewood Projects Benefit? The Special Needs Children's Day at the Ice Show, Special Needs Children's Fishing Derby, Michigan Kiwanis Foundation (serving 4 children's hospitals throughout the state of Michigan), Scholarships for graduating seniors in five school districts, Macomb County Health Department young mother's closet, "Christmas in August" and the 3rd Grade Dictionary Project. Additionally, we donate throughout the community of St. Clair Shores all year long, distribute Thanksgiving baskets to needy families, donatedbooks to the SCS Children's Library and contribute to Project Eliminate, a worldwide effort sponsored by our main group, Kiwanis International.
Do I need to register my car to cruise? Nope. Just come and travel along the cruise route beginning at Old Eight Mile to Bayside Street on Harper Avenue in St. Clair Shores.
Is it fun? Join us and see for yourself on Wednesday, August 27th, 2014. Any event that draws the community together in a fun, family-friendly way while giving back to those in need is a very happy day for everyone.