Tickets on sale for April 30 girlpARTS gala event

Tickets are on sale for the NormaLeah Ovarian Cancer Initiative’s girlpARTs gala event planned for Saturday, April 30.

The fundraiser will be at 6:30 p.m. at Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse, Metro Room, 1200 River Drive, Moline. The event is designed to celebrate cancer sur-THRIVErs and raise funds to support ovarian cancer early detection education and survivor services. 

Tickets are $75 each and can be purchased online at

KWQC-TV’s Paula Sands is the evening’s host. Emcees are Bettendorf City Administrator Decker Ploehn and Jim Hampton. Musician Daniel Stratman and DJ Sarah Stringer from B100 will provide entertainment.

Guests will enjoy a meal catered by Johnny’s and will receive a commemorative “TEALtini” glass courtesy of IHMVCU. The nonprofit’s Butterfly Circle inductees, Debbie and Michael Weindruch, and Twin-State Technical Services, Davenport, will be recognized.

The silent auction is being hosted online at and bids will be accepted until 10 p.m. April 30. Anyone can sign up to bid. The auction includes a selection of artistic torso sculptures, curated gift baskets, local experiences, and many other great items donated by local businesses. Guests attending the event will also have an opportunity to participate in a live auction as well.

In addition, NormaLeah will offer its Lucky Card Raffle sponsored by Necker’s Jewelers. Each ticket costs $25 and includes a $25 Necker’s Jewelers gift card and a surprise gift. One lucky person will win a $1,000 jewelry shopping spree. Lucky Card raffle tickets are available at

Event sponsors include Merck, IHMVCU, Necker’s Jewelers, KWQC-TV, and B-100.

NormaLeah Ovarian Cancer Initiative is headquartered in Rock Island, empowers all people born with ovaries to know the risk factors and symptoms of ovarian cancer. For more information, call the  NormaLeah Ovarian Cancer Initiative at (309) 794-0009, visit, or e-mail Shari Baker at

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