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.
Lending a hand: More than 130 high school students from Westside High School converged recently on Girls Inc. for an agency makeover on the United Way's Youth Day of Caring. The teens painted rooms, organized the library, spruced up the grounds, maintained the community garden, created educational bulletin boards and more. Adults also had their chance to help during Tuesday's United Way Day of Caring 2011. Co-workers from 15 local organizations completed projects that the nonprofit staffs at United Way partner agencies don't have the time or resources to tackle. Among the projects were cleaning the pool deck at the YMCA at 75th and Maple Streets, and landscaping, cleaning and organizing at Catholic Charities' Phoenix House shelter in Council Bluffs. Participating organizations were Bank of the West, Black Hills Energy/Meter Shop, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska, Central States Health & Life Co., City of Omaha, First National Bank of Omaha, HDR Inc., Lincoln Financial Group, Mutual of Omaha, Nebraska Furniture Mart, PayPal, Physicians Mutual, QuikTrip, University of Nebraska at Omaha Athletics and US Bank.
Snip, snip: Families can face financial pressures at the start of a new school year with school supplies, fees and clothing. That's why children in the Completely KIDS Program, formerly Camp Fire USA Midlands Council, were treated recently to free back-to-school haircuts, lunch, school supplies and more, compliments of Bungalow/8 Hairdressing. Owner Eric Burden said his salon hosted the event to give back to the community. A Completely Kids board member also donated $20 Target gift cards for each child. The event was at Bungalow/8, 1120 S. 105th St.
Me and my pal: Registration is due Saturday for the Midlands Humane Society's Dog's Day Out. It will be a pet-friendly one-mile walk for pet owners and their leashed friends. The walk will begin at 9 a.m. Sept. 17 at the southeast corner of the Kmart parking lot, 2803 E. Kanesville Blvd. in Council Bluffs. The $25 registration fee covers owner and pooch. Each additional dog is $5. Children 12 and younger are admitted free. All proceeds will go to the Midlands Humane Society's Animal Shelter and Dog Park Fund. Visit www.midlandshumanesociety.org or call Terry Gach-Mils at 712-322-7022 to receive a registration brochure. A few registrations will be accepted Sept. 17.
Stepping out: Join the Nebraska Chapter of the American Parkinson's Disease Association for its annual Parkinson's Walk-a-thon Sunday at Miller's Landing on the riverfront near the Gallup campus. All of the net proceeds support Parkinson's disease research projects. Sign-in will begin at noon and the walk will start at 1 p.m. Register at the walk or at www.parkinsonsne.org. Walkers should make a donation, have pledges of donations or both.
Do it for the kids: The Papillion-La Vista Schools Foundation Run & Walk for the Children will be Sept. 11 at Walnut Creek Park, 108th Street and Nebraska Highway 370 in Papillion. The event will begin with 8 a.m. sign-in at Papillion-La Vista South High School. The run will start at 9 a.m. with the optional one-, two-, three- or four-mile walk starting at 9:05 a.m. All registration proceeds will benefit students and staff of the Papillion-La Vista school district. Cost is $20 for adults, $10 for students and $50 per family. To register, visit www.plvschoolsfoundation.org and click on the Community tab.
Going to the dogs: The Friends of the Jeanette Hunt Animal Shelter in Blair, Neb., will have a fundraising Walk for Paws ... Help the Cause Sunday at Black Elk-Neihardt Park in Blair. Registration, $5 per dog, can be done online at www.BlairAnimalShelter.org. Also expect raffles, vendors of dog gear, animal rescue groups, pet photographer and lunch, all available for purchase.
Free PSA tests: The Cruisin' for a Cure Omaha Car Show was established by two local prostate cancer survivors to raise awareness of prostate cancer, provide attendees with free PSA tests and raise money for the Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center. A PSA blood test can provide an early warning of prostate cancer. Cruisin' will be Sept. 11 with car sign-in from 10 a.m. to noon and the show from noon to 4 p.m. at 8601 West Dodge Road. For more information or to register a car, visit www.cruisinforacureomaha.com.
Dem bones: The Sawbones vs. Jawbones fundraising softball game will be Sunday at the Gross High School baseball field. Gates will open at 3 p.m. with the game starting at 4 p.m. The game sets metro-area doctors (Sawbones) against metro-area lawyers (Jawbones) and will take place rain or shine. Proceeds benefit OneWorld Community Health Centers's Every Baby Matters program. There is no admission fee to watch the game. Concessions will be sold.
Full day: Reservations are due Sept. 14 for a fundraising breakfast with Miss America 2011, Teresa Scanlan, the former Miss Nebraska, who will visit Sarpy County on Sept. 21. She will spend most of the day with area junior high schoolers, talking about eating disorders and healthy eating habits. She will begin her day at a 7:30 a.m. breakfast at Embassy Suites in La Vista, where she will meet area business people and give them an overview of her school visits. Net proceeds from this event will benefit the Children in Crisis Fund at Midlands Community Foundation. To register, $25, call 402-339-3050 or email email@example.com.
4 x Bluejays: Four former Creighton University basketball players — Ryan Sears, Kyle Korver, Anthony Tolliver and Josh Dotzler — will speak at the annual Cornerstone Celebration put on by the Omaha-Metro Chapter of Fellowship of Christian Athletes. The event will begin at 6:15 p.m. Sept. 15 with a silent auction and 7 p.m. dinner and program, all at Ramada Plaza, 72nd and Grover Streets. Tickets, $40 each, are available at www.nebraskafca.org. Proceeds will go to FCA.
Lots of brews: Go Wild for Conservation at this year's Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation Beer Tasting and Auction. The event will begin at 6 p.m. Sept. 22 at the Hilton Garden Inn, 2702 Mid-America Drive in Council Bluffs. Expect 15 specialty brews paired with heavy hors d'oeuvres. Homemade root beer and other beverages will be served and a silent auction will take place. At 7:30 p.m., the program and live auction will begin. Proceeds will benefit local conservation areas and environmental education in Pottawattamie County. Tickets are $50 per person or $375 for a table of eight. To purchase tickets, make a cash donation or contribute an auction item, call 712-328-5638.
Silent killer: The fifth annual Walk to Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer will be Sept. 24 at Zorinsky Lake. Sign-in will start at 7:30 a.m. with opening remarks at 9 a.m. and the walk at 9:15 a.m. To register or for more information, visit www.ovarian.org/walks or call 402-304-5826. Participants raise money for the Nebraska Chapter of Ovarian Cancer Coalition.
Tee time: The family of Bob Rahe will host a Sept. 26 golf tournament to raise money for mesothelioma awareness and research at Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center. Sign-in and lunch will begin at 11 a.m., followed by a noon shotgun start and dinner after golfing. All events will be at the Players Club at Deer Creek, 12101 Deer Creek Drive. Cost: $125 per golfer. To register, visit BobRahegolf.com.
Volunteers needed: Keep Omaha Beautiful's Helping Hands program assists elderly and disabled persons with raking leaves. The program is for those who cannot afford to pay for the work being done. If your family, company, friends, church or civic group would like to help, call Kay Replogle-McDonnell at 402-444-7774 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are an elderly or disabled person who will need help with leaves and cannot afford to pay for the work, request assistance using the same phone number or email address.
Compiled by Sue Story Truax