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Written by Christine Hojnacki   
Tuesday, 09 August 2011 12:28

MILWAUKEE, WI. (August 8, 2011) – The Bon-Ton Stores, which operates, Bon-Ton, Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s, Parisian and Younkers stores, announced its semi-annual Community Day event will be a two-day event,  Friday, November 11 and Saturday, November 12, 2011, allowing the local non-profit groups a greater opportunity to raise funds for their organizations.

Groups may sign up at and begin selling booklets immediately.  The savings booklets contain over $200 or more in savings on in-store and online merchandise during the Bon-Ton Community Day event.

Eligible Community Day organizations include 501C-3 nonprofit organizations and schools.  Non-profit groups sell savings booklets for a $5 donation to support their group, and in return, the purchaser receives the valuable booklet of offers which instantly pays the donor back with a $10-off on $10 or more item-coupon.  The organization keeps 100% of the $5 donation.

“Providing opportunities to support non-profit groups in the community is extremely important to our company,” said Bud Bergren, president and chief executive officer of The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. “By extending the event to two days, we hope participating groups will be able to generate more donations and, at the same time, customers who buy the booklets will have more time to take advantage of the tremendous offers.”

In 2010, over $10 million was raised by participating nonprofit organizations through the Community Day events.  Successful organizations have raised thousands of dollars by participating in this event.  View testimonials on and find out first-hand what groups are saying about their success and learn more about how non-profits can benefit from this event.

The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. operates 275 stores, including 11 furniture galleries, in 23 states in the Northeast, Midwest and upper Great Plains under the Bon-Ton, Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson Pirie Scott, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s and Younkers nameplates and, under the Parisian nameplate, stores in the Detroit, Michigan area. The stores offer a broad assortment of brand-name fashion apparel and accessories for women, men and children, as well as cosmetics and home furnishings. 

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2011 Great Mississippi River Clean-Up Comes Home to the Quad-Cities PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Natalie Linville-Mass   
Friday, 05 August 2011 12:07

Quad-Cities/ July 10th, 2011 – A massive volunteer effort to clean the mighty   Mississippi   is about to begin its third phase in the place where it all began.  The Great Mississippi River Clean-Up (GMRC) is a volunteer effort coordinated by Living Lands & Waters (LLW), an East Moline, IL-based non-profit environmental group.  Last year, LLW coordinated the first-ever simultaneous clean up of the  Mississippi River .   This year, the initiative has expanded from 22 to 30 cities and has grown into a summer-long campaign.    Living   Lands   & Waters (LL&W) will launch the third phase of the 2011 Great Mississippi River Clean Up on Saturday, August 13th. Volunteers from the Quad-Cities through Keokuk will help pull garbage out of the waters and onto the shores of Muscatine  Burlington  Ft.   Madison  and  Keokuk  Iowa  and Oquawka, New Boston and   Nauvoo  Illinois  .  This year’s Great Mississippi River Clean-Up began on June 11th along the shores of  Wisconsin  Minnesota  and  Northern Iowa , where volunteers pulled truckloads of discarded materials from the waters so that it could be disposed of properly.   Clean-ups previously scheduled in   Saint Paul   and Red Wing, MN and Prairie duChien, WI had to be re-scheduled because high water and fast-moving debris made it too hazardous for volunteers.

The phenomenal growth of the Great Mississippi River Clean-up, with the addition of eight more cities this year, required organizers to broaden their efforts to monthly clean-ups across the summer.  In all, 1200-1500 volunteers are expected to take part in this year’s clean-up of this iconic waterway.  The final phases of the GMRC will begin September 17th and involve volunteers from  Canton  MO  through   St. Louis  MO.   Please note the dates are subject to river flood conditions

LL&W Founder and President Chad Pregracke says flooding is something LLW adapts to almost every year.  “The river is constantly changing, and because of that, we must always be prepared and able to respond.”  Pregracke, who was recently recognized as a ‘Service Hero’ at the Points of Light Foundation’s tribute to former President George H.W. Bush, Sr.  Pregracke adds that doing the clean up in phases will help bring our important message to more people.  Said Pregracke, “That’s part of what Living Lands and Waters is all about:  bringing the health of our rivers to the attention of everyone who depends upon them, and then working to improve it.”

The Great Mississippi River Cleanup will remove debris such as tires, barrels, propane tanks, appliances, plastic bottles and more from the waterway. Volunteers will be needed to assist in debris collection on the day of the cleanup. If possible, LL&W is also looking for people who are willing to haul debris in their boats to the boat launch where roll-off dumpsters or other disposal facilities will be in place.

 Living   Lands  and Waters is a 501(c) (3) environmental organization established in 1998 and headquartered in   East Moline  Illinois  .  LL&W has removed more than six million pounds of trash through cleanup efforts along the  Mississippi  Missouri  Ohio  Illinois  and  Potomac  rivers since its launch over 12 years ago. LL&W also coordinated flood relief efforts after Hurricane Katrina and the historic floods in  Cedar Rapids  Iowa  and   Lake Delton  Wisconsin   in 2008. 

For more information or to sign up as a volunteer, please visit


Upcoming American Red Cross blood drives August 16 - 31 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Theresa Kuhlmann   
Tuesday, 02 August 2011 16:20

Red Cross Blood Donations at Seriously Low Level; Blood Donors Needed

Blood donations nationally have been declining this summer and supplies are at seriously low levels. Though the American Red Cross issued a national appeal for blood donors on July 11, blood products are going out to area hospitals just as quickly as donations are coming in.

All blood types are needed – especially type O negative, B negative and A negative – to ensure blood supplies do not drop to emergency levels.

“Summer blood donors can mean the difference between an adequate blood supply and a shortage,” said Shelly Heiden, CEO of the Heart of America Red Cross Blood Services region. “We are asking eligible donors to make appointments in the coming days to reverse the downward trend in donations that we have seen this summer.”

With many donors busy or traveling and school out of session, donations have dropped dramatically. In fact, during May and June 2011, while the need for blood products remained steady, donations were at the lowest level during this time frame in 12 years. More recently extreme heat experienced throughout the region may be contributing to fewer donations.

The Red Cross needs blood donors – now more than ever – to roll up a sleeve and give as soon as possible.

To show appreciation to those who help save lives near the upcoming Labor Day holiday (August 29 to September 7), all presenting donors at Red Cross blood drives and blood donation centers in the Heart of America region will automatically be entered for a chance to win a $500 gas card. This is a part of the Red Cross’ summer-long Good to Give. Good to Go. promotion that features holiday-themed raffles and a chance for one lucky donor (21 and older) in the Mid-America Blood Services Division to win a trip for four (4) to Orlando, Florida.


How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to make an appointment or for more information.

A blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are generally in good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

About the American Red Cross

Governed by volunteers and supported by giving individuals and communities, the American Red Cross is the single largest supplier of blood products to hospitals throughout the United States. While local hospital needs are always met first, the Red Cross also helps ensure no patient goes without blood no matter where or when they need it. In addition to providing nearly half of the nation’s blood supply, the Red Cross provides relief to victims of disaster, trains millions in lifesaving skills, serves as a communication link between U.S. military members and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts. 


Blood Donation Opportunities



8/18/2011, 1:30 pm- 6:30 pm, American Legion Hall, 221 Calvert St., Chadwick,

8/19/2011, 12:00 pm- 6:00 pm, St. Wendelin's Catholic Church, 102 S. Linn, Shannon

8/22/2011, 12:00 pm- 5:00 pm, First Presbyterian Church, 502 3rd Street, Savanna

8/26/2011, 1:00 pm- 6:00 pm, Church of God, 816 S. Clay, Mount Carroll

8/30/2011, 8:00 am-11:30 am, Elkay Manufacturing, 105 N. Rochester St, Lanark


8/18/2011, 10:00 am- 4:00 pm, Lyondell Chemical Company, 3400 Anamosa Road, Clinton 



8/26/2011, 10:00 am- 1:00 pm, Hy-Vee, 2200 W. Kimberly Rd., Davenport


8/16/2011, 1:00 pm- 5:15 pm, Old Fulton Fire Station, 912 4th Street, Fulton

8/17/2011, 2:00 pm- 6:00 pm, Rock Falls Blood Donation Center, 112 W. Second St., Rock Falls

8/23/2011, 1:00 pm- 5:15 pm, Old Fulton Fire Station, 912 4th Street, Fulton

8/24/2011, 3:00 pm- 7:00 pm, Abiding Word Church, 806 E Lynn Blvd., Sterling

8/24/2011, 10:00 am- 2:00 pm, Rock Falls Blood Donation Center, 112 W. Second St., Rock Falls

8/25/2011, 4:00 pm- 7:00 pm, Rock Falls Blood Donation Center, 112 W. Second St., Rock Falls

8/31/2011, 2:00 pm- 6:00 pm, Rock Falls Blood Donation Center, 112 W. Second St., Rock Falls


Donations Needed for Benefit Sale PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sister Mary Ann Vogel   
Thursday, 28 July 2011 13:27

Donations of good, gently used items are now being accepted by Humility of Mary Housing, Inc. for the Fresh Start Benefit Sale which will be held at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds beginning the evening of August 16 and going through noon of August 19. The drop-off location for sale items is 311 West Kimberly, across from North Park Mall, Lujack’s and Burger King. Drop-off days and times are Monday, Thursday and Saturday, 9 am to 3 pm, now through August 11. Accepted items are any household items in good working order including large and small appliances and furniture, bedding, linens, gift items, jewelry, books, toys, exercise equipment and other. Please, no clothes.

Humility of Mary Housing, Inc. is a transitional and permanent supportive housing program that provides single-parent families experiencing homelessness with opportunities for growth and development that could lead to self-sufficient living. Children in the program learn there is a different way to live, they grow in self-esteem, some of these children have become the first in their family to complete high school and then go on to college.

We hear of growing numbers of homeless children and children living in poverty. These stories are not just about other countries and other communities; they include our own Quad City community. Humility of Mary Housing is working to reduce some of those statistics. In their 21 years 684 families including 1349 children have been served. Every day, except when an apartment is being prepared for a new family, HMHI is serving 47 single parents and approximately 100 children. A caring and generous Quad City community has made it possible for HMHI to continue serving the needs of these families.

Today you can help by dropping off those good unused, never used items you find as you clean out cupboards, basements, attics and garages; as you simplify your life styles or downsize your living spaces. Think Fresh Start Benefit Sale and think of the homeless children who will be helped.

Help homeless children in the Quad Cities and get great deals on gently used items. PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sister Mary Ann Vogel, CHM   
Tuesday, 26 July 2011 07:26
Humility of Mary Housing is preparing for its 21st annual Fresh Start Benefit Sale to be held at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds August 17 – 20, 2010.

This sale is just the place to recycle those items you have cleaned out of closets, attics, basements or garages. Your gently used items will become someone else’s treasure. We can use house wares, small and large appliance in good working order, furniture, toys, tools, jewelry, bedding, linens and much more; no clothes for this sale, please.

There is a new location for dropping off items for the Fresh Start Sale: 2906 Brady Street in Davenport. It is left off Brady at E. 29th Street and just west of Life’s Little Treasures. Drop off dates and times are: Monday, Thursday and Saturday 9am – 3pm now through August 12.

All proceeds from the Fresh Start Sale benefit Humility of Mary Housing, Inc., celebrating 20 years of success helping homeless single-parent families return to self-sufficiency. In those 20 years they have served 665 families including 1288 children.

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