Fundraiser on Sunday aims to help longtime local sportswriter and his family

Tappa Family Fundraiser will be held at St. Ambrose University

DAVENPORT, Iowa - This weekend you can have a good time and help support a local family in need in Davenport.
The Tappa Family Fundraiser at St. Ambrose University is this Sunday. Mike Bell and Jeff Wendland are sharing their thoughts on the family on how it will help them. The event is Sunday January 29th from 1 until 4 p.m. at the Rogalski Center on West Gaines Street in Davenport. If you can't make it there's also a GoFundMe page set up. You can visit that by clicking here. Below is the press release with more details.
A NEW YEAR OF HOPE – Tappa Family Fundraiser at SAU
The Quad-City area community has rallied to help local family – Steve and Martha Tappa – who has been devastated by illness and hardship.
A community fundraiser is planned for Sunday, January 29, from 1-4 p.m. at St. Ambrose University – Roglaski Center – 518 W. Gaines Street, Davenport. Donation is $10 per person or $25 per family. Food, beverage, a cash bar and entertainment will be provided. There will be an auction, 50/50 raffle and fun for families to enjoy.
Steve Tappa, a longtime sportswriter for the Dispatch and Rock Island Argus, has been in and out of hospitals since August, 2016. He was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension, congestive heart failure, had open heart triple bypass surgery and has had multiple surgeries to alleviate an infection in his sternum. He will be having yet another surgery in February after a brain stem tumor was discovered during a routine checkup.
The family’s health issues have been ongoing since September of 2013. Martha Tappa was diagnosed with cancer in her thyroid, vocal chords and throat. Her last surgery was January, 2016. After multiple surgeries and treatments, Martha slowly started to bounce back, but the medical bills started to stack up.

The Tappas, and their sons, Michael 17, and Anthony, 14, are physically, mentally and financially exhausted. 

“Cancer in itself is difficult for a family to cope with,” Mike Bell, organizer of the event, said. “This family has been through so much. There are so many kind people in our community that want to help the Tappas.”
For additional information, to donate an auction item or volunteer, please contact Mike Bell at  
309-236-5829 or 


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