Sunrise Village Tie Dye in the Park

Family friendliness is one of the top factors that sets the Quad Cities apart from other areas. In the last 20 years, many new store fronts, restaurants, and activities have blossomed. New families have moved to town and the number of people visiting the Quad Cities has increased.

What we do here, we do with joy and compassion, and what impresses me the most, as a teacher and as a life-long QC resident, is how many families head out to family-friendly activities that support a worthy cause. During the upcoming spring and summer seasons, there are plenty of opportunities for such fun, starting with the Sunrise Village event!

On May 11th, 2019, Sunrise Village hosts an event for families, known as “Tie-Dye in the Park!” Sunrise Village is a local organization that creates a “nurturing and empowering” environment for individuals with disabilities. The organization’s purpose is to give people with disabilities a voice and prevent them from being overlooked in this busy and critical world. Founded by Dan and Kathy Fiscus after the birth of their second child, who was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder, the goal was and still is to create a farm-based residential program and day program for those with special needs where peace, joy, and love will always be felt.

Tie-Dye in the Park allows people from all over the Quad Cities to have a day of fun with monetary proceeds donated to Sunrise Village. Of course, there will be tie-dying, but the event also has live music provided by the Quad City Rock Academy, a chance to paint Hope Rocks, and opportunities to register for a raffle. The Big Black Box food truck will be serving food, with 100% of its sales being donated to the organization. You can register at this link. $20 registration includes a canvas grocery tote or t-shirt to tie-dye. Raffle tickets will be 1/$1, 3/$2, and 15/$18. The drawing will be held at 1:30PM. The Hope Rocks will be 1/$3 or 4/$10.

Tie-Dye in the Park is at Veteran’s Memorial Park in Bettendorf. Come and join the fun at this family-friendly event for a great cause!


About the author

Katy Williams Henderson A life-long Quad Cities resident, Katy is a Preschool through 4th Grade ESL Teacher at a local elementary school. She attended St. Ambrose University, graduating in May 2018 with a B.A. in Elementary Education with ESL and Reading concentrations and an English minor. She is working on a Master's in Early Childhood Education. She loves running, traveling, cooking, working with kids, spending time with her husband and her family and friends, education, and putting a pen to paper. Her writing credits include the Dispatch-Argus Newspaper, Radish Magazine, Midwest Writing Center and being a writing tutor at SAU and now for The Princeton Review's

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