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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”).


Quad City Bags Classic team registration is now open! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Emily Jepsen   
Friday, 27 July 2012 12:09
DAVENPORT, IA— Team registrations are now being accepted for the Quad City Bags Classic. Enjoy the great weather, a little bit of fun and competition and support two important youth organizations. The Quad City Bags Classic is sponsored by Tri State Windows, Siding and Roofing and the Quad Cities River Bandits and will be held on Saturday, September 8th at Modern Woodmen Park.

THIS ISN'T JUST ANY BAGS TOURNAMENT!!! This tournament is held ON the field at Modern Woodmen Park. A limited field of 144 teams will get the chance to test their skills as 72 custom-built, regulation-size bag sets are placed throughout the outfield of Modern Woodmen Park. Registration is $40 per team and each team is guaranteed at least 5 games throughout the day. Teams will first play within a pool of teams (guaranteed at least 4 games), following by two "flight" tournaments.

The beneficiaries of tournament entry fees and sponsorships are Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Mississippi Valley and Boys and Girls Club of the Mississippi Valley.

To sign up a team or for more information, please call 563-323-8006 or 309-757-5777 or visit or


11th Annual ALS Walk4Life to Attract Thousands in Honor of those Affected by ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Beth Richman   
Friday, 27 July 2012 07:37
11th Annual ALS Walk4Life
Saturday, September 22, 2012
Check-in 9:30 a.m.; Walk start 11:00 a.m.
Solider Field, Chicago
Registration/More Info: or 847-679-3311

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Join the Les Turner ALS Foundation for the 11th Annual ALS Walk4Life on September 22nd.
This 2+ mile walk along Chicago’s lakefront is a celebration of hope, courage and community,
and is an ideal way to support for those affected by Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Emceed by meteorologist Phil Schwarz of ABC7 and Kathy Hart of The Mix 101.9FM, the event
will include music, entertainment, food and children’s activities. The Walk4Life will occur rain or

Most participants walk as a team, honoring those living with ALS or in memory of someone
who has passed away from the disease. Teams have clever names such as “Hoofin’ for Helga”
and “Pat’s Warriors” and nearly every group designs their own colorful T-shirt.

The ALS Walk4Life is one of the world’s largest gatherings for the ALS community, and in
its 10-year history, the Walk4Life has raised more than $7 million. Registration is free, but
participants are encouraged to fundraise for the Les Turner ALS Foundation.

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease or motor neuron
disease (MND), causes motor neurons to stop working and die. The result is loss of voluntary
movement and muscle functions such as speaking, swallowing, and breathing. In the United
States, someone is diagnosed every 90 minutes, and 35,000 people are living with ALS.
Average lifespan is three to five years from diagnosis. Approximately 10 percent of all cases
are inherited, and a faulty protein pathway is known to play a role in all types of ALS. Though
treatment of symptoms often improves quality of life, there is no cure for ALS.

Les Turner ALS Foundation
Founded in 1977, the Les Turner ALS Foundation is recognized internationally and is the only
independent, publicly supported non-profit organization in the Chicago area dedicated solely

to the treatment and elimination of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The Foundation is
affiliated with Northwestern Medicine where it supports two scientific research laboratories and
a large multi-disciplinary clinical program. Currently, the Foundation serves 90 percent of the
ALS population in the Chicago area with an array of patient services, such as support group
meetings, professional in-home consultation services, and respite care grants.

For more information, contact the Les Turner ALS Foundation at 847-679-3311 or visit

13th Annual Walk for the Future Walking for OUR children...and yours. PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Patty Keeley   
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 13:26
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN:SIDS Foundation hosts the 13th Annual Walk for the Future & Adds two 5K Run Locations

The thirteenth annual Iowa SIDS Foundation Walk for the Future will be held Saturday, August 25, 2012 in seven cities
across Iowa. Participants can register on line or request a registration form or additional information at
or by calling 866-480-4741. Participants may also register in person on the day of the walk.

Walk locations across Iowa:
  • Ankeny Walk— Wagner Park Bandshell, 8:30 am
  • Cedar Rapids Walk—Noelridge Park Lagoon Pavilion, 8:00 a.m.
  • Mason City Walk—East Park Prairie Playground, 8:30 am
  • Quad Cities Walk & 5K Run—Crow Creek Park, 8 am
  • Sioux City Walk—Bacon Creek Park, Shelter #1, 8:30 a.m.
  • Washington Walk & 5K Run– Sunset Park, Run at 7 am, Walk at 8:30 am
  • What Cheer Walk– Keokuk County Fairgrounds, 8:30 am

The 2012 walk celebrates thirteen years of walking and fundraising to fight SIDS and SUID in Iowa. The purpose of the
walk is to raise awareness about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and funds for the Iowa SIDS Foundation.
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is the sudden, unexpected and unexplained death of an otherwise healthy infant up to the
age of one year.

The annual walk is a family orientated event for SIDS and SUID families to celebrate and remember those babies that
were only with us for a very short time, and for community members to show their support.

This year’s walk sponsors include: Modern Woodmen of America, NCMIC, Jeneary Dental, Transamerica, LS2 Group,
Stairway to the Stars, TrueNorth, Corporate Farmer, Grinnell Mutual, Obstetrics & Gynecology Specialists, P.C., Children’s
Dental Center of Mason City, American Bank, Beaton Inc., Casey’s General Stores, Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust, Dr. Tim &
Carol Dettmer, LeMars Sertoma Club, Mahaska Health Partnership, Major Erickson Funeral Home, Medicap Pharmacy-
Ankeny, Quality Construction Services, Inc., and Zany Janie Entertainment.

SIDS and Reducing the Risk
While great strides have been made in reducing SIDS deaths, SIDS remains the leading cause of death for infants from
one month to one year of age. For more information about the Iowa SIDS Foundation, the annual walk, or AAP’s safe
sleep risk reduction recommendations, visit or call the ISF office at 866-480-4741.

Iowa SIDS Foundation

The Iowa SIDS Foundation is a statewide, 501(c)(3) non-profit, volunteer organization committed to helping families that
have experienced a SIDS or SUID death, educating the public about SIDS and funding research into the causes of SIDS.

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