Thanks to Barb Arland Frye of the Catholic Messenger for helping tell Heidi’s story. Read it here: http://bit.ly/2b3l7Qo
Color the Quads Check Presentation – $70,500 total, $23,500 to each charity. Pictured from left to right: Shannon Mandsager, Brad Gibson, Angela Gallagher, Dean Drexel, Lynsey Engels, Kristi McFate Julie Fick, Brad Martell, Rob Edel, Ryan Fick, Marc Engels, Missy Huff and Kris Ratigan
Mel Foster Co.’s Color The Quads Raises $70,500 For Local Charities
Davenport, IA (July 6, 2016) – Mel Foster Co.’s Color the Quads raised $70,500 for local charities during its fourth and final colorful run on May 21 in Bettendorf, Iowa. Over 1,300 5K participants, 200 children racers, sponsors and volunteers contributed to the cause. One hundred percent of the proceeds from Color the Quads were distributed to local charities. Jordan’s Joy, NAMI – Greater Mississippi Valley and YMCA Camp Abe Lincoln and Youth Solutions received $23,500 each. Jordan’s Joy board member, Michelle McMullen said, “Thank you all for the incredible experience! Because of Mel Foster’s hard work and determination, the Quad City community has come together once again to help kids and their families in our area. Jordan’s Joy was honored and humbled to be such a special part of it.” “This was a fantastic opportunity to get the word out about education resources for families living with a serious mental health condition. We are grateful to those persons who voted with their feet to support NAMI,” said Angela Gallagher, executive director, National Alliance on Mental Illness Greater Mississippi Valley. “Mel Foster and Color the Quads have done more than just provide a fun and healthy family event for our community,” said Scott County Family Y CEO Brad Martell. “Because the proceeds benefit YMCA Camp Abe Lincoln and the Solutions Outreach program, hundreds of students and their families will be supported and encouraged to be the next generation of leaders for our community! The effects will impact all of us for years to come!” The event’s Color Extraordinaire, Color Party, Kid’s Color Dash, Color Explosion and Color Burst sponsors include; Mel Foster Co., XPAC, Tri-City Electric Co., American Bank & Trust, Active Endeavors, Perl Mortgage, University of Iowa Community Credit Union, Vollertsen, Britt & Gorsline P.C., Alcoa, Build To Suit, Enviromark, Gomez May Law, Hawkeye Paving Corp., Hy-Vee, KWQC, Mickle Communications, Pear Advertising, Pella Windows & Doors, Quad-City Times, Radon Solutions, Terrostar Interactive Media, TMI – Total Maintenance Inc., Twin Rivers Bank & Trust Tyson Fresh Meats Inc., and Victorystore.com. “We were amazed once again by the generous support of our sponsors and this community. By raising $254,854 for local charities over Color the Quads’ four-year run, we know we’ve made a positive impact in our community, to strengthen families and support youth. It was a privilege to lead this project during its successful run and we are so proud of what was collectively achieved,” said Lynsey Engels, President, Real Estate Brokerage for Mel Foster Co. About Mel Foster Co. Inc. Mel Foster Co. is a recognized leader for real estate and insurance. Mel Foster Co. Real Estate specializes in residential sales and offers services for a broader spectrum of property transactions including commercial, farm and land, land development and management, relocation and new construction. Founded in 1921, it is one of Iowa’s largest independently owned real estate companies. Mel Foster Insurance was founded in 1932 and represents over 25 insurance carriers and offers coverage for residential and commercial clients. www.melfosterco.com About Jordan’s Joy Jordan’s Joy was established in memory of Jordan Schmidt. Jordan was a true hero that passed away at the age of 15 from a rare and aggressive form of cancer. Though he faced tough battles, his spirit and positive attitude never wavered, and he was an inspiration to all that knew him. The purpose of Jordan’s Joy is to fill the void that a Quad City family may have while battling life-threatening illnesses that cannot be met by other charitable organizations. 100% of the funds raised by Jordan’s Joy stay in the Quad Cities and go to local families, as all operating expenses are donated by a local business. www.facebook.com/jordansjoy About NAMI Greater Mississippi Valley One in 10 children and one in four adults experience a serious mental health condition in any given year. This grassroots organization is an affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, providing support, education and advocacy to individuals and families living with mental illness. It serves residents in Muscatine, Clinton, Scott Counties in Iowa and Mercer, Henry, Rock Island Counties in Illinois. Learn more: www.namigmv.org About the Scott County Family Y The Scott County Family Y has been serving Eastern Iowa since 1858. We build a stronger community through Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility. Today, we serve 1 out of 3 people in Scott County. www.scottcountyfamilyy.org ###
NAMI GMV Mind & Body Workshop attendees were asked to participate in this keynote address. No snoozing during this early-morning presentation. Thanks to the Quad City Times and Deirdre Cox Baker for the coverage on minority mental health issues. http://bit.ly/1Lozec0
We really appreciate Greg Cusack’s response to an article about Joe Slavens and Emily Fall, this year’s NAMI Walks chairs for the GMV. Thank you for sharing your experience, Greg!
A great editorial was published recently in the Catholic Messenger:
Michael Freda, board president of NAMI Greater Mississippi Valley, observes that people don’t care about mental illness until it impacts their lives. At some point, it touches all of our lives. If you know someone dealing with mental illness, offer to do a chore for that person or to go for a walk or to a sporting event, concert or restaurant. Take time to listen; it’s a precious gift.
We encourage everyone to read the article.