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 2016 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 as possible 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. Shorewood Kiwanis owns 5 separate domain names with Harper Cruise in the URL and all domain names point directly to the cruise pages of the web site. From July to September each year around 7000 people visit these very pages of the Shorewood Kiwanis web site.
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 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. The Charity Partners who line the cruise route benefit first, as we cannot cover such a large area by ourselves.
Who are the volunteers? Shorewood Kiwanis members and their families, staff and friends. 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/Who are our Charity Partners? Follow this link for more information.
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 close,
- "Christmas in August"
- the 3rd Grade Dictionary Project
- donations to charitable causes throughout the community of St. Clair Shores all year long
- distributing Thanksgiving baskets to needy families
- donatedbooks to the SCS Children's Library and
- Kiwanis International Eliminate neonatal tetanus project
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 31st, 2016. 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.