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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

Make a Muscle for Madi PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Megan Ramirez   
Tuesday, 10 January 2012 15:47

I'm participating in the MDA Muscle Walk and I need your help!

I'm walking in the MDA Muscle Walk this year because I want to do something meaningful this year and I hope to have your support. I chose MDA because of all the incredible things they do for my family and those they serve in our community. If you didn't hear, Madison was chosen as our local Goodwill Ambassador for MDA. The people in this organization go above and beyond any job calls for. We have developed such close relationships.

I am super excited to tell all of you that Madi may be attending the MDA camp this summer for the first time. It looks and sounds amazing. Kids get to do courageous and astounding adventures that "normal" kids do every summer. She will get to swim, climb trees, ride horses, and so much more. I am anticipating this event incredibly. I know Madison will only grow from this experience. Wanna know the best part? It is of no cost to every participant. That is only possible through so many contributors and donors like you. Please help me reach my goal of $1000 to help send Madi and other kids to camp.

I truly believe that some of the reasons Madi is as strong as she is today are because she has so many things to look forward to, odds to beat, the support around her, and the boosts of confidence that family, friends, and our MDA provide for her. She is walking a lot. A dream I didn't think that would ever come true! She does a forward roll on her own, she lowers herself onto the potty, has many self help skills, and LOVES to perform. The smile on her face as she accomplishes new things everyday is priceless! The fear still lives within me that she will soon lose some of these new found independent skills. I can only dream of a world with no SMA right now. But with your help and contributions, that dream is one step closer. A portion of proceeds goes directly to research her disease.

Make your muscles work for something good. Please sponsor my effort with a donation.

Make a Muscle. Make a Difference.

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3M Check Presentation at Family Museum PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Elly Gerdts   
Tuesday, 10 January 2012 15:39
On Friday, January 13, representatives from 3M will present a $50,000 check to the Family Museum. The money will go towards the Rethink, Reshape, Reinvent renovation project set to begin late 2012. The purpose of Rethink, Reshape, Reinvent is to renovate and reuse the Family Museum’s existing 7,100 square feet of exhibit gallery space in order to provide a new set of learning experiences and environments specifically designed to meet the needs of young learners age 8 and younger and their adult caregivers. Leaders from both organizations will be on hand to answer questions.

The Most Anticipated Trivia Night of the Year Is Back! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Elly Gerdts   
Tuesday, 10 January 2012 15:10

Bettendorf — Start recruiting, start strategizing, and start preparing for the most anticipated evening of Q & A of the year – the Family Museum Trivia Night!  On Saturday, March 31, 2012, the Family Museum Foundation will host this fun and action packed evening at the Quad Cities Waterfront Convention Center. Doors open at 6:00 PM and trivia begins at 7:00 PM. There will be silent auction items to bid on and a grand raffle for thousands of dollars in prizes.

Trivia Night 2012 is the Family Museum’s annual fundraising event to support programming and exhibits at the Museum for children and families.  Cost for a table of eight people is $200 ($25 per person) and includes pizza buffet and sides catered by the Isle of Capri and a chance to finish in the top three places with guaranteed cash prizes. New this year: teams registered by February 1 will receive $25 off registration.

Last year’s event sold out, so register now by calling Jeff at 563-344-4168 or register online.


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