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American Cancer Society Bettendorf Discovery Shop to host Annual Spring Garden Event on May 5th PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jamie Sons   
Monday, 21 April 2014 12:32

All of the volunteers and staff at the Bettendorf Discovery Shop are hoping that you will be able to join us Monday, May 5th for our Garden event.  We are all ready to welcome a long awaited spring by filling the shop with a variety of beautiful spring things that have been donated over the last year.

The store will be bursting with lovely items for your home and garden.  Plants & flowers for inside and outside, pictures, dishes, yard decorations, birdhouses, the list goes on and on.  We will also have lots of beautiful flowered clothing and accessories to brighten your day.  There will be a lot of great things to see, so we hope that you can stop by and take part in the fun!

The Discovery Shop is an upscale resale shop that is celebrating 26 years of successful fundraising in Bettendorf.  Thanks to the generosity of the community, the Discovery Shop raises money by selling gently used items donated by individual donors and local businesses.  Helping to make the shop such a success is the staff of wonderful volunteers that donate their time, if you are interested in joining our volunteer team we are always happy to have extra hands to help.   All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society for cancer research, education, patient services and advocacy.

Donations needed and welcomed 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.

Augustana College students raise donations for local food bank PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Keri Rursch   
Friday, 18 April 2014 08:32

ROCK ISLAND, IL (04/16/2014)(readMedia)-- At Augustana College, the Social Action Research class recently tested a communication theory while gathering donations. The class raised $850 and brought in over 500 pounds of food donations to a local food bank called River Bend Food Bank.

Among the students who organized this effort:

Alyssa Copeland, a junior majoring in communication studies from Davenport.

Ashley Jensen-Anderson, a junior majoring in communication studies from Rock Island.

Bailey McChesney, a junior majoring in communication studies from Rock Island.

Kaitlyn Williams, a junior majoring in anthropology, communication studies from Rock Island.

Dr. Sharon Varallo, professor of communication studies, assisted the students with the project and said, "One in five children in the Quad Cities doesn't know where their next meal is coming from. These Augie students did something about it."

Dr. Varallo continued, "The fact is that food pantries have been struggling to keep up with demand in recent years, and the River Bend Food Bank is the central facility that helps to stock food pantries all around the Quad Cities. River Bend Food Bank attempts to provide healthy wholesome food to more than 300 community organizations that support the hungry."

Founded in 1860, Augustana College is a selective four-year residential college of the liberal arts and sciences. The college is recognized for the innovative program Augie Choice, which provides each student up to $2,000 to pursue a high-impact learning experience such as study abroad, an internship or research with a professor. Current students and alumni include 149 Academic All-Americans, a Nobel laureate, 13 college presidents and other distinguished leaders. The college enrolls 2,500 students and is located along one of the world's most important waterways, the Mississippi River, in a community that reflects the diversity of the United States.

Gale Sayers Foundation to Host Kentucky Derby Event PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Gaylon Bullard   
Thursday, 17 April 2014 07:59

Monday April 14, 2014 (CHICAGO ILLINOIS) – Chicago Bears legend and NFL Hall of Fame inductee Gale Sayers, will host the 1st Annual Gale Sayers Foundation Kentucky Derby Viewing Party May 3 2014, John Barleycorn 149 W. Kinzie St. Chicago, Illinois 60654.  Proceeds to benefit the Gale Sayers Foundation and their education grants.

The Sayers Foundations’ mission is to support K-12 schools, administrators, and teachers who are challenging the status quo by implementing successful technology based learning models.

Every child deserves a high quality public education and we are determined to identify and support those schools who believe that all children are deserving.

They are education reform advocates, financial supporters, and technology partners to schools whose primary objective is to prepare students to be more college and or career ready, and more capable of succeeding in an increasingly technology driven global economy.

Extraordinary change requires extraordinary people. Sayers Foundations’ mission and work rests on a fundamental belief that smart investments in leadership generate significant returns. We believe that for schools, districts, and systems to enable all children to achieve at high levels, we must focus on effective technology based teaching and the quality of leadership and management of these schools.

Last year the foundation provided $20,000 to education grants and their goal for 2014 is to provide $40,000 in grants to Chicago public schools who meet their grant criteria.

The Kentucky Derby viewing party will commence at 1PM for general admission. Attendees will have access to 54 large screen television monitors to view all the live races from Churchill Downs.

There will be redemption prizes available for derby races, free gift bags, local celebrities, food buffet, derby drink specials, live entertainment, silent and live auction items, and valet parking.

To RSVP Please call 312-214-3999 or register online at / email

Pre event registration is $50 and $75 at the door. VIP access is $150. Photo opportunity with local celebs and open bar for VIP’s from 12 PM - 1 PM.

Jordan Catholic School- Peanut Butter & Prayers PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Janine Parr   
Monday, 14 April 2014 15:11

Jordan fourth grade students have collected Peanut Butter, Jelly, and Crackers for their Lenten service project “Peanut Butter & Prayers.” The food will be donated to the St. Vincent De Paul Food Pantry to serve as a healthy snack for children. The Jordan students pray each day for all children in our community who go to bed hungry.

Fr. Jeremy Freehill will visit Ms. Debbie Patronagio’s 4th grade classroom at 9:00 a.m. this Thursday April 17th to accept the donation.

Matching Grant Campaign Benefiting Humility of Mary Shelter, Inc. Continues Through April 30, 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kevin Gibbs   
Monday, 14 April 2014 11:27

To encourage new and/or increased donations from the Quad City community to support and ensure the continued operation of the Humility of Mary Shelter, Inc. the Congregation of the Humility of Mary has established a goal of raising $250,000 before April 30, 2014. As a challenge and inspiration, the CHM sisters will match dollar for dollar the first $100,000 raised by the Quad City community. This financial support is vital in order to continue to provide emergency shelter 24 hours a day / 7 days a week / 365 days a year for homeless adult men and women. Thank you to all those who have already donated and we ask those of you who have not to please consider it.

Individuals and groups can send their contributions to Humility of Mary Shelter, Inc., Attn: Sister Johanna, 1016 West 5th Street, Davenport, IA 52802. Online donations can be made by visiting the shelter website at

Humility of Mary Shelter, Inc. provides emergency shelter, transitional and permanent supportive housing programs that offer opportunities for men and women experiencing homelessness to become emotionally, mentally, and physically more stable. The shelter is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that has proudly served the Quad City community since 2008.

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