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Steve Petsel Fundraiser

  • Posted on December 20, 2014 at 1:23 pm

If you follow our Facebook page, you are probably aware that our dear friend Steve, (Wendy’s husband), recently had surgery after chemo failed to control his brain tumor.  After 15 months of chemo and now brain surgery, I’m sure you can imagine the kinds of hospital bills he’s looking at.

Help us help Steve with a fundraiser on Saturday, January 24th!  All activities at the Moline Viking Club, 1450 41st Street, Moline.

5:00-7:00pm = Bake Sale, Raffle, Silent Auction, Sign “QC’s Largest Get Well Card”, Cash Bar, Early Bird Raffle/Auction Items
Please come for this part even if not staying for Trivia Night!
7:00-10:00pm = Trivia Night

Join us from 5-7pm to kick off the activities!  We will have a giant Get Well card that we want everyone to sign as we send Steve our healing wishes & encouragement.  Bake Sale items and cash bar will be available, (and possibly pizza for sale by the slice but we’ll let you know for sure on that one.)  Awesome gift baskets will be raffled with tickets costing $1 for 1 ticket, $5 for 6 tickets, $10 for an arms-length, or $20 for a wing-span (meaning as long as your arms can stretch, finger tip to finger tip.)  As well, the Silent Auction will be open for business.

EARLY BIRD AUCTION/RAFFLE items available!!  There will be several Early Bird items with raffles & auctions ending at 6:45pm!  Winners of these items will be announced by 6:50pm, before the Trivia Event begins.  Come early to take advantage of these opportunities!

Trivia kicks off at 7pm with 10 rounds of 10 questions each.  Limit 8 people per team, cost of $10 each, plus each table has the opportunity to purchase one set of 10 Mulligans (free answers) for $10 and one Double Down (double your score on one round) for $10.  Mulligans and Double Down may be used at any time during play, (so as many Mulligans as you want per round.)  Raffles & Silent Auction will continue throughout the night, including a 50/50 raffle, with winners drawn following the conclusion of trivia.  Bake Sale items will be available as long as they last. Cash bar is hosted by the Viking Club and subject to their regulations. The giant Get Well card will also be available for signing all night.

Help us make this a fun & memorable event that will both encourage Steve emotionally and help him out financially!  You can participate in many ways:

  • Donate baked goods, raffle baskets, silent auction items
  • Help us publicize the event via Facebook and the downloadable flyer: 2015 trivia flyer.color
  • Bring your friends & join in the fun!

To make a table reservation for the event, to volunteer in any way, or for questions or ideas, please contact Lesley Webster at LiveWell@wendysbutterflygarden.com or via text and/or voice on phone number listed on flyer.

Steve, his daughter, & grandson in University of Iowa hospitals before surgery, November 2014

Steve, his daughter, & grandson in University of Iowa hospitals before surgery, November 2014



Trivia Night This Friday!

  • Posted on November 10, 2014 at 9:39 pm

Help us support our friend, Steve Petsel, as he battles brain cancer.

Trivia Night is this Friday, November 14th, at the Moline Viking Club.  Doors open at 6 and trivia begins at 7.  Play is $10/person and each table has the opportunity to purchase 10 Mulligans and a Double Down.  We have great raffle prizes plus a 50/50 drawing!  To register a table, contact Lesley at  livewell@wendysbutterflygarden.com, or drop us a line on our Facebook page.


Would you like to help out in other ways as well?  We are always accepting cash donations and raffle items.  We are also in need of a projector to borrow (or have donated) for our events.

Event Cancelled

  • Posted on October 8, 2014 at 9:14 pm

The October 11th trivia night has been cancelled due to low registrations.  Instead, plan to join us on Friday, November 14th for our next fundraiser! Watch this space for details.

Trivia Night October 11

  • Posted on September 24, 2014 at 7:43 pm

It’s that time of year again and we’re ready to go!  Our next fundraiser will be Saturday, October 11th. We will be raising funds to support the Wendy Petsel Memorial Butterfly Garden at the Quad City Botanical Center, so it is very exciting to announce that the event will actually be held at the Botanical Center itself!

Join us on Saturday, Oct 11, for a fun night of trivia, raffles, and perhaps even a couple surprises.  Bridges Catering will be providing the cash bar, so all beverages must be purchased on premises. Bring a group of friends, snacks to share with your table, and cash for beverages, Mulligans (free answers), a Double Down, raffles, etc.

Check out our Facebook event to RSVP.  See you there!

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Trivia Night This Weekend!

  • Posted on April 8, 2014 at 6:05 am

Don’t miss this weekend’s Trivia Night fundraiser for the butterfly garden.  Support your community and have a great time!



A Beautiful Way to Support the Cause

  • Posted on February 3, 2014 at 9:47 pm

As part of our Trivia Night Fundraiser coming up this Friday, we are excited to announce a brand new opportunity.  One of our Team Wendy friends, Summer, sells beautiful jewelry and has selected two items that are especially meaningful to highlight for this weekend.  For each of these items that sells, she will be donating 100% of the profits to our fundraiser!  (And of course, we invite you to browse her online catalog for other items that may catch your eye too!)

Take a look at these beautiful pieces of jewelry and place an order today.  To receive the credit for these sales, please use this link to sign in to the online catalog.  If you are prompted to enter a hosts’ name, use Steve Petsel.  The two items that we will receive credit for are the Awareness Necklace and the Flutterfly Necklace.  Take a look at the items below!

And if you are in the Quad City area, please come out and be part of our Trivia Night Fundraiser this Friday, February 7th, as we help support Steve in his battle against cancer.  Doors open at 6 and play begins at 7 at the Viking Club on 41st in Moline.  Use the Facebook event to register a table.  Hope to see you there!

Fundraiser February 7th

  • Posted on December 30, 2013 at 10:40 pm

Our next fundraiser will be held Friday, February 7th, and we will once again be testing your trivial knowledge.  Bring a team of up to 8 (or come without a full team and we’ll combine tables as needed,) snacks to share, and cash for the bar and the raffles and auction items.  It’s going to be fun!

This fundraiser will once again be supporting our friend, Steve, as he fights his own battle with cancer.  Help us help him out, all while having a great time!  To reserve a table, email us at livewell@wendysbutterflygarden.com.

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Fun Night For All!

  • Posted on October 27, 2013 at 9:11 pm

Thank you to all who participated in our murder mystery dinner fundraiser!  The Monarch Mystery was a royal success and fun was had by all.  Congratulations to Ruth B and Steve P, the fortune teller and the wizard respectively, for their wins in the Best Costume category!  More photos available on our Facebook page.

The Wizard and The Action Movie Star ... Wendy's husband and daughter.

The Wizard and The Action Movie Star … Wendy’s husband and daughter.

Dinner Fit for a King — Murder Mystery Fundraiser Oct 26

  • Posted on October 16, 2013 at 8:18 am

Ten more days until our Murder Mystery Dinner Fundraiser for Wendy’s Butterfly Garden!  Join us for The Monarch Mystery: A Night of Royal Intrigue where a night of fun, mystery, and delicious food awaits!   Here is your opportunity to wear a costume, eat a delicious meal, and enjoy a night of intrigue, all while helping support your community!

Our royal meal will be provided by Bridges Catering and includes:

  • Carved Top Sirloin with Au Jus
  • Roast Loin of Pork with Raspberry Sauce
  • Crab Stuffed Mushrooms
  • Personal Quiches
  • Hard cheeses
  • Assorted cakes and cheesecakes
  • Cash bar
  • and more!


Throughout the evening we will hear from our host, the great King Leo, who has called us all together to make a special announcement.  You will be part of the royal mystery as you meet other dinner guests, ask questions, solve puzzles, and figure out WhoDunIt.

Order your ticket today to receive a character assignment and dossier which will be mailed to you (electronically and/or snailmail) before the event.  You will be able to find out about your character’s background and motives, as well as how you are connected to the King and his family.

Purchase your ticket by clicking on the “Donate” tab above and using the PayPal button.  Then contact us (livewell@wendysbutterflygarden.com) and we will figure out which character you will be playing for the evening.  Tickets are $45 for three more days and then go up to $65 after the 19th.  All reservations must be made by noon on October 23.

During the event you will be able to further support our cause through purchasing additional clues from the Wizard, as well as by participating in a silent auction.  If you or your company has an item they would like to have included in the silent auction, please contact us.  All profits benefit the butterfly garden at the Quad City Botanical Center.

Don’t miss out!  Reserve your spot today!




Murder Mystery Dinner – October 26

  • Posted on October 3, 2013 at 8:15 am

Here are a few of the male characters still left for our October 26th Murder Mystery Dinner Fundraiser:



Duke Portoricensis, Cousin of the King

Often complaining that he was “born to the wrong brother,” Duke Portor nevertheless enjoys the benefits of royal living, in no small part because he insists on it.  Although the two cousins did not grow up particularly close to each other emotionally, as adults Portor wove himself into castle life whether or not anyone liked it.  Loud, opinionated, and entitled, he is a burden that must be born by those who wish to keep the peace in King Leo’s household, as he frequently reminds others.

Danaini, Son of Jatrophae

Before Heliconius came to the royal household, there was a nanny named Jatrophae, who met her own untimely death the same day as Queen Giluppus.  Jatrophae’s son, Danaini, now two years old and orphaned, was shown favor by King Leo who insisted he be given a home in the castle.  Danaini was raised by his own nanny, a harsh and bitter woman named Argema.  Although living in the castle and shown favor by the King upon his rare visits, Danaini has spent most of his life feeling a second class citizen in his own home.   He is quiet and intelligent, a collector of butterflies and an observer of people.


Lord Viceroy, Second in Charge of the King’s Cabinet 

As second in charge of the King’s cabinet, Lord Viceroy has the King’s ear and the treasurer’s pocketbook. Though of questionable descent, (it is rumored that his mother was a peasant,) he knows how to walk the walk and blends in well with his royal surroundings. He is shrewd with money, always expanding the treasury holdings, though often at the expense of the commoners whom he taxes and the aristocracy whom he extorts.  It is no secret that he does not care for Lord Nivosus, and that Viceroy has attempted to oust Nivosus more than once.


Xander Curtis Corriander, American Movie Star

Smooth with the ladies and studly with the men, Xander is everything an actor should be.  He is stylish and smooth talking, and he always seems to get anything he wants.  Tabloids have indicated that he is interested in someone in the royal household, but nobody can quite figure out who.  What is certain is that Xander has made himself at home in the castle, much to the consternation of most of the artistocracy who believe that he should be less concerned with what is behind each door than he should be with his own career.


Flint Treadwell, American Oil Tycoon

With a personality as big as Texas, Flint Treadwell is part cowboy, part business tycoon, and as manly as the west itself.  He made his money in oil but has investments in technologies and organizations throughout the world, not a few of which have questionable business practices.  Flint is loud and gregarious, and makes himself welcome wherever he goes.  His affable nature puts those around him at ease, even as he is shrewdly assessing the best way to make money off of them.  Nobody is quite sure what King Leo sees in him, but they always enjoy being around him.


You don’t want to miss out on this fabulous event!  Scroll down the page for more details, then click on the “Donations & Check Out” tab to purchase your tickets.  You’ll have a great time solving a mystery AND helping out your community by supporting the butterfly garden at the Quad City Botanical Center.

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