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    Special Olympics Iowa Mid-Winter Tournament

    March 14, 2015 - 9:00 am - 4:30 pm at University of Iowa
    University of Iowa Iowa City, IA

    Every year in March, nearly 1,000 athletes compete in basketball, basketball skills, powerlifting, gymnastics and cheerleading during the Mid-Winter Tournament at the University of Iowa Field House in Iowa City.  The evening before the tournament, a banquet and dance takes place at the Marriott.  Healthy Athlete programs are also held at the Field House during the competitions.

    15th Annual AIDS Run/Walk

    April 11, 2015 - 9:00 am - 11:00 am at Des Moines University
    3200 Grand Avenue Des Moines, iowa

    Join us for the 15th Annual AIDS Walk/Run! This fun 1-mile walk or challenging 5K run winds through the beautiful campus of Des Moines University and the historic South of Grand neighborhood. The event is Saturday, April 11 from 9 to 11 a.m.

    Pets, children and families of all ages are welcome on the route. There will be raffle items, face painting, Starbucks Coffee, entertainment from the Isiserettes Drum Corps, and educational and awareness activities along the race course.

    Register for just $20 per person (includes a t-shirt!), and spread the word on Facebook!


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    Please share this info with anyone who is interested in health and wellness, or who feels strongly about LGBT equality.All proceeds from the event will go to central Iowans living with HIV/AIDS.

    2015 YESS Duck Derby

    May 2, 2015 - 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm at Jordan Creek Town Center
    101 Jordan Creek Pkwy West Des Moines, IA

    You won’t want to miss the quack-tacular 8th Annual YESS Duck Derby! The fun starts at Noon, when you and your friends and family can enjoy FREE entertainment, kids’ activities, and food samples from Jordan Creek-area restaurants.  At 2:00pm, thousands of yellow rubber ducks will race through the lake at Jordan Creek Town Center, all vying to cross the finish line first and be named Top Duck. You can adopt a duck (or a whole flock!) and cheer it on to victory and the chance to win fantastic prizes, including $10,000 cash!

    Adopt your ducks here!

    • Adopt a Duck (1) – $5.00
    • Adopt a “Six Quack” (6) – $25.00
    • Adopt a “Quackers Dozen” (12) – $50.00
    • Adopt a “Flock” (25) – $100.00

    All event proceeds benefit the hundreds of children and teens who find safety and shelter at YESS – Iowa’s largest (and still growing) youth shelter and family crisis center. You can learn more about the children and families that YESS serves by visiting

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