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Written by Lora Adams   
Monday, 22 December 2014 12:02

MOLINE, IL -- WQPT, Quad Cities PBS will hold their 14th annual Champagne on the Rocks Gala on Friday, Jan. 30, in the Gold Room at Hotel Blackhawk.

The Presenting Sponsor for Champagne on the Rocks is The Singh Group/Merrill Lynch Wealth Management.

"We are delighted that Tony Singh and his organization continue to be such great supporters of WQPT," said WQPT General Manager Mary Pruess.

Champagne on the Rocks is WQPT’s premiere fundraising event featuring dinner, live and silent auctions, musical entertainment and the chance to win a piece of jewelry valued at over $2,500.

“We have some surprises for our guests this year,” said Bea Brasel, special events coordinator for the station. “Typically someone wins a diamond, but this year we are offering the winner a chance to pick from six extraordinary pieces of jewelry donated by Expressions Jewelry.”

To view a complete list of auction items log on to For further information, or make a reservation to attend Champagne on the Rocks, call (309) 764-2400 or log on to

Sponsors for the event include: Gold Sponsor – The Singh Group/Merrill Lynch Wealth Management; Silver Sponsor - Hotel Blackhawk; Jewel Sponsor – Expressions Jewelers.

The Champagne on the Rocks Committee members are Darcey Boone, Amanda Motto, Kanu Priya, Aleeza Singh, Brooke Terronez and Amy Trimble.

WQPT is a public media service of Western Illinois University Quad Cities located in Moline, IL.

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VON MAUR Sponsors 4th Annual Red Kettle Match Days PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Holly Nomura   
Friday, 19 December 2014 15:19

On Friday and Saturday, December 19th and 20th

Quad Cities, USA: The Salvation Army is pleased to announce that VON MAUR, the locally owned fashion department store, will sponsor the fourth annual Red Kettle Match Days this weekend.

On December 19th and 20th, VON MAUR will make a dollar-for-dollar match to Quad Cities red kettle donations at Northpark and Southpark Malls. The five locations include three 4-foot tall red kettles inside the malls and the two regular kettles outside the mall.

There is a great need for the services of The Salvation Army in the Quad Cities. Many of our neighbors hold down one or more jobs, yet struggle greatly to pay monthly bills that provide the very basics for their families. Donations are needed to help meet this campaign’s goal of $760,000. The Salvation Army asks the community to take VON MAUR up on their challenge in order to maximize gifts made to The Salvation Army of the Quad Cities.

Jim von Maur states, “We have always appreciated the work of The Salvation Army and are proud to help support their good work in the community again this year.”

Major Gary Felton, Quad Cities Coordinator is “so pleased to partner again with such a notable and admired business in our community. This match is so important to us as we try to close the gap of the remaining $280,000 needed to make our goal.”

The Red Kettle campaign provides 60% of the annual budget used by The Salvation Army to provide people with their basic needs, warm shelter and nutritious food, new life skills, character building – anything necessary to help community members achieve healthy, productive living.

The Salvation Army Announces the RED KETTLE Eats & Treats Campaign PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Holly Nomura   
Tuesday, 16 December 2014 12:14

Quad Cities, USA: The Salvation Army is pleased to announce the RED KETTLE Eats & Treats Campaign. Generous restaurants, both locally-owned and national chains, will donate a portion of their proceeds to The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign starting December 16th.

The community is asked to dine at the following restaurants in the upcoming days. Diners will be helping someone at a Salvation Army program to have a fresh, hot, nutritious meal. Annually, The Salvation Army’s Family Service Center serves 85,000 meals to people in need.

Please remember to mention The Salvation Army when you make your purchase.


Tuesday, December 16: Chic-fil-A

2945 E. 53rd Street, Davenport, IA

5% of proceeds 4pm -8pm


Wednesday, December 17: Sippis Restaurant

406 West 2nd Street, Davenport, IA

5% of proceeds 11am – 2pm


Thursday, December 18: Whitey’s Ice Cream

All 8 Quad Cities Locations

5% of proceeds all day


Monday, December 22: Buffalo Wild Wings

Both Davenport and Moline Locations

5% of Proceeds all day


Tuesday, December 23: Papa Murphy’s Take ‘N’Bake Pizza

All 5 Quad Cities Locations

10% of Proceeds all day


If you are interested in learning more about The Salvation Army of the Quad Cities programs, please call Holly at 563-271-7933.

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Written by Caren Laughlin   
Monday, 15 December 2014 11:18

DAVENPORT, IA: River Bend Foodbank is pleased to announce that Michael P Miller, Shaker Heights, Ohio, has been hired to lead the Foodbank as Executive Director. He replaces founding Executive Director, Tom Laughlin, who is retiring after 33 years of service. Mike will start at River Bend January 19.

Mike has an extensive background in food bank management, previously serving as Vice President of Operations for the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. Prior to that, Mike was COO for the Gleaner’s Food Bank of Indiana.   He grew up in Indianapolis and holds degrees in Computer and Electrical Engineering and an MBA, both from Purdue University.  He has served not-for-profit organizations for the past 10 years, first as a church administrator, and for the past six years in food banking.

“I am excited to be joining River Bend Foodbank,” Mike said. “I am convinced that if a community comes together to get all available food to those in need, no one would go hungry.  River Bend has been a symbol of hope for over 300 feeding programs throughout a 22 county service area in Iowa and Illinois.”

Mike has family in the Quad Cities area. His father is the retired pastor of First Congregational Church in Moline and currently serves as Chaplain of the Moline Police Department.  Mike and his wife, Andrea have three children, two of whom are adult and one who will be moving to the area.

“The Board could not be more pleased that the Foodbank will be under the leadership of someone as experienced and passionate about solving hunger as Mike is,” says John Weber, River Bend Foodbank Board President.

ANGEL TREE TOYS still urgently needed PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Holly Nomura   
Wednesday, 10 December 2014 13:10

Quad Cities, USA: The Salvation Army is desperately seeking enough toys to save Christmas for thousands of less fortunate children in the Quad Cities. The 2014 Angel Tree Toy Drive ends in just 7 days on Monday, December 15th. Only a small fraction of the toys needed have been collected.

The Salvation Army encourages people to add just one more child to their Christmas list…a child living in poverty.

ANGEL TREE Toy Collection Trees are located at all four Quad Cities Wal-Marts, Schnucks Market, NorthPark Mall (JCPenney Court) and SouthPark Mall (JCPenney Court) and ends December 15th. Mall times are 11am – 8pm daily, and 11am -- 5pm on Sunday.

Major Gary Felton, Quad Cities Coordinator for The Salvation Army, states that “Close to 1,500 families are depending on us. Every child in our community should wake up Christmas morning to a new toy. This final week’s hard work will hopefully be enough so we can let children know they are special on Christmas morning!”

Last year, thousands of toys were displayed at The Salvation Army’s Toy Shop on the Christmas Assistance distribution days. Parents are able to “shop” for their child’s gift, and also receive a food box with the ingredients for a Christmas dinner. This program has been in the Quad Cities for decades.


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