...the only thing we overlook is the river
Pay It Forward
On May 2, 2010, the worst flood in many years devasatated Middle Tennessee. Riverview Restaurant & Marina, in business for almost 60 years, was gone.
After a year of construction, we reopened on May 25, 2011. We are so happy to invite everyone to come see our beautiful new building.
We had seen television coverage of disasters. We had marveled at the damage, and said a prayer for everyone. We'd always assumed people received help from governmental disaster relief funds to rebuild their lives and businesses. We soon learned that small businesses are too big for programs tailored for individuals, and too small to get the help that big business receives. A natural disaster is devastating to a small business owner, whose personal and professional life is destroyed in an instant. Not to mention the feeling of helplessness as you watch your "other family", the people you've worked alongside for years, suffer.
We were awed and humbled by the fundraisers and donations made throughout the year by friends, family, customers and complete strangers. We offered to repay as many of them as we could once we were back on our feet, but everyone refused. So, we decided to pay it forward. Every year on May 2nd, the anniversary of the 2010 flood, the net proceeds Riverview Restaurant & Marina makes will be donated to a small business affected by a natural disaster. Please click here, if you are a small business owner in need of assistance or if you know someone in need of help. Riverview Disaster Relief is not a government foundation or corporation, and we do not engage in any fundraising. It is just our way to pass on the kindness and generosity we received during the most difficult time of our lives to others. May 2, 2011 was our first year to begin Flood Remebrance Day. Our biggest hope is that there is never another natural disaster. However, we are very grateful and blessed to be able topay it forward. Thanks!