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$50K From Cedar Rapids To Czech Republic

CEDAR RAPIDS (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- A Cedar Rapids group is giving $50,000 for flood recovery in the Czech Republic. The Cedar Rapids Public Library, Sokol Cedar Rapids, the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, and St. Wenceslaus Church joined together for the CR2CR campaign.

CR2CR kicked off in August and concluded at last week's BrewNost event. The campaign raised the money for a flood-ravaged library in the town of Dn, Czech Republic.

Dn was one of the hardest hit Czech communities, when the country suffered catastrophic flooding in June. More than 1,600 of the town's residents were evacuated, and many lower-lying buildings were ruined when water levels went up by more than 32 feet.

CR2CR originated early this summer during a friendly golf game between Steve Groner and Tom Hansen of Cedar Rapids. Both recalled how, in 2008, the Ambassador of the Czech Republic delivered a more than $500,000 flood-relief donation to Cedar Rapids.

A contingent of donors and campaign organizers will journey to the Czech Republic in early December, where the donation will be presented in person at the library in Dn.
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