Moline, IL (Aug. 28) - The iWireless Center is excited to announce the arrival of the all-new 143rd Edition of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey's Built To Amaze! --an extraordinary engineered circus experience where Children of all Ages find out what it takes to build The Greatest Show On Earth. The foundation is set and the rising anticipation of high energy, high jinx and hilarity is ready to be transported by colorful circus machinery and unleashed from shipping crates right before the audience's eyes!

A fantastic design with more than 110 of the world's best performers representing 17 countries along with 95 exotic and domestic animals will be assembled, creating never-before-seen heart pounding performances. Ringling Bros. brings a spirited and fiery competition of basketball with the next generation of whirling unicyclists, the legendary King Charles Troupe hailing from New York City! Also new to Ringling Bros. is the Tower Tumblers, a troupe of competitive aerial athletes from the Ukraine who launch themselves from trampolines to scale, repel and pass through a three-story high translucent tower. Come and join us for an affordable and fun Labor Day Tradition.

Visit ringling.com to learn about the all new show never before seen in the Quad Cities! For ticket information please see iwirelesscenter.com or ticketmaster.com.

Ringling Bros. Built to Amaze: Performance Schedule:

*No Discounts on VIP or Circus Celebrity Seating

*Tickets are $65 (Circus Celebrity), $32 (VIP), $19, and $14. All seats are reserved, and tickets are available at the iWireless Center box office, and by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000.

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What: Ringling Bros. is "Strengthening Communities" with the Two Rivers YMCA and Circus Fit.

When: Thursday, August 28, 2014 10:45 am - 11:30 am

Where: Two Rivers YMCA, 2040 53rd Street Moline, IL 61265

Why: This Thursday, August 28th, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® are partnering with the Two Rivers YMCA to put the focus on "Strengthening Communities." Entertainers from The Greatest Show On Earth will teach students how fun an active lifestyle can be by teaching their signature Circus Fit, a program focused on childhood obesity & inactivity. Circus Fit is a national youth fitness program that encourages America's youth to lead healthy active lifestyle by combining the fun of circus skills with stretching, strength building and aerobic exercise. It is all in honor of BUILT TO AMAZE andRingling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®coming to the iWireless Center over Labor Day weekend!

Visit ringling.com to learn about the all new show - never before seen in the Quad Cities!For ticket information please see iwirelesscenter.com or ticketmaster.com.

Ringling Bros. Built to Amaze: Performance Schedule:

*No Discounts on VIP or Circus Celebrity Seating

*Tickets are $65 (Circus Celebrity), $32 (VIP), $19, and $14. All seats are reserved, and tickets are available at the iWireless Center box office, and by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000.

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About Feld Entertainment, Inc.: Feld Entertainment is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting live entertainment experiences that lift the human spirit and create indelible memories, with 30 million people in attendance at its shows each year. Feld Entertainment's productions have appeared in more than 55 countries on six continents and include Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®, Feld Motor Sports, Disney On Ice, Disney Live! and Doodlebops Live!

 

About YMCA: The Y helps our community reach its potential by listening and responding to the Illinois Quad Cities' most critical needs. As the leading nonprofit for Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility, we do this by helping every individual, regardless of ability or social status, reach their full potential in life. With the strength of our mission at the heart of every program and facility we're responsible for, the Y has been able to strengthen the foundation of our community for 129 years and counting. No one is turned away from the YMCA due to the inability to pay. Financial assistance is available through our income based pricing structure so we are able to serve the needs of all individuals

What:Built To Amaze: Habitat for Humanity Quad Cities- Tool Collection Drive

When: Saturday, August 9, 2014

Where: iWireless Center, 1201 River Drive Moline, IL 61265

Why: This Saturday, August 9th, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® show their support for local families by hosting a Tool Drive to benefit Habitat for Humanity Quad Cities in honor of Ringling Bros' upcoming show Built to Amaze! Together, they are collecting items that would "Build a Better Life" for Quad City families in need.

Needed Items:Hammers for building, work gloves, gardening tools, rakes, shovels, hoses, sprinklers and cash donations are welcome as well.

Ringling Bros. wants to say thank you for your donation by offering one free voucher (per family) to Friday, August 29 opening night performance of Built to Amaze! Donations are being collected at the iWireless Center on Saturday Aug. 9, from

10:00 am - 12:00 pm. The iWireless Center is located at 1201 River Drive in Moline.

Visit ringling.com to learn about the all new show - never before seen in the Quad Cities! For ticket information please see iwirelesscenter.com or ticketmaster.com.

Ringling Bros. Built to Amaze: Performance Schedule:

*No Discounts on VIP or Circus Celebrity Seating

*Tickets are $65 (Circus Celebrity), $32 (VIP), $19, and $14. All seats are reserved, and tickets are available at the iWireless Center box office, and by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000.

 

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About Habitat for Humanity Quad Cities:Habitat for Humanity Quad Cities is a nonprofit Christian housing organization dedicated to eliminating poverty housing.  Habitat builds simple, decent, affordable housing for low income, working families.  Founded in 1993, HFHQC has made the dream of home ownership possible for 85 local families. Visit www.HabitatQC.org for more information.

 

About Feld Entertainment, Inc.: Feld Entertainment is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting live entertainment experiences that lift the human spirit and create indelible memories, with 30 million people in attendance at its shows each year. Feld Entertainment's productions have appeared in more than 55 countries on six continents and include Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®, Feld Motor Sports, Disney On Ice, Disney Live! and Doodlebops Live!

DAVENPORT, Iowa (July 24, 2014)- Today, the Putnam Museum announced a new partnership with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey and its upcoming event of Engineering Weekend: Powered by Ringling Bros. presents Built To Amaze!

This weekend at the Putnam, guests will be able to partake in several engineering tasks such as a community build of a life-size 8 foot tall K'nex grandfather clock, K'nex Jr. building stations, and stations to partake in electric engineering. The Putnam will also be raffling off two family 4-packs of tickets to the Opening Night of Ringling Bros presents Built To Amaze! on Friday August 29th at iWireless Center, as well as have circus related giveaways. Following the Built To Amaze launch weekend, the Putnam will also offer another chance for public to win a family 4-pack of Ringling Bros. tickets on Facebook at  facebook.com/PutnamMuseum.

For more information on this and other Putnam events,

please visit their website at www,putnam.org

For more information on the Ringling Bros. presents Built To Amaze,

please visit www.iwirelesscenter.com.

 

Built To Amaze! Performance Schedule:

Tickets are $65 (Circus Celebrity), $32 (VIP), $19, and $14. All seats are reserved, and tickets are available at the iWireless Center box office, and by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000.

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About the Putnam:

The Putnam has been inspiring ideas, dialogue and interaction among people of all ages for nearly 150 years! And today, we're better than ever with hands-on fun for the whole family! Launch rockets or interact with a robot in our Science Center, visit our famous mummies in Unearthing Ancient Egypt, climb into a treehouse in Black Earth | Big River or go back in time to see our region's history in River, Prairie, and People. Also experience internationally-recognized traveling exhibits or take in a movie in our National Geographic Giant Screen Theater with a screen towering 6 stories tall! Our welcoming team is dedicated to helping you discover and explore in a friendly and engaging place.

About Feld Entertainment, Inc.:

Feld Entertainment is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting live entertainment experiences that lift the human spirit and create indelible memories, with 30 million people in attendance at its shows each year. Feld Entertainment's productions have appeared in more than 55 countries on six continents and include Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®, Feld Motor Sports, Disney On Ice, Disney Live! and Doodlebops Live!

Rock Island, IL - On January 29th, the Davenport Evening Optimists Club presented Christian Care with their Outstanding Service Award for successful achievement in working with the youth and community of the Quad Cities Area. Kris Hull Houghton, Christian Care's Domestic Violence Shelter Manager, was on site to speak to the group and accepted the award on behalf of the organization. The Davenport Evening Optimists Club, much like other Optimists Clubs worldwide, works with individuals and organizations supporting causes in their local area by raising funds for agencies that help children.

"Christian Care's Children's Advocacy Program has been working and advocating for children for over six years, and it is gratifying to see that our work within the community is being recognized for the difference that it makes," says Kris Hull Houghton. Christian Care's Domestic Violence Shelter through its Children's Advocacy Program offers counseling, legal advocacy, tutoring, and parenting and support services to children who have either witnessed or experienced domestic violence. If you wish to support the Children's Advocacy Program, send a donation to Christian Care at PO Box 4176, Rock Island Illinois, 61204.

Christian Care is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization operating two facilities?a domestic violence shelter for abused women and children and a rescue mission for homeless men. The organization serves homeless individuals, victims of domestic violence, veterans, men and women coming out of prison, and those with mental illness.

Christian Care's community meal site is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner on weekdays Monday through Friday, and for breakfast and dinner on Saturday and Sunday. Breakfast is served at 6:30 a.m., lunch at 12:15 p.m., and dinner at 6:30 p.m. If you know of someone in need, call Christian Care's crisis hotline any hour of the day at (309) 788-2273 or visit online at christiancareqc.org.

March 1 - April 30

Rock Island, IL - For the 17th consecutive year, the Alan Shawn Feinstein Foundation in Rhode Island will divide $1 million among hunger-fighting agencies nationwide, including Christian Care in Rock Island. As an incentive to help raise funds from March 1 through April 30, Mr. Feinstein will provide a percentage of the $1 million to Christian Care, based on the amount of donations they receive during challenge's time frame. Challenge donations include cash, checks, food items (valued by the Feinstein Foundation at $1.00 per item or pound) and pledges to donate. Many donors have found that pledging facilitates their efforts. For example, if someone pledges $300, they may meet their challenge by paying just $25 a month to do so. Christian Care will receive credit for the full $300 amount. Donors must designate all monetary donations, food donations and pledges for the Feinstein Hunger Challenge. The more donations Christian Care receives between March 1 and April 30, the larger the percentage of Feinstein Hunger Challenge money they will be awarded.

Christian Care has been feeding the hungry for 97 years. Although the organization's focus is primarily on the homeless and victims of domestic violence, the Christian Care Community Meal Site welcomes anyone in the community who is hungry. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served on weekdays Monday through Friday and breakfast and dinner are served on Saturday and Sunday. Breakfast is served at 6:30 AM, lunch at 12:15 PM, and dinner at 6:30 PM. The community relies on Christian Care not only to serve hot meals every day, but also to provide a warming station for nonresident homeless individuals during the winter.

The Alan Shawn Feinstein Foundation continues to be one of the leading fundraising organizations in the fight to end hunger. Founded in 1991 by Alan Shawn Feinstein, the Feinstein Foundation is dedicated to the alleviation of hunger, the importance of community service in education and the values of caring, compassion and brotherhood. Feinstein's past annual spring $1 million challenges to fight hunger have raised over $2 billion for over 1,800 agencies and houses of worship helping the needy nationwide.

Christian Care is transforming the lives of homeless individuals, victims of domestic violence, veterans, men and women coming out of prison, and those with mental illness. Their two facilities?a domestic violence shelter for abused women and children and a rescue mission for homeless men?provide safe shelter, nutritious meals, clothing, counseling, referrals and guidance to those in need. Christian Care's services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week with the goal of nourishing the bodies, minds, hearts and souls of the men, women and children who come seeking a new way of life. Help Christian Care help others; donate now. Call Lindsey at 309-786-5734 for more information.

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Rock Island, IL - The popularity of crossfit fitness programs continues to build momentum with both serious exercisers and newcomers. On January 24, the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club is raising the bar at CrossFit Bond, giving viewers the opportunity to see what the crossfit trend is all about. A viewing party is scheduled at 5:00 pm at 1417 Kimberly Road in Bettendorf. CrossFit is a worldwide strength and conditioning fitness program that uses a wide variety of exercises, including running, rowing, plyometrics, gymnastics, weight training, and Olympic weightlifting techniques. CrossFit Bond is providing a unique opportunity to observe a workout to see what this new craze is all about. Donations are welcome and all proceeds will go directly to Christian Care's Domestic Violence Shelter and Rescue Mission to help them transform the lives of the homeless and survivors of domestic violence. A Christian Care representative will be on hand to answer any questions about the organization.

The Rock Island Arsenal's Sergeant Audie Murphy Club (SAMC) recognizes Army noncommissioned officers in the ranks of corporal through sergeant first class who display exemplary leadership, characterized by personal concern for the needs, training development and welfare of soldiers. To be inducted into the SAMC, a soldier must be recommended by his chain of command. The club's namesake, Audie Murphy, rose to national fame as the most decorated U.S. combat soldier of World War II.

CrossFit Bond is a strength and conditioning facility that develops individuals, athletes, and teams to reach elite levels of fitness through constantly varied functional movements executed at high intensity. Their methods produce undisputed, tangible results for all levels of fitness; from children to elite athletes, and everyone in between. There isn't a strength and conditioning program anywhere that works with a greater diversity of tools, modalities, and drills.

Christian Care transforms the lives of homeless individuals, victims of domestic violence, veterans, men and women coming out of prison, and the mentally ill. Their two facilities?a domestic violence shelter for abused women and children and a rescue mission for homeless men?provide safe shelter, nutritious meals, clothing, counseling, and a wide range of programs for those in need. Christian Care's services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week with the goal of nourishing the bodies, minds, hearts and souls of the men, women and children who come seeking a new way of life. Help Christian Care help others; donate now. Call Lindsey at 309-786-5734 for more information, or visit Christian Care's website at www.christiancareqc.org.

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Rock Island, IL - John Jefferson is going to college! When John first arrived as a homeless veteran at Christian Care's Rescue Mission, he had no idea what direction his life would take. He certainly never saw the possibility of attending college in his future.

Thirty years ago, John served our country as a Marine?specifically, as a Military Policeman at a Nuclear Weapons Facility. After his discharge, he worked for several employers before losing his job. Like so many others, both military and civilian, he encountered difficulty getting hired and realized that, given his age and the state of the economy, he was unlikely to be able to get another job on his own. A friend mentioned that Veteran's Assistance programs in the Quad Cities had offered him much-needed help, so John decided to see for himself.

John began working with Andrea St. Clair, Christian Care's Veterans Services Coordinator. St Clair meets weekly with each veteran in the program to help them identify goals and objectives and formulate a plan to help make those goals a reality. She tracks their progress and growth while they reside at Christian Care and provides weekly workshops designed to provide much-needed information and build skill sets.

It was at one of these workshops that John was motivated to create his personal career plan. After attending First Midwest Bank's workshop on "Money Matters," John set up a checking account and started building his financial stability. When a Black Hawk College recruiter spoke to a group of residents at Christian Care, John was inspired. What he once thought of as "just a dream" suddenly seemed like a very real possibility. John knew with certainty that he wanted to become a nurse. He enrolled in Black Hawk College's Practical Nursing Program and is now a full time student. "I have used these workshops to get me to where I am today," said Jefferson with confidence.

In order to enroll in college, John needed to have proper identification, proof of a local bank account, transcripts and his birth certificate. "Andrea has helped me get over walls," said Jefferson. "She has made sure that everything I needed was in place." St. Clair also helps Jefferson maintain a monthly calendar showing all of his appointments to ensure that he adheres to his plan. Jefferson states that having his appointments laid out so that he can see them makes life feel more manageable: "She has helped me prioritize a really confusing part of my life!"

Jefferson attributes his success so far to Christian Care's strict policies. He adds that, "Christian Care is providing many useful services. If everyone took advantage of these services, they would be a step ahead themselves." Jefferson has used his time at Christian Care to save his money and advance himself. "I realize how many bridges I have crossed since October. None of this would have been possible without Christian Care's support!"

By providing residents with much-needed tools, resources, guidance and support Christian Care is able to help residents transform their lives. But the organization needs community support to continue offering their services. "Just as our change programs are helping more people than ever before, donations are down this year. We need financial help from the community to continue serving the veterans, the homeless, victims of domestic violence, men and women transitioning from prison, and those with mental illness," said Lindsey Lobur, Christian Care's Marketing and Development Manager. "It is exciting to see what happens when individuals are empowered to reach their full potential. I would hate to see that stop."

Christian Care is a 501(c)3 organization that operates two facilities in Rock Island?a domestic violence shelter for abused women and children and a rescue mission for homeless men. They provide safe shelter, nutritious meals, clothing, professional counseling, referrals and guidance to those in need. Christian Care's services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week with the goal of nurturing the bodies, minds, hearts and souls of the men, women and children who come seeking a new way of life. Help Christian Care help others; donate now. Call Lindsey at 309-786-5734 for more information, or to set up an interview.

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Rock Island, IL-Start the New Year out right by getting fit and healthy while supporting a local charity at the same time. When new members make a donation of $27 or more to Christian Care during the month of December, they will receive a discount on their membership fees at Ultimate Fitness. But?even more importantly?they will be helping to support the programs of Christian Care as it works to transform the lives of the abused women and children and the homeless men they serve. Simply present a Christian Care donation receipt to one of two Quad City Ultimate Fitness locations and sign up for a new membership. For more information call Lindsey at Christian Care at (309) 786-5734.

Ultimate Fitness provides a full range of services for members and their guests at two world-class facilities in Bettendorf and Rock Island. Designed with members in mind, the atmosphere is very comfortable and there are 15 separate private rooms (instead of one big fishbowl like most clubs). Ultimate Fitness has been serving the QCA for over 20 years, and they offer the most equipment in the Quad Cities, so there is never any waiting! Twelve-month memberships are a great value, starting at $29.95 a month, or at a discounted rate for yearly memberships paid in full. As an added bonus, member-ships include free tanning or free use of ActivTrax. See www.qcultimatefitness.com for full membership details or give them a call at (563) 355-4741.

Christian Care transforms the lives of a growing number of homeless men and abused women and children 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Through their domestic violence shelter and their rescue mission they provide safe shelter, nutritious meals, clothing, counseling, rigorous programs, referrals and guidance for those in need. Christian Care serves homeless individuals, victims of domestic violence, veterans, men and women coming out of prison, and those with mentally illness, providing their residents with an opportunity to start new, more productive lives.

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Christian Care can help you out this Holiday Season!

Rock Island, IL, November 25–Are you having trouble finding the perfect gift to give to the person who has everything? Christian Care can help you out this Holiday Season. For $20, you can give the gift of a seasonal bouquet of flowers from Colman Florist and Greenhouses every month for a year! Best of all, half the proceeds will go to Christian Care to provide shelter and services for the homeless and for survivors of domestic violence in our community. Not only will you be giving a GREAT gift, you will also be supporting Christian Care! This opportunity only lasts until December 20, so please act quickly!

Every month has its own theme. For example, November features the Harvest Bouquet, February's bouquet is Love Bunch and July offers the Sizzling Summer Bouquet. Each bouquet is sure to bring color, fragrance and beauty to even the darkest day. Becoming a part of this select group allows you access to other great values at Colman. For example, when you buy a half dozen roses, you will receive the second half dozen FREE! You can also opt to trade your monthly bouquet for $10 off a purchase of $35 or more. Do this twice and you've made your original investment back.

For more details, please contact Lindsey at (309)786-5734. Colman Florist and Greenhouses is located at 2754 12th Street, Rock Island, Illinois and in the East Village in Davenport, Iowa. You can also visit them on the web at colmanflorist.com. Monthly bouquets must be redeemed at the Colman location in the state in which you reside.

For more information about Christian Care, please go to their web site at christiancareqc.org.

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