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Boys Teams Basketball Tournament Benefits Camp Courageous PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Charlie Becker   
Tuesday, 25 October 2011 13:38
Boys Teams Grades 3rd-4th grade and 7th-8th Pre-Season Basketball Tournament

A pre-season boys basketball tournament will be held at the Monticello Berndes Center in Monticello, IA on Saturday, October 29th and Sunday, October 30th. This event will be a fundraiser for Camp Courageous that is sponsored by 5th Quarter Sports. Steve Cooper, a past Camp Courageous counselor, is organizing this annual event.

The tournament will be open to boys in 3rd & 4th grades on Saturday.   The 7th & 8th grade boys will play on Sunday. There will be a limit to eight teams in each division.  Expect a 9 AM to 4 PM time-frame. No schedule requests will be accepted for this tournament.

Team entry fee is $135.00 for 7th & 8th grade and $65 for 3rd-4th grade. Spectator admission will be charged and concessions will be offered. All concessions and door from this event will go to benefit Camp Courageous, a year-round respite and recreational facility for individuals of all ages with special needs that is run on donations.  For more information contact Steve Cooper by e-mail at:    This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

AmeriCorps NCCC team assists Camp Courageous PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Charlie Becker   
Tuesday, 25 October 2011 10:51
MONTICELLO, IOWA—An AmeriCorps NCCC team is spending nine weeks at Camp Courageous of Iowa in Monticello, Iowa working as camp counselors with special needs adults.

From September 6th through November 8th, “Cedar Three” is serving as camp counselors to help promote a safe and enjoyable week for campers with disabilities.  As camp Counselors they are working with other staff to lead groups of 4 to 5 campers. Work ranges from assisting campers with various camp activities to aiding with personal care.

Camp Courageous is a year-round recreational and respite care facility for individuals of all ages with disabilities. Camp Courageous was founded in 1972 when 40 acres of land was donated for the establishment of a camp for the disabled. The following year, five buildings were built from donated labor and materials. By 1974 the camp had opened and totaled 211 campers. Today the camp is open year-round, has over 150 acres of land with 14 buildings, and annually serves over 6,000 campers, ranging in age from 1 to 105. Camp Courageous runs solely on donations.  Due to the popularity of the camp, many people with disabilities are put on a waiting list. By having an AmeriCorps NCCC team of ten people serve as camp councilors, over 100 people have been taken off of the waiting list.

This is not the first time Cedar Three has volunteered at Camp Courageous. The team painted staff dormitory rooms in March as part of their first project working together. During their three day stay, they had the opportunity to get familiar with the campus and meet some of the campers. Cedar Three also had the opportunity to spend time with the campers at the weekly dance that takes place on Thursday nights.

According to Team Leader Drew Simmons, Cedar Three Corps Members were apprehensive of the personal care aspect of the project because they had not had experience with it before but have accustomed to the process, “Everyone was nervous at first because it was something they had not done before, but they have been doing a great job. It’s not easy work but it means so much to the campers and other counselors that they are getting this kind of help.”

According to the Camp’s Volunteer Director Shannon Poe, Cedar Three has been a big help, “They have been a great addition to the camp staff and they are wonderful with the campers. It’s always great to have AmeriCorps NCCC come and help us out because we don’t get as many volunteers as we would like to.”

After serving as camp counselors, Cedar Three will travel back the main base in Vinton, Iowa to conclude their Corps year with a graduation date of November 17th.

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New Community Foundation Announced for East Moline PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Linda Martin   
Tuesday, 25 October 2011 10:45
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A news conference held this morning at the East Point Metro Facility, 1201 14th Avenue, East Moline, Illinois announced the establishment of a new foundation for the community of East Moline.

Chairman of the newly formed East Moline Foundation, Doug Reynolds said, “I grew up, went to school and had my business in East Moline. I want to give back to the community. This can be accomplished by creating a foundation. Other communities have a foundation…now East Moline will have one too. We have many needs that need to be answered.” The group also announced a Leadership Challenge Grant of $108,000 that will match all gifts made to the East Moline Foundation in the next year. The amount of the fund signifies the 108 year old history of the City of East Moline as it was established in 1903.

Co-founder Ben Ryan, Jr. noted, "Many loyal East Moline natives toil at their life's work only to  find that, when finally successful, no entity is available for promotional or  charitable gifts specifically directed to East Moline.  An East Moline  Foundation will alleviate this short coming and fill a need long overdue for a city of our history and size."

At this morning’s news conference, Bob Baecke said, “During the many years which East Moline has been incorporated as a city, there has never been a foundation established for charitable gifts.  We now have that opportunity and we are hopeful that the citizens of East Moline will join with us in making the East Moline Foundation a success for the future of our city.”

East Moline attorney, Bill Phares, noted, “East Moline has, for many years, lacked a permanent organization to independently evaluate community goals and needs. We have needed a way to solicit contributions to fund programs to achieve those goals and meet those needs. The East Moline Foundation will serve as this permanent organization for the citizens of East Moline.

The East Moline Foundation will be led by an initial Board of Bob Baecke, Bill Phares, Ben Ryan, Jr. and Doug Reynolds. Other citizens will be encouraged to join the work and leadership of the East Moline Foundation. Donors and volunteers should contact: William Phares, P.O. Box 457, East Moline, IL 61244-0457 (309) 796-0170

Leaders also acknowledged the partnership with The Moline Foundation as the East Moline Foundation will be formed as an affiliate fund with their neighboring community foundation to the west.

The Moline Foundation Board Chairman Jon Tunberg said, “It’s a special day for East Moline and Moline and one that will influence lives in our communities for years to come.”

As a charitable foundation, The East Moline Foundation will offer a range of charitable funds, allowing donors to advance a cause such as education or the environment, support an individual organization, provide flexible support for community needs or recommend individual grants. The East Moline Foundation will provide funding to health, human services, education, community, workforce and economic development development, the arts and other charitable organizations which benefit the citizens of East Moline and the surrounding area in the Illinois Quad Cities. The East Moline Foundation will receive and administer charitable gifts, grow an endowment fund, and handle additional funds to benefit donor wishes. It will also serve as a catalyst and convener to bring about solutions to problems affecting quality of life in the community.


“Business Friends of Niabi Zoo” Forms to Support Elephant House PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Heather Venema   
Tuesday, 11 October 2011 11:47

Stepping forth to kick off a new initiative in support of Niabi Zoo is a group of local businesses called the “Business Friends of Niabi Zoo.” Over the next 12-18 months, participating businesses in the Iowa and Illinois Quad Cities will be coordinating individual promotions and efforts to raise funding towards the new elephant house.

As part of a recent accreditation inspection by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), Niabi Zoo was asked to start having a stronger focus on renovating the home for the elephants. The proposed new structure is estimated to cost over $4 million, and Niabi Zoo has been relying on community members and organizations to help raise the needed funding.

Local company GCO Flooring is kicking off the “Business Friends” initiative. “We believe very strongly that giving back to our community is one of the most important things you can do as a business owner,” said Shawn and Janelle Langan, co-owners of GCO Flooring. “That’s what we teach our associates, children, and it truly is the foundation of how we run our business.”

Throughout this initiative, GCO Flooring announced that they will spearhead this group’s efforts by announcing a 5 percent donation of qualifying sales towards the elephant house initiative. Throughout the year GCO also plans to hold special sale weekends aimed specifically towards the elephant house.

Other members of the business community in the Quad Cities were also called on to consider joining this effort. President of Rock Island County Forest Preserve, Tom Rockwell, said, “We hope that this business group inspires other businesses on both sides of the river to support our local zoo.”

Collectively, the participating businesses will work with the Niabi Zoological Society throughout the fundraising effort.

During a press conference on Thursday, October 6th, representatives from Rock Island County, Niabi Zoo, the Niabi Zoological Society, and the Convention & Visitors Bureau all spoke about the impact this effort can make.

“Initiatives like this are so important to keeping facilities like Niabi Zoo operating at the highest caliber possible,” said Zoo Director Mark Ryan. “Community efforts like this do so much to gain support and awareness for our programming in the Quad Cities.” 

The proposed new space for the zoo will be large enough to house up to four elephants, including special facilities to house a male. The new structure will enable Niabi Zoo to work towards getting a third elephant, and also have the capability to temporarily house an elephant should another zoo need assistance.

Throughout the coming months the progress of the Business Friends for Niabi Zoo will be shared and communicated with the Quad Cities community through releases, online and social media. Individual business events to support the fundraising effort will also be shared.


Businesses wishing to get more information about joining the “Business Friends of Niabi Zoo” are asked to contact TAG Communications, Inc.

Winnie’s Wishes Resale Shop and More now Open in Davenport PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jo Cohrs   
Monday, 10 October 2011 15:54

Winnie's Wishes Resale Shop and More, 902 E. River Drive, Davenport

A shop with a purpose??    YES!

Winnie's Wishes purpose is . . . .

*   To provide a place for people to DONATE their gently used items to help DOMESTIC VIOLENCE


*  To provide a place for people to VOLUNTEER to help those victims of DOMESTIC VIOLENCE


*  To provide a place for the victims of DOMESTIC VIOLENCE at "Winnie's Place" to come and shop for FREE!


*  Mission:   To lift up the women we serve    (of Winnie's Place)

Winnie's Place - a shelter for women who are homeless or victims of domestic violence . . . with or without children will be celebrating it's 5th Anniversary in December.     Winnie's stands for "Women in Need, Nurtured into Excellence" and that's just what Winnie's Place does.    While in shelter the basic life necessities are provided for them along with a safe roof over their heads.  They are also given basic life skills to help them learn how to get a job, make appointments, nutrition, finances, etc.

Winnie's Wishes allows the community to "Brighten Lives and Save Money" and help women and children of Winnie's Place.

You better come check us out and see the STARS!

(A ministry of Churches United of the Quad City Area)

Shop hours:    Tuesday - Friday  10 AM - 4 PM         Saturday 9 - Noon

Winnie's Wishes   563/323-5007

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