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The Salvation Army of the Quad Cities Announces their 2014 Red Kettle Campaign Kick-Off Event PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Holly Nomura   
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 15:51

2014 Red Kettle Campaign Kick-Off

Friday, November 7, 2014, 6:30pm

NorthPark Mall: JCPenney/Orange Julius Corner

near Armed Services Recruitment Office Entrance

    • Red Kettle Campaign Goal will be revealed by Mayors Bob Gallagher and Scott Raes.

    • Sunshine’s Show Choir, three children’s vocalist groups, will perform.

    • Salvation Army Advisory Board Chair Steve Garrington and Quad Cities Coordinator Major Gary Felton to host.

This campaign is a community-wide effort and The Salvation Army’s most important fund raiser of the year. 60% of the annual budget is raised during these six weeks.

To volunteer: please sign up at


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Written by Holly Larson   
Tuesday, 04 November 2014 16:48

PORT BYRON, IL - The Nick Teddy Foundation, in partnership with First Wealth Financial Group of Clinton, IA, is pleased to announce proceeds results for its Third Annual “Nick Teddy 5k.” !

This year, the Port Byron-based foundation will donate $10,000 to the Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative, to be used to fund Ewing’s sarcoma research. The rare pediatric bone cancer currently affects several area children and young adults. An additional $5,000 will be used to support these local patients and their families. !

The “Nick Teddy 5k” is an annual celebration of the life of Port Byron native Nicholas Theodore Strub, who died of Ewing’s sarcoma in November 2011 at age 29. The Nick Teddy Foundation was established in his memory, and works to raise money for Ewing’s sarcoma research, to increase awareness of the disease in the Quad City area, and to support local Ewing’s patients and their families. In three short years, the foundation has donated over $52,000 to Ewing’s sarcoma research. !!!!!!!!!

This year’s event was held in Port Byron, IL, on Saturday, September 13, and included a 1-mile family fun run/walk, a Teddy Trot for children 6 years of age and under, and the 5k run/walk. The festivities also included kids’ games, a silent auction and raffle, and an after party with food and live entertainment. !

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Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer Raises $3.2 Million This Year PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Vera Bradley, Inc. Newsdesk   
Friday, 31 October 2014 13:09

FORT WAYNE, Ind., Oct. 30, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Today, the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer announced that it has raised a total of $3.2 million for Breast Cancer Research since November 1, 2013. All funds support breast cancer research at the Indiana University (IU) Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center in  Indianapolis, a nationally ranked cancer center. The Foundation recently pledged an incremental $15 million to the IU cancer center, and the $3.2 million will be the first payment toward this pledge. To date, the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer has donated just over $23 million, with a goal to eradicate breast cancer.

"The work the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer funds is truly remarkable, and I'm proud that each year this research brings us closer to a cure," Barbara Bradley Baekgaard, Vera Bradley Foundation and Vera
Bradley Designs, Inc., co-founder.

"The support we receive from the Vera Bradley Foundation is astounding, both in dollars that pay for vital research, and also with their energy and passion for making real progress," says Dr. Bryan Schneider, Vera Bradley Investigator.

Schneider is an associate professor of medicine and of medical and molecular genetics and the Associate Director of the Institute for Personalized Medicine at the IU School of Medicine. He is also a member of the breast cancer research program at the IU Simon Cancer Center.

About the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer:

The Foundation is celebrating its 16th year of funding the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer Research Laboratories at the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center in Indianapolis. Since 1998, the Foundation has played an integral role in changing the face of breast cancer research by supporting 22 labs  and 36 researchers and clinicians who are leading major advancements in drug therapies and setting a worldwide standard. The Foundation receives funding through national events, a $1 million annual gift from Vera Bradley (Nasdaq:VRA) and through donations on

Wine Opener Event to Raise Funds for Cystic Fibrosis Research PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Claire Scholl   
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 08:16

Local Food and Beverage Vendors Offer Support

DES MOINES, IA (October 28, 2014) – The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation – Iowa Chapter will hold their annual Wine Opener event on Friday, November 7, 2014 at Des Moines University to raise funds for cystic fibrosis research. The organization raises funds for critical research for cystic fibrosis, a life-threatening genetic disease.

“This is not just another fundraiser. This is the community coming together to change the course of this disease. We have big goals to find a cure, and we rely on donations to help make this happen. All the proceeds will benefit research that will help find a cure for Iowans living with the disease,” said Claire Scholl, executive director of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation - Iowa Chapter. “Virtually every CF medication and therapy made available to patients is possible because of the amazing support from donors and events like this across the country."

The 2014 Wine Opener is a relaxed, yet lively tasting event, which offers the opportunity to sample fine wines and beers from around the Des Moines metro. Sip drinks from Ingersoll Wine & Spirit, Prairie Moon, Confluence Brewery, WineStyles Johnston, Raccoon River Brewery, Vintage Wines, Dimitri Wines, Fire Trucker Brewing Co., and more. Plus, great cuisine from 801 Chophouse, RoCA, Gateway Market & South Union Café, Splash Seafood Bar & Grill, Cosi Cucina, Hickory Park, Maytag Dairy Farms, and Scratch Cupcakery.

The auction will feature exciting packages, including a private dinner for eight by Chef George Formaro, a California Trip featuring Calcareous Vineyard and American Airlines, a one-week stay at a Keystone Condo, an exciting 50-person BBQ with beer and a private concert by Chad Elliott, and a Mystery Dinner package.

Cystic Fibrosis affects the lungs, pancreas and other organs, causing a buildup of mucus making it difficult to breathe. In 1955, children born with CF often died before reaching elementary school. Today, nearly half the CF population is age 18 or over.

Registration for the 2014 Wine Opener is open through November 5 at Tickets cost $75, of which $55 is tax deductible.

Thanks to sponsors Pivot Wealth Strategies, Keystone Laboratories, Northwestern Mutual, The Foster Group, Bridgestone, Mygooi, Ernst & Young, Iowa Realty, UnityPoint at Home, Chiesi USA, Community First Credit Union, Merchants Bonding, Edge Commercial, Reinhardt Properties, European Motors, Andrea's Angels, and the Seydel Family.

About the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation: Formed in 1955, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation funds medical research, develops new drugs and therapies, provides care and, ultimately, works to find a cure for cystic fibrosis. For more information, visit

Ascentra partners with Community Foundation of the Great River Bend PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Alvaro Macias   
Tuesday, 28 October 2014 12:36

$2 million corporate gift will support giving in the areas of youth education, financial literacy, community development and helping the financial viability of the underserved


Bettendorf, Iowa – Ascentra Credit Union is honoring former CEO Paul Lensmeyer by establishing the Ascentra Credit Union Foundation, a fund within the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend.  Paul Lensmeyer was more than the President & CEO; he was a charismatic leader, a friend to many and an astute businessman who spent his life giving to others.  He was the heart of the organization for over 20 years and created a culture dedicated to giving back and community service.

As any great leader does, Lensmeyer had a plan in place for a worst-case scenario.  Long ago, he and the Board of Directors had put in place a key person life insurance policy that would protect the credit union in case tragedy struck.  As Lensmeyer was preparing for retirement he had already initiated a succession plan and had selected and trained Dale Owen to assume his CEO responsibilities.  When Paul passed away unexpectedly, a policy that would normally be used to search for a successor did not need to be used in that fashion.

The board and senior management team were faced with a difficult decision on what to do with the policy proceeds.  It did not take long to determine that Ascentra would like to utilize the funds to start the Ascentra Credit Union Foundation continuing the service and generosity Lensmeyer taught and lived.   “Listening, caring, doing what’s right” are words that were genuinely spoken by Paul, who lived and breathed this mantra in his professional and personal life.  He instilled these beliefs into Ascentra’s organization which has made a difference in the lives of its members, staff, and the communities it serves.  Now, through the Ascentra Credit Union Foundation, Ascentra is ensuring his legacy lives on and that these beliefs will have a positive ripple effect for generations to come.

“Ascentra, by its nature as a credit union, and even more so under the leadership of Paul, already contributed to the community in many ways,” said Linda Andry, Chief Financial Officer.  “But Paul’s legacy was a catalyst for the credit union to partner with the Community Foundation to expand its philanthropic work.”


The credit union established an endowment and a charitable giving fund, and is in the process of working with the Community Foundation to enhance its giving and further their philanthropic outreach in the communities they serve. This collaboration represents the largest corporate partnership with the Community Foundation to date by establishing a $1.75 million endowment to support their corporate philanthropy, and a non-endowed fund of $250,000 for additional grants.


“What better way to not only honor Paul, but to do what is right for our community and our members?” said Dale Owen, President & CEO of Ascentra, who had been in the process of transitioning into his position when Paul passed away.


In honor of Paul, the credit union provided donations in the past year totaling more than $150,000 to several local organizations, including the Pleasant Valley Schools Educational Foundation, the Bettendorf/Quad City Rotary, Greater Quad Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Iowa Credit Union Foundation and the Children’s Miracle Network at the University of Iowa Hospitals. Dale said they approached the Community Foundation to be more strategic about future giving because of the foundation’s strong reputation.


“The Community Foundation has a long track record of doing many great things,” he said. “It is an organization we’ve admired and I’m glad we’re partnering with them.”


Barb Melbourne, JD, vice president of development at CFGRB, said the sentiment is shared.  “Ascentra is committed to the community in which we all live and work, and we are humbled to have an opportunity to sit alongside them to shape their mission, and identify ways to be more impactful with their philanthropic dollars,” she said. “They are an incredible example of the ways local businesses can influence and support their community for the greater good.”


It is a move that Paul would have been proud of, Andry said, as Paul also led by example at work and in his personal life.  “He encouraged staff to volunteer and give back to their community,” she said. “That was—and is today—the environment in our workplace. Paul wanted staff engaged in giving back to the community. We miss him dearly.”


About the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend:

For the past 50 years, the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend has been dedicated to bettering the communities we serve by connecting people who care with causes that matter.  We are the lead foundation for 14 Affiliate Foundations throughout eastern Iowa and western Illinois. They are part of our 17 county service area, which allows our grant and scholarship work to create impact across our region. Learn more about the Community Foundation at  Follow us on Facebook and LinkedIn.

About Ascentra Credit Union:

Founded in 1950, Ascentra Credit Union, is Iowa's premier credit union with more than $340 million in assets and 10 branches serving the communities of Bettendorf, Clinton, Davenport, Le Claire, Muscatine, Iowa and Moline, Ill. Learn more about Ascentra Credit Union at Follow Ascentra on Facebook and on Twitter @ascentra.





Alvaro C. Macias | Community Development Manager

Ascentra Credit Union
1710 Grant Street, Bettendorf, IA 52722

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