To give back to the communities it serves, Spahn & Rose is in the huddle with University of Iowa Hawkeyes football legend Chuck Long. For the past 22 years, the Chuck Long Charity Auction has raised money for the Children’s Therapy Center of the Quad Cities.
Two years ago, Long appeared at Spahn & Rose’s General Managers Meeting to give a motivational speech and share stories about his Big Ten and NFL playing days. That get-together sparked Spahn & Rose’s involvement with Long’s auction, which has raised funds for the Children’s Therapy Center since 1997.
The center relies on fundraisers such as Long’s auction to provide services including physical, occupational and speech therapy to children with developmental disabilities and delays. The center receives no state or federal money, counting instead on grants from private donors and charitable events to continue providing services to children. All proceeds from sponsorships like Spahn & Rose’s go directly to supporting therapy needs.
With a facility in Rock Island, Illinois, the Children’s Therapy Center of the Quad Cities is the preeminent provider of services that aim to help youngsters achieve their highest level of independence. The nonprofit center also provides children’s rehabilitation, and no child is ever turned away based on a family’s ability to pay.
“Spahn & Rose are great people and a successful company because they believe in giving back,” says Angie Peterson, president and CEO of the Children’s Therapy Center of the Quad Cities. “Spahn & Rose cares about kids and knows that the children and families who rely on Children’s Therapy Center are the customers who visit their stores.”
The sold-out 2019 auction raised a record $194,000 from items including a football signed by Iowa native George Kittle, a Pro Bowl tight end for the NFC champion San Francisco 49ers and former Hawkeye football star.
This year, Spahn & Rose will again proudly sponsor the event. The 23rd Annual Chuck Long Charity Auction will be held May 2, 2020, at Jumer’s Casino and Hotel in Rock Island. The casual-dress event, with a capacity of 400, will be a high-energy evening with food, beverages and live and silent auctions.
Throughout the evening, children and families who have received care from the center will share their stories about overcoming obstacles and receiving life-altering therapy. Auction items up for bid include vacation trips, University of Iowa football experience packages, fine jewelry, gift baskets, backstage passes to concerts and a football helmet signed by Patrick Mahomes, the All-Pro quarterback of the AFC champion Kansas City Chiefs.
“It’s an honor to be on the same team as Iowa Hawkeye legend Chuck Long,” Spahn & Rose CEO Dave Davis says. “It’s rewarding to know Spahn & Rose is helping children rehabilitate and be the best they can be.”