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Morrow Kicks Off “Push-Ups for Peace” Community Fundraiser PDF Print E-mail
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Written by John Morrow   
Thursday, 24 March 2011 08:08

Participants Gather Push-Up Sponsors Around Town

MOLINE, IL--Morrow’s Academy of Martial Arts kicked off its second annual “Push-Ups for Peace” fundraiser today. The event will take place April 30th at 2:30pm, in St. Ambrose University’s Lee Lohman arena. Participants can download a sponsor sheet from and start gathering sponsorships right away. Everyone is invited to participate, no matter your age, gender or occupation!

“I want people to join me in making history April 30th while raising awareness for our local children’s charities,” said Morrow. “Push-Ups for Peace is a Guinness World Record Attempt for the most pushups done by a group of people in one place for one hour. It is a fundraiser. All push-up proceeds are evenly divided between Quad City Children's Therapy Center, Kids Against Hunger, and the Make A Wish Foundation. Spectator admission proceeds will benefit the Rock Island Word of Life food pantry.”

In addition to the group world record attempt, Morrow will attempt to set a new Guinness world record for the most push-ups on the backs of hands in one hour.

“In order to participate,” explained Morrow, “choose the number of pushups you are able to do every minute for one hour. For example, if you choose 5 as your goal then you will do 5 pushups for one minute then rest. When the bell rings for the second minute you will do 5 more pushups. This will  continue until the hour is complete. At that time you will have completed 300 pushups! Feel free to choose 3 or 8 or 12 or any number of pushups you can complete every minute for one hour,” he added.

First, download your sponsor sheet from

Participants will collect pledges from their sponsors and put the monies and the sponsor form (complete with sponsor’s name, pledge amount and type of payment) in an envelope. Checks should be made payable to The Morning Optimist Club. Participants must mark clearly, on the outside of their envelope, their name and the total monies which have been collected. Participants will turn in completed envelopes on the day of the event. There will be autographed posters and buttons on sale at the event; these proceeds will also go to charity.

Morrow asks that participants please arrive at the event at 2:30 to turn in envelopes and attend the event orientation. The push-ups event begins at 3pm. Every Saturday leading up to the April 30 event, Morrow is offering participants free training sessions. Join the group Saturdays at 2:30, in Morrow’s Academy, 1321 - 5th Avenue, Moline.

ADMISSION FOR SPECTATORS: $3 per person (5 years old and younger are FREE).For more information call 309-764-1929 or visit to download flyers and sponsor sheets.

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Written by Keri Rursch   
Friday, 18 February 2011 15:40

Operation Military Kids plans day of support and fun for local military families

The volunteers associated with Operation Military Kids (OMK) of the Greater Quad Cities believe military families deserve a break from the stresses of everyday life; and that's why the local OMK collaborative is hosting Exploring Egypt: Military Family Day at the Putnam Museum & IMAX.

While there is no way to repay military families for the sacrifices of service, OMK organizers are planning to give families a meaningful yet fun way to spend time with other military families.

Military Family Day at the Putnam Museum & IMAX Theater will be Saturday, Feb. 26, starting at 10:30 a.m. At a cost of just $3 per family member, military families will enjoy a private showing of "Mysteries of the Nile" at 11 a.m., followed by lunch and special hands-on sessions.

The afternoon sessions will give military families the opportunity to:

-          Prepare to reunite with returning service members

-          Engage in activities that allow families to better understand the culture of Egypt (where their loved one may be/may have served)

-          Explore the museum and its most popular exhibits

During the day, military families will also be able to learn about community resources, including tools provided by the USO of Illinois, American Red Cross, Army Community Service and others.

Who qualifies as a military family? "If you consider yourself impacted by military service, you're welcome to attend," says Diane Baker, planner of this event and youth development educator with the 4-H Military Programs.

"This event gives military families a chance to support one another," adds Baker. "And it gives the community a chance to show support too."

The Quad-City community is not alone, communities across the country plan similar events. In 2009, over 150,000 youth participated in experiences conducted by state OMK teams in 49 states and the District of Columbia.

OMK is the U.S. Army's collaborative effort with America's communities to support children and youth impacted by deployment. Regardless of whether families are experiencing deployment for the first time, the second time or another in a series of multiple deployments, OMK's goal is to connect military children and youth with local resources in order to achieve a sense of community support and enhance their well-being

To attend Military Family Day at the Putnam Museum & IMAX, military families need to RSVP online -


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Written by Christine Hojnacki   
Friday, 18 February 2011 11:54

MILWAUKEE, Wisc. (February 17, 2011) – Local nonprofit organizations are participating in a unique fundraising opportunity with their local Bergner’s, Bon-Ton, Boston Store, Carson Pirie Scott, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s, Younkers and Parisian stores.  Everyone can take advantage of the saving and at the same time supporting their community by buying a $5 coupon booklet from a participating organization or at the store on Saturday, February 26, 2011. Stores open early at 7 am providing an opportunity for local 501C3 organizations, schools and churches to sell booklets at the store to earn funding needed to support their mission.

Groups selling the booklets keep 100% of the $5 price.  Each booklet contains special savings coupons valid on regular and sale price merchandise on Community Day.  Last February, this event helped non-profits raise nearly $4 million.

Organizations will continue selling booklets through Saturday, February 26.  For a $5 donation, purchasers get a $10 off coupon, valid on an item of $10 or more, a 30% off early bird coupon that is valid until 10 a.m., a 20% off shopping pass to use over and over on almost everything in the store, plus special bonus items.

“We encourage the community to support their local participating groups on Community Day.” stated Bud Bergren, president and chief executive officer for The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc., “We have made it easy by giving customers shopping discounts including a $10 coupon for every $5 donated.  Our customers and community partners find great value in this fundraising event.”

Customers do not need to purchase a booklet to shop on Community Day.  Hundreds of door buster items will be available from 7am-1pm as well as other great offers throughout the store.

The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. operates 275 stores, including 11 furniture galleries, in 23 states in the Northeast, Midwest and upper Great Plains under the Bon-Ton, Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson Pirie Scott, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s and Younkers nameplates and, under the Parisian nameplate, stores in the Detroit, Michigan area. The stores offer a broad assortment of brand-name fashion apparel and accessories for women, men and children, as well as cosmetics and home furnishings. The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc is an active and positive participant in the communities that it serves. The Community Day Event is a long standing charitable partnership the Company developed to support and build strong communities.

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Camp Courageous Dinner/Dance Benefit - Feb. 25th PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Camp Courageous   
Friday, 18 February 2011 11:52
MONTICELLO, IOWA -  Camp Courageous will be the beneficiary of a Dinner/Dance, Friday, February 25, 2011 at the El Kahir Shrine, 1400  Blairs Ferry Road NE  in Cedar Rapids.  Dinner will be provided starting at 6:00 PM with dancing from 7-10 PM.  Performing at the dance will be The Hosers, which play a variety of 50s, 60s, and 70s Rock n Roll music and requests. They are composed of members of the Iowa Rock-N-Roll Hall of Fame.  Members of the band include:  Randy Faulkner, Al Hendricks, Skeeter Lewis, Tim Canfield,  and Jason Christenson.

Tickets are $20 each and can be obtained through Camp Courageous, 12007 - 190th Street, Monticello IA 52310,, 319/465-5916 or The Fire House, 3321 - 1st Ave. SE in Cedar Rapids or Hawkeye Dry Ice,  319/360-0660.

Camp Courageous is a year-round recreational and respite care facility for individuals with disabilities.  Run on donations, nearly 6,000 individuals with special needs are served annually.

Antonella's, Mallards partnering to help Churches United of the QC Area PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rick Martin   
Friday, 18 February 2011 11:05


On Tuesday  evening, March 8th, members of the Quad City Mallards hockey team will be celebrity waiters at Antonella's Ristorante and Pizzeria.

All tips received by the Hockey waiters that evening will be donated to the hunger programs at Churches United of the Quad City Area.

We encourage you, your family, and your friends to enjoy a wonderful Sicilian-style dinner of pizza, pasta, salads and sandwiches, support a great cause, and be served by some of the most athletic “waiters” in town.

Antonella's, a family owned and operated restaurant at 112 West 3rd Street in downtown Davenport, is a proud supporter of Churches United and a sponsor of Mallard hockey. Reservations are encouraged and can be made by calling 563-359-4411.

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