Category: Members and Mixers

Are you ready to get UGLY??

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, so you know what that means!  It’s time to get UGLY.  That’s right!  Our Members and Mixers committee has been preparing all year for this night.  OK… maybe not all year, but I sure have!  Our annual Ugly Holiday Sweater Party is two short weeks away and you know you want to be there!

The Winners of the Night!

The Winners of the Night!

Last year’s Ugly Holiday Sweater party was pretty epic and there’s no doubt that this year’s event will be filled with even more shenanigans.   Is Christmas time your favorite and you don’t care who knows it?  Find your best ugliest holiday sweater and strut your stuff on the runway for a chance to win some really awesome prizes.  Don’t forget your reindeer antlers, jingle bells and Santa boxers!  Now that your head is spinning with AWESOME ideas, get that outfit together and make plans to join us!

Gather your friends and family (dressed in their ugliest, of course) and head down to Dublin City Pub from 7 – 10 p.m. on December 7th, right after the Fire and Ice Parade.  Contest begins at 8 p.m. sharp, so don’t be late!  (Contest entry is just $5.)


Make Your Mark Awards 2013


As you know, last Wednesday we held our annual Make Your Mark event at CSPS to celebrate you, our members and to recognize a few who are pretty outstanding in our eyes. Congratulations to the following members for all you do for our organization and for your local community:

Leadership Award | Rebecca Sullens

The Leadership Award is presented to a member who encourages others to connect to the community through ImpactCR programs and events. Rebecca consistently reaches out to all of our members and makes everyone feel welcome. She understands the importance of diversity in our community and makes a point to help every person find their place here. Rebecca’s upbeat attitude and constant dedication to Cedar Rapids makes her the perfect cheerleader for ImpactCR.

Service Award | Casey Ealy

As a Member of the Leadership and Service Committee, Casey has done some amazing things for our community: from leading an effort to obtain funding for a potential playground project at NewBo, to coordinating and participating in multiple Habitat for Humanity events, to always raising his hand to say, “whatever you need.” Casey works quietly and humbly to do what he thinks is needed to make the corridor a better place to work and live. He exemplifies the spirit of service in our community. (Read Casey’s YP Profile here.)

Make Your Mark Award | Jennifer Germaine

Our first ever Make Your Mark award winner is Jennifer Germaine. Jennifer has helped lead ImpactCR to a new level of engaging and educating the area’s now and next gen. population. As a two year co-chair of the Next Gen Summit steering committee, she has gone above and beyond in her commitment to making the event an empowering experience for all attendees. Jennifer is also a member of the ImpactCR board of advisors and serves as a constant advocate for the organization and for the corridor.

WOW! These three individuals are pretty amazing, don’t you think!? Well you can be too! Join a committee or nominate yourself or someone you think is pretty awesome to be on the ImpactCR board of advisors. (Nomination forms are due November 15th.) How will you Make Your Mark in 2014?

Make Your Mark


This has been quite a year for ImpactCR! From the Casino Vote Forum in March, to the many Siren Wednesdays and BLTs to last month’s Next Gen Summit. While the year isn’t quite over, what better way to round out a successful year of networking, service and professional development than with an extra special Siren Wednesday to celebrate you, our members and those who have helped us develop programming and supported our events over the last year?!

How is this event different from our regular Siren Wednesdays? At 6 p.m., we will have a short program that will look back at our accomplishments over the last 10 months and share insights into exciting new programing and changes coming in 2014. We will also acknowledge our outstanding members with a two awards to be presented at the ceremony. Help us congratulate the members who have gone above and beyond to demonstrate volunteerism by participating in our events, committees, etc. and exemplary leadership skills to support and help develop ImpactCR events, by awarding them with our Service and Leadership Awards.

Please join us Wednesday, November 6th at CSPS from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for free appetizers, cash bar and cake! (No party is ever complete without cake!) Please RSVP and register here, to let us know you will be joining our celebration.

A HUGE thank you goes out to our three sponsors: Mediacom, as our presenting sponsor and our two supporting sponsors, Hatch Development Group and RuffaloCody!

Big on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram? Please use the hashtag #makeyourmark while posting about ImpactCR!

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D.I.N.E.: Emil’s Hideaway


I know you’ve probably already been to Siren Wednesday and if not, what are you waiting for!? But there is another awesome opportunity to network with other young pros while checking out some really cool locally owned eateries.

Don’t worry! It’s not like a dinner meeting when you are awkwardly trying to eat, maintain a conversation and impress your boss and other higher ups all at the same time. This is more like dinner with a ton of your friends! Talking about work (if you want), movies, summer vacations and the ImpactCR golf outing you are participating in the following Saturday. More on that here.

Ok, so now that you know how cool awesome D.I.N.E. is and how low key it will be, you need to know that you will arrive at Emil’s Hideaway around 5:30 on July 25th to take advantage of Happy Hour Specials until 6 p.m., which includes 1/2 price Apps, $2 off the signature drink menu, and three tiers of 22 oz draft beer specials $3-$4-$5. We’ll order dinner close to 6 p.m. Are you super indecisive or unsure what kind of food they have at Emil’s? Check out the menu a head of time and act like you’re a regular even though you may not have been there before.

Just don’t forget to register, so we can save you a seat! As always, it’s free to attend, you just need to pay for dinner. See you there and don’t forget to check out the custom bar top when you get there. It’s pretty sweet!

Emil’s Hideaway is located at 222 Glenbrook Drive SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403.

Siren Wednesday: Cooper’s Mill

Siren Wednesday 6:5


Summer is (finally) in full bloom – so it’s only natural that our June Siren Wednesday will be hosted at a pub that’s named after one of the oldest flour mills in Cedar Rapids –the Cooper’s Mill

Network with other YP’s and help celebrate the rich history of this locally-owned pub — a newly remodeled establishment following the Flood of 2008. Cooper’s Mill is proud to showcase a new menu with us, offering complimentary appetizers (how lucky are we?)! Drinks specials will be available, too.

This monthly networking event is free and open to the public.  Join us tonight from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at Cooper’s Mill | 100 F Ave NW.

ImpactCR + Legally Blonde The Musical

Omigod, you guys!  Did you hear the news?!  Theatre Cedar Rapids is bringing Legally Blonde The Musical to town!  Exciting, right?!

Legally Blonde

In support of our three ImpactCR Advisory Board Members (and one past board member) in the cast, our Members and Mixers Committee is having a night at the theatre.  All you have to do is mention ImpactCR and buy tickets for the March 22nd show and you’re in!

I’m sure many of you have seen the 2001 movie, but here’s a refresher:

Sorority star Elle Woods doesn’t take “no” for an answer. So when her boyfriend dumps her for someone “serious,” Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books, and sets out to go where no Delta Nu has gone before: Harvard Law. Along the way, Elle proves that being true to yourself never goes out of style.  Based on the 2001 movie starring Reese Witherspoon.

As a special treat after the show, our three lovely ladies will take you on an exclusive tour backstage.  Ah-ma-zing!  I can’t wait!  Tickets are on sale now, but they’re going fast!  Don’t forget to mention ImpactCR when you buy yours today.  Until then, I’ll be brushing up on my Bend and Snap.

Twisted Siren Wednesday

While the sirens have already blared this month, it does not mean that Siren Wednesday has gone by the wayside.  Rather, it is coming back with more bells and whistles than ever before!  This month, Members and Mixers is bringing you… wait for it… Twisted Siren Wednesday.

Siren with a twist, you say? 

Why yes, I do say.  This month, we will be bringing you a Siren like never before!  Many come to Siren for the social aspect, to meet new people and network.  Others come to catch up with friends, have a beer or two and celebrate Hump Day.  No matter what your reasons for attending Siren Wednesday, this Wednesday will be a little different.  A little like speed dating.

Get your mouse off that Red ‘X’ button!  Just chill.

speed networking

A little mix of speed dating, but speed networking style. Sounds awesome, right!?  For those of you who find your cozy little table and stay put for the duration of Siren, this is for you.  It won’t last long, but there’s no doubt that you will make a ton of connections.  Even if you don’t make a ton of connections, you might make one or two important ones.

Now that you shy ones have stopped hyperventilating, gather some business cards and get ready for some fun tomorrow after work!  We will be seeing you from 5:30pm – 7:30pm at The Vault, formerly known as Piano Lounge, aka Penguin’s Comedy Club, aka Harrington’s Sports Bar.  Right.

The Vault

If you’ve ever dreamed of being a comedian, or would like to watch others who dream of being a comedian, or those who enjoy getting laughed at with, Comedy Open Mic Night starts at 7:30!  $2 liquid courage domestic bottles all night long and there’s no cover!

See you tomorrow night!