HJKF supports events that help special needs kids


April 24, 2012 – Bettendorf, Iowa-based Happy Joe’s Kids Foundation announced its initial list of summer events in the Quad Cities it will be supporting as part of its efforts to raise awareness and support for children with special needs.  Look for Happy the Dog and the Happy Joe’s Dancers at each of these events and pick up information on how you can support the special needs of area children through the Happy Joe’s Kids Foundation.

Events include:

The 47th Annual QC Criterium
Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure
Sturgis Mississippi River Motorcycle Rally
Mississippi River Motorcycle Rally for Children’s Therapy Center
IH Mississippi Valley Blues Festival
Mercer County Fair
Moonlight Chase
Ragbrai XL Bike Race
Downtown Davenport Street Fest
Bix 7 Run/Walk
The Great Mississippi Valley Fair
Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival

River Roots Live Music Festival
St. Jude’s Davenport Ride
Happy Joe’s Kids Micro-Marathon

The Quad Cities Marathon
Heart of Illinois Down Syndrome Association Buddy Walk


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