The 31st Annual CASI St. Patrick's Day Races Presented by Russell Construction was a tremendous success!
We had more than 2,800 runners and several thousand spectators filling the streets and sidewalks of Downtown Davenport on March 16! The race committees and two hundred plus volunteers did an outstanding job in organizing and staffing the event.
With all the support and involvement from our community, CASI (Center for Active Seniors, Inc.) raised over $60,000 from this year's event! One-hundred percent of these proceeds will go to provide services and programs to seniors and their families, living in the Quad-Cities area.
The success of this race was due to the fantastic support of our sponsors, donors, participants, volunteers and the city of Davenport. Events of this magnitude would not be possible without generous contributions from all! For participants who have questions about receiving their plaques or T-shirts please call contact CASI at 563-386-7477.
Today is Wednesday, Dec. 11, the 345th day of 2013. There are 20 days left in the year. 1863 — 150 years ago: The message of Abraham Lincoln, read in congress yesterday, is published in full in our paper today, with a new proclamation relating the terms upon which states can return to the union. 1888 — 125 years ago: An appropriation has been made by congress for the improvement of the upper Mississippi River with $200,000 set aside for the portion of the river between Keokuk and the mouth of the Illinois River. 1913 — 100 years ago: Work of remodeling First Swedish Lutheran Church at 4th Avenue and 14th Street was nearly completed. 1938 — 75 years ago: An unexplained outbreak of tularemia (rabbit fever) in the state has Illinois public health officials puzzled. Ten persons have died, and 243 are officially reported ill with the infection. 1963 — 50 years ago: A dramatic, multi-million dollar riverfront improvement project for the downtown area of Rock Island was unveiled at a meeting of 200 civic leaders at noon today. 1988 — 25 years ago: For several supporters of the Dispatch Goodfellow/Argus Santa program their donation is a year long project. Emma Pugh and Anne Persinger spent a good part of their spare time this year knitting forty pairs of mittens and slippers.