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Whitetails Unlimited and Catch A Dream Team Up PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tim Powers   
Monday, 21 April 2014 13:39

Whitetails Unlimited “WTU” is a Non-Profit National conservation group that started in 1982 and has chapters/members throughout Iowa.


In WTU fiscal year 2012-2013 we joined forces with Drury Outdoors “Mark & Terry Drury” to raise funds for “Catch A Dream”.

Catch A Dream was formed to take Children 18 years of age and younger with a terminal illness on a Hunt of a Life Time!! Now remember, this was the childs own dream before they are taken up to the Big Blue Sky…..


So the Drury Brothers donated over 300 shed antlers all signed and numbered to Whitetails Unlimited “WTU”. WTU then utilized these sheds at the annual chapter fund-raising banquets to raise money to take these kids on a Hunt of a Life Time!


So WTU is excited to announce they recently have donated over $100,000 to Catch A Dream in support of all kids in the Catch A Dream program!!


A big thank you to all WTU members in Iowa and throughout the USA!!

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Written by Charlie Becker   
Monday, 21 April 2014 12:38

MONTICELLO, IA --The annual Camp Courageous Omelet Breakfast and Open House will be Sunday, April 27th, 2014 in the Camp's Main Lodge from 7AM-1PM. Made-to-order omelets will be cooked for each individual attending with topping choices of ham, onions, green peppers, and cheese. Sausage, toast, coffee, juice, and milk will also be served. It is recommended to come early for this wonderful breakfast. The cost is $6.00 for adults and $3.00 for children under 12. All proceeds will go directly to benefit Camp Courageous.

During the breakfast and open house there will be guided tours of Camp Courageous. The tour will include the Sill Barn, Nature Center, Train Depot, camper cabins, Multi-Purpose Building, indoor pool, and more. The camp store, located in the Beckwith Visitors Center, will be open throughout the morning. The Camp Courageous video presentation will be available for guests to view in the main office every 15 minutes or as needed.

2014 Highlights include the celebration of Camp Courageous' 40th anniversary, dedication of Camp's new Caboose at 1:30pm following the breakfast, and latest progress at Lake Todd. The bounce house and Super Zip will also be available throughout the breakfast for visitors to enjoy!

There will be a live re-enactment of a train robbery, performed by the Red Cedar Regulators – an old west reenactment group at the Train Depot at 9:00 AM, 9:45 AM, 10:45 AM, and 11:45 AM. Train rides will also be available starting at 9 AM.

Dixie-Notes-Plus will perform varied selections of 20's, 30's, and 40's big band music in the Sill Barn at 9:30 AM, 10:30 AM, and 11:30 AM.

Camp Courageous is a year-round recreational and respite care facility for individuals with special needs. It is run on donations, without government support, without paid fund raisers, and without formal sponsorship. Camp
Courageous began serving individuals with special needs during the summer of 1974 with 211 campers served. Today the camp is open year-round and the campers number over 6,500!

The camp is located five miles southeast of Monticello off Highway 151, Exit 65 or Highway 38 at 12007 190th St, Monticello.


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.

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