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Bon-Ton’s Spring Goodwill® Sale Collected Nearly 4 Million Pounds of Clothing and Textiles to Support Goodwill’s Job Training Programs PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Christine Hojnacki   
Monday, 18 April 2011 14:46

April 18, 2011—The Goodwill® Sale, a partnership between The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ: BONT) and Goodwill Industries International, has collected 3.8 million pounds of donations. Consumers donated gently used clothing and textiles to support the job training programs, skills training and community-based services that Goodwill agencies provide in their local communities.

The most recent Bon-Ton Goodwill Sale took place from March 9- 23, 2011 at Bon-Ton stores in 23 states. Bon-Ton, which operates stores under the Bon-Ton, Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson Pirie Scott, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s, Younkers and Parisian nameplates, received donations for Goodwill at its 275 stores. Goodwill sold those donations in its retail stores and the revenues were used to fund programs that give people the skills they need to enter the workforce, including people with disabilities, those who lack education or job experience and others facing challenges to finding employment.

“The Goodwill Sale is playing an important role in helping people in the communities where we operate,” said Bud Bergren, president and CEO of The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. “Investing in the economic engine of our local communities is important to our culture.”

Nearly 60 Goodwill agencies participated in the partnership and distributed  millions of discount coupons to generous donors, who received 15 – 20 percent off of merchandise at Bon-Ton stores. Donors also had the opportunity to share their donation on the Million Acts of Goodwill website, where they could access an exclusive 25 percent-off coupon and a chance to win a trip to New York to see Live! with Regis and Kelly.

“The donations from the community have enabled Goodwill to raise an estimated 17 million dollars to benefit Goodwill’s mission of helping people find jobs and strengthen their families and communities,” said Jim Gibbons, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries International. “We are truly thankful for the generosity of Bon-Ton customers and will put that support to good use by providing the services people need to build fulfilling careers.”

The Goodwill Sale takes place twice a year — each spring and fall season. Since 1994, the Goodwill Sale cause-marketing collaboration has helped generate an estimated potential value of $135 million in revenue to support Goodwill’s employment placement services and other support services for people with disadvantages to finding employment.

About Goodwill Industries International
Goodwill Industries International is a network of 165 community-based agencies in the United States and Canada with 14 affiliates in 13 other countries. Goodwill is one of North America's top five most valuable and recognized nonprofit brands as well as a leading social services enterprise (Source: Cone Nonprofit Power Brand 100, 2009). Goodwill operates more than 2,500 stores and the first and only nonprofit Internet auction site, Goodwill agencies also build revenue and create jobs by contracting with businessesand government to provide a wide range of commercial services, including packaging and assembly, food service preparation, and document imaging and shredding. Last year, more than 2.4 million people in the United States and Canada benefited from Goodwill's career services. Goodwill channels 84 percent of its revenues directly into its programs and services. To find a Goodwill location near you, use the online locator at, or call (800) 741-0186. Twitter: @GoodwillIntl. Facebook: GoodwillIntl.

“Cocktail Party with the Arts” Fundraiser for QC Pride PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kevin Gibbs   
Friday, 15 April 2011 08:24

QC Pride is excited to announce they are hosting a “Cocktail Party with the Arts” fundraiser. This event will be held on Friday, April 22nd from 7:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. in the Gold Room of the hip and historic landmark Hotel Blackhawk. This amazing evening will have something for everyone including: hors d'oeuvres, cash bar, many raffle items, and a variety of entertainment featuring:

  • A living art display: body art by Motif Productions

  • Mona Ritemon: Djembe drummer, vocal stylist, and poet

  • Hersong: the Quad Cities Women’s Chorus

  • Bruce Brown & Dancers: world renowned dancer, entertainer, and chorographer

  • Lojo Russo: sweet folk to rock musician

  • Nikki Lunden: singer, songwriter

Everyone is welcome to attend for only a $15 minimum donation. Come and spend an evening with QC Pride in the beautiful Hotel Blackhawk and enjoy the arts.

QC Pride, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The mission of QC Pride is to instigate and to promote charitable and educational projects that promote human dignity, equality and welfare. More information can be found at

American Cancer Society Bettendorf Discovery Shop to host 19th Annual Cookbook Event PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jamie Sons   
Friday, 01 April 2011 13:34
The Bettendorf Discovery Shop invites you to join them Thursday, April 7th and Friday, April 8th for their 19th annual cookbook and kitchenware event.

The store is already packed with great items, and on Thursday morning we will have hundreds and hundreds new and old cookbooks, china, dishes, linens, and many other kitchen items. If you love to cook, or know someone that does, this will be then perfect day for you to shop at the Discovery Shop. If you have cookbooks that you would like to donate for this event we would be happy to have them.

The Discovery Shop is an upscale resale shop selling gently used items donated by the community and staffed by over 100 volunteers. Proceeds go to the American Cancer Society for cancer research, education, patient services and advocacy.

Donations are accepted anytime the shop is open and a tax receipt is always available. Hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 am to 5 pm., Thursday from 10 am to 7 pm. and Saturday from10 am to 4 pm.

We are thankful for all the wonderful donations and excited to have this fun event for our customers.

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Written by Linda Martin   
Thursday, 31 March 2011 07:35

March 30, 2011

The Moline Foundation has a grant opportunity through a fund called Karen’s Summertime FUNd in honor of Karen Getz. Through the Karen’s Summertime FUNd, The Moline Foundation is offering mini-grants between $300 and $1,000. The object of this special opportunity is to provide non-profit organizations extra funds to develop creative, educational, and fun-filled activities for kids during the summer months. Non-profit organizations are encouraged to apply if they serve the citizens of Moline and the surrounding region, including the Quad Cities.

Karen’s Summertime FUNd grants are made possible by Tom Getz, the Getz family and friends and many generous donors to The Moline Foundation. Such monies allow The Moline Foundation to give non-profits the opportunity to fill some of the gaps in quality summer programming and to support innovative and worthwhile efforts so that children through the Quad Cities have something just a little extra special to do this summer.

In establishing Karen’s Summertime Kids program, we honor the life of a woman who gave to so many others. This special program will help us remember the many ways Karen Getz reached out to children with her sparkling personality and tireless spirit. But Karen will also be remembered as the thoughtful, intuitive partner in so many ventures and programs that brought light and hope to the hungry, homeless, and poor in our community.

All materials necessary to receive funds are due in The Moline Foundation offices by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 29, 2011 or must be postmarked by or on Friday, April 29, 2011. Please call The Moline Foundation at (309) 764-4193 to request a Grant Application.

Any child-oriented, non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization, including those who have never received Moline Foundation funding in the past, is welcome to apply.

The Moline Community Foundation offices are located at the Deere-Wiman House, 817 11th Avenue, Moline.

The Moline Foundation, founded in 1953, is a community foundation which provides grants to health, human services, education, community development, the arts and other charitable organizations which benefit the citizens of Moline and the surrounding area, including the Quad Cities region in both Iowa and Illinois. The Moline Foundation receives and administers charitable gifts and has a current endowment of approximately $16 million.


Rock Island hosts race for the American Red Cross of the Quad Cities Area on April 30 Spring Chaser Goal: 500 participants for 5th annual 5k to raise $5,000 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ann McGlynn   
Monday, 28 March 2011 13:01

The Steve’s Old Time Tap Spring Chaser, a 5K run/walk led by two Rock Island women, is set for April 30 at 9 a.m. in downtown Rock Island. The goal is to reach 500 participants and to raise $5,000 with the fifth-annual run benefitting the American Red Cross of the Quad Cities Area.

Since the race’s inception in 2007, it has raised more than $10,000 for the organization.

“Our race started with 260 people in 2007. Last year, we reached just more than 400 participants,” said Holly Sparkman, race co-director with Jayna Gallagher. “Our goal of 500 participants will mean more support for one of the most valuable organizations in the Quad-Cities.”

The American Red Cross of the Quad Cities Area serves Scott, Muscatine, and Louisa counties in Iowa and Rock Island, Henry, Mercer, Bureau, and a portion of Whiteside counties in Illinois.

Every day, on average, the American Red Cross of the Quad Cities Area works to reunite one family through the Armed Forces Emergency Services and International Social Services programs; reaches more than 107 people with lifesaving training in CPR, first aid, and water safety; and trains 28 youth and adults to be prepared and ready for potential disasters.

In 2010, 148 families in the area received assistance after a disaster threatened to destroy their lives. “On average, it costs $1,100 to assist a family of four following a fire,” said Leslie Anthony, chief advancement officer for the Quad Cities chapter. “The $5,000 goal for the Spring Chaser could help five local families recover after a fire.”

Steve’s Old Time Tap is the lead sponsor of the race. Other sponsors include, Stern Beverage, Gas & Electric Credit Union, Cruz Plumbing, Meridian Title, CBS 4, Jumer’s Casino, Crawford & Company, Huckleberry’s, Cumulus Quad Cities and Nehlsen Communications.

Sparkman is the communications director for the Rock Island School District. Gallagher is the marketing coordinator at Nehlsen Communications in Moline. They are lifelong residents of the Quad Cities.

“This event started as a result of two Rock Islanders looking for a downtown race in their hometown,” Gallagher said. “We’ve been fortunate enough to have the Quad City area support our event, and more importantly support a great cause. There is no better time to make a donation. With the disaster in Japan and the threat of flooding right here in the Quad Cities, please consider helping us reach our goal of raising $5,000 for the Red Cross.”

To register or to get more information about sponsorships, go to, or visit

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