The following are fundraisers, donations and charitable events happening in the Midlands. Email your information about good deeds to email@example.com or call 402-444-1040.
Helping out: As part of Employee Appreciation Week, Securities America employees participated in community service work for Project Harmony. It provides support to children who are victims or suspected victims of abuse and neglect. Employees tied 50 fleece blankets to give to children in crisis. Securities America employees also collected more than $1,000 in cash and hundreds of wish-list items for the center.
Her show of strength: Kennedy Healy's story will be told during tonight's 7 p.m. “Muscular Dystrophy Association's MDA Show of Strength” on KMTV. The program will tell of the Omaha 17-year-old's strength as she lives with a neuromuscular disease.
Get in early: Reruns R Fun will host an early shopping day Thursday for those who donate $10 to Hope Center for Kids. This is the first time in Reruns' 17 years that early shopping privileges have been offered to the general public. Reruns R Fun will match donations for this event up to $15,000. The reserved shopping time will be from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 8501 Granville Parkway in La Vista. Each $10 donation receives one “adult only” early ticket. No children or infants will be admitted. Tickets via donation to Hope Center for Kids must be purchased in advance at RerunsRFun.org. The Hope Center for Kids, 2200 N. 20th St., provides after-school care, mentoring and tutoring for approximately 1,000 children each year.
Hungry in Kearney? The University of Nebraska at Kearney Campus Kitchen chapter is seeking clients who would like to receive a weekly meal, said Jon Watts, UNK assistant director of Business Services. Community members wishing to receive a free weekly meal or canned food delivery must live within the Kearney city limits and can call Watts at 308-865-8448. UNK students will begin meal delivery Thursday. Campus Kitchens Project is part of a national student development and hunger relief group. Students collect food donations and recover unserved food from dining services, then use dining services cafeterias to prepare meals that are delivered to low-income youths, senior citizens, families and community-based agencies. The UNK Campus Kitchen is a volunteer organization open to community members. For more information, call Watts or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Direct from Ireland: Join Holy Name School for an evening of Irish music, fun and celebration at a fundraiser for the school. Cliff McKenna, Liam McKervey and Paddy Finney, all musicians from Ireland, will perform from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday in the Holy Name Cafeteria, 2901 Fontenelle Blvd. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission: $10.
Let's walk: The fifth annual Walk for VODEC (Vocational Development Center) will be Saturday at Stinson Park in Aksarben Village, 67th Street and West Center Road. Sign-in will start at 9 a.m. for the 10 a.m. walk. Proceeds will benefit programs and services for more than 550 adults with intellectual disabilities in the Omaha and Council Bluffs area. The entire community is invited to attend. Music from the Geezer Band and breakfast and lunch from Godfather's Pizza are free to all who attend. For more information, to register or to donate, visit vodecwalk.org or call 712-328-2638.
For a cure: The second annual Cruisin' for a Cure Car Show benefiting prostate cancer research at Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center will run from noon to 3 p.m. Sept. 9 at the Methodist Health System parking lot, 8601 West Dodge Road. The show will feature custom cars, antique cars, rat rods, hot rods, classic cars, trucks, boats, motorcycles and clubs. The event, organized by a group of prostate cancer survivors, is free. Free PSA testing by health care professionals will be available onsite for men older than 40.
Fighting hunger: AlphaGraphics Omaha's annual food drive, which will run through September, collects nonperishable food for Food Bank for the Heartland. AlphaGraphics, 11204 Davenport St., has teamed up with other local businesses to be food drive collection points. To find out how you can join AlphaGraphics Fights Hunger, call Richard Harkness at 402-333-8869.
120 years: Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska invites the public to its 120th anniversary. The Sept. 26 eastern Nebraska celebration will honor the families of Dr. Tom and Jane Tonniges and Frank and Mary Bruning, Marti Wilson and all adoptive families. The cocktail reception and dinner will be at Embassy Suites, 12520 Westport Parkway in La Vista. Cocktails will begin at 3:30 p.m., followed by the 5:45 p.m. dinner. Business or evening attire is appropriate. Reservations, $25 with a cash bar, are required. Visit lfsneb.org for tickets.
Strollathon: The first Nebraska Rett Syndrome Strollathon in Grand Island will run from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 22 at the Westridge Middle School track. Stroll to raise awareness and research dollars for the International Rett Syndrome Foundation. The syndrome is a genetic neurological disorder that occurs almost exclusively in females. It is the most debilitating autism spectrum disorder, resulting in a regression that leads to lifelong impairments. Besides strolling, expect music and other activities.
Going to the dogs (and cats): The Nebraska Humane Society's Walk for the Animals will take place from 8:30 a.m. to noon Sept. 30. Sign up and gather donations. On the day of the walk, take a stroll on the Keystone Trail after you enjoy a vendor village and more on the society's campus, 8929 Fort St. There also will be three performances of the Purina Incredible Dog Team. Fido is welcome, but you don't have to own a dog to walk. Sign up at nehumanesociety.org/walk.
Lace up your shoes: The Lincoln Kidney Walk will begin at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 30 in the parking lot of the Lincoln Children's Zoo. The event is a two-mile noncompetitive walk on the trails around the zoo. Registration is $30. Follow the link at firstgiving.com/NebraskaKidneyAssociation/Lincoln to create a walk page. Then forward it to friends and relatives to encourage donations for your team.
On the move: Aaron and Tina Moore will support HETRA (Heartland Equine Therapeutic Riding Academy) by participating in the Market 2 Market Ultra Marathon on Oct. 13. This is a 50K (31-mile) race from Murdock, Neb., to Lincoln. The Moores are parents of Jack, who used to hate physical therapy and now he asks when he can go “ride his horse again.” “We are hoping that through our dedication to this crazy race you will see just how much we believe in what HETRA is doing not only for Jack, but for hundreds of children and veterans in the Omaha and surrounding areas,” said Aaron Moore. You can donate to HETRA by credit card or PayPal at hetra.org/?page_id=2119. Check donations can be mailed to: HETRA, P.O. Box 260, Valley, NE 68064. Make checks payable to HETRA and write “Team Jack” in the memo line.
Ready to roll: One of Nebraska Special Olympics' Unified Floor Hockey teams from South Sioux City has been chosen to represent the U.S. in the Special Olympics World Winter Games on Jan. 26, 2013, in PyeongChang, South Korea. Team USA Floor Hockey is comprised of eight special athletes with eight partner athletes and four coaches. The team will have five days of training in Lake Placid, N.Y., in early December before traveling abroad. Right now, the team is concentrating on training and fundraising. For more information or to donate, visit usafloorhockey.org.
Day of caring: More than 85 volunteers from Baker's Supermarkets participated in Baker's Day of Caring in partnership with last week's United Way of the Midlands 2012 Campaign Kickoff. Baker's employees volunteered at the YMCA Council Bluffs, Catholic Charities, Outreach Center, Girls Inc. and the Jewish Community Centers.
Off to a good start: Before OPS started its school year, the staff at Alegent Health Clinic in Benson sponsored a mini-carnival for area residents. At the event, the clinic distributed 100 backpacks filled with school supplies to children in the area. The carnival also offered games for children, food and blood pressure checks.
Partners: Twenty National Council of Jewish Women-Omaha Section volunteers recently handed out school supplies to 270 students at Jackson Elementary as part of the group's mission to help children in the community. The local council, which has donated school supplies to Jackson for seven years, chose the school based on its need for assistance. The council seeks a partner to help purchase backpacks for all Jackson students. If your group would like to help, email Harriet Epstein at email@example.com.
A gift: Heartland REACT Inc. — an organization committed to communications assistance for emergency management and law enforcement in the event of a natural disaster or emergency, as well as community walks, parades and other events — has received a $3,000 grant from eBay Foundation's employee-volunteer-led GIVE Team. Funds will be used to purchase communications equipment and to help the switch from the older General Mobile Radio Service radio system to the newer amateur radio frequencies.
Compiled by Sue Story Truax