Following are fundraisers, donations and other charitable events happening in the Midlands. Email your information about good deeds to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 402-444-1040.
Going to the dogs: Midlands Humane Society’s “Run for Wet Noses” fundraiser will begin at 6 p.m. Friday at Harrah’s Convention Center, One Harrah’s Blvd. in Council Bluffs. Comedian Austin Anderson will be host. The evening will include a walk down the fashion runway for 20 decked-out dogs and their owners. Guests also can bid on silent auction items. Tickets are $45, with all proceeds going to the construction of a new humane society building in Council Bluffs. A light buffet dinner will be served. For ticket information, call Leslie at 712-366-5709. This event marks the launch of the public fundraising campaign for the new shelter, to be located on College Road near Iowa Western Community College. Midlands Humane Society, a volunteer organization, has raised $2.5 million toward its goal of $3.2 million. The new shelter also will offer an off-leash dog park.
Let the games begin: The Spring Terrier Games, a benefit for local dog rescue groups, will run from noon to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Chalco Hills Group Shelter, 154th Street and Giles Road. The cost is $5 for adults, but dogs of all breeds and children younger than 10 get in free. Expect rescue groups, adoptable dogs, activities for dogs and kids, food and exhibits. Microchipping will be $25; nail trimming is free.
For the kids: Earl Adams, the “Sandman of Stuart,” needs more than 2,000 small glass perfume and condiment bottles for summer sand-art projects with children. The bottles should have necks and be made of clear glass. In return for making a sand-art bottle, children sign a pledge to stay drug-free, not be bullies and be nice to someone. Money to purchase the bottles also is welcome. Send your contributions to Earl Adams, P.O. Box 133, Stuart, NE 68780.
Rolling along: Wear Yellow Nebraska will host the ninth annual Wear Yellow Ride at 7 a.m. May 19 at the Strategic Air & Space Museum in Ashland, Neb. The bike ride raises funds and awareness for Wear Yellow Nebraska, which fights cancer through advocacy, awareness and fundraising. Choose from 22-, 34- and 47-mile options. Riders are encouraged to stick around after the ride for a pancake breakfast by the Pancake Man, a raffle and more. Rides are on public roads and supported with water and food stops plus on-course support. Preregister at wearyellownebraska.org or in person the day of the event. Riding costs $30.
Home repair: Twenty-four students from Nebraska Christian College worked Tuesday through Thursday to repair a home in north Omaha. They worked at Gloria Hunter’s home to repair termite-damaged wood floors, paint, repair kitchen counters and do exterior work. The students were partnered with another team led by one of the members of the Rebuilding Together Omaha board of directors.
Way to go: A recent benefit in the Elkhorn area raised $10,485.36 for the Schultz family. Sam & Louie’s provided a pizza, pasta and salad buffet to raise money for Kristin Schultz, a wife and mother of two with Stage 4 cancer, and her family. There also were a silent auction and raffle.
Filling the pantry: The recent ConAgra Foods’ Scouting for Food drive collected a total of 277,024 items of food, which will provide 173,140 meals for those in need.
Cancer research: More than $30,000 was raised for pancreatic cancer research at the University of Nebraska Medical Center Eppley Cancer Center as a result of “An Evening of Music,” held recently at Westside High School.
Beautification project: Golden K Kiwanis Club of Omaha participated in the recent worldwide Kiwanis One Day by helping beautify the island on 114th Street just north of West Center Road. Frank Watt of Golden K and Joe Srb, longtime volunteer caretaker of the island, led the Golden K crew of Don Busenbark, Bill Gordon, Leo Graff, Bob Hasebroock and Carolyn Law. They tilled the soil, preparing it for the 48 bags of mulch donated by Keep Omaha Beautiful. Srb, who has been tending this island for many years, said he appreciates Golden K’s help.
A sticky wicket: The Lawn Warrior Classic Croquet Tournament, a benefit for the William G. Lauer Foundation, will be May 19 at Northwest 42nd and West Wilkins Streets in Lincoln’s Airpark. The foundation supports ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) patients in Nebraska and works to find a cure for this fatal disease. The entry fee is $40 per competitor but $20 for youths younger than 16 in this two-person team, alternate-shot tournament. If not competing, bring a lawn chair to watch the 1 p.m. event. To register, visit lauerfoundation.org and wait for information on the event to cycle across the top and then click on it. Make donations and get more information in the same way.
Compiled by Sue Story Truax