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“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

National Memorial Service to Honor Fallen Iowa Firefighter PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jenni A. McClelland   
Monday, 10 October 2011 15:46
EMMITSBURG, MD. – The 30th Annual National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service will honor an Iowa firefighter who died in the line of duty in 2010.  He is among the 72 firefighters who died in 2010 and 17 firefighters who died in previous years who will be remembered at the official national service held at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland. 

Firefighter Steven S. Crannell, age 47, of the Guthrie Center Fire Department died after suffering a heart attack within 24 hours of participating in a department training exercise on April 22, 2010.

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) and the Department of Homeland Security will sponsor the official national tribute on October 16, 2011.

As first responders to all natural and manmade emergencies, fire service personnel are in constant danger. During 2010, 72 firefighters died in the line of duty, making firefighting one of the nation’s most dangerous occupations.

More than 6,000 people, including Members of Congress, Administration officials and other dignitaries, members of the fire service, and families and friends of the fallen firefighters will attend the event.  Families will receive flags flown over the U. S. Capitol and the National Memorial. Members of the fire service, honor guard units and pipe and drum units from across the U.S. will participate in this national tribute.

Many fire departments across the country will also conduct simultaneous services, lower flags to half-staff, sound sirens, and observe a moment of silent tribute.  For the first time in Memorial Weekend history, departments and local places of worship are invited to participate in Bells Across America for Fallen Firefighters, a national moment of remembrance, to honor those who died in the line of duty.  For more information on Bells Across America for Fallen Firefighters visit:

For a complete list of fallen firefighters being honored and a widget to display their information on your website, along with Memorial Weekend related videos, photos, media and broadcast information visit         

About the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF)

The United States Congress created the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to lead a nationwide effort to remember America's fallen firefighters. Since 1992, the nonprofit Foundation has developed and expanded programs to honor fallen fire heroes and assist their families and coworkers. For more information on the Foundation and its programs contact us at 301-447-1365 or visit

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Written by Lora Adams   
Monday, 03 October 2011 12:59

MOLINE, ILLINOIS – Mulligan’s Valley Pub in Coal Valley is providing a tasty way to support WQPT. On October 25th from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. everyone who purchases a $5.00 order of tacos will also be supporting quality television programming and educational outreach projects for WQPT, our area’s local PBS station.

“Viewers, friends and others are invited to show their support for the station while enjoying great tacos that have generously been provided by  Mulligan’s and Royal Neighbors of America,” said WQPT General Manager, Rick Best.  “Mulligan’s donates 100% of the proceeds for the night to various charities and WQPT is honored to have been chosen to receive this gift” Best said.

WQPT provides educational, public affairs and entertainment programming on its main channel and broadcasts MHz Worldview on its second channel. Both are provided to eastern Iowa and western Illinois viewers 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Membership dollars and special events help provide the funding to support the station.

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

22nd Annual Square Dance Benefit For Camp Courageous PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Becky Melchert   
Monday, 03 October 2011 12:03
Monticello, IA— On Sunday, October 9, 2011, the East Central Federation and Cedar Valley Callers Association will sponsor the 22nd Anniversary of the Annual Square Dance Benefit for Camp Courageous. The calling begins at 1:30 p.m. and ends at 4 p.m. in the main lodge at Camp Courageous.

Callers and cuers are invited from all over eastern Iowa and the surrounding areas. Dance clubs as well as individuals and couples are welcome to enjoy the afternoon dancing or just observing in the spacious camp lodge. Tours will be available for anyone interested in seeing all that camp offers including the camp train, the barn and the indoor swimming pool! Admission fee is a donation to camp. Participants are asked to bring along cookies, or a snack to share---beverages are provided.

Located near Monticello IA, Camp Courageous is a year-round recreational and respite care facility for individuals with mental and physical disabilities. The camp was built and continues to operate on donations, without government support, without formal sponsorship, and without paid fundraisers. The camp serves nearly 6,000 individuals with special needs annually.


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