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Only 4 drop-offs days left for 2nd Fiddle Sale PDF Print E-mail
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Written by QCSO   
Friday, 08 June 2012 11:47
Volunteers for Symphony would love to take your donations of gently used items. 2nd Fiddle is in the same location this year as last, the Village Shopping Center on Kimberly Road between Shoe Carnival and Godfather's Pizza. The most direct entrance is the stop light on Kimberly Road by the Family Restaurant.
The days remaining to accept to make donations to this fundraiser are:
Wednesday, June 6, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Thursday, June 7, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday, June 9, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Monday, June 11, from 12 noon to 8 p.m.

For 29 years, Volunteers for Symphony has been hosting the area's largest sale of gently used items to support the education programs of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra Association. This is your opportunity to buy from an enormous selection of furniture, home furnishings, antiques, jewelry, furs, clothing, books, toys, games, sports equipment, collectibles art pieces, and more.


Tickets for the Preview Party on Thursday, June 14, are $10. Admittance on Friday and Saturday is free. Tickets are for sale at the door or at

By USDA Undersecretary Kevin Concannon Fresh fruits and vegetables? Key elements of a healthy diet, for sure. But many people of modest means, including those served by USDA’s nutrition assistance programs, wonder if they can afford to buy healthy foo PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jenna Mushro   
Tuesday, 05 June 2012 14:35

DES MOINES, IA (06/01/2012)(readMedia)-- The Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation and Cookies Food Products are once again in search of ten outstanding Iowans from across the state. The 15th annual Iowan of the Day program honors Iowa's most radiating volunteers each year and will take place August 9-19 at the Iowa State Fair.

The Blue Ribbon Foundation is looking for community members that have gone above and beyond to make a difference in the state of Iowa. These shining Iowa stars must have a strong work ethic, loyalty to helping others and an outstanding sense of Iowa pride. With your nomination, the Blue Ribbon Foundation can recognize and show the deserving Iowans how much they are appreciated.

Iowan of the Day winners will receive their own day of recognition during the 2012 Iowa State Fair complete with an introduction on the Anne & Bill Riley Stage, VIP parking, gate admission, use of the Iowan of the Day golf cart and Grandstand show tickets for the evening of their award day. In addition, all winners will receive $200 in cash, accommodations at the Des Moines Downtown Marriott Hotel and one-year subscriptions to Iowan and Iowa Gardening magazines.

Help us thank the people that make Iowa such an amazing place to live. Nomination forms are available online from or by calling the Blue Ribbon Foundation at 1-800-450-3732. Note that all nominees must currently be Iowa residents. All nominations must also be received by July 1, 2012.

The Blue Ribbon Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. Since 1993, the Foundation has generated more than $80 million for renovations and improvements to the Iowa State Fairgrounds.


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Written by Camp Courageous   
Tuesday, 05 June 2012 14:03

MONTICELLO, IOWA. -The Camp Courageous of Iowa Board of Directors announced the election of the following officers and members for the 2012-2013 term. The President of the Board of Directors is Winnie Williams of Monticello, IA.

President: Winnie Williams, of Monticello, Retired Fawn Creek Homes, Anamos, IA
President-Elect: Margo Ahrendsen, Farmer, Camper Parent, and Advocate, Olin, IA
Secretary: Mary Van Houten, Banquet Manager, Kirkwood Hotel, Cedar Rapids IA
Treasurer: Randy Faulkner, Pres. Hawkeye Dry Ice/Owner The Firehouse, Cedar Rapids, IA

Those re-elected to a three-year term included:
Dr. John Bailey, Retired Medical Doctor, Anamosa, IA
Randy Faulkner, Pres. Hawkeye Dry Ice & Owner The Firehouse, Cedar Rapids, IA
Brian Gay, Executive Director, Midwest Free Community Papers, Coralville, IA
Bill Northup, Wells Fargo Bank, Regional Manager for Private Client Services, Des Moines, IA
Kay Pitlik, Retired Special Educator/Advocate/ Cedar Rapids, IA
Mag Welter, Retired Special Educator, Monticello, IA
Winnie Williams, Monticello, Retired Fawn Creek Homes, Anamos, IA
Jim Zimmerman, Principal Sacred Heart, Monticello, IA

Other board members include:
Aaron Cook, Farmer, Winthrop, IA
Jim Foels, Farmer, Brooklyn, IA
Larry Greco, Retired Cedar Rapids Police Department, Solon, IA
Merlin Hulse, Farmer, Clarence, IA
Mary Johnson, Rockwell, Marion, IA
Jim Klinger, Retired, Cedar Memorial Funeral Homes, Cedar Rapids, IA
Phil Martin, Retired United Airlines, Anamosa, IA
Steve Supple, Farmer, Cascade, IA
Bob Thoeni, Retired owner of Bob's Pioneer Seed, Monticello, IA
Dan Vorhies, Newton Sales, Monticello, IA
Chris Wiese, VP Sales LimoLink, Cedar Rapids, IA

Camp Courageous is a year-round recreational and respite care facility for individuals with disabilities. In its 38th year of serving those with special needs, a volunteer board of directors governs the camp. This year Camp Courageous will serve over 6,000 campers with special needs. The camp is run on donations, without government assistance, without formal sponsorship, and without paid fundraisers. What this means is everything that is donated to the camp goes directly to benefit the campers. Camp Courageous is available 24-hours a day, 365-days a year to meet the emergency needs of families with a special needs family member living at home.

Tours of the camp and programs about this unique facility are available by contacting the camp at 319/465-5916 or going to

Past Board President, Aaron Cook, hands the President's gavel over to new President Winnie
Williams. (Back Row-Left-Right) Merlin Hulse, Randy Faulkner, Steve Supple, Bob Thoeni,
Dan Vorhies, Brian Gay, Dr. John Bailey, Jim Klinger, Jim Zimmerman, and Larry Greco.
Front Row-Left-Right) Mary Van Houten, Mary Johnson, Mag Welter, Margo Ahrendsen, Chris
Wiese, Jim Foels, Kay Pitlik, and Phil Martin. Not present, Bill Northup.

For More Information Contact: Charlie This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it -319/465-5916 ext 2100


Women's Clothing Retailer Builds Hope PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brittney Hanson   
Monday, 04 June 2012 14:39
maurices Sells Hope Bracelet to Support Partnership With American Cancer Society

Duluth, Minn.National women’s fashion retailer maurices is inviting its customers and the community to join its efforts in supporting the world’s largest cancer-fighting fundraiser, The American Cancer Society (ACS) Relay For Life.

As part of the company's mission to help raise awareness and funds for the ACS’s ongoing research, education, advocacy and service programs, maurices is selling the 2012 version of its signature Hope Bracelet in all 800+ stores, as well as online now through June 30th, or while supplies last.

Designed exclusively for maurices by fashion designer and stylist Christopher Straub, from Season Six of Lifetime’s Project Runway, the Hope Bracelet features silver-tone charms engraved with the message “hope.” The bracelets retail for $6, and maurices will contribute a minimum of $3 from each sale toward its fundraising efforts for the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life.

This is the eighth year maurices has participated in Relay For Life, the ACS’s signature fundraising activity and the largest global cancer-fighting fundraising movement. In addition to its contributions through the sale of Hope Bracelets, maurices will also raise money through its associate and community involvement in Relay For Life events.

During Relay For Life events across the country this spring and summer, maurices associates, executives and customers will work in teams to raise funds and take turns walking or running for 24 hours. Uniting more than 3.5 million people throughout the United States and 20 other countries, these life-changing events celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and make a commitment to fight back against the disease.

"We’re grateful to have the continued support of maurices," said Terry Music, chief mission delivery officer for the American Cancer Society. "Through sales of the Hope Bracelet, the American Cancer Society will be able to continue the fight for a world with less cancer and more birthdays."

To learn more about maurices or shop online, visit

About maurices
, a division of Ascena Retail Group, Inc. (NASDAQ – ASNA), is the leading hometown specialty store and authority for the savvy, fashion-conscious girl with a twenty-something attitude. Today, as maurices expands into the Canadian market, it operates more than 800 stores in 44 states. The retailer stands for fashion, quality, value and customer service. maurices’ styles are inspired by the girl in everyone, in every size.

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Written by Anne McVey   
Monday, 04 June 2012 14:27

The City of Davenport is requiring a $57,000 new fire sprinkler system for King’s Harvest Ministries.  King’s Harvest will need to raise the money for the new system or shut their doors. So King’s Harvest is starting a Capital Campaign called Saving King’s Harvest to raise the money. King’s Harvest serves the poor and homeless in the Quad Cities and is located at 824 W. 3rd Street in downtown Davenport.

Anne McVey, Fundraising Coordinator for King’s Harvest, stated “King’s Harvest is planning several special event fundraisers throughout the summer and early fall”. She feels this should be a community wide effort. “It would be a sad day if King’s Harvest was gone and could not help all the poor and less fortunate in our community, especially our new Shelter for Homeless Mothers with Children. Where will they go? I’ve seen the homeless children, will they go back into tents and cars?”.

The first big fundraiser is scheduled for June 16th at the Brady Street Stadium. The Wolfpack Semi-pro football team has their first game and King’s Harvest is their charity of choice. Just attending the football game with friends or family can help save King’s  Harvest. King’s Harvest will be receiving a portion of each ticket sold.

If you would like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Anne McVey, Fundraising Coordinator for King’s Harvest Ministries, please call 563-508-4170.

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