The following are fundraisers, donations and other charitable events or opportunities happening in the Midlands. Email your information about good deeds to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 402-444-1040.
Styling: Mahogany, a fashion show featuring local designers, will be Wednesday at Carlisle Hotel, 10909 M St. Omaha's first African-American fashion and hair show will benefit the Mahogany Scholarship Fund. Doors will open at 7 p.m. and the show will start at 8 p.m. Tickets — $20 for general admission, $30 for VIP — are available online at www.nativeomahadaysfestival.com and also will be sold at the door.
Let's eat Mexican: From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Omaha-area Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants will donate 50 percent of sales to the Omaha Public Library Foundation when customers show a promotional flier or mention their support of the library. Fliers are available to download at omahalibrary.org or can be picked up at any of the 12 library locations.
Sluggeritaville: The deadline to buy tickets for Sluggeritaville is Friday. Think of having a Margaritaville kind of good time at a Lincoln Saltdogs game and helping a local charity, all for $20. The event will begin at 2 p.m. Aug. 6 with a tailgate party in the Saltdogs' parking lot. Cedar Island Band will provide live Jimmy Buffett-style music inside the ballpark both before and after the 7:05 p.m. game. The price of the tailgate party, game ticket and music are included in the initial fee. Proceeds will benefit Clinic With a Heart, a medical mission in Lincoln. Sluggeritaville sponsor, Corn Republic Parrot Head Club, is a Lincoln-based Jimmy Buffett Fan Club. For tickets, contact Lorene Prorok at 402-525-9460 or email@example.com.
Rally for Harmony: The fourth annual Pre-Sturgis Poker Run on Saturday will benefit the children served by Project Harmony Child Protection Center. Riders traditionally gather on the weekend before the Sturgis (S.D.) Rally. This year's poker run will begin at Dillon Brothers Harley-Davidson, 174th Street and West Maple Road, and end at Chrome Lounge, 8552 Park Drive in Omaha, with live music, food and more. Pre-register, $20 a person, online at projectharmony.com. Day-of registration and ride sign-in will be from 10 a.m. to noon.
For the kids: The Great Plains Reguladores Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club will sponsor its second annual Kickstands Up for Kids on Saturday to benefit Lincoln's Child Advocacy Center. Registration will be from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Child Advocacy Center, 5025 Garland St. in Lincoln. Single riders are $15; double riders and cars are $20. More information and pre-registration are available at www.greatplainsreguladores.com. The ride will end at the Lincoln Elks Club with a raffle, food and drinks.
A little wine, a little music: Slattery Vintage Estates is teaming with the Creighton University School of Medicine's Magis Clinic for a day of live music, free wine tastings, beer and food. The event will be from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. July 31, at the Nehawka, Neb., vineyard. There is a $20 cover charge, all of which will go to support the outpatient clinic that offers free, walk-in health services to Omaha's homeless, uninsured and underinsured. For more information on the fundraiser, visit http://www.svevineyards.com/.
To your health: The Council Bluffs Community Health Center will have its first fundraising breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Aug. 4 at Immanuel Pathways, 1702 N. 16th St. in the Bluffs. Ronald K. Smith, an Omaha native and president and senior partner in Smith Group Financial Corp. in Atlanta, will be the speaker. Tickets, $30, are available at http://www.councilbluffshealthcenter.com/, 712-325-1990 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fore! The third annual Domestic Violence Coordinating Council Golf Tournament will be Aug. 8 at Stone Creek Golf Course, 6220 N. 160th Ave. The shotgun start is set for noon. To register, $85 a player or $340 a foursome, or for more information, call Kati at 402-398-9928 or email email@example.com.
Swing for the Animals: The fifth annual Swing for the Animals four-person golf scramble will benefit Hooves & Paws Rescue, a large dog and horse shelter in Glenwood, Iowa. The Aug. 14 event will be at Tregaron Golf Course in Bellevue. Check-in will begin at 7 a.m. with a shotgun start at 8. The cost is $65 per person, which includes a steak dinner. Registration and payment for the tournament can be made at hoovespaws.org or when you arrive at the golf course. Reservations also can be made by phone to 712-527-3721.
Make a splash: The Big Splash, a recreational and competitive swimming fundraiser that has raised more than $50,000 for children and adults with disabilities, will return Aug. 27. The event brings together swimmers of all abilities and ages to compete in races and relays. Proceeds support the University of Nebraska Medical Center Munroe-Meyer Institute programs for individuals with diverse disabilities. Competitive events will be from 8 a.m. to noon at Millard West's pool. Lunch with Olympic swimmer Kathleen Hersey will follow. A Family Swim & Splash Party will be from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Rockbrook Swimming Pool. The cost is $25 per participant for any combination of events, including the swim party. Lunch is $5 for nonparticipants. Register online at http://www.sportssignup.com/Munroe-Meyer-Big-Splash-Online-Registration.start. Scholarships are available for adaptive and assisted swimmers. To apply, call 402-502-0300. Sign up to volunteer at http://www.mmibigsplash.org/volunteer.php.
Feeding the hungry: When there isn't enough food, many families turn to the Catholic Emergency Food Pantries at St. Martin de Porres Center and the Juan Diego Center. That's why Catholic Charities of Omaha holds its Hunger Doesn't Take a Vacation campaign each summer. Donate online at ccomaha.org/take-action/donate, by check (mail to Catholic Charities, 3300 N. 60th St., Omaha, NE 68104) or by texting "empower" to 50555 on a cellphone. Text donations are $10 each.
Items needed: The Make-A-Wish Foundation fulfills wishes for children with debilitating or fatal diseases. Several people volunteer for the foundation by making scrapbook albums for these children and their families. As you are cleaning your work room and come across papers, stickers, embellishments, tools, books or other scrapbooking or stamping supplies, consider donating them to the foundation. Yesterday's Scrapbooking, 3673 N. 129th St., will have a drop-off box set up in the store.
Record-setter: Radio Lobo 97.7 FM and Omaha's Latino community raised more than $117,000 for Children's Hospital & Medical Center during the Milagros Para Niños Radiothon. This year's three-day July broadcast set a record for the amount raised.
Two grants: Sapp Bros Inc. and BP Branded Marketers on Thursday presented Fueling Communities Grants to Southwest Omaha Sertoma and Children's Hospital & Medical Center. Southwest Omaha Sertoma has a long-standing relationship with the University of Nebraska at Omaha Speech-Language Pathology program; its $6,250 grant will allow for expanded training opportunities and acquisition of clinic equipment. The $6,250 grant to Children's will support family and patient programs and services, particularly those that focus on creating a welcome and healing environment through play and developmental activities. The donations include funds from an annual golf outing organized by Sapp Bros.
Bike helmets: The Children's-Kohl's Keeps Kids Safe Van stopped recently at Adams Park Community Center to distribute free bike helmets to children participating in the City of Omaha's Kids Clubhouse program. Children who received a free bike helmet also had it properly fitted. The event was part of the Kohl's Keeps Kids Safe program, a partnership between Kohl's Department Stores and Children's Hospital & Medical Center.
Going, going, gone: The Boy Scouts of America Mid-America Council has surpassed its 2011 fundraising goal of $1.62 million. The council raised $1,631,070 to fund the Scouting program.
Compiled by Sue Story Truax