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JUNIOR LEAGUE OF THE QUAD CITIES HOSTS FIFTH ANNUAL I AM STRONG 5K MUDVENTURE

(BETTENDORF, IOWA) August 1, 2016 – Junior League of the Quad Cities will host its fifth annual I AM Strong 5k Mudventure in Coal Valley, Illinois on Saturday, August 6, 2016. The race, only open to female participants, will begin at 7:40 a.m. Registration is available up to packet-pick up on Friday, August 5, 2016.
 
This year's Mudventure will be held at Case Creek Obstacle Course, 7625 120th Avenue, Coal Valley, IL 61240. Located on a farm in Coal Valley, the course combines adventure and mud racing with 20 obstacles such as tire flips, rope pulls, balance challenges and many more. Race sponsors include Necker’s Jewelers, Sedona Technologies, Sweet & Spark, and many more.  
 
There are recreational and competitive divisions for all levels of ability including walkers. Participants 18 and older may select from eight separate waves of racers, each beginning with a mandatory kick-off meeting. Wave meetings will be at 7:40 AM and 8:50 AM race day. The cost of registration is $65 for both competitive and recreational racers. The registration payment includes race entry fee, swag bag, event t-shirt and awards ceremony snacks and drinks.    
 
Pre-race packet pick-ups will occur on Friday, August 5th from 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM at Active Endeavors, 3950 Elmore Avenue, Davenport, Iowa, 52807, at which time the race route will be provided.  
Participants may also partake in an optional costume contest. Prizes will be awarded at the post-race party to the top three competitive division finishers.
 
The post-race party will be held at Mulligan’s Valley Pub, 310 West 1st Avenue, Coal Valley, IL 61240, around 11:00 a.m. There will be a tent and tables set up in the back of the bar with music, free food, and beer.
 
The I AM Strong Mudventure Race offers women an opportunity to bond and support one another through a fun, but physically challenging exercise. It also fosters collaboration with area businesses to support local charities that positively impact our community by improving the lives of women and girls through leadership and empowerment. The women’s-only race was created as part of JLQC’s I AM initiative, directed towards improving the self-image and perception of women and girls. In addition to funding the initiatives of JLQC, a portion of the 2016 race proceeds will benefit QC Closet2Closet. 

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JUNIOR LEAGUE OF THE QUAD CITIES RECEIVES NATIONAL HONOR FOR I AM STRONG MUDVENTURE RACE
 
(Davenport, IA) June 8, 2016 –The Junior League of the Quad Cities Receives Honorable Mention for Fund Development  at The Association of Junior Awards celebrate innovation in programs that address both leadership and social Leagues International’s 94th Annual Conference problems at the community level
 
The Junior League of the Quad Cities was recently recognized for its I AM Strong 5K Mudventure Race at the 94 the Annual Conference of The Association of Junior Leagues International (AJLI) held in Atlanta from May 12th – 14th .
 
The I AM Strong 5K Mudventure Race, in its 5th year, the Race has proven to be not only a great fund-raiser but also a strong community event. The women’s-only mini-marathon (with mud) is an event that offers participants a chance to bond and support one another through a fun, but physically challenging exercise.
 
Twelve individual Junior Leagues were acknowledged for innovation at the conference, which brought together women from 291 Junior Leagues in four countries. The commended Junior Leagues received awards in areas ranging from fundraising to membership development to achieving community impact.
 
President Ellen Rose, a member of the Junior League of the City of New York. “But this is more than just an awards program for our Leagues; it also celebrates the commitment of the women who design and implement these initiatives and exemplify the spirit of volunteer leadership that has been a feature of The Junior League for 115 years.”
 
Junior League of the Quad Cities will host its fifth annual I AM Strong 5k Mudventure in Coal Valley, Illinois on Saturday, August 6, 2016. The women's-only race will begin at 7:40 a.m. 

 

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JUNIOR LEAGUE OF THE QUAD CITIES PARTNERS WITH QC CLOSET2CLOSET AND ANNOUNCES A $1,000 DONATION
 
(MOLINE, IL) March 10, 2016 – Junior League of the Quad Cities presented QC Closet2Closet with a $1,000 donation on Friday, March 4, 2016, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Moline, Illinois. The funds were given through JLQC’s I AM Initiative, and donated for the purpose of preparing care packages and getting the organization read for their quarterly shopping event. JLQC members and the young women of our WINGs (Women Inspiring the Next Generation) Teen Peer Mentor Program at Davenport West High School also volunteered to provide helping hands on Friday, March 4, 2016 and Saturday March 5, 2016. 

The I AM Initiative came out of a goal to identify major issues in our community that Junior League of the Quad Cities may impact. After analyzing opportunities and considering the mission of our League, we identified a meaningful core issue: Improving the self-image and perception of women through leadership and empowerment to inspire change! Since its inception, the I AM Initiative has employed a variety of strategies and tactics to move forward in its mission, all of which were intended to highlight and honor the incredible attributes possessed by women, to help us all to realize I AM strong, I AM empowered, I AM willing to drive change.  

QC Closet2Closet provides gently worn and new clothing and accessories to teenage children who live in foster care or who are homeless. Wardrobe assistance is provided via quarterly shopping events, when children enrolled in the program may shop for free.  The average United States foster child moves three times per year. When they move, they often lose their belongings, and foster families receive very little financial support to purchase clothing, accessories, and hygiene items. That is where Closet2Closet comes in!  Area social workers, school counselors, homeless shelter staff, foster care summer camp directors and foster parents refer children from eastern Iowa and western Illinois for their service.

Junior League of the Quad Cities and the young women of WINGs are sincerely grateful to have helped served our local foster care community through both a financial and hands-on contribution.
 
Junior League of the Quad Cities is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

The mission of QC Closet2Closet is to provide Quad City preteens and teenagers in foster care with age appropriate, quality apparel and accessories donated by community partners.  More information about QC Closet2Closet can be found on their Facebook page at  www.facebook.com/QCCloset2Closet/




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SCOTT COMMUNITY COLLEGE & JUNIOR LEAGUE TO SHOW THE HUNTING GROUND

(DAVENPORT, IA) September 28, 2015 - Scott Community College (SCC), one of the Eastern Iowa Community Colleges, is inviting the public to a screening of the documentary film, “The Hunting Ground.”

The free showing begins at 6:15 p.m. next Wednesday, September 30, in the college’s Student Life Center, 500 Belmont Road, Bettendorf. Refreshments will be served for the 15 minutes prior to the start of the movie.

The presentation is in cooperation with the Junior League of the Quad Cities. The Junior League is working with the local Family Resources agency to present the film at various locations.

"The Hunting Ground" is a powerful documentary that examines sexual assault on college campuses. The film presents the stories of college student survivors and the handling of sexual assault cases by colleges and universities.

“We believe this is an important issue, not just for college students but for everyone,” said SCC Dean of Students LaDrina Wilson. “The movie is about sexual assault on college campuses, but it’s a message that applies throughout our community. We’re encouraging not only our students but the entire public to attend.”

The one-hour film will be followed by a panel discussion with representatives from the SCC administration, professional counselors and local law enforcement. The goal is to help students and community members in becoming active advocates against sexual misconduct and sexual assault.

The team behind “The Hunting Ground,” Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering, are both Academy Award nominees for their previous work. The movie appeared at the Sundance Film Festival to tremendous reviews.

More information about the movie, including a trailer, is available at www.thehuntinggroundfilm.com

For questions regarding the showing at SCC, contact Wilson at 563-441-4016 or lwilson@eicc.edu or Junior League of the Quad Cities President Randall Goblirsch, randallgoblirsch@gmail.com
 
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JUNIOR LEAGUE OF THE QUAD CITIES HOSTS THIRD ANNUAL I AM STRONG 5K MUDVENTURE
 
(COAL VALLEY, IL) August 7, 2015 – Junior League of the Quad Cities will host its third annual I AM Strong 5k Mudventure in Coal Valley, Illinois on Saturday, August 8, 2015. The race, only open to female participants, will begin at 7:40 a.m. Registration is available up to and on the day of the race at either packet-pick up on Friday, August 7, 2015, or onsite at the race.
 
This year's Mudventure will be held at Case Creek Obstacle Course.  Located on a farm in Coal Valley, the course combines adventure and mud racing with 22 obstacles such as tire flips, rope pulls, balance challenges and many more.   
 
There are recreational and competitive divisions for all levels of ability including walkers. Participants 18 and older may select from three separate waves of racers, each beginning with a mandatory kick-off meeting. Wave meetings will be at 7:40 AM and 8:50 AM race day. The cost of registration is $65 for both competitive and recreational racers.  Team Registration of 10 or more members is $58.50.  The registration payment includes race entry fee, swag bag, event t-shirt and awards ceremony snacks and drinks.    
 
Pre-race packet pick-ups will occur on Friday Aug. 7th from 11:30 AM - 5:30 PM at Great Southern Bank, 2020 E Kimberly Rd., Ste. 120W, Davenport, Iowa, 52807, at which time the race route will be provided.  
Participants may also participate in an optional costume contest. Prizes will be awarded at the post-race party for best individual and team costumes, as well as to the top three competitive division finishers, and largest team.
 
The post-race party will be held at Mulligan’s, 310 W. 1st Ave., Coal Valley, IL 61240, around 11:30 a.m.  There will be a tent and tables set up in the back of the bar with music, free food, and beer.  Also, Great Southern Bank will have a drawing for a prize. 
 
The I AM Strong Mudventure Race offers women an opportunity to bond and support one another through a fun, but physically challenging exercise. It also fosters collaboration with area businesses to support local charities that positively impact our community by improving the lives of women and girls through leadership and empowerment.  The women’s-only race was created as part of JLQC’s I AM initiative, directed towards improving the self-image and perception of women and girls.  In addition to funding the initiatives of JLQC, a portion of the 2015 race proceeds will benefit the Child Abuse Council and Scott Community College Foundation Women’s Giving Network.
 
For more information about the I AM Strong Initiative and the Mudventure Race, please visit the JLQC website and the official race page. 
 
Junior League of the Quad Cities is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. For more information about JLQC, please visit www.jlqc.org.

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JUNIOR LEAGUE ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR ‘YOURS FOR A YEAR’ PARTNERSHIP
 
(DAVENPORT, Iowa) June 15, 2015 – The Junior League of the Quad Cities recently approved a new community impact initiative entitled “Yours for a Year.” A “Yours for a Year" project is a one-year collaboration with an agency or organization to meet a pre-determined need and specific, measurable objectives. The project must support the Junior League of the Quad Cities’ I AM Initiative, which emphasizes our commitment to improving the perception and self-image of women through leadership and empowerment to inspire change.
 
The project will have a specified term from September 2015 to August 2016, during which the League will provide both volunteer and financial support. It is critical that all project concepts have both a financial commitment and the potential for quality volunteer placement opportunities. Our goal is to contribute up to $12,000 for a local organization that aligns with our I AM initiative as well as provide six to 10 volunteer opportunities annually for groups ranging in size from five to 50 volunteers.

If an organization is interested in applying to be a “Yours for a Year” partner with Junior League of the Quad Cities, please visit the JLQC website’s I AM page. Applications are being accepted until June 30, 2015 for the upcoming League year. Questions can be directed by email to Kasey Kelly. A decision will be made in August with a vote by the Junior League membership.

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JUNIOR LEAGUE MEMBER AWARDED GOVERNOR'S VOLUNTEER AWARD

(DAVENPORT, IOWA) June 4, 2015 - Cristy Tackett-Hunt of Davenport, IA received a 2015 Governor’s Volunteer Award from Governor Terry E. Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds during a special recognition ceremony held June 4 in Marion.
 
Cristy Tackett-Hunt was honored with an individual Volunteer Award by Junior League of the Quad Cities for her outstanding volunteer contributions and leadership in the Quad City Community.
 
“Iowa is recognized as a national leader in volunteerism and service because of the steadfast devotion of our volunteers,” stated Governor Terry E. Branstad.  “I am pleased to have an opportunity to personally thank this year’s Governor’s Volunteer Award recipients for contributing their priceless time and talent in ways that make an enormous difference in our state.”
 
“The people selected for these awards have gone well above and beyond what’s expected in their quest to help others,” said Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds.  “Their hard work and dedication have encouraged other citizens to become more engaged, which makes stronger communities.”
 
The Governor’s Volunteer Awards (GVA) program was created in 1982, with inaugural awards presented in 1983.  What began as a small program for state government agencies, has expanded over the years and now provides all Iowa nonprofit, charitable, and government organizations with an easy way to honor their volunteers with a prestigious state-level award.  Hundreds of volunteers are recognized each year with awards in one of four categories: Individual, Group, Length of Service or Disaster Volunteer.
 
Recipients of the Governor’s Volunteer Award do not necessarily need to live in Iowa, but their service must have benefited Iowans or an Iowa organization.  Award criteria include an individual or group who has:
· demonstrated exceptional commitment to volunteerism by helping with a special project or ongoing activities
· demonstrated exemplary leadership, creativity, cooperation and hard work in their service to others
· made an outstanding contribution to state or community through volunteer service
 
The Governor’s Volunteer Award program is coordinated by the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service and the Governor’s Office.  For more information, visit www.volunteeriowa.org or call 515.725.3094.

 
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JUNIOR LEAGUE FUNDRAISER, TASTE OF THE VINE, RAISES NEARLY $13,000 TO HELP IMPROVE THE QUAD CITIES COMMUNITY
 
(DAVENPORT, IOWA) April 14, 2015 - Junior League of the Quad Cities held their signature annual fundraiser, Taste of the Vine, on Thursday, April 9, 2015, at Me & Billy kitchen and bar in downtown Davenport. Proceeds of nearly $13,000 will help support JLQC’s mission of promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the Quad Cities Community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.
 
The evening began with a VIP cocktail hour featuring cocktails prepared by Sean McQueen of Mississippi River Distilling Company, and savory pulled pork Crepes prepared by Chad Cushman, The Crepe Guy. After the pre-tasting, nearly 200 guests gathered for the main event to enjoy local libations provided by Mississippi River Distilling Company, Great River Brewery, Creekside Vineyards, and Wide River Winery, who set up stations throughout the downtown hotspot. The bubbling crowd mingled and sipped from hand-painted wine glasses for purchase while enjoying music provided by Double H Entertainment and taking turns with the props at the open-air photo station. The prime stop for foodies was the tantalizing buffet of hors d' oeuvres and an array of treats prepared by Oh So Sweet by Tiphanie.
 
Once guests received their fill, the winners of a slew of impressive prizes were announced. Amongst them were three massive baskets, brimming with a variety of gift certificates and merchandise donated by local Quad Cities businesses. One lucky taster went home with a private wine tasting for six at Creekside Vineyards, along with a selection of 30 bottles of wine donated by members of the League, while another left with a $1,000 gift card provided by Necker’s Jewelers. Following the announcement of prizes, tasters remained well into the night to celebrate their spoils.

The Junior League of the Quad Cities gratefully acknowledge Ruhl & Ruhl for their continued support as this event’s presenting sponsor, as well as contributing sponsors WHBF TV, Elements Home Furnishings and Interior Design, Fontaine Consulting, Gomez May LLP, Vizient Manufacturing Solutions, Northwestern Mutual, ReCre8 Studio, Wells Fargo, Blair Westfall CPA, University of Iowa Credit Union, and Bearfoot Photography.

The Junior League of the Quad Cities is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. For more information about JLQC, please visit www.jlqc.org.

 
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JUNIOR LEAGUE FUNDRAISER, TASTE OF THE VINE, TO HELP IMPROVE THE QUAD CITIES COMMUNITY
 
(DAVENPORT, IOWA) March 10, 2015 - Junior League of the Quad Cities will host their signature annual fundraiser, Taste of the Vine, on Thursday, April 9, 2015, 6:30 p.m. at Me & Billy in downtown Davenport.
 
For $40 a ticket, guests will be able to experience an array of libations from local vendors and a tantalizing buffet of hors d' oeuvres provided by Me & Billy. A $65 ticket will grant guest admission to an exclusive VIP pre-tasting featuring The Crepe Guy and Mississippi River Distilling Company at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are currently available online at the Junior League of the Quad Cities website, and will be available for $45 at the door.
 
Additional vendors include Great River Brewery, Creekside Vineyards, Wide River Winery, and desserts catered by Oh So Sweet by Tiphanie. Also on the premise will be a silent auction, prizes provided by Necker’s Jewelry, raffle baskets brimming with a variety of gift certificates and merchandise donated by local Quad City businesses, and music provided by Double H Entertainment.
 
Taste of the Vine is an evening to celebrate the accomplishments of the Junior League of the Quad Cities while tasting local libations and fantastic food. Proceeds help support the mission of the Junior League and the I AM Initiative, which is dedicated to improving the perception and self-image of women through leadership and empowerment to inspire change.
 
The Junior League of the Quad Cities thanks presenting sponsor, Ruhl & Ruhl, for their generous support, as well as WHBF CBS 4, Gomez May LLP, Fontaine Consulting, Elements of Design, Vizient Manufacturing Solutions, Northwestern Mutual, ReCre8 Studio, Wells Fargo, Blair Westfall CPA, University of Iowa Credit Union, and Bearfoot Photography.
 
The Junior League of the Quad Cities is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. For more information about JLQC, please visit www.jlqc.org.

 
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JUNIOR LEAGUE OF THE QUAD CITIES TO VOLUNTEER WITH GIRL SCOUTS TO BRING A HOLIDAY CELEBRATION TO AT-RISK GIRLS
 
(ROCK ISLAND, Illinois) December 1, 2014 – More than 100 at-risk girls will have Christmas brought to them in a unique way. For the fourth year in a row, Ganson’s Neighborhood Bakery & CafĂ© has partnered with the Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois to bring a holiday celebration to girls who otherwise may not have the opportunity. The Christmas program will be held on Saturday, December 6, 2014 and this year Junior League of the Quad Cities will be providing more than 60 volunteers to help make this event happen, including a gift wrapping in advance of the celebration.
 
“We are thrilled to be able to support the work that the Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois does in our community to empower girls to be confident, capable leaders,” explained Junior League Done-In-A-Day volunteer chair Jessica Schultz. Junior League formed this partnership as part of their annual Done-In-A-Day efforts, in which League women make an impact in the community through one solid day of giving.
 
“Every child deserves to have Christmas,” said Senior Membership Outreach Manager at Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois Missy Sweeney. Sweeney works with area schools to determine which girls qualify as the most at-risk and invites them to attend the annual Christmas celebration with Santa, gifts, dinner and cookie-decorating. “Some of these girls get forgotten about, and we want to make sure they know they’re worthy to have an unforgettable Christmas,” said Sweeney.
Organizers hope each girl can unwrap a Christmas gift and feel special. “It makes me teary-eyed just thinking about all the smiles on the girls’ faces when they get a present just for them,” said Sweeney. Junior League of the Quad Cities collected gifts from their membership for the girls as part of their contribution to the holiday celebration.
 
“This is a great opportunity for the community to make a difference in the lives of more than 100 girls who deserve to know they’re cared about this holiday season,” said Sweeney.
 
That goal aligns perfectly with the Junior League of the Quad Cities I AM Initiative, which is committed to improving the perception and self-image of women through leadership and empowerment to inspire change. The Junior League of the Quad Cities is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.
 
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NECKER'S JEWELERS PRESENTS JUNIOR LEAGUE OF THE QUAD CITIES A CHECK REFLECTING A PORTION OF THE PROCEEDS FROM THE SALES OF THE PATRICIA LOCKE "I AM BRACELET"

(DAVENPORT, IOWA) – On Thursday, November 13, 2014 Junior League of the Quad Cities women and other guests got an amazing opportunity to attend a rare gallery showing of Chicago artist and jewelry designer Patricia Locke. Necker's Jewelers and The Figge Museum teamed up to present a glamorous evening of Hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and beautifully-crafted jewelry. Guests were able to browse through Ms. Locke's gorgeous gallery and were even graced with a personal appearance by the artist herself.
 
At the close of the event, Necker's presented JLQC with a $2000 check that reflected a portion of the proceeds generated from the sales of the Patricia Locke "I AM" bracelet. This money will be used to fund several ongoing Junior League initiatives and projects throughout the upcoming year. 
 
Junior League of the Quad Cities has a long-standing relationship with both Patricia Locke and Necker's Jewelers. Approximately a year ago, Ms. Locke designed a custom made “I AM” bracelet for the Junior League of the Quad Cities. The bracelet was created as part of JLQC's I AM Initiative, which is committed to improving the perception and self-image of women through leadership and empowerment to inspire change. Necker's Jewelers offers their customers the “I AM” bracelet at both their Davenport and DeWitt locations. 
 
The I AM Initiative came out of a goal to identify major issues in the Quad Cities that could be of impact and considering the mission of JLQC, a core issue was identified: women's self-image and the perception of women. It is our objective to create awareness and begin the process of change. We created an initiative called, "I AM..." Since its inception, the I AM initiative has employed a variety of strategies and tactics to move forward on its mission including the I AM Strong 5K Mudventure Race, film viewings to raise awareness about women’s issues in the community, and the WINGs mentoring program at Davenport West High School.

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BRAKING TRAFFIK AND JUNIOR LEAGUE OF THE QUAD CITIES PRESENT PREMIERE OF SEX-TRAFFICKING DOCUMENTARY 

(DAVENPORT, IA) September 4, 2014 – Junior League of the Quad Cities along with Braking Traffik will present the premiere of the documentary Any Kid Anywhere: Sex Trafficking Survivor Stories. This event will be held Thursday, October 9th at 6:30 PM at the Putnam Museum in Davenport, IA.
 
Any Kid, Anywhere is a powerful documentary by Emmy® nominated filmmakers Kelly and Tammy Rundle of Fourth Wall Films and Braking Traffik featuring local survivors of sex trafficking. Over 100,000 American children fall victim each year and no community is immune to this crime. The documentary shatters the myth that sex trafficking is just a big city or third world country crime. The film reveals the reality of sex trafficking in small Midwestern communities through the dramatic and harrowing stories of three brave young women. Their true accounts of survival send a message of hope to those already in “the life,” and provide a cautionary tale that may help other young people avoid victimization.
 
This film premiere is the result of collaboration between JLQC and Braking Traffik. Braking Traffik is an area group whose mission is to support and enable the discovery of and response to incidents of sex trafficking through a survivor-centered, multidisciplinary, and collaborative community effort in the Quad City area of Iowa and Illinois. As a local organization whose focus is to promote voluntarism and develop the potential of women, JLQC is helping to present this film to raise public awareness about the plight of these individuals and hopefully spur Quad City residents into action for positive change.  
 
At the Putnam, there will be a small cocktail hour preceding the film with light snacks and a cash bar available. After the premiere, a question and answer session with local survivors will be held. Ticket sales are available now through brakingtraffik.org and space is limited.

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JLQC PRESENTED $10,000 CHECK TO FAMILY RESOURCES’ THE BRIDGE HOUSE
 
(Bettendorf, IA) On September 16, 2014 Junior League of the Quad Cities presented Family Resources’ The Bridge House with a $10,000 donation.  This check reflected a large portion of the proceeds from JLQC’s Third Annual I AM Strong Mudventure race that was held on August 9th of this year.
 
At Case Creek Obstacle Course, over 360 women, ranging in ages from 18 to 36, participated in this race that combined adventure and mud racing with over 20 obstacles. Highlights included a giant cargo net, monkey bars over a mud pit, a 10 foot tire wall and tons of mud.  Together these women had the opportunity not only to empower and support one another through a fun, but physically challenging exercise, but also raise funds to support JLQC initiatives and The Bridge House.  
 
This Mudventure Race, which raised the funds donated, was created as part of JLQC’s I AM initiative, directed towards improving the self-image and perception of women and girls. JLQC consistently partners with Family Resources and has previously developed mentoring programs, outfitted a “comfort room” and led yoga classes for residents.
 
Family Resources' Bridge House Program is a residential facility for adolescent females ages 12 to 18. Treatment at Bridge House is designed to meet the specific needs of girls of varied intellectual and social functioning levels. Most of the young women in their care have suffered some type of physical, emotional or sexual abuse. They carry varied mental health diagnoses and are acting outward/inward in destructive ways. Bridge House offers a safe place for girls to explore themselves, their feelings and their disruptive patterns of behaviors.

 

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JUNIOR LEAGUE OF THE QUAD CITIES ANNOUNCES OPEN REGISTRATION FOR THIRD ANNUAL I AM STRONG 5K MUDVENTURE
 
(BETTENDORF, IOWA) June 12, 2014 – Junior League of the Quad Cities will host its third annual I AM Strong 5k Mudventure in Coal Valley, Illinois on Saturday, August 9, 2014. The race, only open to female participants, will begin at 7:40 a.m. Registration is available online at www.iamstrong5k.org.
 
This year's Mudventure will be held at Case Creek Obstacle Course.  Located on a farm in Coal Valley, the course combines adventure and mud racing with over 20 obstacles such as tire flips, rope pulls, balance challenges and many more.  
 
There are recreational and competitive divisions for all levels of ability including walkers. Participants 18 and older may select from three separate waves of racers, each beginning with a mandatory kick-off meeting. Wave meetings will be at 7:40 AM, 8:50 AM or 9:50 AM race day. Competitive division registration cost is $65; however, recreational race participants who register before July 1 will receive an early bird price of $55.  The registration payment includes race entry fee, swag bag, event t-shirt and awards ceremony snack and drink.   
 
Participants may also participate in an optional costume contest. Prizes will be awarded for best individual and team costumes, as well as to the top three Competitive Division Finishers. A post-race party will follow at Azteca III in Bettendorf which will include live music, free taco bar and drink specials.
 
Pre-race packet pick-ups will occur on Friday Aug. 8th from 11:30 AM - 6:00 PM at Active Endeavors, 3950 Elmore Avenue, Davenport, Iowa, at which time the race route will be provided. 
 
The I AM Strong Mudventure Race offers women an opportunity to bond and support one another through a fun, but physically challenging exercise. It also fosters collaboration with area businesses to support local charities that positively impact our community by improving the lives of women and girls through leadership and empowerment.  The women’s-only race was created as part of JLQC’s I AM initiative, directed towards improving the self-image and perception of women and girls.  In addition to funding the initiatives of JLQC, a portion of the 2014 race proceeds will benefit the Bridge House at Family Resources, Inc. In 2013, JLQC raised $10,000 for Braking Traffik!
 
For more information about the I AM Strong Initiative and the Mudventure Race, please visit the JLQC website and the official race website
 
Junior League of the Quad Cities is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. For more information about JLQC, please visit www.jlqc.org.

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JLQC TO HOST FILM VIEWING OF THE INVISIBLE WAR

(ROCK ISLAND, IL) Tuesday, January 28, 2014- The Invisible War documentary will be shown at the Establishment Theatre: 220 19th Street.  Doors open at 5:30PM, and the film viewing begins at 6:00PM. This is a free event.

The film raises awareness of sexual assault in the military. Junior League of the Quad Cities will be holding a panel discussion after the film viewing. The participation of the audience is highly encouraged. Refreshments will also be provided. Please register by Tuesday, January 21st at www.jlqc.org/invisiblewar. Seating is limited.

Junior League of the Quad Cities is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. For more information about JLQC and the I AM initiative, please visit www.jlqc.org.

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JLQC ANNOUNCES CUSTOM BRACELET AT NECKER'S JEWELERY

(BETTENDORF, IOWA) November 1, 2013 – Patricia Locke will be designing a custom made I AM bracelet for the Junior League of the Quad Cities. The bracelet was created as part of JLQC's I AM initiative, which is committed to improving the perception and self-image of women through leadership and empowerment to inspire change.

Necker's Jewelers will be offering the I AM bracelet at both their Davenport and DeWitt locations to their customers just in time for the holiday rush. The official unveiling will be held at Necker's Jewelers in Davenport on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 6 p.m. The evening's special red carpet event is exclusive for Junior League members, family and friends. Members of the media are also invited to attend (photo opportunities available). Necker's Jewelers will be providing light hors d'oeuvres and beverages.

The I AM initiative came out of a goal to identify major issues in the Quad Cities that could be of impact and considering the mission of JLQC, a core issue was identified: Women's self-image and the perception of women! It is our objective to create awareness and begin the process of change. We created an initiative called, "I AM..." Since its inception, the I AM initiative has employed a variety of strategies and tactics to move forward on its mission including the I AM Strong 5K Mudventure Race, a film viewing of Miss Representation at the Putnam Museum and the WINGs mentoring program at Davenport West High School.

JLQC's I AM bracelet promises to be a large fundraising opportunity for the JLQC and the organization is looking forward to being able to partner with Patricia Locke and Necker's Jewelers for this exciting chance to raise money to continue to give back to our community.

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JUNIOR LEAGUE OF THE QUAD CITIES ANNOUNCES A $10,000 DONATION TO BRAKING TRAFFIK
 
(BETTENDORF, IOWA) September 23, 2013 – Junior League of the Quad Cities presented Braking Traffik with a $10,000 donation on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at the Davenport Country Club in Pleasant Valley, Iowa.  The funds for the donation were raised at JLQC’s second annual I AM Strong 5k Mudventure which was held in Long Grove, Iowa on Saturday, August 10, 2013 (www.iamstrong5k.org).
 
The mudventure race was created as part of JLQC’s I AM initiative, directed towards improving the self-image and perception of women and girls.  This year’s course was set up with a variety of different challenges and proved to be an opportunity for encouragement and support amongst women.  JLQC members are sincerely grateful to all of the participants and sponsor of the race and hope that the donation made to Braking Traffik will help advance the organization’s own mission and raise awareness of the issue of sex trafficking in our community. 
 
The Association of Junior Leagues International (“ALJI”), and various leagues throughout the U.S. have also made a commitment to fighting human trafficking both nationally and internationally. 

 

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Junior League of the Quad Cities is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. For more information about JLQC, please visit www.jlqc.org.

Braking Traffik’s mission it to support and enable the discovery of and response to incidents of sex trafficking through a victim-centered, multidisciplinary, and collaborative community effort in the Quad City area of Iowa and Illinois. More information about Braking Traffik can be found at their website www.brakingtraffik.org.