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National Father’s Day Golf-A-Thon PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 08 May 2012 13:47
What is ZERO’s National Father’s Day Golf-A-Thon?

More than 240,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year, and more than 28,000 will die from the disease. By playing one round of golf on Father’s Day weekend, you can save the men that mean the most to you.

ZERO’s National Golf-A-Thon will be Father’s Day weekend, June 15-17 2012. It is open to all golfers, regardless of their playing ability, gender or age. It is also both an individual and team competition. Participants can play for teams (departments, locations, courses, alumni) or as individuals. Participants play golf based on their own schedules on Father’s Day weekend and are in competition to see which team or individual can raise the most money. Prizes will also be given out to the top three individuals or teams who raise the most money.

By participating in ZERO’s National Father’s Day Golf-A-Thon, 100 percent of the funds you raise will go toward prostate cancer awareness, research and testing.

Funds are raised for ZERO—The Project to End Prostate Cancer through pledges on holes played. The more holes a participant plays on Father's Day weekend, the more money they generate to fight prostate cancer. Participants will collect pledges from sponsors for each hole played during the ZERO's Father's Day Golf-A-Thon. If a participant plays 36 holes during the golf a thon and a sponsor pledges $1 a hole, the golfer will raise $36 towards the fight against prostate cancer. It's that easy!

The team or individual raising the most money will win the grand prize trip to the Know Your Score Celebrity Golf Tournament in Myrtle Beach, SC, benefiting prostate cancer awareness, research and testing. The trip includes lodging for four at Pawleys Plantation in Myrtle Beach, SC, four tickets to the VIP celebrity reception, four entries into the celebrity golf tournament, and four tickets to the gala. The runners up will receive ZERO golf apparel.

What courses can you play?

You can play any 9-hole or 18-hole golf course from any set of course tees in the world, based on your own schedule. You can play with your own personal golf partners or foursomes. No handicaps required. Just get out on Father’s Day weekend, get your free pass from your significant other and play golf for a great cause!

How do I enter?

Golf-A-Thon participants will have their own personalized donation webpage that they can send to friends and family. It will be easy for supporters to make donations right on this page. You will also be able to include why you are participating and raising money for prostate cancer.

Why Prostate Cancer?

One in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. Other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men. There are no noticeable symptoms of the disease while it is in the early stages, so testing is vitally important. The chances of a man getting prostate cancer are one in three with one close relative (father, brother) with the disease. The risk is 83 percent with two close relatives and 97 percent with three. African American men are at increased risk for the disease and have the highest rate of prostate cancer in the world - one in four men. They are also 2.5 times more likely to die from the disease.

At ZERO, we commit ourselves not only to reduce prostate cancer or alleviate the pain from the disease, but also to end it. We see a future where all men who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer will be cured or manage their illness with good quality of life, with the support they need to minimize physical and emotional suffering and cope effectively throughout their cancer journey.

To accomplish our goal, we provide comprehensive treatment information to patients, education to those at risk and conduct free prostate cancer testing throughout the country. We increase research funds from the federal government to find new treatments and we fund local grants to end the disease.

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Military Appreciation Week at city golf courses PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ron Summers   
Tuesday, 08 May 2012 11:50

Davenport Public Golf Courses will provide free green fees to anyone with a military ID from May 12 - 19, 2012, as a kickoff for Military Appreciation Week in the Quad Cities.  The free green fees apply to the three public courses in Davenport - Emeis, Duck  Creek, and Red Hawk.

"It's our way of honoring the service men and women of our country," said Troy Evans, Superintendent of Revenue Facilities for Davenport Parks and Recreation.  "We hope that the military members of the Quad Cities take full advantage of our three great golf courses".

Military Appreciation Week began in 2008 and is a Quad City wide event created to salute our military personnel and show community support for the military installations in the area. Anyone interested in taking advantage of this golf special should book tee times and bring their military ID to the following Davenport Public Courses:

Derby Day at the Outing Club PDF Print E-mail
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Written by QCSO   
Wednesday, 02 May 2012 09:01

This is your last chance to make a reservation for Derby Day at The Outing Club on Saturday, May 5! You don't want to miss the mint juleps, the horse races, the new Kentucky Derby hat display, the free bourbon tasting, and the delicious derby cuisine. All proceeds from this event go to benefit the youth music education programs of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra.

The Outing Club
2109 Brady Street
Davenport, IA

Saturday, May 5, at 2 p.m.

$75 per person
or $520 for a table of eight

Live auction items include a dinner prepared and hosted by Maestro Mark Russell Smith; a coaching session with one of the QCSO's principal musicians; a wine tasting for ten; a cabin rental in Estes Park, Colorado; a suite at Modern Woodmen Park; a children's pool party at the Outing Club; and a specially selected curio from the folks at American Pickers.

Make reservations at 563.322.QCSO (7276)
or by clicking here.

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Written by Katie Mitchell   
Wednesday, 02 May 2012 08:51

Free Outdoor Essential Classes and Kids Summer Kickoff Challenge

Springfield, Missouri—(May 1, 2012)—Ask any adult what they remember best about childhood and chances are they will recall riding their bikes, building forts and tree houses and generally playing outdoors until after dark.  Kids were connected—to each other, their family and the outdoors.  And, according to several studies, they were physically and emotionally healthier. Information taken from The Conservation Fund website at states that researchers suggest “that the decline in children’s health is linked, in part, to their growing disconnect from nature and outdoor activity.”

Much national attention is being paid to this dilemma—so much that in early 2011 a report entitled “America's Great Outdoors: A Promise to Future Generations” was released that was part of President Obama's America's Great Outdoors Initiative.  It’s an effort to reconnect Americans to the outdoors. A separate report was produced based on "youth listening sessions" in which young people expressed a strong desire to spend time outdoors.  (Read more about the report)

Bass Pro Shops has long recognized the short and long term benefits for kids and adults being involved in the outdoors.  Their National Go Outdoors Event was developed as a way to give families the opportunity to learn all of the outdoor skills needed to make their next outdoor adventure a great one and to reconnect with each other in the beauty of the great outdoors.  This year’s Bass Pro Shops Go Outdoors Event will take place at 55 store locations in the United States May 18th-28th.

Exciting free events at the stores could include canoe and kayak demonstrations, casting contests, rock climbing walls, GPS classes, kid’s crafts, outdoor skills workshops, Dutch oven cooking, outdoor survival training and much, much more. There’s even the opportunity to get a great FREE 4x6 Family Photo download. (Events will vary per store.  Please visit ((beginning May 7)) and select individual store location for events listing.)

The Go Outdoors event offers great Outdoor Essentials classes for adults May 18th - 20th .
Friday, May 18th :
• 6pm :  Hiking Basics --learn about the best equipment to use for a successful hike
• 7pm:  Campfire Cooking --discover a new way to prepare tasty, over-the-fire meals
• 8pm:  Kayaks & Canoes --find out how to select the best kayak or canoe for float trips

Saturday,May 19th:
• 1pm:  Life Jackets –learn about proper life jacket fit and how to choose the best one for your needs
• 2pm:  Inflatable Life Jackets –see how they work
• 3pm:  Camping Essentials –if you’re a beginner camper this is the class for you
• 4pm:  GPS Tips & Techniques –bring your GPS for hands-on advice
• 5pm:  Backpacking –discover the latest features and benefits of backpacking gear

Sunday, May 11th:
• 1pm:  Dutch Oven Cooking –learn tips and techniques using this delicious cooking method
• 2pm:  Inflatable Life Jackets –see how they work
• 3pm:  Tent Set-up --learn tent set-up and the importance of choosing the proper tent
• 4pm:  Smoker Tips & Techniques –learn the tips and techniques of smoker selection, food preparation and cooking

The Go Outdoors Event includes a “Summer Kickoff Challenge” with free weekend activities for kids Memorial Day weekend May 26th and 27th. From 11am to 4pm kids can learn how to set up a tent, compete in a sleeping bag race and enjoy a metal detector treasure hunt.  The first 100 kids in each store to complete the Summer Kickoff Challenge each day will receive a fun bug glider.  Kids will also be able to do a sand art craft from 12noon until 4pm Saturday, May 26th and paint a wooden insect craft Sunday, May 27th  (while supplies last; styles may vary).

Kids may also bring in their best wildlife photo for a chance to win the Summer Kickoff Photo Contest.  First place prize is a Bass Pro Shops 10x26 mm Compact Binoculars and a $25 Bass Pro Shops Gift Card and Second Place winner receives a $20 Bass Pro Shops Gift Card.

“One of the most exciting and invigorating places to go this summer is just beyond your front door,” said Larry Whiteley, Bass Pro Shops Manager of Communications.  “Bass Pro Shops is committed to helping adults and children across the nation put away their laptops, video games, and cell phones and head outdoors.  Whether it’s fishing, hiking through a local park, or simply laying on your lawn watching the stars at night, there are so many great things to do outdoors this summer.”

While at Bass Pro Shops, register to win the “Outdoor Maui Adventure”—a 7day, 6-night trip to Maui, Hawaii.  One National Grand Prize will be awarded to one winner and their guest who will win the Maui Jim® and The North Face® Adventure Package that also includes airfare, hotel and car rental.  The total combined approximate retail value of the prize is $5,667.  (No purchase necessary to enter or claim prize. Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and District of Columbia and Canada ((excluding Quebec)) who are 18 years of age or older at time of entry.  All federal and other tax liabilities are the sole responsibility of the winner.  Sweepstakes begins on 5/18/12 and ends on 5/28/12.  See store for more details.)

Each store location will also select a First Place winner who will receive a gift package of one MasterBuilt Cookmaster propane smoker, one Pacific Bamboo BBQ tool set, one The North Face Terra 45 backpack, and one pair of Maui Jim sunglasses.  The total combined approximate retail value of the prize is over $500 (specific items are to be selected by Sponsor).

This year, commit to getting outdoors with your kids for all your health’s sake.  Visit Bass Pro Shops during the National Go Outdoors Event, interact with your family in the great outdoors and make some memories to last a lifetime.

About Bass Pro Shops®: Bass Pro Shops® operates 58 retail stores in 26 states and Canada visited by over 110 million people annually.  Bass Pro Shops® also conducts an international catalog and internet retailing operation, American Rod & Gun® wholesale division sells to over 7,000 independently owned retail stores worldwide.  Outdoor World® Incentives also sells Bass Pro Shops® gift cards through over 132,000 retail outlets across America.  The Bass Pro Shops® restaurant division with 26 locations.  The company’s Tracker Marine Group® ( manufactures and sells Tracker®, Nitro®, SunTracker®, Tahoe®, Grizzly® and Mako® boats through Bass Pro Shops® retail stores and over 400 dealers worldwide.  The Resort Group ( includes Big Cedar Lodge® and other resort properties including restaurants and golf courses. For more information regarding Bass Pro Shops® store locations, products or special events, please visit  To request a free catalog, call 1-800-BASS PRO.  Follow us on Facebook at

Arlington Park's Future Still in Gov's Hands PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Barry Rozner   
Wednesday, 02 May 2012 08:38

Another year has passed.

Another year without a new gambling bill in Illinois.

The truly amazing part is that the Illinois House and Senate — made up of the people who represent us, the people — actually got together in 2011 and agreed on a gambling bill.

And then one person out of 13 million Illinois residents decided he didn’t like it.

Governor Pat Quinn killed the bill because it included slot machines at race tracks that would have saved the horse racing industry.

It’s hard to decide which part of this story carries the greatest irony.

While the state is in financial crisis, millions in revenue go across the borders every day as Quinn worries about a bill that expands gambling too much.

And while he worries about expanded gambling, he expands by adding online lottery gambling.

He worries about expanded gambling with slot machines at race tracks, but he’s willing to add five new Illinois casinos tomorrow if a bill meets his approval.

He’s worried about casino oversight and protecting the public from corruption and crime, yet Arlington Park isn’t a new gaming operation.

There’s been wagering at the racetrack for 85 years, or 85 years longer than any of the new casinos in the bill.

If anything, the new casinos are the ones that need greater oversight, not Arlington Park.

Furthermore, the fear of what “element’’ slots will bring to neighborhood racetracks is the same “element” cities and villages always fear when there’s talk of adding off-track betting.

Perhaps, those who voice such concerns have never been to an OTB, or visited the slots rooms at race tracks in other states.

If they ever walked into one, they would see that the patrons are not the guys from “Goodfellas.”

It’s more like the guys from “Sunshine Boys.”

I believe Quinn when he says he’s trying to look out for the people of Illinois. I think he believes he is, but in this case he’s not doing that.

Illinois is desperate for revenue, and the longer he waits, the more he’s costing the people of Illinois.

People who want to gamble will find a way to do it, and right now those without access are doing it in Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa and Missouri.

Quinn is listening to people who are trying to steer him away from slots at tracks as if that’s going to make expanded gambling more palatable to those who don’t want expanded gambling.

This is, of course, nonsense.

You can’t sort of expand gambling. You either do or you don’t.

Quinn already has done it with the lottery and wants to do it with five new casinos. To borrow from Winston Churchill, we’ve already established that. Now we are haggling about the price.

Why expand gambling and at the same time further degrade a horse racing industry that has been around much longer than casinos, let alone five startup casinos, and perhaps put horse racing in Illinois out of business entirely?

It just doesn’t make any sense. It’s not logical. It’s downright baffling.

Then again, this is still Illinois.

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