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Churches United of the Quad City Area will be participating in the Alan Feinstein challenge PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Anne Wachal   
Monday, 20 February 2012 15:34

Churches United would like to ask the community to please recognize our long history in operating  food pantries and meal sites by supporting our hunger programs beginning March 1 through April 30th.

We have an opportunity to receive other funding from  the Alan Feinstein Foundation if we can garner a significant contribution during these 60 days.

Should you feel so moved please designate in the memo line or send us a note you are in your envelope that you are responding to the Feinstein Foundation Challenge and mail it to Churches United of the Quad City Area, 2535 Tech Drive – Suite 205, Bettendorf, IA  52722.

Churches United will then receive a proportional amount of the $1,000,000 (million) the foundation  will be dispersing to hunger agencies all across the country.

Remember, your donation must simply require two things: that it be dated between March 1 and April 30th, 2012 and the Feinstein Foundation must be mentioned somewhere in your mailing.

It has been a tough year and we continue to feed people in need all over the greater Quad City area.

In 2011, our food pantries served over 29,000 families equaling over 102,000 individuals. We do make an impact .

So please help us during this time.  Thank you!!

For questions or more information contact Churches United at 332-5002 or email us at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

For information on Alan Feinstein Foundation  go to:

Unique Birdhouses to be Featured at Diamonds or Denim PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sarah Burnett   
Friday, 17 February 2012 15:36


Iowa City, IA –Diamonds or Denim, Riverside Theatre’s annual fundraising gala, will include a new and unique element this year, one-of-a-kind birdhouses.

The birdhouses were decorated by local artists, community members, members of Riverside Theatre’s Board of Directors and patrons of the theatre and look like anything but ordinary birdhouses.

Using paint, paper, cloth, lights, feathers, beads, metal and repurposed materials, the birdhouses have been transformed by their designers into original pieces of art.

“When we distributed birdhouses to area artists and friends of Riverside – we had no idea they would come back to us with such unique designs,” said Riverside Theatre Artistic Director Jody Hovland.  “They are truly one-of-a-kind art objects – who would have thought a simple wooden birdhouse would generate such wildly imaginative and whimsical ideas?”

The only way to see these creative creations is to come to Diamonds or Denim.

The birdhouses will be part of the table decorations at this year’s fundraising gala and will be sold within the evening’s silent auction.

This year’s Diamonds or Denim will be held at hotelVetro suites & conference center in the Plaza Towers, 201 S. Linn St. Iowa City, on Friday, February 24, starting at 6 p.m.

The event features a silent auction, live auction, raffle drawing, music by Iowa City’s most eclectic ensemble The Recliners, appetizers and desserts provided by local eateries, and a cash bar.

This year’s raffle offers two fabulous prizes. The first raffle prize is a 14K two-toned white and yellow gold diamond bracelet. The second raffle prize is a $1,000 Visa ® Gift Card, usable anywhere Visa is accepted. Raffle tickets are $10 each or 3 for $25 and can be purchased by calling 319-338-7672. Raffle tickets will also be for sale at the event.

The professional live auction by Sharpless Auction offers a wide variety of unique experiences including dinners, excursions, accommodations in popular vacation destinations, and parties.

The silent auction will feature many unique items including jewelry, art, autographed books, handmade creations, and much more.

Regular tickets for Diamonds on Denim are $55 each ($45/ticket is tax-deductible) and tables of 10 are available for $500 ($40/ticket is tax-deductible). Discounted tickets are available for Riverdog Pass Holders for $50 each ($40/ticket is tax-deductible). Tickets can be purchased online at, by phone at (319) 338-7672 or at the Riverside Theatre Box Office. The Box Office is located at 213 N. Gilbert St, Iowa City. Box Office Hours are: 12 - 4 p.m. Monday – Friday. Tickets can also be purchased at the door the night of the event. Tables of 10 must be arranged through the Box Office.

All proceeds from the evening will support Riverside Theatre programming.


Piano Recital to raise funds for King's Harvest and new shelter PDF Print E-mail
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Written by King's Harvest   
Tuesday, 14 February 2012 08:50

McCaulley Piano Studio and Happy Joe's Pizza are teaming up to raise money for King's Harvest and its new shelter for homeless mothers with children.

A piano recital will begin at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Happy Joe's location at 201 W. 50th St., Davenport.

Students and their families who attend are asked to donate $10. The money will go directly to King's Harvest and the new shelter. Performing students will receive a free Little Joe pizza and their families will receive 15 percent off any food purchase.

Monetary donations can be sent to 5837 Wisconsin Ave., Davenport, IA 52806, or via For more information, call King's Harvest at 563-570-4536.

Trivia Night, then Taco Tuesday PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Judy Hutchinson   
Friday, 10 February 2012 08:47
The Bi-State Literacy Council is hosting two fundraisers coming up, a trivia night on Saturday, March 3, 2012, and a Taco Tuesday fundraiser on Tuesday, April 10, 2012.  We are busy preparing baskets for the trivia night fundraiser raffle and silent auction, thanks to the generosity of our donors, so it will be a fun evening!  And, we have a special challenge for trivia teams representing a school or public library - $100 donated to the winning team's library to be used for reading program supplies.  The library teams don't have to be all librarians - library supporters playing for their library count, too!  It's not too late to sign up your team!

Hope to see you at one of our events, and thanks for your support of the Council's activities.

Judy Hutchinson
BSLC Secretary

Judy Hutchinson, PrairieCat Manager
309-799-3155, x3150

DubStar Recreates ‘Minute To Win It’ Game Show to Benefit Quad Cities Autism Center PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Chris Starman   
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 13:22

Davenport, IA February 7, 2012 – Local fundraising group DubStar will recreate the television magic of the hit NBC game show, ‘Minute To Win It’ to support the Quad Cities Autism Center, with their second annual event titled DubStar Presents: Minute 2 Win It. The event will take place Feb 17 at 8:00pm, live from The Pub (4320 Brady Street - Davenport) and will again be hosted by local comedian, Brandon Gale.

DubStar is hoping to capitalize on the success of 2011 event, that gained the attention on NBC producers, who asked the pair to apply to be contestants and submit a highlight video to possibly be used on the show. For the Feb 17 event, DubStar has added more games, more prizes, and a few new elements, including team challenges to the show.


“Last year was so much fun, and such a tremendous success.” siad returning host, Brandon Gale. “The only complaint was that not everyone could play, so we added five more games and two team challenges,” Gale added. “At times like these, when funds are tight, this is a great way to get involved and help an amazing cause. In exchange for your support, our service is to offer you a night of fun and fabulous prizes.”


The Quad Cities Autism Center (QCAC) was founded in October of 2005 as a 501 (C)3 non-profit organization that delivers direct instruction and natural environment teaching to children affected by Autism. The Quad Cities Autism Center exists to provide education, guidance and resources to parents and children affected by Autism and to offer one to one instruction to develop and enhance the lives of our children by giving them New Hope and a brighter future.


DubStar is an amateur fundraising group founded in 2008 by Tony Boyer and Chris Starman. DubStar’s mission is to make a positive impact, either financially or through awareness, on deserving charities or groups, through fun and unique ways; “Party With A Purpose”. Additional information can be found at the DubStar website,



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