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"There's Nothing Butter" Than the Corndog Kickoff! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by readMedia   
Friday, 10 June 2011 12:20

DES MOINES, IA (06/08/2011)(readMedia)-- The Blue Ribbon Foundation will host the fifteenth annual Corndog Kickoff Benefit Auction and Fair Food Grazing Party on Saturday, July 9 in the William C. Knapp Varied Industries Building on the Iowa State Fairgrounds. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. to commence the celebration of 100 years of the butter cow. "There's Nothing Butter" than a night filled with exciting auction packages, entertainment and all of your favorite Fair foods, while helping to raise funds to restore the Iowa State Fairgrounds!

The live and silent auctions are filled with enticing packages. Bid on tickets to the Shrine Circus on the Iowa State Fairgrounds, complete with special seating, a private tour, and a role in the clowns' skit. Enjoy all things butter with an original butter cow cartoon by Brian Duffy and also a hand in sculpting the tail of the 100th anniversary butter cow. Or, go backstage to meet Jason Aldean, Chris Young and Thompson Square, after you attend their nearly sold-out concert in great seats!

The Corndog Kickoff has been a pre-fair tradition since it began in 1997. First held in Pioneer Hall, 480 people were in attendance. Since then, the event has grown to raise over $2.1 million for the restoration and preservation of the Iowa State Fairgrounds. The 2010 event brought in a crowd of 1,200 and raised more than $227,000 in one night!

"Each year, the Corndog Kickoff gets bigger and better thanks to all of the Fair-lovers who continue to support the event," said John Putney, executive director of the Blue Ribbon Foundation. "As our largest fundraiser, the Kickoff is an essential part of our mission to preserve and improve the Iowa State Fairgrounds."

Take advantage of the advance ticket price by ordering now. All inclusive Corndog Kickoff tickets are $75 each until June 30. After that date, tickets will be $100. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Blue Ribbon Foundation at (800) 450-3732, online at or at the door the night of the event.

The Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Since its inception in 1993, the Foundation has generated more than $80 million for renovations and improvements to the Iowa State Fairgrounds. For more information on the Corndog Kickoff, please contact the Foundation at(800) 450-3732 or


Brucemore’s Tahitian Party PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tara Richards   
Tuesday, 31 May 2011 13:01

Revel amid flickering tiki torches while sipping a cool beverage and listening to steel drums poolside at Brucemore during this year’s Tahitian Party on June 24 from 6:30 to 10:00 p.m. Enjoy roast suckling pig, noshes, and Polynesian drinks provided by Brucemore’s new and returning food vendors – Benz Beverage Depot, Braise, First Avenue Wine House, Ruzicka’s, Wright Touch Bake Shoppe and Catering, and Zins Restaurant. Bid on exclusive Brucemore experiences in the silent auction, such as special floral packages from the Brucemore Cutting Gardens Flower Shop, VIP ticket packages for Brucemore events, exclusive dining experiences on the estate, and private brunch on Brucemore’s West Porch. All proceeds benefit the Lord & Burnham Greenhouse Rehabilitation Project to begin in July with completion targeted for October. The public is invited to contribute to the greenhouse project; donors of $1,000 or more will be acknowledged on a donor recognition tree to be placed in the greenhouse.

Sarah Anderson, member of the Tahitian Party Steering Committee, said, "I'd be hard pressed to find a way I'd rather spend a midsummer's evening in Iowa. There may be no better vantage to appreciate the mansion, its history, and the general splendor of summer in Cedar Rapids than gathered poolside at Brucemore with friends and patrons alike at the Tahitian Party."

Tickets are $50 per person.  Please call (319) 362-7375 to purchase tickets by Friday, June 17. Sponsorship levels are also available beginning at $100 and offering additional benefits. For more information, visit or call (319) 362-7375.

Mercy Medical Center is the Printing Sponsor and Leading Sponsors include: Kathleen and Tom Aller; Alliant Energy Foundation; Echo Batson and Mike Ahart; Benefit Solutions, Inc.; Bradley & Riley PC; Brenda Duello; Tim and Katie Hill; Jim Kern and Mickey Sigler; Linn County Board of Supervisors Witwer Trust; Nina E. and Victor Merveaux Fund; Paul and Jennifer Morf; National Trust for Historic Preservation; Paulson Electric Co.; Tom Peffer and Carol Reasoner; Fred and Janet Manatt Pilcher; Rinderknecht Associates, Inc.; Shuttleworth & Ingersoll, PLC; Simmons, Perrine, Moyer, Bergman, PLC; Solum & Lang Architects; and Wells Fargo.

Brucemore, Iowa’s only National Trust Historic Site, is located at 2160 Linden Drive SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa


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Written by Sister Mary Ann Vogel, CHM   
Tuesday, 31 May 2011 12:38

The Development Committee of the Board of Humility of Mary Housing, Inc. is busy planning several fundraising events for the summer. First on the schedule is a fun-filled Night at the Family Museum. If you are looking for an activity that you and your children or grandchildren can enjoy together, the Family Museum in Bettendorf is the place to be Saturday, June 11 from 5pm to 8pm. Clifford the Big Red Dog will be there as a special guest. In addition, there will be hot dogs, chips, beverage, and dessert; entertainment; and entrance to the museum and its many activity centers. Admission is $5. Please call 563-326-1330 to make your reservation.

This event, as well as the others being planned, is to benefit Humility of Mary Housing, Inc. (HMHI) in its mission to provide a supportive housing program and opportunities for growth and development to single parent families who have experienced homelessness. It is a program that helps families help themselves; helps them reach their potential and their dreams. It is a program that helps two generations at once. The parents work on education and or job training goals as well as life skills of parenting, budgeting, nutrition and housekeeping to reach their goal of self-sufficiency. The children learn there is a different way to live; they achieve in school and get help when needed so cycles of homelessness and poverty can begin to disappear. One mother said HMHI “not only provided a roof over their heads but also a foundation under their feet.” Nearly 700 families including nearly 1400 children have been provided supportive housing services by HMHI since 1990. Each family has its own furnished apartment and works with one of the professional social workers on staff to put together a plan for achieving their goals. This plan, as well as other needs, is monitored through weekly meetings.

This program has grown and has been successful because it has a professional, committed and caring staff and a strong, supportive base of volunteers and donors who have a great passion for the mission of HMHI. The support of the Quad City community is essential in order for HMHI to continue working to meet the great need. Over 300 applications are received each year and there are only 47 apartments available in the program.

Other events being planned are the 22nd annual, very large, Fresh Start Benefit Sale of new and gently used items held at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds starting the evening of August 16 and going through noon of August 19; and, the second annual Jazz Brunch scheduled for September 25 at the Crow Valley Golf Club. Watch for more information on these events.

Mark your calendars for all these events and, please, let us see you there. For additional information about any of them, please call 326-1330; email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or click on to our website at

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Written by Caroline Vernon   
Monday, 16 May 2011 11:08
May 16, 2011

Progressive Action for the Common Good (PACG) is a non-profit organization established to provide a progressive voice in discussions related to problems facing our society and to educate the public on how to promote and participate in public debate around issues of concern.

PACG promotes forums for discussion of such issues as Health Care Reform, Civil Rights, Media Reform, Local Foods, Women’s Issues, The Environment/Sustainable Energy, and Peace and Justice. The public is invited join these discussions at any time.

PACG is pleased to announce that it has relocated its offices to Cobblestone Place located at 1212 West Third Street in Davenport. “The new offices will provide us with much more space and allow us to better facilitate the work of the many issue forums that we support”, said Alta Price, President of the PACG Board of Directors. “Ensuring that all sides of an issue are represented in our daily discourse is of importance to us and why we promote issue forums that address such a wide range of topics”, she said.

PACG will hold an open house at their new location on Thursday, May 26 from 6:30 to 8:00. The public is encouraged to attend and find out more about the organization and learn how the various forums might help them express themselves on the issues that are of concern to them.

“We’re excited about the move, about the next phase for PACG and how we will be better positioned to provide the support individuals need to have their voice heard on the major issues within the country today”, Price said.

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Written by M. McNeil   
Thursday, 12 May 2011 07:16
Just Kids Commemorates Anniversary with Sports-Themed Celebration

April 26, 2011 – Just Kids Early Care & Education Centers in Milan, IL is celebrating 35 years of providing high-quality early education services to the Quad Cities community.

Just Kids is a non-profit, United Way partner that has been providing services in Milan since the organization’s inception. They operate 4 child development centers and serve over 250 families annually. Just Kids has over 50 early childhood professionals working together to educate young children, build public support for high-quality programs, improve professional practice and support area families.

“All young children deserve high-quality early learning experiences that will prepare them for life. Just Kids has had a great opportunity to contribute to this need for the past 35 years,” said Vera Hinrichsen, Executive Director of Just Kids. “I am honored that parents have continued to turn to us to help give their children a positive start.”

The organization is inviting the community, particularly current and former Just Kids families, to celebrate their 35th anniversary at their “High Five for 35” event on May 11, 2011 from 5:30-7:30 at the Milan Community Center, 2701 1st Street East, Milan. This sports-themed event will feature free family activities, crafts, raffle baskets and dinner for $1. Kids can also meet Mo Mallard and Monkey Joe. Blackhawk Bank & Trust, a loyal supporter of Just Kids, is serving as the principal sponsor of this celebration.

For more information on Just Kids Early Care & Education Centers, please visit

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