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BP Awards Camp Courageous $6,250.00 Grant PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Charlie Becker   
Tuesday, 06 September 2011 10:58
MONTICELLO, IOWA-BP Petroleum in collaboration with their BP Fueling Communities Program, local BP stations, and Fauser Energy Resources has awarded Camp Courageous a grant in the amount of $6,250.00.  Camp Courageous is a year-round recreational and respite care facility for individuals with special needs.  Run on donations, without government support, formal sponsorship, or paid fund raisers, this year the camp will serve 6,000 campers.

Camp Courageous' relationship with Fauser Energy Resources began in 1981, when Don Fauser visited Camp Courageous as a board member of the Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Stores of Iowa.  During that visit the Petroleum Marketers decided to take Camp Courageous under their wing, at a time when the camp was struggling to survive.  Since then the camp has grown from serving hundreds of campers to serving thousands of campers, is open-year round, has grown from 40 acres to 200 acres; and from 5 buildings to over 20.

"Don Fauser, and his son, Paul, have been actively involved in the success of Camp Courageous for over 30-years. They are a good and carrying family of incredible integrity...and those exceptional traits pour over into their work.  Camp Courageous feels very fortunate to have BP Petroleum and Fauser Energy Resources come together to make this wonderful gift possible," said Charlie Becker, Camp Director.

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Written by Shannon Rembowski   
Monday, 29 August 2011 09:26

Second Annual Chocolate and Wine Tasting Event to Raise Funds for Mothers and Children living with HIV/AIDS in the Quad Cities

The second annual Project Chocolate With A Splash of Wine fundraising event will take place Sunday, September 25th, 2011 from 2 to 5 pm at the Hotel Blackhawk in Davenport, Iowa. Ticket prices are $35 per person, $60 per couple, or $220 for a “Box of Chocolates” group package that includes 8 tickets and a complimentary bottle of wine. Attendees will be treated to samples of chocolate-themed creations made by local chocolatiers, bakers and chefs. Vendors include Chocolate Manor, the Clarion Hotel, Edible Arrangements, Little Slice of Heaven, Ultimate Chocolates, The Isle of Capri, Decadent Revenge Bakery, Cupcakes, Muffins & More, and Shakespeare’s Chocolates. The Hotel Blackhawk will provide wine samples and hors d’ oeuvres and the Bettendorf Coffee Hound will provide gourmet coffee. Local celebrities will be judging the chocolate concoctions and guests will have the opportunity to vote for “People’s Choice.” There will also be live entertainment and a raffle that includes items from Isabel Bloom, East Side Bakery, D’Alessandro and more.

All proceeds from Project Chocolate will benefit The Project of the Quad Cities (TPQC). Established in 1986, The Project of the Quad Cities is a nonprofit, community-based organization that provides those infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS in the Quad City area with case management and support services Project Chocolate funds will directly benefit HIV positive Mothers and Children in the Quad City area. Visit the website at to learn more about The Project of the Quad Cities.

To purchase tickets or for more information please contact Shannon Rembowski at 309-721-7804 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Upcoming American Red Cross blood drives September 1-15 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Theresa Kuhlmann   
Friday, 19 August 2011 12:04

American Red Cross Urges Donations Around Labor Day

Labor Day is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers and is a time to celebrate the well-being of our country. Donating blood is a noble way to celebrate the hard work Americans have done to strengthen our country.  As families celebrate the holiday, the Red Cross encourages eligible donors to schedule an appointment to donate blood.

All blood types are needed, especially O negative, B negative, and A negative.  Type O negative, the universal blood type, can potentially be transfused to patients with any blood type.

To show appreciation for those who help save lives near the Labor Day holiday (August 29 – September 7), all presenting donors at Red Cross blood drives and blood donation centers in the Heart of America 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 also offers 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.

“During the holiday weekend, we typically see a dip in blood donations, but the need is constant. Donating blood is an easy way to help others and only takes about an hour of your time,” said Shelly Heiden, CEO of the Heart of America Red Cross Blood Services region. “The Red Cross encourages donors to give blood each time they are eligible; every 56 days for whole blood donations and 112 days for double red cell donations.”

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


9/11/2011, 8:00 am-12:00 pm, Assumption Catholic Church, 147 Broadway Street, Charlotte


9/3/2011, 7:00 am-11:00 am, Rock Falls Blood Donation Center, 112 W. Second St., Rock Falls

9/3/2011, 8:00 am-12:00 pm, Old Fulton Fire Station, 912 4th Street, Fulton

9/6/2011, 8:00 am-11:00 am, Old Fulton Fire Station, 912 4th Street, Fulton

9/7/2011, 2:00 pm- 6:00 pm, Rock Falls Blood Donation Center, 112 W. Second St., Rock Falls

9/8/2011, 3:00 pm- 8:00 pm, Tampico Fire Department, 103 North Main Street, Tampico

9/13/2011, 1:00 pm- 5:15 pm, Old Fulton Fire Station, 912 4th Street, Fulton

9/14/2011, 10:00 am- 2:00 pm, Rock Falls Blood Donation Center, 112 W. Second St., Rock Falls

Angel Food Ministries Supports National Hunger Action Month in September PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Heather Waldo   
Friday, 19 August 2011 08:23

Food Ministry Donates Food Packages to Those in Need

MONROE, GA August 18 – Angel Food Ministries (AFM), the nation’s largest nonprofit food ministry, will join in supporting national Hunger Action Month in September.  Every month AFM donates more than 600 of its food packages free to those in need while also offering food packages at 30-50% off retail prices to anyone.  AFM recently donated more than 11 tons of food to tornado victims in Joplin, MO.

“Hunger continues to affect millions of Americans day in and day out.  Nearly 15 percent (17.4 million) of U.S. households are food insecure and have difficulty providing enough food for all members of their family,” said Pastor Wes Wingo, AFM chief information officer and CEO of Ministry Development.  “Children make up an important percentage of those who are food insecure and every month we donate at least 200 of our No Child Goes Without food packages.

“During these challenging economic times, it is even more difficult for those in need to provide nutritious food to their families,” Pastor Wingo said.  “Every month we donate gift cards for our Sponsor Armed Services Families program as well as hundreds of our Bread of Life Signature food boxes.”

Founded in 1994, AFM serves hundreds of thousands of customers in 45 states through some 5,000 churches.  Anyone can order AFM food packages and SNAP (food stamp) participants can use their EBT cards to purchase food packages.  There are no qualifications, income criteria or forms to fill out.  Food packages can be ordered online,by phoning 1-888-819-3745 or through local churches.  To locate your nearest host site and/or to order online, visit and click on “Order Online.”

Headquartered in Monroe GA, AFM offers a dozen standard food packages and a number of specialty packages at great discounts because it purchases food in bulk, does not have retail space and labor costs, does not advertise, uses less packaging, and benefits from the labor of some 40,000 volunteers at their partner churches.

Each month AFM compares prices item by item at major retailers in the 45 states it serves.  In a recent price comparison, Angel Food’s Bread of Life Signature Box, which sells for $35, was priced for as much as $79 retail.  AFM’s Bountiful Blessing Box, which sells for $46, was priced for as much as $114 retail.  Prices are compared with major grocery and discount retailers and vary by marketplace. 

“Angel Food is dedicated to helping those in need while also benefiting those churches and organizations we partner with,” Pastor Wingo said.  “We have returned nearly $24 million to our partner churches and every month bring more individuals into their churches than any other single organization in America.”AFM is non-denominational and does not require religious faith to order their food packages.  

AFM also does not rely on donations -- less than 1 percent of AFM revenues come from donations.  To review this month’s menu and gather more information, please visit:

August 18, 2011

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Huge Benefit Sale Going On Right Now PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sister Mary Ann Vogel   
Thursday, 18 August 2011 11:30

Humility of Mary Housing Presents the 22nd Annual

Fresh Start Benefit Sale

Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds – 4-H/Keppy Building

This sale opened Tuesday evening, August 16 and continues on the rest of this week:

August 17 and 18: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

August 19: 8:00 – 12 noon

Find a wide selection of clean, gently-used items in good working order.  Kitchenware, china, a big selection of jewelry, books, bedding, linens, toys, tools, furniture, appliances and more.


Cash Raffle!

$500 First Prize and 3 - $100 prizes

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, and 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.

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