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Great Race raises money for Autism PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Stumb   
Monday, 08 October 2012 07:45

I got a note from our friend Rex Gardner out in Grove, Oklahoma the other day with his entry fee for the 2013 Great Race. He said that thanks in large part to the efforts of the hundreds of folks with the Great Race that VCRA will be “making donations to five different autism programs across the country totaling more than $60,000.”

The bulk of that money will go to purchase “smart boards, computers, I-pads and even complete classroom additions that will immediately impact the lives of children with autism,” Rex said.

The Great Race is proud of its association with the “Race For Autism” program, but we also know that a lot of money is raised beyond Great Race and VCRA events. In particular, Jim Cox of Branson Auctions – another great friend of the Great Race – has been very generous to the program over the years, and his fall auction is October 12-13 in Missouri.

–Jeff Stumb

Editor's note: The 2013 Great Race begins on June 22, 2013 in St. Paul, Minnnesota, and travels down along the Mississippi finishing up in Mobile, Alabama on June 30.  Along the way it will pass either through or near the Quad Cities.  More information still to come, but visit www.greatrace.com in the meantime.

 
Moline Rotary Continues Suits from Suits Program PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Linda Martin   
Thursday, 04 October 2012 14:12

For the second consecutive year, Moline Rotary is continuing its “Suits from Suits” program, which provides swimsuits and swim lessons for underprivileged children in the Quad Cities community. As partners, Moline Rotary and the Moline Foundation are working together to provide swim lessons for over 130 immigrant children and their families through World Relief. With a combined
grant of $3,500, local children from throughout the Illinois Quad Cities will receive free instruction in water safety as well as swimming lessons at Two Rivers YMCA, Moline.

Members of Moline Rotary have also generously donated over eighty swimsuits to distribute to the children participating in the swim program.

“Moline Rotarians are very generous with their time and resources,” stated Randy Sovey, President of Moline Rotary. “I appreciate seeing projects like this make a difference in our community.”

“It is heartwarming to know that so many children will learn a lifelong skill at our local Y. We also know it is important for immigrant families to learn about water safety, as we live as neighbors along the Mississippi and Rock Rivers,” said Joy Boruff, Executive Director, The Moline Foundation.

The Moline Rotary Community Needs Committee continuously identifies additional opportunities to impact the citizens within the city of Moline and the Rock Island County Region. "Moline Rotary and its 130 members will mark its 100th anniversary of service to the community in 2014,” said Sovey. “The club supports numerous service projects in the Quad Cities and through Rotary International."

The mission of Rotary International is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.

The Moline Foundation, founded in 1953, is a community foundation which provides grants to health, human services, education, workforce development, the arts and other charitable organizations which benefit the citizens of Moline and the surrounding area, including the Quad Cities region in both Iowa and Illinois. The Moline Foundation receives and administers charitable gifts and works with citizens to achieve their charitable dreams to improve the community.

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23rd Annual Square Dance Benefit For Camp Courageous PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Camp Courageous   
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 13:39
MONTICELLO, IA— On Sunday, October 14, 2012, the East Central Federation and Cedar Valley Callers Association will sponsor  the 23rd anniversary of the Annual Square Dance Benefit for Camp Courageous. The calling begins at 1:30 p.m. and ends at 4 p.m. in the main lodge at Camp Courageous.

Callers and cuers are invited from all over eastern Iowa and the surrounding areas.  Dance clubs as well as individuals and couples are welcome to enjoy the afternoon dancing or just observing in the spacious camp lodge. Tours will be available for anyone interested in seeing all that camp offers including the camp train, the barn, and the indoor swimming pool. Admission fee is a donation to camp. Participants are asked to bring along cookies, or a snack to share---beverages are provided.

Located near Monticello, IA, Camp Courageous is a year-round recreational and respite care facility for individuals with mental and physical disabilities. The camp was built and continues to operate on donations, without government support, without formal sponsorship, and without paid fundraisers. The camp serves over 6,000 individuals with special needs annually. Visit www.campcourageous.org for more details.

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CHRISTIAN CARE AND DIAMONDS ON THE AVENUE TEAM UP To raise awareness for domestic violence PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rebecca Wheeler   
Tuesday, 02 October 2012 15:03
Domestic violence is pervasive in our community. It is a silent predator that affects one out of every four women and typically winds up impacting several generations of family members. In recognition of national domestic violence awareness this month, Christian Care and Diamonds on the Avenue are teaming up to provide an exclusive offer that is available only in October but will help raise awareness all year long. Diamonds on the Avenue designed a one-of-a-kind necklace just for this occasion: a purple pendant that changes color in the sun and houses a floating diamond with a very special meaning.

Purple is the color of domestic violence awareness. The floating diamond signifies the domestic violence survivor who is a diamond in the rough, yet still shining through her pain. The necklace design pays homage to all who are currently suffering from the effects of domestic violence, those who have survived and are thriving, and those who, sadly, did not survive. This necklace is sure to be a conversation starter and, when people ask about it, both Diamonds on the Avenue and Christian Care hope that the story behind the necklace’s design will raise awareness for a lifetime.

Take a stand against domestic violence: join Christian Care and Diamonds on the Avenue by purchasing a pendant from this special collection. Wear your purple pendant and floating diamond close your heart. Pendants start at $49.00. Diamonds on the Avenue will donate $10 from every purchase of these rare pendants to Christian Care’s domestic violence shelter. Every dollar donated makes a difference. Ninety-seven per cent of the women who complete Christian Care’s holistic programs go on to live independent lives, free of their abusers. Purchase your pendant now at Diamonds on the Avenue located at 3320 East Kimberly Road in Davenport, right down the road from Red Lobster.

Christian Care is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose vision is to transform lives. Through its mission of providing safe shelter, support and resources, Christian Care empowers both the homeless and survivors of domestic violence to make positive changes in every aspect of their lives. Christian Care’s two facilities—a domestic violence shelter for women and children and
a rescue mission for men—serve homeless individuals, victims of domestic violence, veterans, men and women coming out of prison, and those with mental illnesses. If you know someone in need, call the Christian Care Crisis Hotline at any hour of the day or night at 309/788-2273. For more information about Christian Care, please go to their web site at christiancareqc.org or to
Facebook at facebook.com/christiancareqc.

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THINGS ARE BLOOMING AT CHRISTIAN CARE PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rebecca Wheeler   
Friday, 28 September 2012 15:15

OneSmall Donation Returns Flowers for a Year

Christian Care, in cooperation with Colman Florists and Greenhouses, is offering a unique fundraising opportunity. For a one-time donation of only $20, you will receive a seasonal bouquet of flowers each month for a year and half the proceeds will go to Christian Care to provide shelter and services for the homeless and survivors of domestic violence in our community. This  outstanding value means that you will have the opportunity to brighten up your home or office with flowers while you brighten up the lives of others—all year long. This opportunity only lasts from October 1 to November 30, so please act quickly.


Every month has its own theme. For example, February’s bouquet is Love Bunch, July offers the Sizzling Summer Bouquet and November features the Harvest Bouquet. Each bouquet is sure to bring color, fragrance and beauty to even the darkest day. Becoming a part of this select group allows you access to other great values at Colman. For example, when you buy a half dozen roses, you will receive the second half dozen FREE! You can also opt to trade your monthly bouquet for $10 off a purchase of $30 or more. Do this twice and you’ve made your original investment back.


Colman also offers a free Mylar balloon with a purchase of $25 for participants in this offer only.

For more details, please contact Rebecca at 309/786-5734 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Colman Florist and Greenhouses is located at 2754 12th Street, Rock Island, Illinois and in the East Village in Davenport, Iowa. You can also visit them on the web at colmanflorist.com. Monthly bouquets must be redeemed at the Colman location in the state in which you reside.

Christian Care is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose vision is to transform lives. Through its mission of providing safe shelter, support and resources, Christian Care empowers both the homeless and survivors of domestic violence to make positive changes in every aspect of their lives. Christian Care’s two facilities—a domestic violence shelter for women and children and a rescue mission for men—serve homeless individuals, victims of domestic violence, veterans, men and women coming out of prison, and those with mental illnesses. If you know someone in need, call the Christian Care Crisis Hotline at any hour of the day or night at 309/788-2273.

For more information about Christian Care, please go to their web site at christiancareqc.org or to Facebook at facebook.com/christiancareqc.

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