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Written by Charlie Becker   
Monday, 22 September 2014 14:28
MONTICELLO, IA --The Camp Courageous Annual Pancake Breakfast and Open House is will be held at the Camp Courageous Main Lodge on Sunday, September 28th, 2014 from 7:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.

Camp Courageous began serving individuals with disabilities during the summer of 1974. That year, 211 campers were served. This year, Camp Courageous is celebrating 40 years & will serve nearly 7,000 campers.

Camp Courageous will be serving a hot breakfast of pancakes, pork sausage, juice, milk & coffee. The cost is $6.00 for adults and $3.00 for children under 12.

Live Reenactment Train Robbery by Red Cedar Regulators will be at the Train Depot at 9:00 AM, 9:45 AM, 10:45 AM, and 11:45 AM. The Super zip and Bounce house will also be available during the duration of the breakfast, weather pending.

The Dixie-Notes-Plus will be playing live At the Sill Barn at 9:30, 10:30, and 11:30 a.m.

A DVD presentation about the camp can be found in the camp's main office playing every half hour. The Camp Store, with new camp merchandise, will be located in the main lodge and the main office.

Open House will feature the new extension of the Camp Courageous Train & the dedication of Camp's new lake, Lake Todd. The Dedication ceremony will take place at 1:00 pm at the Lake.

The camp is located five miles southeast of Monticello off Highway 38 and 151-Exit 65.

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Written by Rhonda Johnson   
Monday, 22 September 2014 07:41
Churches United of the Quad City Area has received a $10,000.00 grant from Community Resources Corporation, in support Winnie’s Place.

Winnie’s Place is a shelter serving women (and their children) who are homeless and/or victims of domestic violence. Last year, Winnie’s Place served a total of 119 women and 147 children residentially, provided 4151
lodgings, 8229 meals, and answered 859 crisis calls.

Churches United has a 53-year history of reaching out to our community. Its 134 member churches represent 50,000 people from the Quad City Area.

As well as Winnie’s Place, Churches United operates 25 food pantries and 3 hot meal sites in the Quad City Area. For information about services offered, or ways to support Churches United, call 563-332-5002, or visit our website at


Modern Woodmen’s Race to Knock Out Hunger is Sept. 20 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Amber O'Brien   
Friday, 19 September 2014 09:13

All proceeds to benefit River Bend Foodbank

On Saturday, Sept. 20, Modern Woodmen of America will host the Race to Knock Out Hunger, a 5K charity run/walk and free kids’ fun run to support River Bend Foodbank. All proceeds from the race and the summer-long Knock Out Hunger campaign will be presented to River Bend Foodbank in a pre-race ceremony.  The event begins at 8:25 a.m. with the kids’ fun run, followed by a shotgun 5K start at 9 a.m. Media coverage is welcomed and appreciated.

“The Race to Knock Out Hunger is very special for Modern Woodmen,” said President and CEO Kenny Massey. “It’s our first-ever race in the Quad Cities, but more importantly, it’s the grand finale of our four-month long Knock Out Hunger campaign to support River Bend Foodbank.”

During the Knock Out Hunger campaign, Modern Woodmen employees, their families and community members collected more than 2,500 pounds of food and donated almost $3,000. This does not include proceeds from the Race to Knock Out Hunger. Modern Woodmen also sponsored three mobile food pantries staffed by employee volunteers this summer.

“We are extremely grateful for the support from Modern Woodmen and its employees,” says Tom Laughlin, executive director of River Bend Foodbank. The Knock Out Hunger Campaign is making a tremendous difference in our efforts to alleviate local hunger.”


Knock Out Hunger campaign

In 2014, Modern Woodmen selected River Bend Foodbank to support through a Knock Out Hunger campaign. Modern Woodmen employees and members donated time, money and food to the food distribution center.

Some of the efforts included sponsoring multiple mobile food pantry events, a home office food drive and backpack programs for local children. On August 15, Modern Woodmen employees packaged 50,000 meals for hungry families in the Quad Cities. The Race to Knock Out Hunger will be the culmination of these efforts, on Sept. 20.

River Bend Foodbank is the largest hunger relief organization in the Quad Cities and surrounding communities, distributing more than 8 million pounds of food annually to feed the hungry. The Foodbank serves more than 10,000 individuals every week through its distribution network of 300 charitable feeding programs in a 22-county service area in Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois.

Founded in 1883, Modern Woodmen of America touches lives and secures futures. The fraternal financial services organization offers financial services and fraternal member benefits to individuals and families throughout the United States.

For more information about the Knock Out Hunger campaign or the effort to support River Bend Foodbank, contact Amber O’Brien at 309-793-5660 (office), 309-798-6704 (cell) or visit


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Written by Holly Larson   
Friday, 19 September 2014 09:06

PORT BYRON, IL - The Nick Teddy Foundation’s “Nick Teddy 5k,” presented by First Wealth Financial Group of Clinton, Iowa, was held on Saturday, September 13, and hosted almost 375 runners in its third annual event.

Overall male winner for the 5K race was Michael Converse of Geneseo, IL with a time of 18:47. Women’s winner Yvonne Regan of Port Byron, IL crossed the finish line in a time of 21:09.  Complete race results can be found online at !

The day’s races included a 1-mile family fun run/walk, the Teddy Trot for children 12 years of age and under, and the 5k event. Breton Williams, presenting sponsor from First Wealth Financial Group of Clinton, IA, fired the starting shot to open the festivities. Members from Riverdale Elementary’s 100 Mile Club ran to earn credits toward shoe charms to mark their achievements.

The annual celebration also included kids’ games, a silent auction and raffle, and an after party with food and beverage by D’s Smokin BBQ and Catering of Albany, IL, and the new River Bottom Chop House of Port Byron, IL. Entertainment was provided by local artist Jordan Danielsen.

The Nick Teddy 5k is held in memory of Port Byron native Nicholas Theodore Strub, who died of Ewing’s sarcoma in November 2011. Proceeds benefit sarcoma research through the Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative, and provide support for local Ewing’s patients and their families. The rare pediatric bone cancer currently affects several area children and young adults.

More information can be found online at:,, on Facebook (;on Twitter (

Photos and interviews are available for 5k post-race stories. Race Director/Contact: Holly Larson
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One Month. One Cause. One Million Miles. PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Gillian Kocher   
Monday, 15 September 2014 09:22

Alex’s Million Mile Initiative enlists supporters to Run. Walk. Ride. One Million Miles this September to raise the profile of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month


Philadelphia, PA (July 2014) – In an effort to raise the profile of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation will go the distance this September, launching Alex’s Million Mile – Run. Walk. Ride. With firsthand knowledge of just how far parents of children with cancer would go to find a cure for their child, the Foundation will challenge supporters everywhere to go the extra mile this September, collectively running, walking or cycling one million miles to work toward better treatments and ultimately cures for all kids with cancer.

The brainchild of Foundation Co-Executive Director, Jay Scott, a running enthusiast, Alex’s Million Mile invites ambitious individuals, as well as teams, to pledge to run/walk/ride and contribute to the one million mile goal during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Drawing from the inspiration of Foundation creator Alexandra “Alex” Scott, who set out to raise $1 million through lemonade stands in 2004, Jay Scott feels that through combined efforts, reaching one million miles in just thirty days is attainable. The initiative provides a fun, easy and free way for people across the country to make a difference in the fight against childhood cancer.

“I am thrilled to bring back Alex’s Million Mile for the second annual initiative to help Childhood Cancer Awareness Month attain the same status that other awareness months have,” says Scott. “Alex’s Million Mile is as an easy way for runners, walkers and cyclists of all abilities to contribute to the fight against childhood cancer, build community support and get fit,” says Scott.

Alex’s Million Mile will utilize both the MapMyFitness applications and the ability for participants to manually enter the miles they log daily. Individuals and teams who participate can log as many or as few miles as their ability level allows, every mile will count toward the larger goal. For those wishing to push themselves to reach 100 miles throughout the month, individuals will need to average 3-4 miles a day, while teams can split up the 100 miles. For instance, a group of 4 employees can walk a mile at lunch every day and easily reach their goal.

In its inaugural year, Alex’s Million Mile (formerly known as the Million Mile Run), mobilized more than 5,000 participants to log 250,000 miles and raise over $500,000 for the cause. Among the various ways that miles were logged by participants from coast to coast: parents walked their children to school each day, logging one mile each way; families walked to Friday night dinners and back; instead of taking public transportation, individuals ran to work or evening outings. The possibilities are endless, with each step being counted toward the ultimate goal of logging one million miles, and more importantly raising vital awareness of the number one disease killer of children under the age of 15 in the United States.

“September has become highly recognizable within the childhood cancer community as an important time of year,” says Liz Scott, Alex’s mom and Co-Executive Director of the Foundation. “However, for many, the cause September is attached to remains widely unknown. While we’ve made progress in the fight against childhood cancer within the past ten years of our existence, there is still a long way to go. We hope that through the collective efforts of Alex’s Million Mile participants, we can close the distance between better treatments and ultimately cures.”

New to the 2014 event, Booster, LLC  ( will provide participants a platform to easily launch their own t-shirt fundraising campaigns to support their Alex’s Million Mile efforts. Participants who sign up for Alex’s Million Mile will have the opportunity to use Booster to create their own designs and in turn sell custom t-shirts to raise money without buying in advance or holding any inventory.  To learn more, or to launch a Booster campaign to benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, visit:

Individuals and teams who are interested in participating or learning more about Alex’s Million Mile can visit where they will find a video detailing the effort, testimonials from those who participated last year, and starting in September - live updates from social media on efforts in 2014 utilizing the hashtag #Journey2aMillion.

About Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation
Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) emerged from the front yard lemonade stand of cancer patient Alexandra “Alex” Scott (1996-2004). In 2000, 4-year-old Alex announced that she wanted to hold a lemonade stand to raise money to help find a cure for all children with cancer. Since Alex held that first stand, the Foundation bearing her name has evolved into a national fundraising movement, complete with thousands of supporters across the country carrying on her legacy of hope. To date, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a registered 501(c)3 charity, has raised more than $80 million toward fulfilling Alex’s dream of finding a cure, funding over 450 pediatric cancer research projects nationally. For more information on Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, visit

How far is 1 Million Miles?


A trip to the moon and back, twice.

More than 40 times around the earth.

More than 3,000 trips from NYC to Los Angeles.

More than 38,000 Marathons.



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