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Milan Happy Joe’s Hosts Annual Special Needs Children’s Party PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Johanna Smith   
Tuesday, 13 December 2011 09:43

Milan, IL – Milan Happy Joe’s team members will host a special needs party for children from 10am to noon on December 13th at Horace Mann Early Learning Center.  Santa will be on hand to spread holiday cheer and delight to special needs children throughout the Milan area.  Approximately 100 children from Horace Mann Early Learning Center are expected to attend the event.  The first special needs party began in 1972 when Happy Joe Whitty opened his first store in the Village of East Davenport.  Since that first event 39 years ago, nearly 155,000 special needs children have attended parties throughout the 59 store chain.

“We look forward to December and hosting the special needs party each and every year,” says Dave Vanderginst, Milan Happy Joe’s Franchise Owner.  “The party is an opportunity for us to reflect and be thankful for the past year while continuing a long standing tradition our founder, Happy Joe Whitty, started one holiday night in 1972.”
Before opening his first Happy Joe's Pizza & Ice Cream Parlor in the Village of East Davenport, founder Joe Whitty was nearly fired from another pizza chain for sponsoring a party for a group of special needs children without first checking with his boss.  In 1972, on the eve his first restaurant’s opening night , he invited a local priest to bless his business and promised that if he could make enough money to feed his family, he would give something back to the community.  After just a few weeks in business, people were waiting out the door.  True to his word, Joe shut down the restaurant one day a year to have a party for those less fortunate, and required his franchisees to do the same.  Now, 39 years later, nearly 155,000 special needs children have benefited from the parties held throughout the chain over the holiday season.
All media are welcome to join our team members at Horace Mann Early Learning Center located at 3530 38th Ave, Rock Island, IL 61201.
For more information, contact Johanna Smith at 760-458-1218 or at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
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Help Winnie's Place Women AND Have FUN!!! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jo Cohrs   
Monday, 12 December 2011 14:58

During the holidays, it’s harder to get the women of Winnie’s Place adopted than the children so the Quad City Mallards is having a GIFT DRIVE at their game, Friday December 23rd.

Several have expressed interest in going as a Churches United/Winnie’s Place group and take advantage of the group rate.  If you are, let me know!

What a GREAT way to have some fun AND help the women of Winnie’s at the same time!   They REALLY need pajama pants for the mom’s but any gift item or gift certificate will help!

PLEASE share this with your e-mail lists and help spread the word.   The Mallards have been awesome to support us – a recent silent auction and food drive resulted in over a ton of food in cash and food items for our hunger ministry.    Now this help with Winnie’s!

You can drop off the gift item at the Mallards office OR at Winnie’s Wishes (902 E. River Drive, Davenport) to get your $5 off voucher.

Again, if you want to join OUR group, just give me a call. ---  Jo Cohrs @  309/738-9564

Winnie’s Place is a shelter for women who are homeless or victims of  domestic violence with or without children. They need your help . . .

Donate a new or gently used women’s gift (pajama pants or gift certificates preferred) and receive $5 off a ticket purchase for the game on:

Friday, December 23rd, 2011
Puck drops at 7:05 PM
Quad City Mallards vs. Wichita

Donations can be dropped off & $5 vouchers received at:

Winnie’s Wishes
902 East River Drive
Davenport IA

Quad City
Mallards office
1201 River Drive
Moline IL

Quad City Mallards 1201 River Drive, Moline IL 61265
Elizabeth Phelps PH: 309.277.1384 Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 
SANTA IS COMING TO THE DAVENPORT LIBRARY! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Hart   
Friday, 09 December 2011 15:25

He’s made his list and he’s checked it twice; now Santa’s ready to visit the Davenport Public Library this holiday season.  Santa is making three special trips to the Main Street Library (321 Main Street) on Saturday, December 3, 10, and 17, from 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.; and from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 pm.  Due to Mr. Claus’ popularity, we ask that all families are in line no later than 2:15 p.m.

Children will receive a FREE photo with Santa, a candy cane, and a booklet.  Make sure to come early for a chance to see Santa pull up in his amazing Santamobile!

Wells Fargo Bank and Davenport Printing Company sponsor this merry event. For more information call (563) 326-7832.

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Happy Joe’s Hosts 39th Annual Quad City Special Needs Children’s Party at iWireless Center PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Johanna Smith   
Tuesday, 06 December 2011 14:33

Happy Joe’s Hosts 39th Annual Quad City Special Needs Children’s Party at iWireless Center


Bettendorf, IA – For the 39th consecutive year, Happy Joe’s team members will host special needs children from around the Quad Cities at the 2011 Quad City Special Needs Children’s Party to be held December 6th and 7th at the iWireless Center.  Parties will be hosted at 9:30am and 11:30am on each day respectively.  Both Santa and Happy Joe Whitty will be on hand to spread holiday cheer and delight to special needs children.  All Quad City area Happy Joe’s stores will be participating including Bettendorf, Davenport, East Moline, Eldridge, Moline and Rock Island.  Since the first special needs party in 1972, Happy Joe’s has hosted nearly 155,000 special needs children at parties throughout the 59 store chain.

“The holiday season is a great opportunity to reflect on the past year and continue the tradition our father started 39 years ago,” says Kristel Whitty-Ersan, Director of Marketing. “However, without the support of local partners like Pepsi, Quad City’s Optimist Clubs and the iWireless Center, this two day event would not be possible.  It is also thanks to numerous volunteers including Burke Corp., Connie McGowan, city and state police volunteers, and other volunteers too numerous to mention, that we are able to continue this event, making it bigger and better each year.” 

Before opening his first Happy Joe's Pizza & Ice Cream Parlor in the Village of East Davenport, founder Joe Whitty was nearly fired from another pizza chain for sponsoring a party for a group of special needs children without first checking with his boss.  In 1972, on the eve his first restaurant’s opening night , he invited a local priest to bless his business and promised that if he could make enough money to feed his family, he would give something back to the community.  After just a few weeks in business, people were waiting out the door.  True to his word, Joe shut down the restaurant one day a year to have a party for those less fortunate, and required his franchisees to do the same. 

All media are welcome to join our team members at the iWireless Center on December 6th and 7th at 9:30am and 11:30am each day.  The Milan Happy Joe’s will host an additional party at the Horace Mann Early Learning Center in Rock Island, IL on December 13th at noon. 

For more information, contact Johanna Smith at 760-458-1218 or at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Unique Glimpse Into History PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brittany Marietta   
Tuesday, 06 December 2011 14:32
Please Join Us!

RIVERMONT COLLEGIATE

Holiday Open House

Saturday, December 10, 2011
4:00 - 7:00 p.m.

The Rivermont campus is home to the Joseph Bettendorf Mansion, a local landmark
included in the National Register of Historic Places. Joseph Bettendorf, head of the
Bettendorf Company, built his English manor style home in 1915. The Holiday Open
House is a chance for the community to view the Bettendorf Mansion in all its
splendor, beautifully decorated for the holidays.

Drop in for light refreshments & tours of this local gem!

This event is open to the public.

RIVERMONT COLLEGIATE
1821 Sunset Drive - Bettendorf, IA 52722
(563) 359-1366 - www.rvmt.org

(located directly off 18th Street, behind K&K Hardware in Bettendorf)

 
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