Color the Quads Announces 2014 Charity Recipients

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Announcing Child Abuse Council, the local chapter of March of Dimes – Mississippi Valley Division and Rick's House of Hope as the charity recipients for the second annual Color the Quads race

Mel Foster Co. Color the Quads is pleased to announce the charity recipients for the second annual Color the Quads race. Last year's race had two charities and for 2014, there will be three charities to benefit from the race proceeds.

Those charities are the Child Abuse Council, the local chapter of March of Dimes – Mississippi Valley Division and Rick's House of Hope.

“The March of Dimes of the Mississippi Valley is thrilled to be selected as one of the charity’s of choice for the 2014 Color the Quads event. The proceeds will help advance our mission to ensure that all babies are born healthy in the Quad Cities and surrounding areas,” said Deena Bradford- Quad City Division Director.

Rondi Doyle, Director of Constituent Relations at The Child Abuse Council said, “They are delighted to be one of the charities selected to receive proceeds from the 2014 Color the Quads 5K Race. Race participants will know when registering that they are helping local children be raised in safe and nurturing homes.”

“We are deeply grateful to Mel Foster Co. and the Color the Quads for selecting us to be a part of this awesome new event. As a charity-partner we are humbled by the support and exposure that will greatly benefit the grieving and traumatized children and families we are privileged to serve,” mentioned Emily Gordon, Program Director, Rick's House of Hope.

Lynsey Engels, President of Mel Foster Co. Brokerage Division and Color the Quads Co-Chair, said, “We have a goal of $25,000 for each charity next year.” Last year's inaugural event benefited two local organizations, the YMCA Youth Solutions and Camp Abe Lincoln and the Children's Therapy Center of the Quad Cities. The event raised over $50,000 in its first year.

The 2014 Color the Quads 5K will take place on Saturday, May 31 near Cumberland Square at 2300 Spruce Hills Drive, Bettendorf, Iowa. Registration fees and sign up date will be announced before the end of the year. Stay tuned at for more information.

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. Visit for more information.

About Child Abuse Council
The Child Abuse Council is a regional, non-profit agency with over 36 years experience providing child abuse prevention, education and treatment programs for children and families in the bi-state metropolitan area and surrounding communities. Our goals for every child served are (1) a safe and nurturing home; (2) a secure parent-child relationship; and (3) an environment supporting successful growth and development. For more information about the Child Abuse Council, visit .

About March of Dimes – Mississippi Valley Division
Founded in 1938, the March of Dimes funds programs of research, community services, education, and advocacy to save babies and in 2003, launched a campaign to address the increasing rate of premature birth. March of Dimes of the Mississippi Valley is the local division of March of Dimes which is a voluntary health agency whose mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For more information, visit the March of Dimes Web site at .

About Rick’s House of Hope
Rick's House of Hope serves children and their families in the Quad Cities who are coping with trauma or loss from the death of a loved one, divorce or other changes in the family. Children participate in age appropriate and developmentally appropriate groups with other children in similar situations combining recreation, play and art as they work through difficult issues. They served over 500 children last year. For more information, visit .

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