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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

Direct Line: 563-344-3343

Toll Free: 800-426-5241 ext. 267

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Allison McGraw Accepts $2,250 Check from Royal Neighbors For ‘Fishing Has No Boundaries’ PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rita Toalson   
Tuesday, 28 October 2014 08:18

(Rock Island, IL) –Allison McGraw, Davenport, was presented a Nation of NeighborsSM check for $2,250 to help her continue her work with “Fishing Has No Boundaries” (FHNB), a non-profit organization that introduces the sport of fishing to individuals with disabilities.

Allison founded the Eastern Iowa chapter of FHNB in honor of her father and sister, both of whom have disabilities that make it difficult to enjoy the outdoors. She single-handedly appointed a board of directors, obtained sponsors, wrote grant requests, organized fund-raising events, recruited volunteers, and purchased supplies to ensure the organization would thrive. She plans to use these funds from Royal Neighbors’ empowerment program to purchase additional fishing supplies and ramps and expand her outreach so that more individuals will have the opportunity to learn to fish.

Focusing on its history of standing strong for women, Royal Neighbors has given more than $1.5 million to nearly 1,200 families and individuals to reach their goals and rebuild their lives through its Nation of Neighbors Program. The program, which was launched in 2007, demonstrates Royal Neighbors’ vision of protecting women financially and empowering them to improve their lives, families, and communities, the philosophy on which Royal Neighbors was founded more than a century ago.

Through the 2014 program, determined women of strength and courage are empowered with financial assistance to achieve their full potential, realize a sense of renewed personal growth, and give back to their communities.

About Royal Neighbors

Royal Neighbors of America, one of the nation’s largest women-led life insurance organizations, empowers women to meet the needs of their families with annuities and life insurance products such as whole life, term, final expense, and universal life. One of the most financially secure insurance carriers in the industry, it has the financial strength and stability to ensure its nearly 200,000 members are protected when the expected, and unexpected, happen. In addition to insurance products, Royal Neighbors provides member benefits at no additional cost which currently include scholarship opportunities, health and retail discounts, and participation in volunteer activities that give back to communities through the organization’s local chapters. Royal Neighbors’ philanthropic efforts are dedicated to changing women’s lives through its national programs, including the Nation of Neighbors Program, and through the Royal Neighbors Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity.

Royal Neighbors is headquartered in Rock Island, IL, with a branch office in Mesa, AZ. For more information, visit or call (800) 627-4762.

Salvation Army accepting applications for Christmas Food/Toy Assistance PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Holly Nomura   
Thursday, 23 October 2014 13:17

Three Days a Week: October 27 – Dec 5

Quad Cities: The Salvation Army’s Christmas Assistance Program – a community wide effort – is The Salvation Army’s largest outreach event each year. Last year, for example, more than 4,000 toys and gifts were distributed to 1,935 children and more than 1,900 households received food.

Families who would like to receive assistance during the holidays must register and complete the application process before December 5th.

Registration Location in Scott County, IOWA:  3400 W. Central Park Avenue, Davenport 563-391-5325

Registration Location in Rock Island County, ILLINOIS:  2200 – 5th Avenue, Moline 309-764-6996

Registration Dates and Times for both Locations:

Mondays— 12:00PM to 2:30PM October 27; November 3, 10, 17, 24; and December 1

Wednesdays— 1:00PM to 4:00PM October 29; November 5, 12, 19; and December 3

Fridays— 11:00AM to 2:00PM October 31; November 7, 14, 21; and December 5

What to bring: (Applications cannot be taken without the items below)

1. Adults: a. Picture ID with valid date, b. Social Security card & c. Proof of address (2 pieces of mail)

2. Children: a. Social Security Cards or b. Medical Cards or c. Birth certificates for each child.

3. Proof of: a. Household Income & b. Federal or State Benefits.

The list of people being assisted is shared with other agencies in the area, so that there is no duplication of service and so that everyone who needs assistance will be able to find it.





River Bend Foodbank receives $15,000 grant from The Amy Helpenstell Foundation in support of the Backpack Program PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jennifer Schroder   
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 10:20

Davenport, IA— On October 15th, The Amy Helpenstell Foundation presented River Bend Foodbank with a check for $15,000 to support the Backpack Program. This is the 4th year The Amy Helpenstell Foundation has awarded a grant to River Bend Foodbank.

Tom Laughlin, River Bend Foodbank Executive Director, said, “This is an incredible donation and insures that children will not go hungry on the weekends throughout the school year. We are so thankful for the continued support from The Amy Helpenstell Foundation.”

The Backpack Program provides children at risk of hunger with nourishing food to take home on Fridays to get them through the weekend when programs like school breakfasts and lunches are not available.  The Backpack Program targets pre-school, elementary and middle school children who are at risk of chronic hunger.  These children are identified by name by their school staff.  Each child receives a weekly food pack on Fridays to put in their Backpacks and take home for the weekend.  The food is child friendly, easily consumed and vitamin fortified. The bags contain about eight items and include two “entrees” like stew or soup, two servings of fruit, cereal, milk, and juice. The Foodbank partners with the schools to select the children and distribute the food. Currently RBFB serves 47 schools and 1,700 of the neediest children in the Quad City Area.

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