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40th and Foundation - Celebrate Happy Joe's PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kristel Whitty-Ersan   
Monday, 12 November 2012 13:17
Happy Joe's is gearing up for a huge 40th anniversary celebration! The Happy Joe's company was founded November 16, 1972, and the first location opened in the Village of East Davenport. Founder of Happy Joe's, Lawrence Joseph Whitty, began his career as a baker. He later began working for a pizza chain and was convinced he could make improvements on their product. When they weren’t interested, Joe’s wife Sandie encouraged him to pursue his dreams of opening his own restaurant. Joe remembered seeing patrons at his previous job leave the restaurant and walk down the street for ice cream. That gave Joe the idea to combine pizza and ice cream into one restaurant concept. Joe’s daughter Julie came up with the now famous name of Happy Joe’s, and the rest is history. Joe never dreamed he would have more than one restaurant, but Happy Joe's now spans over 6 states with nearly 60 locations. Happy Joe's has become a family tradition and is well known by its two signature pizzas, The Happy Joe's Special (with Canadian bacon and sauerkraut which Joe invented in the kitchen of one of his relatives homes using leftovers), and the infamous Taco Pizza which Joe created in response to a franchisee’s request to add tacos to the menu.

Happy Joe's is not only known for its pizza and menu products, but for the good work they do in their communities. The company has a stellar reputation for giving back and Joe has dedicated the company to a variety of causes, mainly those that revolve around children with special needs.

In honor of the company’s 40th anniversary, Happy Joe's has launched the Happy Joe's Kids Foundation. The foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of children with special needs, as well as their families and the groups that support them. This is a national foundation and the family hopes it will be a legacy to Joe’s passion for children with special needs.

Fundraising efforts have already kicked off with a variety of events. The biggest and most exciting are just around the corner. The Happy Joe's Special Needs party will host over 1,000 children November 14th at the iWireless Center. The children are invited at no cost and it is Happy Joe's gift to them. Joe Whitty stated, “We do this party every year, but for our 40th we are making it even bigger. It is my favorite day of the year and the best Christmas present I could ever get is seeing these kids and how much fun they have at our party.”

On November 16th Happy Joe's will host the inaugural Ladies Precious Luncheon at the Waterfront Convention Center in Bettendorf. Doors open at 11am. There will be a jewelry show and renowned speaker Mary LoVerde will be the keynote speaker. Tickets are $45 and proceeds will benefit the Happy Joe's Kids Foundation.

November 19th will be the Happy Joe's Tribute Dinner which will celebrate the lives of some very important people in the special needs community, as well as be a tribute to Happy Joe Whitty and his good works. Tickets are $100 per seat and doors open at 5pm. There will also be a silent auction. All proceeds will benefit the Happy Joe's Kids Foundation.

Finally, November 20th at the Blackhawk Hotel at 7:30 am there will be a Fully Roasted Cup of Joe breakfast. This is a full-on roast of Happy Joe Whitty. After 40 years in business, join us to kick the beans out of the big guy!

For information on any of these events or to purchase tickets, contact the Happy Joe's Support Center 563-332-8811. You can also register online www.happyjoeskids.org and click on the events tab.

What does Happy Joe have to say about all of this? “I would like to thank all of our loyal guests, franchisees, and team members for their dedication and commitment to Happy Joe's. There is no way we would have made it to 40 years without all of you! I’m amazed and proud how my staff has rallied to pull all of these events together. It is an exciting time and I’m proud that we have been able to launch a new foundation that I know will do a lot of good.”

If you would like more information, please contact Kristel Whitty-Ersan at 563.332.8811, Ext. 203, or via e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Santa’s Arrival Kicks Off the Holiday Season at NorthPark and SouthPark Malls PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Aleisha Chiesa   
Monday, 12 November 2012 09:08
Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012

NorthPark – 11:00 AM, Santa’s Winter Wonderland is in Von Maur Court; Parking is suggested at the Mall Entrance between
JC Penney and Von Maur.

SouthPark – 4:00 PM; Santa’s Winter Wonderland is in DEB Court next to Bath & Body Works. Parking is suggested at the
Mall Entrance between JC Penney and Von Maur.


Bettendorf Veterans Day Ceremony 2012 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Christian Popp (GySgt, USMC, Ret.)   
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 09:11


What: Annual Bettendorf Veterans Memorial Veterans Day Ceremony

Where: Bettendorf Veterans Memorial Park, 1645 - 23rd Street, Bettendorf, IA

When: Sunday, November 11, 2012; starts at 2pm

Who: Includes the Veterans Service Organizations of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Vietnam Veterans of America. Also flag detail provided by Patriot Guard Riders, and the Honor Guard / Firing Squad provided by the American Legion Post
154 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9128. Special guests will include the Mayor of Bettendorf and Command Sergeant Major Spenser from the Rock Island Arsenal.


Nov. 8th. 2012. " Marketing for Nonprofit Organizations" by Susan E. Hanford. I.S.E.ORGANIZATIONS PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Narveen Aryaputri   
Tuesday, 06 November 2012 14:14

Independent Scholars Evenings: November 8th. 2012 @ 7.00 p.m.


Presented by Hanford Integrated Marketing, Geneseo, IL

This presentation is an overview of marketing for nonprofit organizations, including the following topics:

· What is the ideal definition of marketing for a nonprofit organization?
· How are nonprofit organizations different than for profit organizations?
· What are relationship, integrated, and constituency marketing?
· The Du Page Symphony, Naperville, IL
· St. Timothy Lutheran Church, Naperville, IL
· District 203 Gifted Education Advisory Board, Naperville, IL
· Cub Scout Pack 567, Naperville, IL
· The Quad City Wind Ensemble, Davenport, IA.

Susan encourages others to bring in experiences or questions from other nonprofit organizations to add to the discussion.

Susan has a BA from Augustana College in math/computer science and education, a secondary teaching certificate in mathematics, and an MBA from Northwestern University (Kellogg) as an Austin Scholar (top 5%) in marketing and policy & environment with a focus on the nonprofit sector. Her background includes working for Fortune 100 companies in systems programming, applications programming, marketing, and strategic planning. She has also taught and/or tutored in math, physics, chemistry, Microsoft Office, Internet skills, and the French horn.

She has served as a volunteer, consultant, employee, board member, marketing director, and chairperson for many nonprofit organizations in education, social services, the church, and the arts. Since 1993, Susan has worked in marketing consulting for nonprofit organizations in Naperville, IL and the IL/IA Quad City Area.

Independent Scholars' Evenings are held at The Moline Commercial Club. 1530 Fifth. Avenue. At 7.00 p.m every week. Doors open at 6.30 p.m. The evenings are free and open to the public. Business Dress Code is required. Beverages and snacks are served.

These Evenings are sponsored by the Institute for Cultural and Healing Traditions, ltd. a 501(c)3 organization at Federal level under the laws of the United States. Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent permissiable by law.

Discovery Shop Holiday Open House PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jamie Sons   
Tuesday, 06 November 2012 13:43
Discovery Shop to host Annual Holiday Open House Sunday, November 18th, Noon to 4 p.m.

The American Cancer Society's Discovery Shop located at 2397 Cumberland Square Dr. in Bettendorf invites you to their Annual Holiday Open House Sunday, November 18th from noon to 4 pm.

Let us help you with your shopping list and at the same time you can make a difference in the fight against cancer!  The Discovery Shop will be overflowing with all kinds of beautiful holiday clothing, ornaments, collectibles and gift items.  If you are looking for something for yourself or for someone on your list, this is a great place to start.  

The Discovery Shop is an upscale resale shop.  All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society to fund cancer research, patient services, education and advocacy.

The shop will be closed Saturday, November 17th to prepare for this event.

If you have items that you would like to donate for this event, donations are accepted anytime the shop is open and a tax receipt is always available.  Hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 am to 5 pm., Thursday from 10 am to 7 pm. and Saturday from10 am to 4 pm.

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