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Charity Texas Hold’Em Tournament & Sponsors’ Gala Benefits The Arc PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Maureen Dickinson   
Monday, 30 January 2012 15:37
The Arc of the Quad Cities Area will hold its “Texas Hold ’Em Tournament & Sponsors’ Gala” on Saturday, February 4, 2012. The tournament will be held in the Event Center at Jumer’s Casino & Hotel in Rock Island. $60 buy-in with $30 re-buy limited to the first hour of play.

The Arc’s Texas Hold’Em Tournament features two sessions with limited capacity – the first at 12 pm and the second at 5 pm. Total prize purse is a function of paid registrants. Grand Prize is a Seat at the World Series of Poker plus a Travel Voucher! Each session will play to 10 winners and the 20 finalists will compete in the Final Round beginning at 9 pm.

Advance registration is highly recommended as seating is limited to 200 players each session. The 12 pm session is filling up quickly. Players can pre-register through The Arc of the Quad Cities Area’s Facebook event, online at, or by phone at 309-786-6474 x171. The registration table opens one hour prior to play.

Founded in 1952, The Arc of the Quad Cities Area serves more than 325 individuals with developmental and other disabilities daily. The Arc promotes living and working in partnership with the community to support individuals with developmental and other disabilities, through a variety of support services.


4016 9th Street, Rock Island, IL 61201

Plant a Tree with JNF, Win a Trip to Israel PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jewish National Fund   
Wednesday, 25 January 2012 10:57

Plant a tree with Jewish National Fund before or on Tu BiShvat, February 8, and you will be entered into a raffle to win:

  • 2 roundtrip tickets to Israel with EL AL Israel Airlines
  • A free trip to JNF’s Harvey Hertz Ceremonial Tree Planting Center at Neot Kedumim to plant a tree in Israel’s soil with your own hands

Each tree purchased qualifies for one entry. JNF and EL AL employees and families of employees are not eligible.
Purchase must be a tree certificate. Other donations and purchases of any kind, including water certificates, will not be eligible for entry into the raffle.
Offer expires 2/8/2012 at 11:59PM EST.
The 2 EL AL tickets to Israel are available on a nonstop EL AL flight from EWR, JFK, or LAX. The applicable taxes of approximately $100 per ticket are not included. Travel must be completed by June 13, 2013; some restrictions and blackout dates apply. Tickets are based on availability as well as on the rules and regulations of “N” class, and are non-endorsable, non-refundable, and non-transferable. The award is not valid for receiving frequent flyer points nor will the tickets provide entitlement to involuntary compensation in the event of an over-sale or denied boarding situation.

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Written by Lora Adams   
Monday, 23 January 2012 14:07

MOLINE, ILLINOIS -- WQPT, Quad Cities PBS will hold their 11th annual Champagne on the Rocks Gala on January 27, 2012 at the Hotel Blackhawk’s Gold Room.  The Presenting Sponsor for Champagne on the Rocks is The Singh Group, Merrill Lynch-Quad Cities, Global Wealth Management.

Champagne on the Rocks is WQPT’s premiere fundraising event featuring dinner, diamonds, live and silent auction with musicians Jonathan Turner, A.J. Haut and Robert Rosensteil backing vocalist George Keating. Mr. Keating recently completed roles in the acclaimed productions of “Sweeney Todd” as Pirelli and “It’s a Wonderful Life” in the Jimmy Stewart role of George Bailey, both in Chicago

What makes Champagne on the Rocks so special? Each guest receives a champagne glass with a gem as they enter the gala. Representatives from Expressions Jewelers will be on hand to appraise the gems. One lucky guest will win a GIA certified half carat diamond, donated by Expressions Jewelers.  Guests will also bid on 100 items in both the live and silent auctions. New this year – a grab bag called “It’s All Yours” with a guaranteed value of at least $20.

To view a complete list of auction items log on to For further information or to 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 Quad Cities, Global Wealth Management;

Silver Sponsors - Hotel Blackhawk and John Deere;  

Diamond Sponsor – Expressions Jewelers with additional support from Andich & Andich Attorneys at Law, Scott and Carrie Bull, Ducky’s Formal Wear, Hy-Vee and Staack Florists.

WQPT is a media service of Western Illinois University located in Moline, IL.                            # # #

Red Kettle Campaign 2011 Final Report PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Holly Nomura   
Friday, 13 January 2012 14:01
The Salvation Army is overwhelmed by the community’s generosity!

Quad Cities, USA -Major Gary Felton, Quad Cities Coordinator for The Salvation Army, would like the community to know that the organization is simply blown away by the generosity and enthusiasm shown this year. The goal of $700,000 was achieved, and $717,625 is the final total for this fund raising Major Felton said, "The Quad Cities heard our cry for help, and responded! It feels good to know that we have the community’s support as we help people tackle some very tough issues.

“To every Quad Citian that donated at the kettles, directed checks our way, and volunteered to ring bells or work an event, our hearts are filled with gratitude – Thank you!”

During this Red Kettle Campaign, The Salvation Army also packed and distributed 2,300 food boxes to over 2,000 local households. The 3,000+ children in those households received toys Christmas morning because of the generosity of the community at the Angel Trees.  Major Felton continued, “Because the goal was reached, our largest programs at the Family Service Center -- Emergency Shelter, Transitional Housing, and Meal Site -- will remain strong. Last year we saw a 35% increase in the number of residents living at the Center. 32,000 nights of lodging were provided to the families, and over 43,000 meals were served from this facility to our residents and the community.”

Felton extends his gratitude to The Salvation Army's community business partners. Felton said, "I'd like to thank every one of our community partners for giving The Salvation Army the opportunity to ring our bells in front of their establishments."

“And a special thank you to VON MAUR for their match days on December 23rd and 24th. The goal still seemed out of reach, but when we saw a 26% increase for those two days over last year’s kettles – a record breaking two days – those additional donations brought us within sight of the $700,000 target.”


St. Malachy's Winterfest Artisan Fair, Food, Raffles and Auctions PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lowell & Darlene Gramling   
Friday, 13 January 2012 09:57

St. Malachy's Church

595 E. Ogden Ave., Geneseo, IL

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Saturday, February 11,   9 am - 3:30 pm


*Italian Café serving Coffee & Rolls (9 to 11 am)

Homemade Soups, Sandwiches, Pies (11 am to 2 pm)

*Artisan Crafts (9 am to 2 pm) from Vendors throughout the Quad City Area                          

*Raffles: “Marie-Grace” American Girl doll, Hand-made Quilt, Hand-crafted Oak Deacon's Bench, John Deere Child's Gator, $100 Heaven Sent Gift Certificate, and Kindle Fire

*Live Auction (2:30 pm) and Silent Auction (ending at 3:30 pm)

*Bake Shoppe with Baked Goods, Candy, Jams, Jellies & more

*Men's Den for men to hang out when their wives are shopping

Sunday, February 12, Spaghetti Dinner  4-7 pm

Raffle Drawing  6 pm

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