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Fundraising Events

Fundraising Events

Throughout the year, in addition to the Annual Fund, NEIM hosts several events with multiple purposes—bringing our community together is one, and engaging to help raise necessary funds is another. With fun and purposeful intent, these events are successful each year. Thank you to all our attendees and supporters both past and future.


Around the World in 5 Plates

October 23rd, 2016

An elegant evening of international cuisine, spirits, and live music at Steyer OperaHouse in the Hotel Winneshiek each October.   The event features a variety of local restaurants and chefs. Each chef will prepare a course from a different region of the world to delight your taste buds.

NEIM has chosen to celebrate UN Day out of respect for the original vision of Maria Montessori, Italian physician, educator, and founder of the Montessori method of education. As an early supporter of the League of Nations (a precursor to the UN), Dr. Montessori believed strongly that education should encourage children to show compassion to others, resolve conflict with words, and collaborate with others for the good of the community. NEIM joins over 20,000 schools worldwide in educating students with these ideals under the guiding curriculum principle of “educating for peace.”

All proceeds go to the school to help support NEIM’s commitment to guide children in peaceful living for a peaceful planet.

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Women’s Clothing Auction

Watch for the February date.

Sit back or jump up to bid on great women’s wear pieces.

Families and the local Decorah retailor Fancy Pants donate everything from fabulous frocks, jeans, bags to jewelry!  Its a great way to have a ladies night out with your friends.  You won’t want to miss the annual Women’s Clothing Auction. It’s said to be wild and a great place to find gently used, beautiful pieces to spruce up your wardrobe!

Mark your calendars and watch for updates.
Contact the Fundraising Chair for an official invite and more information.


Annual Driftless Discovery Trail Run

June 3rd, 2017

Come to Northeast Iowa’s bluff country, a place unlike anywhere else in the state, and perhaps the Midwest to run the off-road, single track trails of Van Peenen Memorial Park.

Van Peenen Memorial Park is one of Decorah’s 13 parks that make outdoor fun and staying fit a way of life in Winnesheik County. The trails are groomed, marked and ready for the more adventurous types like you. This area is part of the outstanding 17-mile system of single-track mountain bike trails. Here is your chance to challenge your body by running them. The parks were even cause to be mentioned in Men’s Journal magazines “52 Great American Weekends” feature. Enthusiasts drive in from all parts of the Midwest to enjoy these trails. Come see why!

On your adventure to Decorah as you experience our trail run, you will find our city’s premier campground, lush butterfly gardens, a scenic waterfall, the Upper Iowa River tubing and canoeing attractions, hiking, biking, and walking trails; not to mention the modern twist on Midwestern charmed business district where unique shops offer gifts and gear galore! But don’t take our word for it…check it out!

A portion of the proceeds are split between the Decorah Human Powered Trails and the Decorah Park & Rec.

The run offers 3 distances and a general entry prize raffle post race. We will have extra raffle tickets for sale the day of the race. You must be present to win and pick up your prize.

3 distances:
The Little Drifters 1 mile (FREE for 13 and under) 220 feet of climbing
Short Course 5 K $30, 3.2 miles long, 613 feet climbing.
Long Course 10 K $40, 6.3 miles long, 1383 feet of climbing.

Kids 13 and under are FREE but still need to register!
Race t-shirts available for purchase with online registration. T-Shirts ordered after 5/20/2016 will be added to the post race ordered and will have to be mailed to you at an additional cost. You may choose to purchase a t-shirt at the day of the event also.

REGISTER TODAY: Driftlessdiscoverytrailrun.us

2015 Race Results
2016 RaceResults