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Written by Lora Adams   
Monday, 23 January 2012 14:07

MOLINE, ILLINOIS -- WQPT, Quad Cities PBS will hold their 11th annual Champagne on the Rocks Gala on January 27, 2012 at the Hotel Blackhawk’s Gold Room.  The Presenting Sponsor for Champagne on the Rocks is The Singh Group, Merrill Lynch-Quad Cities, Global Wealth Management.

Champagne on the Rocks is WQPT’s premiere fundraising event featuring dinner, diamonds, live and silent auction with musicians Jonathan Turner, A.J. Haut and Robert Rosensteil backing vocalist George Keating. Mr. Keating recently completed roles in the acclaimed productions of “Sweeney Todd” as Pirelli and “It’s a Wonderful Life” in the Jimmy Stewart role of George Bailey, both in Chicago

What makes Champagne on the Rocks so special? Each guest receives a champagne glass with a gem as they enter the gala. Representatives from Expressions Jewelers will be on hand to appraise the gems. One lucky guest will win a GIA certified half carat diamond, donated by Expressions Jewelers.  Guests will also bid on 100 items in both the live and silent auctions. New this year – a grab bag called “It’s All Yours” with a guaranteed value of at least $20.

To view a complete list of auction items log on to For further information or to make a reservation to attend Champagne on the Rocks call 309-764-2400 or log on to

Sponsors for the event include: Gold Sponsor – The Singh Group/Merrill Lynch Quad Cities, Global Wealth Management;

Silver Sponsors - Hotel Blackhawk and John Deere;  

Diamond Sponsor – Expressions Jewelers with additional support from Andich & Andich Attorneys at Law, Scott and Carrie Bull, Ducky’s Formal Wear, Hy-Vee and Staack Florists.

WQPT is a media service of Western Illinois University located in Moline, IL.                            # # #

Red Kettle Campaign 2011 Final Report PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Holly Nomura   
Friday, 13 January 2012 14:01
The Salvation Army is overwhelmed by the community’s generosity!

Quad Cities, USA -Major Gary Felton, Quad Cities Coordinator for The Salvation Army, would like the community to know that the organization is simply blown away by the generosity and enthusiasm shown this year. The goal of $700,000 was achieved, and $717,625 is the final total for this fund raising Major Felton said, "The Quad Cities heard our cry for help, and responded! It feels good to know that we have the community’s support as we help people tackle some very tough issues.

“To every Quad Citian that donated at the kettles, directed checks our way, and volunteered to ring bells or work an event, our hearts are filled with gratitude – Thank you!”

During this Red Kettle Campaign, The Salvation Army also packed and distributed 2,300 food boxes to over 2,000 local households. The 3,000+ children in those households received toys Christmas morning because of the generosity of the community at the Angel Trees.  Major Felton continued, “Because the goal was reached, our largest programs at the Family Service Center -- Emergency Shelter, Transitional Housing, and Meal Site -- will remain strong. Last year we saw a 35% increase in the number of residents living at the Center. 32,000 nights of lodging were provided to the families, and over 43,000 meals were served from this facility to our residents and the community.”

Felton extends his gratitude to The Salvation Army's community business partners. Felton said, "I'd like to thank every one of our community partners for giving The Salvation Army the opportunity to ring our bells in front of their establishments."

“And a special thank you to VON MAUR for their match days on December 23rd and 24th. The goal still seemed out of reach, but when we saw a 26% increase for those two days over last year’s kettles – a record breaking two days – those additional donations brought us within sight of the $700,000 target.”


St. Malachy's Winterfest Artisan Fair, Food, Raffles and Auctions PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lowell & Darlene Gramling   
Friday, 13 January 2012 09:57

St. Malachy's Church

595 E. Ogden Ave., Geneseo, IL

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Saturday, February 11,   9 am - 3:30 pm


*Italian Café serving Coffee & Rolls (9 to 11 am)

Homemade Soups, Sandwiches, Pies (11 am to 2 pm)

*Artisan Crafts (9 am to 2 pm) from Vendors throughout the Quad City Area                          

*Raffles: “Marie-Grace” American Girl doll, Hand-made Quilt, Hand-crafted Oak Deacon's Bench, John Deere Child's Gator, $100 Heaven Sent Gift Certificate, and Kindle Fire

*Live Auction (2:30 pm) and Silent Auction (ending at 3:30 pm)

*Bake Shoppe with Baked Goods, Candy, Jams, Jellies & more

*Men's Den for men to hang out when their wives are shopping

Sunday, February 12, Spaghetti Dinner  4-7 pm

Raffle Drawing  6 pm

Kennedi’s Kisses 2nd annual poker tournament is scheduled for Friday, February 24, at 6 p.m. at Modern Woodmen Park, Davenport, Iowa. PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Julie Bechtel   
Friday, 13 January 2012 09:38
DAVENPORT, Iowa -- Three Quad-Cities area families who endured the heartbreak of the loss of a toddler in 2011 also felt the warmth of Kennedi's Kisses.

Parents of those lost children received assistance with burial expenses and memorial costs as well as the more important message that a community cares, through money raised by Kennedi's Kisses.

Kennedi's Kisses is a support organization and charity founded by Matt and Crystal Sherwood following the death of their young daughter Kennedi Eve on April 27, 2009.

The second annual Kennedi's Kisses Poker Tournament, a primary fundraiser for the fledgling organization, will take place on Friday, Feb. 24, at Modern Woodmen Park in Davenport.

Seats are available for 296 players, and the inaugural event sold out last year well before the first hand was dealt. Buy-in is $40 with one $20 rebuy. Prizes include a first-place award of airfare for two and a three-night hotel stay in Las Vegas, plus a $1,000 entry into a World Series of Poker qualifying event.

Cards will hit the air at 6 p.m., with doors to open at 5 p.m.

Pre-registration is recommended at Registration also will take place the night of the event until all seats are sold.

For more information, contact: Kennedi's Kisses, 120 Crestview Drive, Eldridge, IA, 52748, or call Matt Sherwood at (563) 529-4623 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Bettendorf Rotary Announces 2011 Community Grants PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Glenn Kass   
Friday, 13 January 2012 09:04


Club’s annual “Lobsterfest” shares $20,000 with 12 area not-for-profit organizations

Bettendorf, IA – The Charitable Giving Board of Bettendorf Rotary Club announces the award of a total of $20,000 to 12 not-for-profit organizations that serve the Quad City community.
This is the fourth year that funds generated from the club’s annual Lobsterfest in June have created the philanthropy fund that the Bettendorf Rotary Charitable Giving Board disburses. There will also be $6,000 in scholarships to graduates pursuing higher education. These awards are chosen by the participating educational institutions – Bettendorf and Pleasant Valley high schools, Rivermont Collegiate and Scott Community College.
“We received 30 grant requests for amounts totaling $60,202.35,” said Jeff Hassel, Chair of the BRC Charitable Giving Board. “As always, the programs present worthy opportunities for funding and the choices are difficult. The total amount awarded represented 33% of the final amount requested. We hope our next ‘Lobsterfest’ on June 16th enables us to reach this level of support for 2012.”
(A complete list of the 12 grant recipients for 2011 follows below.)

Individual grants of as much as $2,500 are available to any qualified non-profit organization in the Quad Cities. The application deadline is October 1st. Applications are available to download at Completed requests must then be postmarked by October 1st and sent to: Bettendorf Rotary Club, PO Box 133, Bettendorf, IA, 52722. Applications can also be obtained by mailing a request to the same address.
Grants are not awarded to groups for annual fundraising, organizational endowment funds, deficit financing, grants to individuals, scholarship funds, political groups or activities, Rotarians and their families or for sectarian purposes. Organizations that receive funds in a funding cycle are not eligible for awards the following year. Applications are reviewed and awarded by the Bettendorf Rotary’s Charitable Giving Board with funds located at the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend.
The Bettendorf Rotary Club (, chartered on May 22, 1957, has more than 100 members fulfilling the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self” in a variety of local, regional and national community volunteer projects. The club meets each Wednesday at Noon at Fortune Garden Restaurant, 2211 Kimberly Road, Bettendorf. In addition to the website, you can find the club on Facebook (
Bettendorf Rotary Club is part of Rotary International (, founded in 1905 by Paul Harris, a Chicago businessman and University of Iowa alumnus. The international organization, now based in Evanston, IL, has more than one million members participating with 32,000 clubs located in more than 200 countries.
The following are the 12 grants that the Bettendorf Rotary Charitable Giving Board selected and had approved by the Bettendorf Rotary Club’s Executive Board for funding in 2011:
Big Brothers Big Sisters
BBBS will mentor 55 children this year within three elementary schools in Bettendorf.
Amount funded - $2,000

Central Community Circle Food Pantry
The Central Community Circle Food Pantry would like to include milk and eggs in the emergency food baskets clients receive every 30 days.
Amount funded - $1,270

Family Resources
Restore and renovate the historic (1921) Orphanage Gymnasium on the Wittenmyer Youth Campus to serve the 300+ at-risk and special needs residential children of our local communities.
Amount funded - $2,000

Hand In Hand
Hand In Hand is expanding its programs at 3860 Middle Road in Bettendorf to serve more children with disabilities in the Quad Cities.
Amount funded - $2,400

Handicapped Development Center
To maintain good health for individuals at HDC, this request is to obtain the following items: an otoscope, and oxygen concentrator and a suction machine.
Amount funded – $1,280

Humane Society of Scott County
HSSC educational programs provide presentations on animal care, pet overpopulation and shelter pet adoption. This project supports improved public access to these programs.
Amount funded - $500

Junior Achievement of the Heartland
The implementation of Junior Achievement’s core-mission programs at Edison Academy aimed at increasing student awareness about the importance of staying in school.
Amount funded - $2,400

New Hope Presbyterian Church
The New Hope Presbyterian Church Food Pantry serves as a mission to the community of Northwest Davenport by providing food to the needy.
Amount funded - $1,250

Punch/First Baptist Church
PUNCH will contract with Overbeck Construction to provide caulking and weather-stripping for homes in the neighborhoods it serves from Locust Street South to 12th Street and from Harrison Street East to Farnam.
Amount funded - $1,000

Quad City Human Trafficking Project
Provide training targeting minors and organizations that serve minors increase awareness of the issue of modern human slavery as well as the vulnerability of minors to sex trafficking.
Amount funded - $1,000

River Music Experience
Creation of a Music Club called “Acoustic” – geared towards individuals in their late teens to twenties with special needs, as a collaborative effort between The River Music Experience and West Music Therapy.
Amount funded - $2,400

Supplemental Emergency Assistance Program (SEAP)
SEAP member agencies work together to help clients with crisis financial needs. Case work is done. When a legitimate need is identified, SEAP funds are accessed.
Amount funded - $2,500

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