Beaver Hills Country Club to Host 2016 Quakerdale Winter Classic

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October 31, 2016

Contact:

Daniel L. Smith
Director of Development
Quakerdale
(641) 497-5294
Development@Quakerdale.org

Beaver Hills Country Club to Host 2016 Quakerdale Winter Classic

(Cedar Falls, IA) – Quakerdale announced today that it will be holding its 2nd Annual Quakerdale Winter Classic ProAm at Beaver Hills Country Club in Cedar Falls, Iowa. This online fundraiser will run from December 5 to December 10 and feature 14 charities and 8 Quakerdale ministries.

Conceived in 2015, the event is designed to help expand awareness, increase online email subscriptions, and invite people to join their work as a volunteer, donor, or legacy supporter (leaving a legacy through a planned gift). The 2015 Quakerdale Winter Classic results for Quakerdale alone included an increase of 23 time in web traffic, more than 392,000 impressions on 71,000 plus Twitter accounts, nearly doubled their online subscriptions, and had 161 participants (100 from Iowa, 60 from the US, and one international).

In addition to Quakerdale’s eight ministries:

Family Centered Services

Beth Andrew, (641) 497-5294, BAndrew@Quakerdale.org

Hope4Healing

Ryan Keller, (641) 497-5292, RKeller@Quakerdale.org

Mobile Camp

Jason Kinney, (641) 497-5294, JKinney@Quakerdale.org

The Promise Academy

Larry Ketcham, (641) 497-5294, LKetcham@Quakerdale.org

Quakerdale

Rob Talbot, (641) 497-5294, RTalbot@Quakerdale.org

Quakerdale Eagles

Dustin Johnston, (641) 497-5294, DJohnston@Quakerdale.org

Quakerdale Retreat Center

Adam Koester, (641) 497-5294, AKoester@Quakerdale.org

Wolfe Ranch

Adam Koester, (641) 497-5294, AKoester@Quakerdale.org

 

… 14 charities have accepted their invitation to join Quakerdale ministries this year:

Apostolic Pentecostal Church Youth Group, Cedar Falls, IA (20)

Christina Cortez, (515) 494-3638, ccortez909@gmail.com

Iowa Heartland Habitat for Humanity, Waterloo, IA (23)

Andrew Finnegan, (319) 235-9946, afinnegan@heartlandhfh.org

Iowa Yearly Meeting of Friends (27)

Wes Blanchard, 515-961-0725, wes@weslynn.net

Love Never Sinks, Clarksville, IA (22)

Michelle Lucas, (319) 961-0398, mllucas72@icloud.com

Manning Child Care Center, Manning, IA (26)

Michelle Starman, (712) 655-5437, mccc@mmctsu.com

Multiplication Catalyst Ministries, Wichita, KS (18)

Randy Littlefield, (913) 683-3831, newchurches@efcmaym.org

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Black Hawk County, Waterloo, IA (19)

Leslie Cohn, (319) 235-5263, namibh@qwestoffice.net

Neighbors Across the Land, Charles City, IA (05)

Marie Conklin, (641) 691-4146 or (641) 691-7204, natldrr@gmail.com

ReaLife Church, Waterloo, IA (15)

Michele Feltes, (319) 334-0155 or (319) 334-0263, Michele.feltes@gmail.com

Riverview Ministries, Cedar Falls, IA (14)

Marlene Wilson, (319) 268-0787, riverviewcc@gmail.com

Sacred Moment Ministries, Waterloo, IA (21)

Karen LaVelle, (319) 239-1432, karen159ln@gmail.com

South Sudan & Sudan Christian Community for Peace and Unity, Omaha, NE (16)

Aislinn Rookwood, (402) 515-7774 or (402) 715-8012, aisnielsen@yahoo.com

Tama County Young Guns 4-H Club, Gladbrook, IA (25)

Melissa Keller, (641) 750-2781 or (641) 750-6480, rmkeller2@netscape.net

THE LIFE Project, Cedar Falls, IA (17)

Matt Reisetter, (319) 230-2271, matt.reisetter@p2c.com

“This year is lining up to be something really special” said Dan Smith, tournament director. “We cannot thank Beaver Hills Country Club enough for stepping up and hosting this year’s event. I’m excited to see what God is going to do through this virtual golf tournament to position some awesome charities to do amazing work in 2017.” The event is open to the public. If you would like  to support one of these charities, you can contact them using the information provided below their listing.

To learn more about the 2016 Quakerdale Winter Classic ProAm, follow this link:

QuakerdaleWinterClassic.org

For information on how your charity can participate in the 2017 Quakerdale Winter Classic ProAm, contact:

Dan Smith
Tournament Director
(641) 497-5294
Development@Quakerdale.org

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Quakerdale Announces 2015 Volunteer of the Year

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 7, 2016

Contact:

Daniel L. Smith
Director of Development
Quakerdale
(641) 497-5294
DLSmith@Quakerdale.org

(New Providence, IA) – On Thursday, June 30, Quakerdale held a Volunteer Reception in the Broer Commons at their New Providence campus. Volunteers from various Quakerdale ministries came together to celebrate the power of volunteering, to recognize the 2015 Q-Award Nominees, and to honor the 2015 Volunteer of the Year by presenting them the Q-Award.

Established in 1979, the Quakerdale Q-Award annually recognizes and honors individuals who have enhanced the organization’s mission through significant and/or unique volunteer contributions. Q-Award recipients are nominated by Quakerdale staff and selected by the Board of Trustees. Ministry directors are asked to consider special non-staff individuals who they believe made a significant contribution either directly or indirectly through raising funds, hands-on physical work, or in some other way partnering with them by sharing their time, talents, and/or treasures. All nominees are invited to and recognized at the Volunteer Reception held in June. The recipient of the Q-Award is announced at this event.

2015 Volunteer Nominees are…

Terry Beare, Promise Academy, New Providence Campus
Terry Beare and Mary Humrichouse
Terry Beare with Mary Humrichouse

“Terry is a tireless volunteer for home Eagle Basketball games keeping the score book. Terry has done this for at least four years and maybe longer. Many times Terry will keep the book for three back-to-back games…meaning almost six hours of nonstop action to keep track of. Terry also volunteers with the maintenance department every Tuesday and many weeks more often than that.”

Larry Ketcham, Promise Academy Administrator

Samantha Stephens, Wolfe Ranch, Marshalltown
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Rochelle Stephens with Mary Humrichouse

“Sammie Stephens and her family have always helped with chores at Wolfe Ranch, usually just on Sundays. With the staff change and all that was happening in 2015, Sammie took on chores 6 days a week. She went above and beyond the call of duty by also helping with camps over the summer. The Stephens family is a vital and cherished part of the volunteer group at Wolfe Ranch.”

Samantha was unable to attend. Receiving on her behalf was Rochelle Stephens.

Riley Farland, Facility Manager, Wolfe Ranch

Patti Downs, Programs & Services, Waterloo Campus
Dave Holm with Patti Downs

“For the past couple years Quakerdale has partnered with Patti Downs to have a garden. Patti is the garden manager and works with a couple ladies from Food Corp. Laura McInerney and Grace Margherio are both Food Corps service members working mostly with the Waterloo public schools and community organizations to engage children in learning about nutrition, cooking, and gardening. These ladies come weekly to work with our clients in the garden and then at lunch time, show the clients different ways to prepare vegetables and then eat with them. This has been a real positive experience for the clients and they seem to enjoy eating something that they have helped grow.”

Leah Churchill, Leader of Operations, Waterloo

Ray Schumacher, Facilities, New Providence Campus
Ray Schumacher wiith Mary Humrichouse
Ray Schumacher with Mary Humrichouse

“Ray has dutifully worked each week on our maintenance volunteer day operating and maintaining the floor polisher. Ray is easy to work with and has even done research for the project on his own initiative. The polisher weighs several hundred pounds and grinds the cement to a polished finish through repeated trips across the surface. Ray has logged countless hours polishing floors in the Broer addition making a surface that will last for decades!”

Robert Talbot, Executive Director

Jean Gedlinske & Orchard Hill’s Route 55, Spiritual Life, Waterloo Campus
Dave Holm with Jean Gedlinske

“Jean and the Route 55 group from Orchard Hill serve at our Waterloo campus by teaching skills training to our youth. They have hosted a game night, a Mary Kay health & beauty demo, provided a Social time at Slife cottage, worked in flower beds with residents, provided an evening meal, worked in the Community Garden with Patti Downs most Thursday mornings, facilitated a Thanksgiving Meal cooking event, and even showed residents how to sew Christmas stockings. Jean also worked with UNI student volunteers to provide a Financial Literacy class.”

Jean was unable to attend. Receiving on her behalf was Dave Holm.

Dave Holm, Spiritual Life Director

Robert Barnes, Heartland Vineyard Church, Hope4Healing
Robert Barns with Mary Humrichouse
Robert Barns with Mary Humrichouse

Bob has been an absolute blessing for Hope4Healing. He would be embarrassed for us to say this, but he is the role model we mention to other church communities considering Hope4Healing. We would like a person like Bob in every community we serve.

He has a very genuine love for people, giving them what they need not just fulfilling a request. He allows them to do what they can for themselves, empowering them to take more control of their lives. At the same time he reacts with “grace” when bad decisions are made, offering forgiveness and perseverance rather than condemnation or giving up. His is a stance of hope, keeping focused on possibilities for positive change.

Bob expects similar attitudes from his team. He has conscientiously selected the members of his team, realizing such a ministry is not for everyone. When things don’t go well within the team, Bob is willing to make the difficult decisions. He is also a source of emotional support for his team, offering guidance when needed. At the same time he is not reluctant to brainstorm with others to find the best solutions to difficult situations. He seeks guidance and support from the Heartland Vineyard pastoral team when circumstances are such that their support is needed. He has a willingness to accept the decision of the church leadership even when the decision they make is not what he originally thought he wanted. He has the humility to share decision making. Bob has managed to lead his team even amidst his own deep personal losses and chronic health issues.

Ryan Keller, Hope4Healing Administrator

The 2015 Q-Award recipient is …

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Adam Koester, Rob Talbot, Rochelle Stephens, and Mary Humrichouse

Samantha Stephens, Wolfe Ranch

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29th Lennox/Quakerdale Invitational Pro-Am Golf Tournament Raises $90,000 for Quakerdale

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 6, 2016

Contact:

Daniel L. Smith
Public Relations/Quakerdale Co-Chair
Lennox/Quakerdale Invitational Pro-Am Golf Committee
(641) 497-5294
DLSmith@Quakerdale.org

Lance Horbach, Miguel Gutierrez, Robert Talbot, Lee Eft
Pictured left to right: Lance Horbach, Miguel Gutierrez, Robert Talbot, Lee Eft

(Marshalltown, IA) – On Thursday, June 16, 27 teams of 135 golfers from around the US and Canada gathered at the Elmwood Country Club in Marshalltown, IA to participate in the 29th Annual Lennox/Quakerdale Invitational Pro-Am Golf Tournament. The event raised $90,000 for Quakerdale, totaling more than $1,700,000 over the last 29 years to assist them in “encouraging hope, faith, and growth in the families and communities they serve.” Pictured from left to right are Lance Horbach, Independent Insurance Services, Co-Chair, Lennox/Quakerdale Golf Committee; Miguel Gutierrez, General Plant Manager, Lennox Industries Inc., Marshalltown; Rob Talbot, Executive Director, Quakerdale; and Lee Eft, District Manager, Lennox Industries Inc., Co-Chair, Lennox/Quakerdale Golf Committee.

Tom Purtzer, 2016 Celebrit
Tom Purtzer, 2016 Celebrity Professional

Title sponsors Lennox International and Lennox Industries Inc., Marshalltown invited Lennox dealers and corporate executives, Lennox suppliers, and other local Marshalltown individuals and businesses to come for a day of golf, fun, and a first class evening banquet and program. This year’s PGA celebrity was Tom Purtzer from the Champions Tour. Mr. Purtzer was born in Des Moines, and is a 14 time winner on the PGA and Champions Tours.  He started as a professional in 1973, after graduating from Arizona State University.  Tom is currently a resident of Scottsdale, AZ. He is widely referred to as having “the sweetest swing in golf”, and has the reputation of being one of the most sought-after Pro-Am golfers. When not playing full time on the Champions Tour, he and his brother Paul (also a PGA Professional) run Purtzer Performance Golf out of Stonecreek Golf Club in Phoenix.

Other notable Iowa celebrities included:

Dr. Tom Davis, former University of Iowa and retired head men’s basketball coach at Drake University.

Andy Garman, Sports Director of KCCI-TV.

Bobby Hansen, University of Iowa Radio Network Analyst.

Paul Krause, former University of Iowa and Minnesota Vikings stand-out and member of the NFL Hall of Fame.

Chuck Long, former University of Iowa quarterback, member of the College Football Hall of Fame, and was a 1st round NFL draft pick by the Detroit Lions. Mr. Long also played with the Los Angeles Rams in his eight-year career in the NFL.  He is currently CEO/Executive Director of the Iowa Sports Foundation and an analyst for the Big Ten Network.

Tournament Results

Team Competition

Tied for 6th with a team score of 63

Matt Jennings, Canadian Tour:
Dan Weis, Andy Garman, Michael Hagen, Jeff Dickinson

Greg Dingel, Veenker Memorial:
John Kunze, Tim Calvin, Tim Warren, Matt Rozell

Tom Purtzer, Celebrity Professional:
Troy Gasper, Doug Young, Paul Liddell, Todd Karr

Greg Mason, Spirit Hallow:
Lee Eft, Mike Fitzgerald, Doug Anderspn, Shannon Waddell

Tied for 3rd with a team score of 62

Chris Black, Hickory Grove:
Jim Brown, Jim Barnes, Henny Kim, Tyler Gerdes

Ryan McLintock, Davenport Country Club:
Tom Davis, Larry Slausen, Garrett Dickinson, Patrick Powell

Sean McCarty, Brown Deere Golf Club:
Bobby Hansen, Gary Nystrom, David Kammerer, John Ernat

2nd place with a team score of 61

Chad Proehl, Sugar Creek:
John Miller, Chuck Long, Kendel Richlen, Steve Kistner

1st place with a team score of 61
(Professional score used to break tie)

Mark Rohde, Elmwood Country ClubPhotoIcon (128x90)
Les Lyons, Pete Kelly, Carl Lester, Kevin Harken

Professional Competition

Tied for 9th place with a score of 71 (1 Over)

Greg Dingel, Veenker Memorial
Mike Lewis, Upper Iowa University
Chad Proehl, Sugar Creek
Grant Fielman, Wakonda Club

8th place with a score of 70 (PAR)

Mark Atchison, Coldwater Golf Links

Tied for 6th place with a score of 69 (1 Under)

Chuck Moran, American Legion Memorial
Mark Rohde, Elmwood Country Club

Tied for 3rd place with a score of 68 (2 Under)

Darin Fisher, The Preserve
Chris Black, Hickory Grove
Judd Gibb, Lakeside Golf Course

Tied for 1st place with a score of 65 (5 Under)

Matt Jennings, Canadian Tour
Sean McCarty, Brown Deere Golf Club

Flag Prizes

Hole #3, Closest to the Pin — Peter Eberdart
Hole #6, Closest top the Pin — Troy Gasper
Hole #12, Closest to the Pin — Elliot Zimmer
Hole #16, Closest to the Pin — Andy Garman

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 21, 2016

Contact:

Daniel L. Smith
Director of Development
Quakerdale

(641) 497-5294

Development@Quakerdale.org

Quakerdale Ends Emergency Shelter, Child Welfare Emergency Services, and Supervised Apartment Living Contracts

(New Providence, Iowa) – On June 10, 2016 the board of Directors of Quakerdale conducted a three year strategic planning session.  The following information is a result of those strategic decisions made.

Quakerdale has a 165 year history of working with children and families in the state of Iowa and we plan to continue our work until the Lord returns.  In order to fulfill these goals we must make difficult decisions to ensure our longevity and more importantly to respond to our always changing culture.

Over the last 30 years the state of Iowa has been transparently reducing the number of children and state funding for out of home services.  Over the last 16 years Quakerdale has been growing our privately funded community ministries to fulfill our mission to “Encourage hope, faith and growth in communities and families.”   These ministry programs (which are privately funded) are designed to move us into the future independent of state funding.  Quakerdale ministries are impacting hundreds of children and families each year all across the state of Iowa without state funds!  Quakerdale is determined to respond to the needs of our communities for another 165 years!

Now for the hard news:

Quakerdale has decided to end our Emergency Shelter, Child Welfare Emergency Services, and Supervised Apartment Living contracts with the state due to the new contracting risks in 2017, high program costs, and other mounting challenges.

This means over 20 children and 30 employees will be impacted today.

This was a painful decision and we grieve for the children we will not serve and our dedicated employees who will no longer be serving with us.  Our employees

are a part of our Quakerdale family and closing these programs means each one and their families will suffer.  We regret this deeply and will do everything we can to help each one transition as soon as possible.  We hope each worker will continue to support children and families in Iowa.  These are top notch people with hearts of gold.

We hope that our open facilities in Manning and Waterloo will be used by another agency or company to fulfill their role in the community. Quakerdale is forming community grants that will fund causes for children and families in each community in thanks for the wonderful support each community has given us.  We desire to stay active in these communities into the future!

You may be wondering, “What will happen to the other things we do apart from Emergency Shelter, Child Welfare Emergency Services, and Supervised Apartment living programs?”

Many people do not realize that each of our privately funded ministries, by themselves, are as large as other non profits and impact literally hundreds of people each year!

Here are some examples: Community counseling across Iowa, Wolfe Ranch retreat and Equine services in Marshalltown, Promise Academy for Kids and Post-Graduate Basketball in New Providence, and Hope4Healing and Mobile Camp are state wide ministries.  We will continue each one of these ministries! As always, we will continually evaluate each one and other new opportunities based on community needs, their effectiveness, and the resources we have through donor support.

We want to restate:  We grieve for those children we will not serve and our dedicated employees who will be impacted because we are ending these three programs.  We implore our supporters to keep each of these in their prayers.

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