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Written by Jo Cohrs   
Monday, 01 March 2010 11:08

Usually, if one were to ask:  “What do Roman Catholics, mainstream Protestants, Evangelical Christians, Jews, and Moslems have in common?” more often than not, the answer would be “Very little!”  However, in recent weeks, that has been far from the case.  These faith communities, who often differ, and sometimes differ vigorously over such matters as social issues, geo-politics, and points of theology, have been crossing what sometimes appears as impenetrate lines and coming together in common cause over their mutual concern for the plight of the victims of the earthquake in Haiti.

A few weeks ago, Churches United of the Quad Cities, Temple Emanuel, and a number of local clergy initiated a drive to unite the various faith communities of the Quad Cities in their efforts to aid Haitian earthquake victims.  A letter was sent out to all clergy and houses of worship, encouraging them to support the fund raising efforts of their particular national or international faith group and to report their efforts to the local coordinators of this project.  The goal of the organizers was to gather the data which would demonstrate the impact of our Quad Cities faith communities on this important relief effort.  It was their hope that by demonstrating how supportive of this cause have been our churches, synagogues, and mosques, they would be able to encourage both additional charitable giving of behalf of the Haitian people and greater interfaith respect and cooperation within our community.

To date, 46 faith communities have reported the results of their relief efforts.  Together, they have raised almost $188,000.00.  Congregational giving has ranged from $150.00 to $20,000.00 (see list below).  These funds have been directed to at least 21 separate agencies and organizations (see list below).

While the majority of the participating congregations conducted direct fund appeals, either from their pulpits, in their newsletters, or by email, there were some congregations that went a step further in their efforts.  There were those who put together health kits or meal kits, those who involved the children of their congregation in special projects, concerts, and there was one that hosted a fund raising Taco Fiesta (see list below).

The figures reported are minimal.  There are many other congregations in our community that have raised funds on behalf of Haitian relief, but which have yet to report their efforts to the organizers of this project.  There are also many in our faith communities whose giving cannot be tracked because they sent their contributions directly to their denominational funds or to social service agencies.

There has rarely been a time in our community when we have experienced such a coming together of our diverse congregations, affirming the positive values we share in common and the potential power of religion to better the quality of life for all people.

For further information, please feel free to contact either Rev. Ronald Quay, Executive Director of Churches United of the Quad Cities (309/786-6494) or Rabbi Henry Jay Karp of Temple Emanuel (563/326-4419).


  1. All Saints Episcopal Community of Faith, Moline
  2. Asbury United Methodist Church, Bettendorf
  3. Bethel Wesley United Methodist Church, Moline
  4. Bettendorf Christian Church
  5. Bettendorf Presbyterian Church
  6. The Bridge Foursquare Church, Milan
  7. Broadway Presbyterian Church
  8. Christ United Methodist Church, East Moline
  9. Edwards Congregational United Church of Christ, Davenport
  10. Eldridge United Methodist Church
  11. Faith Lutheran Church, Eldridge
  12. 15th Avenue Christian Church, Rock Island
  13. First Baptist Church, Cordova
  14. First Baptist Church, Davenport
  15. First Baptist Church, East Moline
  16. First Baptist Church, Moline
  17. First Christian Church, Davenport
  18. First Congregational Church United Church of Christ, Moline
  19. First Lutheran Church, Erie
  20. First Lutheran Church, Rock Island
  21. First Presbyterian Church, LeClaire
  22. First Presbyterian Church, Milan
  23. First United Methodist Church, Geneseo
  24. Grace Lutheran Church, Opheim
  25. Grace United Church of Christ, Wilton
  26. Heritage Church, Rock Island
  27. Hope United Church of Christ, Moline
  28. Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities
  29. Metropolitan Community Church of the Quad Cities, Davenport
  30. Moline Mosque
  31. Orion United Methodist Church, Orion
  32. Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Bettendorf
  33. Our Savior Presbyterian Church, Le Claire
  34. Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Davenport
  35. Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Rock Island
  36. Sacred Heart Cathedral, Davenport
  37. St. Anne’s Catholic Church, Long Grove
  38. St. John’s United Methodist Church, Davenport
  39. St. Mark Lutheran Church, Davenport
  40. St. Paul the Apostle Church & School, Davenport
  41. St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church, Rock Island
  42. Salem Lutheran Church, Moline
  43. Temple Emanuel, Davenport
  44. Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Davenport
  45. Trinity Lutheran Church, Moline
  46. Union Congregational United Church of Christ

SUB TOTAL = $187,958.09


  1. American Baptist International Ministries
  2. American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee
  3. Catholic Relief Services in Haiti
  4. Congregational & Denominational missionaries in Haiti & the Dominican Republic
  5. Disciples of Christ Week of Compassion
  6. ELCA Disaster Relief Fund
  7. Episcopal Relief and Development Fund for Haiti
  8. Foursquare Churches and Orphanage in Haiti
  9. Haiti:  Caring With Crutches
  10. LCMC missionaries in Haiti
  11. Lifeline Christian Mission in Haiti
  12. Lutheran World Relief
  13. Metropolitan Community Church Denominational Emergency Fund
  14. One Great Hour of Sharing (UCC & Baptist)
  15. Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, PCUSA
  16. The Red Cross
  17. SERVHaiti
  18. Union for Reform Judaism Haiti Relief Fund
  19. United Church of Christ Illinois Conference Haiti Relief Fund
  20. United Methodist Committee on Relief
  21. Waves of Mercy (funds raised to purchase and ship 31,900 pounds of rice to the Waves of Mercy mission site in Haiti)


  1. Bethel Wesley United Methodist Church of Moline is collecting funds for the purchase of clothing and emergency items.
  2. Edwards Congregational United Church of Christ of Davenport is having their children make Haiti Pins to sell as a fund raiser, and two of their musical groups is planning a benefit concert for March 14 at 3:00 p.m..
  3. Faith Lutheran Church in Eldridge is putting together health kits that will be distributed
  4. First Lutheran Church in Rock Island is making health kits for Lutheran World Relief.
  5. First Baptist East Moline is putting together health kits and baby layettes that will be distributed.
  6. First Presbyterian Church of LeClaire held a Taco Fiesta fund raiser for Haiti.
  7. St. John’s United Methodist Church in Davenport is partnering with Kids Against Hunger in working to provide 100,000 meals in Haiti.
  8. Prince of Peace Church of Davenport is collecting crutches to donate to Haiti:  Caring With Crutches
  9. St. Paul the Apostle School, Davenport, held a benefit concert at the River Music Experience, featuring the Meyers Brothers and others.
  10. Temple Emanuel & Tri City Jewish Center religious school students decided to dedicate four weeks of their weekly charitable giving to Haitian relief efforts.
  11. Temple Emanuel of Davenport’s Tikkun Olam (Social Justice) Committee is running a used book fair to raise funds for Haitian relief.

ACLU-QC Banquet/Meeting/Election 12 March, Renwick Mansion PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Stan Furlong   
Monday, 01 March 2010 08:56
The Annual Meeting, Banquet & Election of the ACLU's Quad-Cities chapter will be 6:30 p.m. on Friday, March 12, 2010 at the Renwick Mansion, 901 Tremont Avenue, Davenport, Iowa. The banquet will feature a pasta buffet by Diane DeBord catering. Iowa governor Chet Culver is an invited guest and Todd McGreevy, the publisher of the River Cities’ Reader, will be the guest speaker.

Three recipients of the Elfreida Hershal Award will be honored at the banquet. The River Cities’ Reader, Todd McGreevy & Kathleen McCarthy, will receive the award for their writings on individual rights. It will be presented to Tommy Miller for her pro bono work providing legal aid to indigent clients. The award will go to Maggie Tinsman for sponsoring legislation in the Iowa Senate to inhibit and prevent human trafficking.

The Banquet, Annual Meeting & Election will be a good opportunity to meet the people who do most of the work of our chapter and express your opinion on how we can do better at fulfilling our mission. The banquet will cost $15.00 per person. If you want to attend this event, please send a check made out to ACLU QC and mail it to ACLU Quad Cities, 325 Forest Road, Davenport IA 52803 in time for us to receive it by March 5.

Martini Shake Off Supports HAVlife Foundation PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Audra Cornwell   
Thursday, 18 February 2010 08:52

Davenport, IA – On Thursday, February 18, downtown at the Redstone Room, thirteen local establishments will participate in the 2010 Martini Shake Off. The bartenders will compete for titles of the best traditional martini, best fruit martini, best dessert, best bartender’s choice and the People’s Choice award.

This year’s Martini Shake Off will feature martini samples from Bass Street Chop House, Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano, Carriage Haus, Granite City, Icons, Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse, Kilkenny’s, McClellan Stockade, Nan’s Piano Bar, Pints, Red Crow Grille, Steventon’s and Woodfire Grill, while enjoying appetizers and the sounds of Ellis Kell, Andrew Landers, Matt Podschweit, Terry Hanson & Ron Wilson. There will also be the chance to bid on silent auction items as well as a 50/50 cash raffle.

Event proceeds will benefit the HAVlife Foundation, established four years ago in honor of Hunter Aaron Vondran, who passed away at the young age of 13 due to injuries sustained in a tragic accident. Hunter was an avid athlete and musician who had a passion for living life to the fullest. In his short 13 years, Hunter managed to inspire the people around him to do the same and left his message in their hearts when he passed. His parents, Michael and Brenda Vondran, along with his brother Baron, set up the HAVlife Foundation in order to do good things in Hunter’s honor. The proceeds from the foundation stay in the local middle schools to prevent lost potential of today’s youth by supporting music and athletic programs in our schools and throughout the Quad Cities community. HAVlife strives to honor Hunter’s memory by supporting children and their pursuit of a full life, as Hunter would have wanted. During this year’s event Davenport Community Schools and Rock Island Community School District superintendants will be presented with additional funding to support ongoing HAVlife Youth Enrichment Scholarships. Presentation to take place at 8:00pm.

The event will begin at 5:30pm and last until 9:00pm.

Tickets are $45 per person, or $75 for a couple.

For more information or to purchase tickets please call 563.355.2200 or contact us via email – This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Trivia Night Fundraiser PDF Print E-mail
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Written by John Pheiffer   
Monday, 15 February 2010 09:09


An Evening of Fun & Fellowship

Put on your thinking cap and show us how many trivial facts you have stored in your head!

Reserve February 26th and join us at the Masonic Center, 511 E 65th St, Davenport.

Doors open at 6:30 PM, play starts at 7:00 PM.

Tables of up to eight, $10.00 per person.

Cash Prizes – Silent Auction – 50/50 and Heads or Tails.


Soft drinks and snacks available.

Proceeds to benefit the Daughters of the Nile general fund.

Contact Audrey Adamson at 309-236-6804 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

with questions or to reserve your table. Bring family, friends and neighbors.

Everyone Welcome!

Wear Jeans to Work to Benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lisa Hoffman Vondale   
Thursday, 11 February 2010 14:22

Geneseo Girl Highlighted In Statewide Make-A-Wish Foundation Promotion

PEORIA – Brooke, 8, from Geneseo, was diagnosed with severe Type 1 diabetes shortly before her second birthday. Her condition is complicated by severe hypoglycemia. Thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation and their upcoming Jeans for Wishes campaign, Brooke’s dream of owning a therapy dog will come true this spring.

Brooke is bubbly and goofy and enjoys cracking jokes. She likes to take care of her cat, Sophie, and beagle named Sadie. She likes listening to Miley Cyrus and enjoys gymnastics, swimming, and cheering for the local softball team, the Lady Leafs.

When she learned that some therapy dogs are trained to smell when a diabetic’s sugar level drops, she decided to wish for a golden retriever that could help her and her family cope with her diabetes. She also loves dogs, so Brooke knows a dog will be a welcome addition to her house.

About Jeans for Wishes
Through the Jeans for Wishes Campaign, the Make-A-Wish Foundation will be able to grant Brooke’s wish and many others. The campaign engages companies and schools to join together to wear blue jeans for a small donation to the Foundation during the week of March 15. The goal of the second annual Jeans for Wishes campaign is to raise $100,000 to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Illinois. Organizations may register their company or school at

Participating organizations will receive a Jeans for Wishes starter kit to promote the program within their group. The inspiring stories of wish children, including Brooke, who benefit from this fundraiser are posted online at where Jeans For Wishes participants can send notes of encouragement to several wish children. The campaign is supported by Abt Electronics, Old Navy and Midas.

About the Make-A-Wish Foundation
The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Illinois grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich their lives with hope, strength and joy. Since 1985, the Foundation has granted more than 9,000 wishes and continues its mission to share the power of a wish® with special children across Illinois. For more information or to find out how you can help contact us at 309.637.1659, 800.978.9474(WISH) or visit


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