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WQAD Anchor, Jason Fechner, attempts 24-Hours of Continuous Bell Ringing this Friday PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Holly Nomura   
Thursday, 04 December 2014 16:42

Davenport, IA: Quad Citians are invited to pay a visit to the huge red kettle on 2nd and Main in downtown Davenport when WQAD’s Anchor, Jason Fechner, will be ringing the bell and asking for donations to The Salvation Army’s Red Kettles.

Jason will do a 24-hour bell ringing marathon beginning Friday, December 5th at 6am and ending on Saturday morning, December 6th at 6am.

This year’s Red Kettle Christmas Campaign goal in the Quad Cities is $760,000, an ambitious goal needed to sustain year-round programming for critical programs and services to help individuals, families and children in need.

Various media personalities and community leaders will join Jason at the red kettle throughout the day. Please stop by and encourage him as he gives up warmth, comfort and a good night’s sleep to care for people in need.

The Salvation Army is preparing now for the Christmas Assistance Program that provides 2,000 families with a Christmas Food Box and toys for the children. There is still time to donate toys at an area Angel Tree, or make a donation, or to volunteer to bell ring.

“The Christmas Spirit is alive and well in this community. Jason is an extraordinary person who figured out a way of making a difference in people’s lives. And when he makes it to 24 hours, he will be the Iowa Record Holder for longest continuous bell ringing,” said Major Gary Felton, Quad Cities Coordinator.

TO VOLUNTEER: Call Patty Mixdorf at 563-570-2072 or go to

TO DONATE A TOY: Go to any area Wal-Mart or the malls at JCPenney Court to pick up an Angel Tag.

IF YOU HAVE THE MEANS: Donation checks can be sent to: 301 W. 6th Street, Davenport, IA 52803 or credit card gifts can be made at 1-800-SAL-ARMY.

Lagomarcino’s to Give $8,500 Check to Boys & Girls Clubs PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mark McLaughlin   
Thursday, 04 December 2014 12:09

IA/IL QUAD-CITIES – The 5th Annual Lagomarcino’s Cocoa Beano 5K race took place on October 25, with proceeds going to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Mississippi Valley (BGCMV). Over the past five years of the race, Lagomarcino’s has given a total of $36,500 to the BGCMV. This year, a check for $8,500 will be presented to youth members of the Clubs and Tim Tolliver, Chief Executive Officer of the BGCMV, at 4:30 p.m., December 4, at Lagomarcino’s, 1422 5th Ave., Moline, IL. 

“We thank Lagomarcino’s for their ongoing support,” said Tolliver. “We truly appreciate their incredible generosity and community spirit.”

Almost 3,000 runners and walkers participated in the 2014 Cocoa Beano 5K, which started in the Village of East Davenport, went through surrounding neighborhoods in Davenport and Bettendorf, and ended back in the Village. A race completion celebration took place in Lindsay Park, where participants enjoyed hot chocolate and received awards.

This year, eight youth members of the BGCMV participated in the 5K, and other youth members volunteered during the race packet pick-up on October 24 and 25. During the packet pick-up, the members also sold race jackets from previous years of the Cocoa Beano race. Altogether, the youth members sold over 150 pieces of clothing and gained skills in selling items, invoicing sold products, and making change in cash exchanges.

Lagomarcino’s contribution will support sports, fitness and recreation programs offered by BGCMV as a component of the Five Core Values emphasized by the Boys & Girls Clubs. These Values are Character and Leadership Development; The Arts; Sports, Fitness and Recreation; Education and Career Development; and Health and Life Skills. The BGCMV serves more than 200 young people daily in the Quad-Cities area.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Mississippi Valley, as a chartered member of Boys and Girls Clubs of America, is a tax-exempt organization, duly qualified under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and contributions are tax-deductible in accordance with Federal law. For more information on the BGCMV and their work in the community, call (309) 757-5777 or visit


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Written by Derek Johnson   
Thursday, 04 December 2014 12:07

DES MOINES AND OTTUMWA, IOWA – December 3, 2014 – Susan G. Komen Iowa, based in Des Moines and Susan G. Komen Southeast Iowa, based in Ottumwa, announced today that they are joining forces and will now operate as one entity. The new combined organization, which became effective on December 1, 2014, will retain the name of Susan G. Komen – Iowa, but will incorporate the volunteer leadership, grant making relationships and fund raising capacities of both organizations.

“We are delighted to create this opportunity for our volunteers to focus on the most important aspect of our work; translating the generosity of the people of southeast Iowa into funds for programs that will save lives and end breast cancer forever,” said Gayla Harrison, a breast cancer survivor and most recent Board President of Komen Southeast Iowa. “The demand for accountability from our supporters can best be managed through the type of full-time professional support that Komen Iowa can provide. Our volunteers want to concentrate on raising funds and providing help through local community involvement. This agreement gives us the opportunity to do just that.”

“We all know what a friendly state Iowa is,” said Greg Edwards, current Board President of Komen Iowa. “We have a strong commitment as Iowans to help our neighbors. For that reason, it made great sense to us to combine our resources and support our neighbors in southeast Iowa. Together we can strengthen our presence and impact throughout the state.”

“We know that many of our friends and supporters in southeast Iowa want to know when (and if) the Race for the Cure will return to Ottumwa,” said Roger Dahl, Executive Director of Komen Iowa. “Rest assured we are committed to hosting a Race in Ottumwa. It is important that we continue to earn the trust and support of our partners in southeast Iowa and we know that the Race is one of the best ways to engage our communities in the fight against breast cancer. We are in the planning process right now and hope to be able to announce a date for the next Race in Ottumwa very soon.”

About Susan G. Komen®, and Susan G. Komen – Iowa

Susan G. Komen Iowa is an Affiliate of Susan G. Komen, the world’s largest breast cancer organization, which annually funds more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Since its founding in 1982, Komen has funded more than $847 million in research and provided $1.8 billion in funding to screening, education, treatment and psychosocial support programs serving millions of people in more than 30 countries worldwide. Komen was founded by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy’s life. Komen Iowa has invested more than $5 million in recent years for community breast cancer programs within our 91 county service area. Over 80% of those funds come through events such as Race for the Cure, which last year attracted around 10,000 participants to downtown Des Moines, Iowa. For more information, call (515) 309-0095 or visit Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

Give Purple this Holiday Season PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Alzheimer's Association   
Wednesday, 03 December 2014 13:56

Holiday shopping is in full swing! If you're in search of unique, thoughtful gifts,  look no further than Shop for the Cause, the Alzheimer's Association® online store. Purchase items that will delight family and friends while making a difference in the fight against Alzheimer's disease

2014 Alzheimer's Association Ornament  This shatterproof ornament – emblazoned with the Alzheimer's Association logo and a custom snowflake depicting the care, support and research elements of the Association's mission – is a great way to show support.  Price: $5.99

Silk Necktie:  This fashionable silk necktie featuring the Association's brand symbol is the perfect accessory for stepping out to advocate for the Alzheimer's cause or to attend a holiday party.  Price: $26.99

Café Mug:  This 24-ounce coffee mug featuring the Alzheimer's Association logo is a great gift for those hard-to-shop-for people on your list.  Price: $5.99

Pashmina Shawl:  This super-soft purple pashmina shawl is embroidered with the Alzheimer's Association logo and makes raising awareness for the cause even more fashionable.  Price: $36.99

Camp Courageous 26th Annual Fruitcake Sales PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Charlie Becker   
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 16:38

Monticello, IA—This is the 26th year Camp Courageous, which began serving campers with special needs in 1972, has been making fruitcakes. Over 75 locations sell these delicious fruitcakes. Posters are generally displayed in the windows of participating businesses or one can go online to get the latest location updates at

These scrumptious one-pound cakes sell for $10.00. They do not contain citron or alcohol and make wonderful holiday gifts. They need to be stored, sliced and served frozen. Fruitcakes will be sold at various outlets from November through December. The cakes are also available at Camp Courageous or can be ordered online at the camp website. Camp will ship anywhere in the United States.

Camp Courageous is a year-round recreational and respite care facility for individuals of all ages with disabilities. The camp was built and continues to run on donations, without government support, without formal sponsorship, and without paid fundraisers. The camp will serve nearly 7,000 individuals with special needs this year.


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