The following are fundraisers, donations and other charitable events or opportunities happening in the Midlands. E-mail your information about good deeds to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 402-444-1040.
Medical aid: Project CURA, a Creighton University School of Medicine student-run group, will hold a silent auction from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday in the Skutt Student Center ballroom on campus. Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for students. Ethnic foods representing each CURA-served country and wine will be provided. Proceeds will be used to send medical supplies and students worldwide to provide free medical care.
Help for a family: Christopher Allen Martin died unexpectedly Jan. 18 at the age of 30. A benefit for his wife, Jenny, and their two daughters will begin at noon Saturday at Fort Crook Billiards Food & Spirits, 908 Fort Crook Road South in Bellevue. Look for raffles, a silent auction, hot dog bar, craft show, bake sale and, beginning at 9 p.m., live music. Admission is $5 at the door.
Support for mediation: Concord Center will have a beer & pizza tasting fundraiser Saturday. Proceeds will benefit the center in helping people resolve conflict through mediation. The tasting will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Pizza Shoppe in Benson, 6056 Maple St. For reservations, call 402-884-8680.
Game feed: Omaha Area Bikers are having a fundraiser to benefit the Nebraska Spina Bifida Foundation. The all-you-can-eat Wild Game Feed will be from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at VFW Post #2503, 8904 Military Road. The cost is $15 for adults and $5 for children younger than 10.
For the kids: A March Madnezz Fundraising event for Boys & Girls Clubs of Council Bluffs will be from 12:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. March 27 at Barley’s Bar & Grill, 14 W. Broadway in Council Bluffs. Watch the televised basketball games, enjoy a Chicago-style hot dog and drinks, and bid on sports memorabilia. Tickets, $20, can be purchased by calling 712-256-6029 or at Barley’s door.
On their toes: Heartland Youth Ballet will have a fundraising performance at 7 p.m. April 2 at Joslyn Castle, 3902 Davenport St. Tickets are $20. Make reservations by calling 402-334-1711.
Buzzing against cancer: Ralston High School’s National Honor Society is sponsoring a benefit for St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which funds childhood cancer research. Raising funds for St. Baldrick’s involves shaving heads. A faculty member and several students will give it up for the cause. To donate, visit http://www.stbaldricks.org/events/ralstonhighschool and click on “Make a donation.” On April 8, the hair will be cut off.
Fuel bank, too: Food Bank for the Heartland has a request for those who have food drives — bring donations to the food bank instead of asking it to pick them up. The reason is the rising cost of fuel. The food bank budgeted $68,000 for fuel in the current fiscal year, which includes monthly runs as far west as Scottsbluff, Neb., and as far east as Red Oak, Iowa. Actual expenses could reach $90,000 if prices rise as predicted. Fuel prices affect Midlands families, too, translating into more requests for food help.
Feeding the hungry: Cassling employees, including those in Omaha, collected more than $1,055 in food donations to support local food bank organizations across six Cassling territories. Cassling is a health care firm that provides imaging equipment, marketing and other services.
Compiled by Sue Story Truax