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Texas Hold'em Tournament PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dan   
Monday, 13 August 2012 12:54

Our Lady of Grace Catholic Academy of East Moline is hosting a 500 seat Texas Hold'em Tournament on September 9, 2012 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish Hall, 800 17th Street, Silvis.

The entry fee is $80.00 ($60.00 to prize pool and $20.00 to Grace)

The tournament features two session of 250 players. The first session is at 12 noon and the second session is at 5PM. Projected Prize pool is $30,000, with first prize $10,000 guaranteed. The top 30 from each session will play at 9:45 for the money. The tourney will pay to the top 42 players.

Advance registration is highly recommended. Players may register at Pre-registering may be done on the website. The event will have a cash bar and food will also be available. Please direct questions to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call the school at (309)755-9771.

Bettendorf Rotary Announces 2012-2013 Officers PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Glenn Kass   
Friday, 10 August 2012 08:13
Mark Ross to guide club in 55th year of “Service Above Self”
Bettendorf, IA – The Bettendorf Rotary Club announces its officers for 2012-2013. The gavel was passed from Scott Naumann to Mark Ross who will serve as President of the club for the next year.
Ross is a consultant with IGO Partners. As an active entrepreneur, he has created several successful companies in addition to serving in management positions with McGladrey & Pullen and Per Mar Security Services.  Besides his participation in Bettendorf Rotary, Ross has served the community as a board member for the Scott County Regional Authority and as an Alderman for the City of Bettendorf.
Here is the complete board roster for 2012-13:
President:  Mark Ross
President-Elect:  Chelsea Powers
Secretary/Treasurer:  Chuck Mooney
(with assistance from George Daugherty)
Club Service Director:  Sharon Sarver
Community Service Director:  Kevin Kraft
Youth Service Director:  Dr. Jim Spelhaug/Dr. Theron Schutte
Vocational Service Director:  Chris Glass
International Service Director:  Ann Kappeler/Lee Semenow
Rotary Foundation Director:  S.K. Nanda
Immediate Past President:  Scott Naumann
The Bettendorf Rotary Club (, chartered on May 22, 1957, has more than 100 members fulfilling the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self” in a variety of local, regional and national community volunteer projects. The club meets each Wednesday at Noon at Fortune Garden Restaurant, 2211 Kimberly Road, Bettendorf. In addition to the website, you can find the club on Facebook (
Bettendorf Rotary Club is part of Rotary International (, founded in 1905 by Paul Harris, a Chicago businessman and University of Iowa alumnus. The international organization, now based in Evanston, IL, has more than one million members participating in 32,000 clubs located in more than 200 countries.

2012 Great Mississippi River Clean-up – Phase III PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Natalie Linville-Mass   
Monday, 06 August 2012 14:11

Quad Cities through Keokuk, IA

Davenport, IA/ August 3, 2012– A massive volunteer effort to clean the mighty Mississippi is about to begin its third phase.  The Great Mississippi River Clean-up, which began as a one-day, simultaneous event now encompasses 20 cities and is growing into a summer-long campaign.  Living Lands & Waters (LL&W) will launch phase three August 11th from the Quad Cities through Oquawka, Illinois.  This year’s cleanup began on June 13th, when volunteers gathered along the Mississippi from Saint Paul, MN to La Crosse, WI, pulling garbage out of the waters.

Originally a one day event, the Great Mississippi River clean-up has had to expand to a summer long excursion due to the overwhelming volunteer response.  In all, 2,500-3,000 volunteers are expected to take part in this year’s clean-up of this iconic waterway.

The next scheduled phases of the clean-up are:

  • August 11th – Quad-Cities to Keokuk, IA
  • September 15th – Quincy, IL through St. Louis, MO.

LL&W Founder and President Chad Pregracke calls the shift a logical progression in the life cycle of this massive undertaking.  Pregracke  says, “Doing the clean up in phases will help bring our important message to more people.  And that’s part of what Living Lands & Waters is all about:  bringing the health of our rivers to the attention of everyone who depends upon them, and then working to improve it.”

Living Lands & Waters is a 501(c) (3) environmental organization established in 1998 and headquartered in East Moline, Illinois.  LL&W has removed more than six million pounds of trash through cleanup efforts along the Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Illinois and Potomac rivers since its launch 15 years ago. LL&W also coordinated flood relief efforts after Hurricane Katrina and the historic floods in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Lake Delton, Wisconsin in 2008.

For more information or to sign up as a volunteer, please visit



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Written by Camp Courageous   
Tuesday, 31 July 2012 11:35
MONTICELLO, IOWA-Fresh pineapples will be in Iowa for the 35th Annual Pineapple Sale for Camp Courageous the week of August 1st-5th.  The pineapples will be on sale at nearly 30 Hy-Vee Stores in Bettendorf, Cedar Rapids, Cedar Falls, Clinton, Coralville, Davenport, Dubuque, Iowa City, Marion, and Waterloo.  Most locations will have the ability to core and place the pineapple in a container for the customer.  A dollar from the sale of each pineapple will go to benefit Camp Courageous, a year-round respite and recreational facility, serving over 6,000 individuals with special needs annually.  Customers not interested in pineapple, are encouraged to buy a gift card for food and send it to camp.  

The 34th Annual Pineapple Gala, will be Friday, August 17th at the Cedar Rapids Marriott beginning at 5:30 p.m. This is one of Iowa’s largest charity silent and live auction with nearly 400 items ranging from $5 to condos. An exceptional Hawaiian dinner, entertainment, and door prizes, including a trip for two to Hawaii, are planned for this year’s Gala.  Volunteer Emcees for the evening will be Ralph Palmer and Kathryn Foxx and the volunteer auctioneer will be Todd Smith.  Tickets are $50/each or a table of 10 for $500. Auction items can be donated, or tickets can be obtained through the camp by calling Charlie Becker at 319/465-5916, ext. 2100 or e-mailing at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Many auction items can be viewed at: Special Camp Courageous overnight rates are available by calling the Marriott.

This year Camp Courageous will be honoring the Cedar Valley Street Rods and their 25 years of support of the camp.


Theplace2b invites the community to a special open house celebrating its second year of serving at-risk, displaced and homeless youth of our community. PDF Print E-mail
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Written by David Geenen, MDiv   
Tuesday, 31 July 2012 11:20

ROCK ISLAND, IL – On August 5th from 3:00-5:00pm, Theplace2b invites the community to an open house (1600-2nd Avenue Rock Island) and art sale to celebrate two years of service to our community’s youth and their families.

Art created by our youth, as well as art donated by members of Handmade City, will be for sale at the open house. All proceeds from the sales will serve as the starting funds for our new Youth Entrepreneurial Program.

Miriam Prichard, our new associate director, will be speaking at 4:00pm about what has been happening at theplace2b recently.

Refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

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Background: Theplace2b opened its doors in August 2010 to help meet the needs of the rising numbers of at-risk, displaced and homeless youth of our area. It came into being through the involvement of persons from the social services, financial supporters, concerned citizens, and religious institutions who saw the issue an opportunity and responsibility of the entire community to come together and open a center.

The first youth who entered our doors in 2010 was 17-yrs-old and came all the way from Arkansas, homeless and sleeping under someone’s bed. We began helping just one youth, and from there we have evolved to helping over 100 youth in the Quad City area. We provide youth with a meal, job skills, and a safe place to hangout. For many of youth that have come in here we have provided resources to other services in our community such as housing programs and referrals to other agencies. We have been lucky to have the support of our community through donations of food, clothing, and having generous volunteers.

According to a 2011 Quad City Times Article, over 400 youth in Davenport School District and 140 in Rock Island/Milan School District were reported as homeless (9/5/11 “Counting Q-C’s homeless teens hard”).


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