Dispatch Good Fellow/Argus Santa Fund nears goal


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Posted Online: Jan. 03, 2013, 9:57 pm
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By Leon Lagerstam llagerstam@qconline.com
MOLINE — The Dispatch Good Fellow and The Rock Island Argus Santa Fund needs less than $5,000 to meet its $40,000 goal.

The annual campaign has raised $35,444.26 and needs $4,555.74 more.Additional donations would be greatly appreciated to help finish achieving this season's goal. The Dispatch Good Fellow and The Rock Island Argus Santa Fund has been making the holidays bright for the less fortunate for 105 years.

Last year, the fund helped 360 families with 909 children, plus another 260 low-income seniors and disabled people.

Donations from area residents, businesses and civic groups may be made in one of four convenient ways:
— Make a secure donation online at QCOnline.com/goodfellow.
— Send a check to Good Fellow, c/o Dispatch/Argus, 1720 5th Ave., Moline, IL 61265.
— Drop off your donation at the Dispatch/Argus customer service counter, first floor, 1720 Fifth Ave., Moline.
— Use the drive-through window at the circulation office at the corner of 6th Avenue and 18th Street in downtown Moline.

Donations only are used for special holiday assistance and not for everyday agency programs.

The newspapers' promotion department coordinates the program. Administrative costs are paid by The Moline Dispatch Publishing Co.

The Argus Santa Holiday Fund was established in 1908, followed by the Dispatch Good Fellow in 1912. The programs merged in 1987 when The Dispatch bought The Rock Island Argus. The fund is recognized as a 501 (c)(3) charitable corporation by the IRS.

Recent donations:



Lowell Johnson Foundation, $3,500    
Honoring Patricia Boyd for her years as a nurse and educator and for helping others, from Bruce and Sharon Boyd, $50
Pat and Nancy Eaves, $25
Anonymous, $30
In memory of Catherine DeJonghe, from the DeJonghe Family, $100
In memory of Ray, Dena and Glenn Parks, from family, $25
In memory of Frank and Gladys Dumolien, from family, $25
C.D. Thompson, $30
For Betsy, Molly, Jessica, Lisa, Katy, from Chris and Steve, $200
Dwight and Jean Schwertley, $200
Anonymous, $1,000












 



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1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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