ROCKFORD, Illinois – The River District Association is pleased to announce two local charities are the first ever recipients of Fall for Rockford’s “Fall for Giving” program. Organizations that provided a certain number of volunteers for the family-friendly, free-admission concert festival were eligible to receive a portion of the proceeds raised by the River District Association at the event, which was held Saturday, September 22, in downtown’s historic River District.

The Epilepsy Foundation North/Central Illinois and The Parks Kiwanis Club of Rockford were awarded $500 each for their participation in the new annual festival. Both organizations provided numerous members to help the River District Association Board of Directors with serving beverages, monitoring the Kids Zone and much more.

“This donation we received will go toward funding our college scholarships and leadership training opportunities for kids in the community,” said Ted Plum, Past President of The Parks Kiwanis Club.

“We’re so thankful to these organizations for helping us at Fall for Rockford,” said Missy Minnaert, River District Association Executive Director. “Without the help of volunteers, the festival would never have been as much of a success as it was.”

Fall for Rockford is a new, annual music festival hosted by the River District Association on the first weekend of fall on the streets of the historic River District. Along with free concerts, area restaurants sell their signature menu items offering those in attendance a taste of Rockford.

Attendance during this year’s inaugural festival hit 5,000 people. The next Fall for Rockford is set for Saturday, September 21, 2019.

The River District Association (RDA) is a private, 501(c)3 not-for-profit, membership-based organization and is supported through membership dues, donations, sponsorships, grants, and fundraisers. The mission is to establish nurturing meaningful relationships to gain influence and authority for the betterment of the River District community. The RDA’s focus is to unite, advocate, and promote efforts to create a thriving business and residential community in Rockford’s downtown neighborhood. The River District consists of business areas and residential neighborhoods east and west of the Rock River that encompass Rockford’s growing downtown.