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Minor League Baseball crafts ‘Winning with Doubles’ fundraising campaign to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Thursday, 27 March 2014 08:37
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.—Minor League Baseball® and MiLB Enterprises announced today that it has created a first-of-its-kind national charity campaign called ‘Winning with Doubles.’ This April and May, Minor League Baseball will ask all visitors to MiLB ballparks to consider making a donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters based on their favorite team’s on-field performance. During the two-month campaign, fans will register to contribute a self-selected amount for every double hit by their favorite or hometown team to assist in changing the life of a child for the better, forever. The campaign will be housed on Minor League Baseball’s official website at www.MiLB.com/give

“Minor League Baseball and Big Brothers Big Sisters are two organizations who each have a 100-plus year history of helping their communities and enriching lives,” said Michael Hand, Minor League Baseball’s Chief Marketing Officer and President of MiLB Enterprises. “With more than 41 million loyal fans attending our games last season, we’re asking them to individually and collectively play an active role in the betterment of childrens’ lives through this initiative. Minor League Baseball has enjoyed an ongoing and rewarding relationship with Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) as a national Charity Partner since 2004 and we look forward to expanding our strong community bonds through this mutually beneficial affiliation.” 

In partnership with FanForward, Minor League Baseball will capture all donor information at the time of registration. Fans can register and check progress daily on www.MiLB.com/give and also opt out at any time. At the end of each month of the campaign, donors will be sent an account summary of their donation amount and be billed accordingly. All individual donations will be tax deductible. The initiative will be promoted by all 160 MiLB clubs, however, only the 120 clubs playing in April and May will be a part of the fundraising campaign linked to game results. All clubs will be able to generate support through “donate now” options for those fans who wish to support the mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters and their local team. 

“Big Brothers and Big Sisters of America is proud to continue our partnership with Minor League Baseball through our ‘Winning With Doubles’ campaign,” Pam Iorio, incoming CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, said. “The generous support of baseball fans across the country will help Big Brothers Big Sisters create more professionally supported mentoring matches between adult volunteers and children who face adversity. Baseball is America’s pastime and we know that people are equally enthusiastic about supporting a program proven to help children succeed in school and life.” 

“We are thrilled to work with Minor League Baseball to launch this campaign to start the 2014 baseball season,” added Rami Genauer, President of FanForward. “Minor League Baseball teams are the perfect partners for FanForward because of their intimate connections with fans and deep commitment to giving back to their communities. By pledging, fans get the satisfaction that comes from donating to a worthy cause and can root even louder for their favorite team, knowing that their success means a greater impact in the lives of children in need.” 

About Minor League Baseball
Minor League Baseball, headquartered in St. Petersburg, Fla., is the governing body for all professional baseball teams in the United States, Canada, Venezuela and the Dominican Republic that are affiliated with Major League Baseball clubs through their farm systems. The Mexican League and Mexican Academy are also members of the organization, but are not affiliated with any MLB clubs. Total membership includes 20 leagues and 256 clubs. 

Fans are coming out in unprecedented numbers to this one-of-a-kind experience that can only be found at Minor League Baseball ballparks. In 2013, the 176 clubs that charge admission attracted more than 41.2 million fans to their ballparks to see the future stars of the sport hone their skills. From the electricity in the stands to the excitement on the field, Minor League Baseball has provided affordable family-friendly entertainment to people of all ages since its founding in 1901. For more information about Minor League Baseball, visit www.MiLB.comfacebook.com/minorleaguebaseball and twitter.com/MiLB

About Big Brothers Big Sisters
Big Brothers Big Sisters, the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, holds itself accountable for children in its program to achieve measurable outcomes such as educational success, avoidance of risky behaviors, higher aspirations, greater confidence and better relationships. Partnering with parents/guardians, schools, corporations and others in the community, Big Brothers Big Sisters carefully pairs children ("Littles") with screened volunteer mentors ("Bigs") and monitors and supports these one- to-one mentoring matches throughout their course. The Big Brothers Big Sisters Youth Outcomes Survey substantiates that its mentoring programs have proven, positive academic, socio-emotional and behavioral outcomes for youth, areas linked to high school graduation, avoidance of juvenile delinquency and college or job readiness. 

Big Brothers Big Sisters provides children facing adversity, often those of single parent or low-income households or families where a parent may be incarcerated or serving in the military, with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. This mission has been the cornerstone of the organization’s 110 year history. With nearly 340 agencies across the country, Big Brothers Big Sisters serves approximately 200,000 children, their families and the 200,000 volunteer mentors. The organization is engaged in a nationwide search to reunite with alumni mentors, mentees, donors, and family, staff and board members. Learn more at www.BigBrothersBigSisters.org

About FanForward
FanForward is an online giving platform that turns the things that fans are passionate about into opportunities to make the world a better place. A FanForward campaign asks fans to pledge money every time something happens and then follow along as they see their contributions grow. Sports teams, athletes, celebrities, and brands partner with FanForward to connect their fans with the causes that matter most to them. Using our unique, turnkey cause marketing platform, fans are more engaged, brands and sponsors get to drive charitable giving, and nonprofits get more money from more donors. Everybody wins. For more information, visit www.fanforward.org

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The Salvation Army & Christ Church Announce a Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Holly Nomura   
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 10:27

Quad Cities, USA: Christ Church will be hosting a Pancake Breakfast to benefit The Salvation Army’s Summer Day Camp Youth Programs. You are invited to enjoy pancakes, coffee, and to purchase a variety of baked goods. Tickets can be purchased now at the church, or Saturday morning at the door.

Location: Christ Church, 2330 W. 41st Street, Davenport, IA 52806

Date: Saturday, March 29, 2014

Time: 8:00am – 10:30am

Price: $5 per person, children under 6 are free

For hundreds of Quad-City children, The Salvation Army Corps Community Centers are a second home. And for the 55 children living at the Family Service Center, it is their home. Each summer the Davenport Corps Community Center hosts the children’s summer camp for the shelter’s children.

And for the 10th year, the Moline Corps Community Center at 2200 - 5th Avenue offers a low-cost day camp offering a fun, safe and education summer to community children.

All summer, children will have the opportunity to play music, learn sports, make new friends, go on field trips to QC attractions, and even attend an overnight camp in the beautiful hills of Washburn, IL. All activities feature life skill and character building, safety and structure.

To learn more about any of The Salvation Army’s programs, and how you might get involved, please call Holly 563-271-7933.

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Benefit Sale for Homeless Families Accepting Donations PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sister Mary Ann Vogel, CHM   
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 10:23

Humility of Mary Housing, Inc. is starting its 25th year of hosting one of the largest indoor “garage sales” in the area to benefit single parents and their children in a program that takes them from homelessness to hopefulness. The spring semi-annual benefit sale will be Friday and Saturday, May 16 and 17, from 8 am to 4 pm at 3805 Mississippi Avenue, the office and donation center for Humility of Mary Housing.

It is getting to be time for spring cleaning or, maybe down-sizing, and we are willing to accept donations of all those clean, gently used items in good working order that you are wanting to move on and out. Donations can be dropped off at 3805 Mississippi Avenue, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., through May 9.

Humility of Mary Housing serves 47 single parent families and approximately 100 children. The length of stay in the program varies but last year it was 15 months.

In this program children learn there is a different way to live. Parents have said they not only get a roof over their heads but they are given the opportunities to build a foundation under their feet to provide for a better future.

Parents and children who have benefitted from this program have become employees in many Quad City businesses, have purchased homes; they have moved from homelessness to a life of hopefulness.

 

 
TOMORROW: 2014 ANNUAL CHURCHES UNITED DELEGATE ASSEMBLY TO BE HELD MARCH 27 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rhonda Johnson   
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 09:35

All are welcome to join us for Churches United’s 53rd Annual Delegate Assembly on March 27 at 7:00 p.m. at Bettendorf Presbyterian Church, 1200 Middle Rd.

Learn about Churches United’s ministries and our accomplishments in the past year. Come and join us for an interesting, inspirational gathering!

Our featured speaker will be Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes:

*Senior Minister at the Riverside Church, New York.

*President of the Healing of the Nations Foundation

*Hailed by Newsweek magazine as one of the 12 “most effective preachers” in the English-speaking world

Churches United is trying to engage the faith community and the art community together. Through this new endeavor, there are some Christian artists of faith who will be sharing some of their artworks at the Delegate Assembly. They are:

Ted McElhiney, sculptor and painter, whose life-sized portrait of Bix Beiderbecke is one of his most recognized works.

William Karl Smith, conceptual sculptor, whose spiritual themes are prominent.

Kimberlyn Aust, Bettendorf photographer, whose Redemption and Grace series has been called “thought-provoking, meditative and moving.”

Once the Delegate Assembly is over, the artists, along with other Christian artists, will move their works to the Bucktown Center for the Arts, for a showing called Expressions of Faith – 2D & 3D Art on March 28.

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Get Your Tickets to the Mad Scientist Ball! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Putnam Museum   
Friday, 21 March 2014 12:36
Experience the Putnam's NEW Science Center, April 11, 2014 at 7:30 P.M.

Evening also includes surprising science demonstrations, live and silent auctions, complimentary hors d'oeuvres, beer, wine and a cash bar.
Attire: Cocktail. Lab coats encouraged.
VIP Lounge $1500 - SOLD OUT
Table (for 8) $1250 * Individual Ticket $125
VIP Lounge and table pricing includes corking fee.

Limited space available! Reserve yours today by clicking here or call Lindsey at (563) 324-1933 ext 221

You won't want to miss our live auction featuring:
•  Six tickets to New York Fashion Week with deluxe, four-star accommodations
•  Behind-the-scenes look and 4 tickets to the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium
•  Private, behind-the-scenes Kennedy Space Center tour
Special thanks to our 2014 Host Committee:

Chairs: Steve & Kelli Grubbs Committee Members: Mark & Rita Bawden • Frank & Teresa Clark • Glen & Carrie Hummel • Karie John • Rick John • Todd & Lori Johnson • Chad & Angela Lewis • Steve McCann & Heidi Parkhurst • Jim & Melissa Sears • Michele Stoos • Aaron Tennant • Anita Wubbena • Mike & Sara Thoms • Jim & Melissa von Maur • Dana & Faye Waterman

 
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