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Nick Teddy Foundation announces 5k website PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Holly Larson   
Thursday, 17 July 2014 13:46
PORT BYRON, IL - The Nick Teddy Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of its new event website, The “Nick Teddy 5k”, to be held September 13, 2014, includes races, kid’s games, food and entertainment, and a silent auction and raffle. This year cash prizes will be offered to overall male and female winners. At the new site, participants can browse photos, learn about The Nick Teddy Foundation and its mission, and register online.
This annual family event is held in memory of Nicholas Theodore Strub, a native of Port Byron, Ill., a 2000 graduate of Riverdale High School, and a 2004 Alumnus of Iowa State University. Nick fought a courageous battle against the pediatric cancer, Ewing’s sarcoma, for more than 5-years, until he died at age 29.
Proceeds from the “Nick Teddy 5k” will benefit the Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative (, which works to award sarcoma research grants to expert investigators around the world. In 2013, the event registered more than 400 runners and raised over $25,000.
In its first two years, The Nick Teddy Foundation has raised more than $42,000 for research, and to support local Ewing’s patients and their families. Currently, several area children and young adults are affected by this disease.
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Boys and Girls Clubs to Launch Great Futures Literary Challenge PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mark McLaughlin   
Thursday, 17 July 2014 08:58
UPDATE: members of the community can start dropping off their donations of new or gently used books for young people at Boys & Girls Club locations and at Lagomarcino's in Moline. The Book Rack in Davenport has agreed to donate a big box of books, and more from the community would certainly be welcome.
IA/IL QUAD-CITIES – On Thursday, July 31, Boys and Girls Clubs across the country will celebrate the launch of the Great Futures Campaign to mobilize the community in support of today’s young people. As part of that campaign, the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Mississippi Valley has issued a community literary challenge, encouraging Quad-Citians to donate in support of young people, their reading habits, and the future of the community.
At 3 p.m., July 31, the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Mississippi Valley (BGCMV) will introduce the Great Futures Literary Challenge at their Davenport Club, located at First Presbyterian Church, 1702 Iowa Street, Davenport, IA.
“The community is invited to the event,” said Tim Tolliver, Chief Executive Officer of the BGCMV. “Quad-Citians will be asked to support literacy by donating new or gently used age-appropriate books for young people, ages 6 to 18. Each of our Clubs will conduct a reading contest from July 31 to December 12, with the winners of each club announced at our Holiday Ball event on December 13. Community members, companies and organizations are also welcome to donate to the general funds of the Boys and Girls Clubs, to help support our day-to-day operations.”
To prepare for the event, Quad-Citians are asked to drop off books before July 31 at any Boys & Girls Club location:
  • Moline Club, 406 7th Street, Moline, IL
  • Teen Center, 1122 5th Avenue, Moline, IL
  • Davenport Club, First Presbyterian Church, 1702 Iowa Street, Davenport, IA
  • Administrative Office, 338 6th Street, Moline, IL
At the July 31 event, the books that have been donated so far will be given to members of the Boys and Girls Clubs in attendance. People can continue to support the Great Futures Literary Challenge by dropping off books at the above locations until December 12.
Tolliver added that the BGCMV has started a Wish List on their account for donations of books, e-books, e-magazine subscriptions and gift cards. To locate the Wish List, go to, click on the Wish List tab in the upper right-hand corner and choose ‘Find a wish list or registry.’ On the next screen, enter BGCMV in the space provided to reach the page.
“At the Holiday Ball, we will reveal how many books were donated and read by Club members, and we will also share this information with the media,” Tolliver said.
The Needs of Today’s Children
Through the Great Futures Campaign, the BGCMV is joining Boys & Girls Clubs nationwide in bringing attention to the needs of today’s children. According to Tolliver, the BGCMV has multiple goals for the campaign, including:
  • Increase membership and access to Clubs for young people who need a safe place to go after school and during the summer.
  • Encourage regular reading habits and increase access to age-appropriate reading material.
  • Motivate kids to be healthy through better nutrition and health education, more access to healthy foods, avoidance of risky behaviors, and a lifelong commitment to fitness.
  • Ensure successful transitions to middle and high school, and foster college- or career-readiness with 21st century skills.
  • Engage youth in taking action in their community.
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, one out of three children nationwide leave school every day with no place to go, putting them at risk of being unsupervised, unguided and unsafe. Statistics from the Afterschool Alliance show that during the summer, three out of four children in America lack access to summer learning programs, increasing their risk of learning loss and putting them at a disadvantage before the school year starts.  

Statistics from other sources show that today’s children also face additional problems:
  • The U.S. Census Bureau has found that one in five American kids live in poverty.
  • National Center for Health Statistics has revealed that three out of 10 kids nationwide are obese or overweight.
  • According to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, our nation’s graduation rate ranks 22nd among 28 countries.
Tolliver is asking the public to help the BGCMV to reach more kids and put them on the path to a great future. “At the Boys & Girls Clubs, we’ve seen the positive impact that occurs when young people have access to a safe place with caring adult mentors and enriching programs during out-of-school time,” he said. “We want today’s generation to be successful in every aspect of their lives, so they can become future leaders for our country.”
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 Boys & Girls Clubs of the Mississippi Valley, call (309) 757-5777 or visit
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Blue Ribbon Foundation breaks Corndog Kickoff Fundraising Record for 4th Consecutive Year PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lori Chappell   
Thursday, 17 July 2014 08:37

DES MOINES, IA (07/16/2014)(readMedia)-- Iowa State Fair fans were "Rock'n Round the Grounds" on Saturday, July 12th at the Blue Ribbon Foundation's 18th annual Corndog Kickoff Benefit Auction and Fair Food Grazing Party. For the 4th consecutive year, the Corndog Kickoff has broken a record. Last Saturday's event raised a total of $424,000 for the renovation and preservation of the Iowa State Fairgrounds!

More than 1,800 Iowa State Fair supporters gathered for a night of fun, food and fundraising .The Blue Ribbon Foundation auctioned off 31 live and 205 silent auction packages for totals of $145,000 and $47,850, respectively. Patron contributions totaled $185,375. The remaining funds consisted of ticket and merchandise sales.

"The Corndog Kickoff set another record this year in terms of attendance and dollars raised. We cannot thank Iowans enough for their support. Their State Fair will continue to grow and prosper because of their generosity. Thank you," said Peter Cownie, Blue Ribbon Foundation Executive Director.

The Blue Ribbon Foundation encourages the public to attend this year's Iowa State Fair, August 7-17, and see the many improvements made possible through the support of Fair-lovers. Make a point to explore the finished renovation of the Patty and Jim Cownie Cultural Center. The final phase of construction added more restrooms accessible from the second floor entrance. There is now access to the plaza area from the hillside with a new set of stairs and landscaping. Improvements have also been made to the Youth Inn. The first phase of the renovation includes: a replaced roof, remodeled showers and the addition of cooling to the upper level.

Since its inception in 1993, the Blue Ribbon Foundation has been raising funds to renovate and restore the historic Iowa State Fairgrounds. More than $100 million has been generated to date and has supported 40 projects throughout the Fairgrounds. Improvements have been made to the William C. Knapp Varied Industries Building, the Grandstand, the Campgrounds and Ye Old Mill. In addition, funds support the building of new facilities such as the Paul R. Knapp Animal Learning Center, Elwell Family Food Center and the Richard O. Jacobson Exhibition Center.

The Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. For more information, please contact the Foundation at (800) 450-3732, or visit


Modern Woodmen “Pack the Truck” Event Rescheduled for July 17 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Amber O’Brien   
Tuesday, 15 July 2014 12:46

All donations to benefit River Bend Foodbank


On Thursday, July 17 Modern Woodmen of America will invite members, family, friends and the public to help “Pack the Truck” at Modern Woodmen Park.  The event has been rescheduled due to a rain cancellation on June 19. Modern Woodmen volunteers will “Pack the Truck” when gates open at 5:30 p.m. All attendees are asked to bring a canned food donation to help feed the hungry. Media coverage is welcomed and appreciated.

Those with tickets or postcards from the River Bandits game on June 19 can use them to get into the game for free on July 17. Those who do not have the postcard or tickets can purchase a River Bandits ticket at half-price to enter the game. The first 3,000 attendees will receive a commemorative Quad City River Bandit’s baseball cap.

Modern Woodmen’s “Pack the Truck” event is just one aspect of the Knock Out Hunger campaign, a summer-long project to help food insufficient families in the Quad City area. Modern Woodmen employees donated and collected 1,551 pounds of food and $1,497 in monetary donations prior to the cancelled June 19 “Pack the Truck” event.

Knock Out Hunger campaign

This year, Modern Woodmen has selected River Bend Foodbank to support through its Knock Out Hunger campaign. Modern Woodmen employees and members will donate time, money and food to the food distribution center throughout the summer.

There are multiple mobile food pantry events scheduled, backpack programs, a “Meals from the Heartland” packing event, and a communitywide 5k run/walk. Each event will support the food bank.

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, 309-798-6704 (cell) or visit

Connecting Advocacy to Your Mission PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Susan Skora   
Friday, 11 July 2014 14:28

Please join the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend, Moline Foundation, and Donors Forum for a training session and discussion on connecting advocacy to your mission! This training session will be a follow-up to the meeting we had in October around “Building a Stronger Illinois” and will help you learn more about the nuts and bolts of effective advocacy.

Advocacy has a role in fulfilling the mission of nonprofits and making an impact in our communities. It can be connected to every organization’s mission, no matter the level of experience, no matter the size organization. Participants will leave the training with:

  • skills on how to leverage advocacy for their organization through well planned educational action
  • tools and actionable next steps to make their voices heard by their Illinois elected officials
Please note that the training will be focused on Illinois advocacy and politics (though some of it will be general).

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
1:00 p.m. – Check-In
1:15 - 3:45 p.m. – Briefing and Discussion
Please RSVP by July 17
**Snacks will be served

The Deere-Wiman House
817 - 11th Avenue, Moline

We look forward to seeing you!

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