Final Call for Birdies for Charity pledges

Pledges due July 14!

A reminder that there is still time to donate to The Legacy project through Birdies for Charity! Since 1971 the John Deere Classic has delivered over $70 million to regional charities, most of it through its innovative Birdies for Charity program. Through Birdies for Charity, it is gratifying to know that 100% of every pledge collected for The Legacy Project goes directly to us. The John Deere Foundation covers all administrative costs to make that possible. Plus, the tournament takes its profits each year and delivers a second check from between 5% and 10% of our final total to make the deal even sweeter. There is no more impactful way for you to help The Legacy Project!

Download a pledge form today, where you can guess the number of birdies and have a chance to win some awesome prizes. You can send your form directly to the Birdies for Charity office.

Or, donate directly online through this link.

But remember, use The Legacy Project’s birdie number (2101), on your paper pledge form or to find us online. Deadline is July 14, but don’t wait that long.

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A Valuable Resource for All Moms + Book Giveaway!

Enter to win! Details near the end of this post. Giveaway ends May 19, 2017.

Hello readers – Laura here. I love to read. In my perfect world, I would read every day. (Fun reading, not work reading.) I would dedicate hours if I could, without those pesky interruptions, like making dinner, cleaning bathrooms, and parenting a tween.

Do you see where this is going? My life is NOT perfect. I don’t take the time to read books as much as I’d like to. Because LIFE. I buy books, and then they become interesting dust collectors, piled high in various spots in my home. I have so many books that I know are great reads, but they stare at me, mocking me for not cracking them open.

If you follow The Legacy Project, then you know how important we think moms are. Cultivating a lasting legacy of moms lost by girls and young women is what we do. I may not have had the good fortune of an organization like The Legacy Project when I was a young motherless girl, but I try to honor my mom’s legacy every day. She was a do-er. Public service was her jam. She served in the first group of Peace Corp volunteers back in 1961. She was a school teacher. After she and my dad started a family, she served many years on our district school board. She campaigned hard for local and national candidates she believed in.

While my service pales in comparison to my mom’s, I have always felt compelled to make a difference in my community. I live out my faith by serving and doing. It’s how I share God’s love. So, when a book comes along that affirms my belief of serving the world in community, I’m all in. Mama Bear’s Manifesto by Leslie Klipsch does not disappoint. I added this book to my impressive pile of “books to read”, but thankfully it didn’t take too long before I was challenged to open it up and start reading. I’m so glad I did!

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Leslie gives practical applications we as moms can use in every day life, because we all know sometimes just getting through our mama day is a major accomplishment. She is the best cheerleader – giving all moms confidence to develop deep friendships that allow them to make a difference in the world together. It’s so powerful serving our community IN community with other strong, beautiful women. I strongly encourage you to read this book. It’s inspirational and encouraging with such hope for each of us and the world we live in. I don’t know about you, but looking at the world around us, I want to embrace hope. I want to be reminded that yes, as a mom, I can make a difference in this troubled world we live in.

So GO! Pick up a copy of Mama Bear’s Manifesto today. It’s available locally in the Quad Cities at Crafted QC and Barnes and Noble. You can purchase it online here. * The Kindle version is available here.

Another wonderful resource that complements the Mama Bear’s Manifesto is the Mama Bear Dares podcast! I’m mildly obsessed with podcasts. While I don’t take the time to read in my day-to-day life, I do listen to podcasts while I walk my neighborhood. Some like music to keep them pounding the pavement. I like podcasts. They keep me motivated and I always, always, always learn something. Mama Bear Dares fits the bill on both counts. Leslie and Tesi, her sister-in-law, co-host and it’s like sitting down (or walking) with two of your closest friends. They are down to earth, and treat us listeners as valuable people. They don’t speak just to hear themselves talk. They have a long list of amazing guests with diverse backgrounds and stories. Each episode makes me think about how I can better serve my family, my community, myself. You just have to check it out and subscribe!

I loved this book so much that I want to share it with a couple of lucky readers. In honor of my beautiful mom, and ALL of the fabulous moms I know, I am personally giving away two copies of Mama Bear’s Manifesto! Click here to enter the giveaway. Already have a copy? Enter anyway – you can make a deserving mom’s day by gifting her a copy.

Bless those women around you by sharing all things Mama Bear with them. They will thank you! You can follow Leslie at www.leslieklipsch.com. Read more about the podcast at www.mamabeardarespodcast.com.

-Laura

*The Legacy Project receives .5% of all purchases made through our Amazon Smile link, at no added cost to you.