The fundraiser is a one night event to be held at CSPS in the New Bohemia District on Saturday Oct 27th. Eco Lips will be offering appetizers by Brewed Café, live music by Nassor Cooper and a Silent and Live auction to benefit Sarah Patterson and her three young children.
- Saturday Oct 27th
- B3 for the Mark Patterson Family
- CSPS in the New Bohemia District
- Tickets are $15 until Friday, Oct 26th/$20 at the door
- A limited number of tables for 8 are also available for $250. (Tables include front row access to the entertainment, individual appetizer platters and drink service.)
- For more details and to purchase tickets: https://www.ecolips.com
Mark Patterson was the CEO of Eco Lips from September 2008 through August 2012. Mark died on Saturday, August 11th, 2012 at the age of 34 from an aortic aneurysm leaving behind his wife Sarah and 3 young children. Mark knew his bikes, balms and beers well. In 2004, Mark biked from Cedar Rapids to San Francisco visiting micro breweries along the way. He kept an on-line journal during this time noting all the kindnesses that were shown to him on his journey. These experiences made Mark more aware than ever of the importance of helping others in need and because he knew this could be done while having a good time, the annual B3 fundraiser at Eco Lips was born.
According to Mark, “B3 stands for Bikes, Balm and Beer, three things that we are passionate about in Cedar Rapids.”
This year, the B3 event goes back towards its roots in an effort to help Mark’s family attain the goals he had set for his children, Luke (7), Elizabeth (7), and Lily (3). Steve Shriver, Eco Lips founder and current CEO, shared a line from Mark’s personal mission statement, “I will work to inspire those around me to reach their full potential.” Steve is quick to note that this was one of principles which made Mark successful at work as well as in his home life, “Mark was a rock, he provided the sole income for his family. As time passes, it is easy for us to forget the everyday challenges that Sarah and the children face as well as the challenges to come years down the road.”
About Eco Lips:
Eco Lips manufactures certified organic lip care products. In addition, the company offers private label and contracting manufacturing services with a wide variety of options. Eco Lips initiated Iowa’s largest solar power project which is powering the neighborhood in which Eco Lips is located and now they have taken their environmental responsibility a step further. By working with organizations such as Renewable Choice Energy, Eco Lips has chosen to offset 100% of the energy they consume with renewable energy. The company is a member of OTA and Green America. Products are available online and at health food stores, grocery stores, pharmacies, outdoor stores and other fine retail outlets.
About Mark Patterson:
Mark was born on December 10, 1977, the son of Tom and Donna Patterson, Hiawatha. Mark graduated in 1996 from Regis High School in Cedar Rapids. Mark graduated from Kirkwood Community College with an Associate’s Degree and continued his education at the University of Northern Iowa where he pursued a degree in Management Information Technology. Mark married Sarah Luke on April 22, 2006. Mark was a member of LAMBA; and a board member of the Czech Village / New Bohemia Main Street District Board. Mark enjoyed spending time with his family, riding his bicycle, and everything in nature. He shared his life with many good friends.