The following are fundraisers, donations and charitable events happening in the Midlands. Email your information about good deeds to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 402-444-1040.
Pass the parmesan: Papillion Monarch 12s baseball team recently had a spaghetti feed fundraiser at Papillion American Legion Post 32. The players served veterans, families and friends spaghetti and meatballs, sub sandwiches, garlic bread and dessert, and served as bus boys, too. The team earned $1,200 for its expenses.
For the animals: PAWfect Pet Services has raised $500 from its monthly Pack Walks to donate to Hearts United for Animals, a no-kill shelter in Auburn, Neb. Pack Walks begin at 10 a.m. the first Sunday of every month at the Rose Garden, 6005 Underwood Ave. in Omaha. Hearts United will use the money to fund Tia's Place, a program that provides temporary care or housing for pets in domestic violence situations. Preregistration is encouraged for Pack Walks. Do so at pawfectpetservices.com/Pack_Walks.html.
A class act: Cindy Tyler's kindergarten class at Meadow Lane Elementary School in Lincoln finished its Junior Achievement lesson on saving money. The students pooled their resources to reach $100. Now what to do with the money? Andrea Bray, a first-grade teacher at Meadow Lane, was spending a lot of time in Omaha at the Methodist Women's Hospital neonatal intensive care with her newborn. He and his twin, who did not survive, were born at 24 weeks and five days. The students decided to donate their money to the Women's Hospital NICU so it could buy toys and blankets for other babies. The Bray family will take their son home Tuesday.
Soup's on: The North Platte (Neb.) Community College Student Senate will host its fourth annual soup cookoff and auction from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the Quality Inn and Suites in North Platte. Soup made by area businesses and organizations will be served along with desserts. About 75 soup bowls, hand-crafted by students in the college's bowl-making art class, will be sold at a silent auction. Admission is $5. Homemade desserts will sell for $1. Proceeds will benefit the Bridge of Hope Child Advocacy Center in North Platte.
Omaha showcase: The Downtown Showcase of Homes will run from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and April 14 at several locations. Buildings that will have properties open as part of the event include Kimball Lofts, 1101 Jackson, the Paxton, SoMa, Riverfront Place and Beebe and Runyan. No admission is required, but a suggested donation of $5 per person will benefit the Sunshine Kids, a nonprofit dedicated to providing support for children with cancer.
Brain tumor: Chalco Hills Recreation Area visitor center will be the site of a noon to 6 p.m. Saturday benefit for Amalia Rosenthal, a 10-year-old Omahan who recently was diagnosed with a pituitary brain tumor called craniopharyngioma. Proceeds will help offset the family's medical costs. The benefit will include a raffle, silent auction, spaghetti and barbecue dinner, a photography booth, live music, pie auction, face painting and clowns making balloon art, auction, awareness wristband sales, concessions and more. Barbecue dinners will cost $10 for adults and $5 for children 14 and younger. Modern Woodmen of America Insurance Co. will match proceeds up to $2,500. The Team Amalia Medical Fund has been established at all Wells Fargo Bank locations.
Two things to twirl: Traveling Twirlers is sponsoring its 16th annual spaghetti dinner and silent auction from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday to support Sue's Stepper-ettes National Competition Team. The all-you-can-eat dinner will be served at Stepper-ettes Studios, 10925 Harrison St. Senior team members won the twirling corps competition in 2012 in Switzerland and in 2009 in Belgium. More than 100 twirlers participated in the 2010 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Proceeds from the dinner and silent auction will go to future trips. Tickets for the dinner — $8 for adults and $5 for children — will be sold at the door.
Feather bones: A Saturday fundraiser will help pay the medical bills of Cliff Flott of Omaha. A 5 p.m. Mass will kick off the events at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 74th and Vinton Streets. Following, until 10 p.m., will be feather bone and hot dog dinners, auction, raffle and more. Dinner costs $12 for adults, $6 for children. Flott was struck by an uninsured motorist Aug. 27, 2012. After hospitalization and therapy, he is able to walk 10 to 12 feet unassisted.
Cancer fight: A spaghetti feed and more will benefit Irma Perez, who is battling breast cancer for the second time. The noon to 7 p.m. April 14 event will be at the Bellevue Social Center, 1308 Fort Crook Road South in Bellevue. Food will include spaghetti, pizza, hot dogs and salad. Also expect a silent auction, raffles, craft sale, bake sale and dancing. Admission is $5 a person; children 2 and younger are admitted free. Price includes food. Beverages can be purchased separately. Proceeds from the benefit will help with Perez's medical bills and living expenses.
Walk for ALS: The ALS in the Heartland Omaha Community Walk will be April 14 at Stinson Park at Aksarben Village, 67th Street and West Center Road. Check-in will begin at noon, with the walk starting at 1 p.m. The walk will go on rain or shine to raise awareness and funds for an organization that provides free, individualized services and support to patients and families who suffer with ALS. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, commonly called Lou Gehrig's disease, is a progressive motor neuron disease with no known treatment or cure. The walk routes at Stinson Park are handicapped accessible and pet friendly. There will be activities for children. To register a team, join an existing team or send a donation, visit alsintheheartland.org or call the ALS in the Heartland office at 402-592-2374.
Wine and art: Mental illness affects nearly 1 in 4 Americans. That's why the International Association of Business Communicators Omaha is partnering with the Kim Foundation to host Art for a Cause, an April 17 cocktail reception to support the Kim Foundation. Its mission is to serve as a supportive resource and compassionate voice for lives touched by mental illness. Besides raffle items, IABC Omaha will sell artwork from local artists. All of the proceeds will go to the Kim Foundation. The 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. event will be at Corkscrew Wine & Cheese, 10924 Prairie Brook Road. Admission, $35, includes appetizers and two glasses of wine. Corkscrew Wine & Cheese will donate 10 percent of its sales to the Kim Foundation. For tickets, visit omaha.iabc.com and click on Art for a Cause under Upcoming Events.
Dessert and movie: Black Men United with Omaha Cares Circle will sponsor six movies as part of its Dessert and Movie Night Spring Fundraiser. You can select the movie with an open dessert and coffee bar to enjoy before or after the movie. The event will run from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. April 18 at Aksarben Cinema, 2110 S. 67th St. Tickets, $15, are available at eventbrite.com/directory?page=7, then scroll down to the event. The movie choices are “42,” “Temptation,” “Jurassic Park 3D,” “Scary Movie 5,” “G.I. Joe Retaliation” and “Evil Dead.”
Help available: Mutual of Omaha invites local organizations to apply for volunteer assistance on projects as the company prepares for its fourth annual national Month of Caring in September. The firm will accept applications through April 30 from organizations in the Omaha-Council Bluffs metro area to be considered as volunteer project recipients. Additionally, approved organizations may qualify for a grant of up to $1,000. Interested groups should visit http://www.mutualofomaha.com/nationalmonth to apply and get more information.
Tax preparation: The AARP Tax-Aide program has 23 sites in Nebraska staffed by volunteers who prepare federal and Nebraska income tax returns free. Clients are primarily low- and middle-income residents 60 and older, but no one is turned away because of income or age. The program is in danger of having to reduce or eliminate service if more volunteers for next year can't be found. If you like to help others and have prepared or would like to learn how to prepare tax returns, AARP can use your help. The program provides online and classroom training before each tax season. You do not have to be an AARP member to participate. Interested? Call the Omaha AARP office at 402-398-9568 or email email@example.com. Leave a message with your name, phone number and email address. Someone will get back to you to answer questions.
Week of Service: Nebraskans are encouraged to join the 2013 ServeNebraska Week of Service, April 22-28. It will provide Nebraskans a chance to show their volunteer spirit while benefiting their communities' schools, nonprofits, churches and parks. The Week of Service is a first for ServeNebraska and its efforts to promote volunteerism in the state. Nebraskans may register for the Week of Service by visiting serve.nebraska.gov. Individuals or groups may participate.
Grant reviewers: ServeNebraska is seeking volunteers to review grant proposals for 2013-14 AmeriCorps funding within the state. This is a chance to learn about the grant-making process, develop your own grant-writing skills and contribute your knowledge and experience to selecting high-quality programs for funding. Grant reviewers will read and score grants on their own time, not in scheduled review sessions. Grant review will occur during May and early June. If you are interested in serving as a reviewer or have questions, contact Greg Donovan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 402-471-6249.
One-time and long-term: Spring is a busy season at Keep Omaha Beautiful, which needs volunteers for several projects. They are:
» Adopt-A-Park Partnerships — A group, family or neighborhood association adopts a nearby park to clean, beautify and maintain. If needed, KOB can supply bags, equipment or gloves. For more information or to volunteer, visit keepomahabeautiful.org and click on Get Involved on the left side of the home page.
» One-Time Spring Cleanup — Parks need a once-over to prepare them for summer use. Work includes mulching trees, painting picnic tables and litter cleanup for the grounds. To help, email email@example.com.
» Storm Drain Awareness — This project helps educate Omahans that they shouldn't throw materials down city storm drains. Your organized group can help KOB and your neighborhood by adhering plastic discs to storm drains and distributing information to the neighborhood. Call KOB at 402-444-7774 to say that your group wants to help. When you have a date, email firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a time to meet at the KOB office to pick up the kit of materials.
» Helping Hands — This program helps elderly and disabled citizens who cannot afford to pay for help with a free one-time yard cleanup. Work includes raking, litter and small-limb pickup and weed pulling. Mowing and other services may be done only if the volunteer group has the equipment and capability to do so. KOB will supply bags, gloves, rakes, shovels, etc. For more information or to volunteer, visit keepomahabeautiful.org and click on Get Involved on the left side of the home page.
Compiled by Sue Story Truax with World-Herald News Service