Thank You For Supporting HAVlife

By Robert Lundin

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, thank you to our many sponsors, volunteers and guests for making last month's 2011 Martini Shake Off another fundraising record for the HAVlife Foundation.

Approximately 850 people attended the event, which raised over $30,000. Bush Construction Company, Inc., was the presenting sponsor. HAVlife's mission is to identify and prevent lost potential in today's youth. Preventing lost potential is honorable work. Eliminating it is a lofty goal, and with the communities' generosity and support we move forward. Martini Shake Off proceeds will fund area-wide programs and students pursuing music, athletics and the arts. HAVlife was founded in 2006 after the tragic death of Hunter Aaron Vondran, a 13-year-old who excelled in music and athletics.

Over the past four years, HAVlife has raised and granted over $165,000 to our local community. During the 2011 Martini Shake Off, grants totaling $39,500 were presented to the Rock Island/Milan Education Foundation; River Music Experience, Davenport; Glenview Middle School, East Moline; and "theplace2b," Rock Island. Again, thank you and congratulations to event chair Audra Foley and all whose time, talent and financial resources made Martini Shake Off a resounding success.