Davenport, IA (May 2011) ? In February 2011, a Keith Donohue said farewell to sunny San Diego and began a journey that is likely to change his life ? and many other lives, as well.

Donohue, 32, is the founder of Positive Present®, an organization devoted to positive affirmations and making a positive impact through philanthropy. His organization's first big venture is a unique project called "50Give," where Donohue is trekking cross-country to volunteer in each of the 50 states as well as Canada, Mexico and the District of Columbia.

Donohue's visit to Iowa on Wednesday, May 18 will be spent at the Figge Art Museum.  Donohue will help the museum celebrate Haitian Flag Day by leading a volunteer project to bag food which will be delivered to Haiti.  The Figge's Haitian Collection is one of the first and most comprehensive collections of Haitian art in the United States and in September the Figge will host the special exhibition, Restoring the Spirit: Celebrating Haitian Art.  The Figge is partnering with Kids Against Hunger Your Quad-Cities for this event and it is sponsored by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.  Donohue will also help the museums administrative staff and assist Figge outreach staff with an elementary program in the Davenport School District.

Travelling by car, plane or boat, Donohue will devote 5-6 months of his time helping various nonprofits, charities and other worthy causes. During the journey, he will eat, sleep and breathe nothing but volunteerism to offer a helping hand (manual labor, office administration, fundraising, marketing/promotions, event planning, soccer coaching, whatever is needed).

What's his motivation? "I have a passion for helping others and fundraising," Donohue says. "I hope this trip will encourage others to give unconditionally and also provide positive awareness for inspiring organizations that strive to make this world better."

Donohue, a Washington, DC native, is no beginner when it comes to philanthropy and fundraising. Over the past five years, he has planned and promoted numerous charity events, including raising funds for youth and soccer-related organizations like DC SCORES. In early 2010, he created Triple Charity Crush, an innovative online fundraiser and race-day event which raised $4000 for the Susan G. Komen Foundation and other organizations.

Amy Nakamoto, DC SCORES Executive Director adds, "Keith Donohue has taken his commitment to the DC SCORES mission to new levels over the past three years. Unsolicited, Keith has helped directly or indirectly raise a lot of money, awareness and excitement for the work we are doing with youth in DC through soccer and creative writing. He makes being in the 'charity business' even more rewarding than it already is."


50Give is a venture of Positive Present®, an organization devoted to spreading inspiration through philanthropic projects, positive affirmations apparel and health & fitness-related channels. For more information on Keith Donohue, 50Give and Positive Present®, including sponsorship or charitable nonprofit submissions, please visit www.positivepresent.com or www.50give.com.

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May 16, 2011

Progressive Action for the Common Good (PACG) is a non-profit organization established to provide a progressive voice in discussions related to problems facing our society and to educate the public on how to promote and participate in public debate around issues of concern.

PACG promotes forums for discussion of such issues as Health Care Reform, Civil Rights, Media Reform, Local Foods, Women's Issues, The Environment/Sustainable Energy, and Peace and Justice. The public is invited join these discussions at any time.

PACG is pleased to announce that it has relocated its offices to Cobblestone Place located at 1212 West Third Street in Davenport. "The new offices will provide us with much more space and allow us to better facilitate the work of the many issue forums that we support", said Alta Price, President of the PACG Board of Directors. "Ensuring that all sides of an issue are represented in our daily discourse is of importance to us and why we promote issue forums that address such a wide range of topics", she said.

PACG will hold an open house at their new location on Thursday, May 26 from 6:30 to 8:00. The public is encouraged to attend and find out more about the organization and learn how the various forums might help them express themselves on the issues that are of concern to them.

"We're excited about the move, about the next phase for PACG and how we will be better positioned to provide the support individuals need to have their voice heard on the major issues within the country today", Price said.

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Nearly 440 Illinois National Guard Soldiers Return from a Yearlong Deployment; Story by Spc. Chasity Johnson, Illinois National Guard Public Affairs Office

MILAN, IL (05/15/2011)(readMedia)-- The Illinois Army National Guard held ceremonies May 14 in Milan, Galesburg and Macomb, to welcome home approximately 440 Soldiers who spent a year serving in Sinai, Egypt.

The sky was overcast, rain was drizzling and the temperature was approximately 50 degrees, but that didn't discourage family, friends and supporters of the servicemembers from attending the outdoor event in Milan.

"I'm so excited to see my son that I can hardly stand it," said Debbie England of Milan, mother of 1st Lt. Drew England of Milan, with Battery A, 2nd Battalion, 123rd Field Artillery in Milan.

"We are so proud of him and what he does," said England, as she stood smiling in the rain surrounded by members of her family who were holding colorful signs in honor of their Soldier's arrival home. "We're excited to welcome him back."

The Soldiers mobilized in May 2010 as a part of the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO), the international peacekeeping force oversees the terms of the 1979 peace treaty between Egypt and Israel.

"My Soldiers were observing, reporting and verifying the compliance of the treaty," said Lt. Col. Maurice Rochelle of Flossmoor, 2nd Battalion, 123rd Field Artillery commander.

A sergeant in the 123rd said he enjoyed the opportunity to serve overseas with Soldiers he enlisted during his time as a recruiter, but he he wasn't prepared for the emotional toll the separation from his family would have on him.

"It was really hard being away from my family," said Master Sgt. Brian Habel of Milan, with Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 2nd Battalion, 123rd Field Artillery in Milan. "I never knew how hard it was on other people who have deployed until I did it myself. Being greeted by my family at this ceremony is all I could have asked for."

Maj. Gen. Dennis Celletti of Springfield, the Assistant Adjutant General-Army, Illinois National Guard, was in attendance at the ceremony in Milan to greet Soldiers and their families.

"Every time I participate in a welcome home ceremony it makes me proud to see all of the families come together," said Celletti. "It didn't matter that it was a rainy, cloudy day. The families were overjoyed as they greeted their families."

Independent Scholars' Evenings:

Overcoming Mental Illness in Today's World

by Jennifer Sergeant

May 19th. 2011

Jennifer, a local musician and author of an upcoming book on the topic of mental illness, will speak about the pitfalls and possible causes of mental illness in today's society and the various ways in which they are being treated and can be overcome.

7.00 p.m.

second floor of

The Moline Club

1530 Fifth Ave. Moline.

309-762-8547 for the Moline Club

309-762-9202 for The Institute.

light refreshments, wine and beverages are served.

The event is free and open to the public.

doors open at 6.30

Independent Scholars' Evenings are sponsored by The Institute for Cultural and Healing Traditions, Ltd. a 501(c)3 at state and federal level since 1996.

The Moline Club

Washington, DC - On Monday, May 16th, Congressman Bruce Braley (IA-01) will make several stops in Davenport. In the morning, Rep. Braley will participate in the commuter bike ride as part of QC in Motion Week. Rep. Braley will then join representatives from the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce, Active Quad Cities and the QC Bicycle Club for a breakfast briefing on QC in Motion Week. Rep. Braley will then visit Davenport North High School to congratulate the 3rd place winner of the Congressional Art Competition for the First District. He will also congratulate the honorable mention winner and several students who submitted their artworks to the competition.

QC in Motion Week Bike Ride/Breakfast Briefing
WHAT: Congressman Braley will participate in the commuter bike ride and breakfast briefing as part of QC in Motion Week. 

WHEN:  MONDAY, May 16, 6:45-8:00 AM CDT

WHERE: Bike ride starting location ? Kaplan University Parking Lot; 1801 East Kimberly Road, Davenport, Iowa

Bike ride ending location/breakfast briefing ? Bechtel Park; 499 East 2nd Street; Davenport, Iowa

Congressional Art Competition Winner Visit
WHAT: Congressman Braley will visit Davenport North High School to congratulate the 3rd place winner of the Congressional Art Competition. 

WHEN:  MONDAY, May 16, 9:15-9:45 AM CDT
WHERE: Davenport North High School; Library ICN Room: 626 W 53rd Street; Davenport, Iowa

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The German American Heritage Center will present a companion program to its current temporary exhibit, "Cigar Making in the Quad Cities," on Sunday, May 22 at 2:00 p.m. at the Center.  Local educator Bruce Bufe will craft an oral portrait of his great-great grandfather, a German immigrant who worked as a cigar maker in Moline in the 1880's .


 But Franz Gustav Bufe was much, much more - he was a talented artist, a prolific published poet and a keen social critic and activist of his day.  There is much to learn in Gustav Bufe's poems, which will be discussed in translation and enriched with artifacts from his homeland.


This program will appeal to all who descend from Germany to America and those who follow local and regional history.   Come join us at GAHC for this first chapter in a continuing series called "My German Story."  Will yours be next?

By Senator Tom Harkin

May is Cancer Research Month - a time for our country to pause and recognize the landmark accomplishments and life-saving promise of this critical research.  And, we are reminded during this month, that one of the best ways we can fight this epidemic and save lives is to continue to research cures, causes, treatments and prevention tools.

Despite the advancements that have been made in recent years, cancer remains one of the greatest health concerns in our nation.  It is estimated that in 2010, over 1.5 million Americans were diagnosed with cancer in the United States, causing more than 550,000 deaths.  This makes cancer the second most common cause of death in this country. In Iowa in 2010, an estimated 6,400 Iowans will die from cancer, 14 times the number caused by auto fatalities.

In the past years, we have made great strides. Early detection has increased survival rates and new tools have greatly improved the five-year survival rate for many types of cancer, but there is still much work to be done.  That is why as Chairman of both the Appropriations Subcommittee that funds medical research, and as Chairman of the Committee that oversees health initiatives, I have actively fought to provide funding at both the national and local levels for cancer research, screening and prevention initiatives. In fiscal year 2011, the National Institutes of Health will fund $5.8 billion in cancer research.  And last year, I secured $370 million for cancer screening and prevention efforts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Out of those funds, Iowa runs the Iowa Gets Screened program and Care For Yourself programs, which provide free or low-cost screening for colon, breast and cervical cancers. Iowa schools and institutions such as the University of Iowa are also helping to lead the way in cancer research, and I have been honored to help secure nearly $21 million in NIH funding in 2010 for critical research into lung, prostrate and pancreatic cancer, as well as the role of nutrition in cancer prevention.

With Congress focusing on deficit reduction and cost-cutting it will be tempting for some to reduce funding for cancer research that can lead to better treatments, better screening tools and more effective prevention of cancer. But as a nation, we cannot afford to put transformative science on hold, particularly now, when strong investments in medical research could pay extraordinary dividends to our health and economic well-being. Even when considered in purely economic terms, it is estimated that every one percent decline in cancer mortality saves the United States economy $500 billion. I will fight to ensure that critical funding for cancer research is not cut.

For more information please feel free to contact any of my offices or visit my website at harkin.senate.gov.


A fund-raiser for Special Olympics Illinois Western Area 4

Join the Public Safety Professionals of Rock Island County in supporting our local Special Olympians

Friday, May 20, 2011 from 5-8pm at the Plumbers & Pipefitters Hall 4600 Blackhawk Rd. Rock Island

D.J. with Karaoke

Food (included with admission): Sloppy Joes, Baked Beans, Potato Chips, Beverage & Dessert

Silent Auction* 50/50 Drawings* Games* Art Table* K-9 Demonstrations*
Emergency Vehicles on display* McGruff the Crime Dog*
The Quad Cities Juggling Club will perform, teach, & play*

Silent Auction Premier Item: John Deere Classic 2011 Package:
2 Anyday Passes, 2 tickets to the UHC Skybox on Thursday July 8 with unlimited food &
beverage, & 1 General Parking Pass. Starting Bid Required is $300.00 (Value Over $550).
*Please Note: The JDC will add, at minimum, a 5% Bonus to the winning bid. All monies
going to S.O.I.L. Place bids @ event or by email @ rhbrunk@mchsi.com, with bid & contact
information, by 12noon on May 20th. Payment due @ closing of auction @ event. Credit Cards
are accepted for payment.

ADULTS: $10.00



R.S.V.P.s (not required, but encouraged) & Donations may be sent to:

Salute to Special Olympians
C/O 1527 11th Avenue
Moline, Illinois 61265

Donations to Special Olympics Illinois are tax deductible.
Checks should be made payable to Special Olympics Illinois.

May 20, 2011 Special Olympians Day in Rock Island County, Illinois

Designated as such by county board proclamation.

For event information call: (309) 764-3860 or Email: rhbrunk@mchsi.com

The Downtown Partnership's popular petunia flower baskets will return throughout Downtown Davenport and the Mississippi riverfront Saturday, May 14.

More flower baskets will be displayed this year - 572, which grew from last year's number of 532. There will also be 116 ground planters bursting with the vibrant colored flora. The new baskets can be found surrounding the Hotel Blackhawk and a portion of 3rd Street between Ripley and Harrison Streets that was recently streetscaped.

According to Adam Holland, Director of Downtown Operations, the flowers are a mix of "Supertunias" that sweep over the top of the baskets as they grow. The wire baskets will be brimming with eye-popping violet, fuchsia, and "tequila sunrise" petunias, which will be in full bloom in June. The Green Thumbers, a local business and chamber member, supply the plants for the project.

Funded by downtown property owners in the Self-Supporting Municipal Improvement District (SSMID), the baskets annually provide downtown Davenport with a fresh look in the spring and summer for its residents, visitors and employees to enjoy.

The Downtown Partnership, a division of Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce, is a non-profit organization focused on the strategic growth and beautification of historic downtown Davenport. As administrators of the Self Supporting Municipal Improvement District (SSMID), the Downtown Partnership provides leadership and advocacy for downtown economic development, planning, cultural vitality, events, marketing, and clean-and-safe initiatives.


Washington, DC - May 13, 2011 - Today, Congressman Bruce Braley (IA-01) introduced a bill to help veterans who return from combat and are facing foreclosure stay in their homes. The Protecting Veterans' Homes Act would protect veterans from being foreclosed upon by banks and would give returning soldiers time to get their finances in order after long deployments.

"Our veterans often return from combat only to face new challenges," said Rep. Braley. "Whether it's an injury or a financial crisis caused by long deployments and time off from their civilian jobs, our veterans deserve to know that we're standing up for them. This bill will give our soldiers enough time to get back on their feet and get their finances in order before being kicked out of their homes. This is the least we can do for the brave men and women who serve this country."

Currently, similar protections for veterans are set to expire in December of 2012. Rep. Braley's bill would make these protections permanent and would extend the grace period from nine months to a full year for veterans returning from deployments.