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BGCMV Golf Ball Drop


BGCMV Golf Ball Drop - Charity Event for the Boys & Girls Club of the Mississippi.

Check out my photos.


Howell Family Cookie Baking


Howell Family Cookie Baking.


Frogtown Craft Beer Festival


The Frogtown Craft Beer Festival at The Rust Belt in East Moline, IL was incredibly successful. Kind of a crappy weather day outside, a perfect beer day inside The Rust Belt. I captured a few photos of the event.


Halloween at The Rust Belt


Halloween at The Rust Belt in East Moline, IL.

Quite a few came decked out in incredible costumes. Check them out here.

And a great night of music at The Rust Belt. Concert photos of the bands:

Still Shine
The Candymakers
The Dawn


Kim Clark Retirement


Kim Clark retires after 39 years as a Postal Carrier in Cordova, IL.

See my photos of her retirement celebration at the Cordova Civic Center.


BGCMV - 25 Years in the Quad Cities


The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Mississippi Valley had an Open House to celebrate 25 Years in the Quad Cities. The highlight of the event was a special announcement to dedicate the facility as the Bob & Belinda Ontiveros Teen Center. Bob & Belinda are a very special couple that have been incredible supporters of the Boys & Girls Clubs for sometime. I am honored to call them friends. Here's a photo of Bob. Chris & Pam, Greg and Maria Ontiveros at the dedication. More photos are available in the event gallery here.


Iron + Grain Maker Festival


Iron + Grain Maker Festival at The Rust Belt in East Moline, IL. Check out my photos.


Howell Family Reunion


Howell Family Reunion at Tim & Holly's in New Liberty, IA.


The Rust Belt


The Rust Belt was set up for the Quad City Chamber of Commerce Annual Celebration.

I captured a Panorama of the main event space and a number of photographs of the facilities.


Bergman House Reunion


Iowa State 40yr Bergman House Reunion.


Firecracker Run Kick Off Party


Courtney Graduation Party


Courtney Graduation Party at Stoney Creek, Moline, IL.


Quad Cities Marathon Press Conference


Quad Cities Marathon Press Conference at Crawfords Brew Works, Bettendorf, IA.


John Deere Classic Media Day


John Deere Classic Media Day at TPC at Deere Run, Silvis, IL.


Nick Howell Graduates



HAVLife Martini Shake Off


The HAVLife Martini Shake Off was held at the Davenport River Center and from all accounts it was a resounding success. Check out some photos here.


BGCMV Annual Gala


The Boys & Girls Club of the Mississippi Valley Annual Gala at the Waterfront Convention Center in Bettendorf, IA.


Quad Cities Marathon Open House

Sarah and Jeff Engagement

Howell Cousin Graduation


Photoshop World


QCM Press Conference


Runners Park Bench Dedication


John Deere Classic Media Day


Alice Shaw Funeral


Howell Family Gravestones


Jackie Graduation


MPSF Maroons In Bloom


Kim Normoyle


MPSF Hafners Summerfest


Firecracker Corner


MPSF Maroons In Bloom


The Vault Opening


BGCMV Annual Gala


Larry / Pat Easter Egg Hunt


UTHS Sades Dance


Howell Christmas


Howell Cookie Baking


Cheryl Ashcraft Retirement


Tom Trone Retirement


James Bond Party


QC Marathon Awards


BGCMV Annual Gala




UTHS Homecoming Parade


MHS Homecoming Dance


MHS Homecoming Parade


QC Marathon VIP Reception


SHCC Cardboard Regatta


HAVLife Guest Bartenders at Pub 1848


Slide The City


SHCC June Party


Jim Funeral


Brother Jim Photos


Day of Caring - Camp Conestoga


Kentucky Derby - KD141


Jenny BDay


Polar Bear Plunge

edgeWhat to do on a blustery spring day in the Quad Cities? Jump into a 36 degree lake to raise money for Special Olympics of course!
380 people were registered to do just that! And … as a result … raised $65,500 to boot.
Check out a few of the survivors.

St. Patrick's Day Parade had a great article that called out Davenport, IA as number 3 on the list of "The 10 Best Cities to celebrate St. Patrick's Day." After this great day Saturday I have to whole heartedly agree. What a blast!
The article describes Davenport, IA and the Quad Cities as "the only bi-state St. Patrick's Day Parade in the U.S. followed by a Post Parade Bash filled with Irish revelry".
Indeed it was!
Check out my photos of the parade and some of the revelry that followed.

Brent Hanlin 50th Birthday

edgeFamily and friends gathered at the Venue for Brent Hanlin's 50th Birthday. Tracy pulled off a miracle and the surprise party was actually a surprise. Click through for a few photos of the evening celebration.

Martini Shake Off!

edgeA very successful and fun evening for the HAVlife Martini Shake Off! Click through to look at the photos and you can tell everyone had a great time!
Feel free to right click and download digital images to use as you like. You can also order prints from the site. I'll forward all proceeds from print sales to HAVLife.

Rock Of Ages PARTY

edgeIf you know me, you realize I have a strange obsession with the movie and the musical “Rock of Ages”. I just find it hilarious! And … what a great theme for a party! So … welcome to the first annual Rock of Ages party. Thanks for Meghan McLaughlin for all the great photos.

Fashion For Pawz

edgeFashion for Pawz is a great event Pam Ontiveros holds annually as a fund raiser for the Humane Society. It’s a great cause and just a fun evening to see a little fashion, some cute dogs, and great looking models! Here are a few photos of the event.

MHS Homecoming Parade

edgeThe annual Moline Homecoming parade was held in brisk conditions. The overcast sky did make for good lighting though. I captured quite a few. Take a look.

Keaton's Graduation Party

edgeLots of friends showed up to celebrate Keaton’s Graduation! Congratulations Keaton!!
Of Course I snapped a few photos of the evening.

Ethan's 5th Birthday

edgeEthan throws out the first pitch of the River Bandits game for his 5th Birthday. Here are a few photos of the evening.

Fashion for Paws

Our host Pam with a few of the attendees and models of the Fashion for Paws fundraiser for the Humane Society. It was a great event with great fashion, great people, and some cute doggies to boot. I captured a few images … Enjoy.

Moline Homecoming Parade

edgeI guess I must be getting old when I know as many of the drivers in the parade as I do the kids …
Moline had their Homecoming Parade this afternoon and the whole town came out. Here are a few photos.

SHCC Cardboard Regatta

edgeWhat a fun Labor Day Weekend at Short Hills Country Club!!!

The annual SHCC Cardboard Regatta was another happening and we all had a blast. Enjoy some of the moments of the day.

Ruggles "Blue" Party

edgeAnother great Ruggles “dress up” party. This year the theme is “Blue” (in case you didn’t notice). It was another fun evening with great music, great food, great atmosphere and wonderful friends. Join me in remembering the evening in photos.

SHCC Staff Appreciation

edgeThis year we had even more to celebrate at our annual Staff Appreciation party at Short Hills Country Club. As always, we want to acknowledge our great staff and thank them for all they do for us. THANK YOU!

This year we also had some additional “virtual members” of our staff to thank. The staff from other clubs that came out to help us out in our hour of need as we recovered from the storm damage from June. Thanks to them we were able to get the golf course back in record fashion. THANK YOU!

Krista and Lynn pose here for a quick snapshot. A few others are here.

Larry Retirement Party / Coffee

edgeWow! 40 years working at John Deere and 40 years of marriage. Definitely something important to celebrate.

Congratulations Larry & Pat and best wishes as you move on to this next phase of your life!!

I captured a few photos from Larry & Pat’s party at their house.
And a few from Larry’s retirement coffee at John Deere.

SHCC June Party

edgeMike and Mary arrive in style at Short Hills Country Club for the annual “June Party”. Enjoy some photos of the evening.

Tenth Annual Kentucky Derby Party

edgeIt’s been 10 years that I’ve been having Kentucky Derby parties and I love every one of them. It’s always a great time to bring great friends together and, oh yes, there’s the most exciting two minutes of sports that occurs then. All ingredients for a fun party. Check out some photos of the event.

Moline Homecoming Parade

edgeThe Moline Homecoming parade winds it’s way down 23rd Avenue (oops, I mean Avenue of the Cities). The highlights include the kids, bands, board members, and of course Ray’z Barber Shop VW Microbus. Here are a few of the photos I captured.

SHCC Cardboard Regatta

edgeCelebrating the last weekend of summer, Short Hills held the annual cardboard regatta. The quality of the boats this year is definitely up … as well as consumption of duck tape. Is there cardboard inside there???

As you can see, everyone had a great time.

SHCC Staff Appreciation

edgeThe Short Hills Board and Members hosted a cookout for the staff in appreciation of their great work. Thank you Lynn, Carolyn, Krysta, Gabe, Brian, Tim and staff for all you do for our club. Of course, I captured a few pictures of the event.

YWCA Pirates in Paradise

edgeRita Ostrom joins the band during the YWCA Pirates in Paradise event held at Short Hills Country Club. Here are a few photos of the evening … it was a great time! Nice work Rita and team.

SHCC 90th Birthday

edgeEstablished in 1922, Short Hills Country Club is now 90 years old. In honor of the occasion we had a 90th birthday party. Here are a few photos of the evening.

Short Hills June Party

edgeThe former first lady of Short Hills, Laurie Dalfonso, joins the Almost Brothers for a little impromptu “Mammas and Pappas” (At least I recall California Dreaming … :-). We had approximately 150 members and guests come out for the summer party event at Short Hills. It was great seeing all the old gang and a number of new acquaintances as well.

When guests arrived they were greeted by the president Craig Thatcher, and his wife LeAnne, as well as the head of Entertainment Tim Newcomb and his wife Carolyn. After a complimentary Blue Hawaiian the guests moved to the patio to listen to the Almost Brothers and to the ballroom where the chef had quite a selection of Pacific / Asian / Tropical fair. The coconut shrimp and the teriyaki shrimp were my personal favorites.

Of course there was socializing and dancing poolside on the patio, on the deck, in the Pavilion, and in the Ballroom. It was a perfect evening and a great event.

I didn’t stay very long as I wanted to make it an early evening as I’m off to Germany in the morning. Still, I was able to grab a few photos.

IT Leadership Community Service

edgeThe John Deere Global IT Leadership Team dedicated the afternoon with a Community Service Project at Arrowhead Ranch to help celebrate John Deere’s 175th anniversary in business. The Arrowhead Ranch staff was very organized, easy to work with, and was very happy to have us there to help. We broke into 6 teams and did a wide variety of clean up activities including: weeding, tree trimming, painting, pond cleaning, brick edging removal, workshop cleaning, and a few other activities. Arrowhead ranch kept us hydrated with water, sodas, and an ice cream break. The entire team worked very hard and it was a very satisfying endeavor.

After the Community Service Project, we caravanned to the John Deere Construction Demo site to socialize, eat dinner, have a few drinks, and play a few games of corn bag toss. Here are a few photos of the days activities.

I'll Have Another wins Kentucky Derby!

I’ll admit, I don’t research the horses for the Kentucky Derby very thoroughly. Since they are all three year olds, the horses are really pretty unknown with just a short year of racing as experience. Don’t get me wrong, I love the Kentucky Derby since it is almost always a fantastic, exciting race to watch, has a great spectacle to it, and is just a great excuse for a spring time party.

Anyway … back to the race … I placed my bets on three horses:
  • Take Charge Indy - Calvin Borel was aboard as the jockey and we’ve seen him with the Kentucky Derby quite a few times.
  • Bodemeister - The favorite.
  • I’ll Have Another - My long shot pick since I just liked the name.
It was a very exciting race with Bodemeister taking the early win and threatening to take it wire to wire. I was cheering him on down the final stretch when out of the pack came another horse to clip him right at the end. Who is that … it was hard to see the silks and the number … and there it was, out of the 19th chute where a horse has never won from, came I’ll Have Another. And well … my long shot favorite came home to pay $30 to win!

Thanks to everyone who came out to help celebrate, Bill Lewis and John Bollart for manning the Art Studio, and Chris Dufour for the fantastic photos of the day!

SHCC Girls Gone Wild!

edgeWow! 173 Ladies had a great time at Short Hills Country Club’s Girls Gone Wild Event! And a few SHCC Hunks as well. Here a few of the organizers arrive in style for the event. I have lots of photos of the event, including the “Hunks” entertainment! Take a look and feel free to right click and download or reference them as you see fit. If you’d like to get a print, you should be able to order that here as well.

Kentucky Derby Time!

edgeIt’s Kentucky Derby Time! This coming Saturday is the 138th running of the most exciting 2 minutes in sports and it’s time for another Howell Kentucky Derby party. Kimberly and I and looking forward to seeing all of our friends and cheering on another Kentucky Derby. Just as a reminder, here are a few photos of last years event that my friend Chris Dufour was generous to photograph for us. Great shots Chris! Thank you so much.

Short Hills Santa Brunch

edgeKimberly channels her inner “Martha Stewart” for this year’s Santa Brunch.

We had great food, met with good friends, and were visited by Santa and Mrs. Claus with presents for all the children. Another very successful Santa Brunch at Short Hills Country Club. See the photos and feel free to “right click” and download for your own use. Of course, you can always order a print for a nominal fee.

Short Hills Gingerbread Houses

edgeA few of the “girls” and their gingerbread houses.

It was another very successful kids and family event at Short Hills Country Club. This time the kids made gingerbread houses in the ballroom while the parents “socialized” next door in the Pavilion. Fun was had by all. Here are a few photos of the event.

Short Hills Pumpkin Carving

edgeIt was quite the turn out! 47 kids carving away at pumpkins while moms and dads socialized in the pavilion. These kids always make great photo subjects. See for yourself!

Rita's Suprise Birthday Party

edgeHappy Birthday Rita!

The Annual Kentucky Derby Party - On Belmont Stakes Weekend!

edgeThis year I threw everybody a curve and changed the annual Howell Kentucky Derby Party to Belmont Stakes weekend. We had a great day with a great group of wonderful friends. Thank you all for coming and making this such a great event. This year we even had our own “race” horses in the backyard!. Extra thanks go to Chris Dufour for his great photographic skills. Here are a few photos of the day.

Next year we’ll be back on Kentucky Derby weekend. Mark your calendars for the first Saturday in May!!!

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