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.
A day in the park: About 125 professionals from Deloitte LLP in Omaha this month helped revitalize Platte River State Park near Louisville, Neb. Their efforts were part of Impact Day, Deloitte's national day of community service. At the park, Deloitte volunteers painted, did landscaping, built benches, removed tree limbs and cleaned up walking trails.
Car show: The Starduster Car Club will hold its fourth annual car show and fundraiser from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. today on Main Street in Yutan, Neb. All profits will go to the Wounded Warrior Project. Vehicle registration, $15, will be from 9 a.m. until noon. This event is free to the public to watch. Other activities will include silent and live auctions, test rides in the Nebraska Highway Patrol's Seat Belt Sled, contests and food.
Playing for memory: The American Contract Bridge League is the Alzheimer Association's inaugural partner in the Longest Day. This year's theme is “Do Something You Love” on Friday — the longest day of the year — in honor of those fighting Alzheimer's disease and their caregivers. North American Bridge League clubs, including Omaha Bridge Unit 241, are planning a day of activities to raise awareness and funds for the Alzheimer's Association.
The Omaha unit will be at the Omaha Bridge Studio, 1312 S. 119th St., having a marathon bridge fundraiser from 5:50 a.m. until sunset. The local club has raised $1,450 so far; a donation bucket will be available at the bridge studio. Free bridge lessons for newcomers and intermediate and advanced players will be given from 4:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. Sign up at the Bridge Studio or contact Jonathan Cohn at 402-968-8865 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The Bridge Studio also will have its regular games that day.
Going Full Throttle: Edward's Full Throttle Motorcycle, 1010 34th Ave. in Council Bluffs, will host Nate's Ride 4 Hope on Saturday. There is no fee to ride; Full Throttle will donate $5 for every motorcycle that shows up. Sign-up will begin at 11 a.m. and the ride will leave at 1 p.m. There will be free food and activities from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nate Bird was paralyzed in an August 2012 motorcycle accident. He worked at Full Throttle before his accident. Donations collected Saturday will help defray Bird's medical expenses.
Paying back: Carl and Jenny Roux of Papillion describe son Blake as one in a million. Blake was born in 2010 with a serious chromosome disorder that caused multiple abnormalities. On the day Blake was born, he received two units of blood during surgery and his mother received five after complications during delivery. She credits the blood transfusions with saving her life and giving Blake the 10 months he lived.
The public can give blood to honor Blake's memory during the Family and Friends of Blake Roux Blood Drive. It will run from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the La Vista Community Center gym, 8116 Parkview Blvd. in La Vista. To make an appointment, call 800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org (enter sponsor code 0092859).
Helping a family: Heart 2 Heart Fundraiser for Jason will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Starsky's Bar and Grill, 7812 F St. Jason Gulbrandson's congenital heart defect resulted in many surgeries during the 26 years he lived. Proceeds from the fundraiser will help support his widow and young daughter. There's no admission fee for the family-friendly fundraiser, which will include appetizers, soft drinks and a silent auction.
Need a friend? Little White Dog Rescue will host a “meet and greet” with many of its rescued dogs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Pets Earth, 8410 S. 73rd Plaza, Suite 105, in Papillion. Check out the available dogs at littlewhitedogrescue.org.
Color, water and more: The Bellevue Garden Club will have its garden walk from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 23 at six private gardens and one public one. Advance tickets are available at the Bellevue Public Schools Lied Activity Center, 2700 Arborteum Drive, and at the Bellevue Leader, 604 Fort Crook Road North. Tickets are $10 for all the gardens or $2 a garden for persons 16 and older. Gardens, all in Bellevue, are at 818 Bellevue Blvd. North, 202 Forest Drive, 204 Kayleen Drive, 11408 S. 44th St., 11611 S. 39th St., 13705 S. 41st St., and the Lied Activity Center. Some of the homeowners will feature fine arts and crafts available for purchase.
Hear the buzz? A June 24 Cut-a-Thon will benefit the cancer program at Children's Hospital & Medical Center. No reservations are needed for the 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. fundraiser at Lyle' Stylez & Cutz, 7118 Blondo St. Basic haircuts will cost $15 for women, $12 for men and $10 for children.
Volunteers needed: Fontenelle Forest will participate July 5 in the 39th annual North American Butterfly Association's Butterfly Count — and you can help. Butterfly species will be identified and counted from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at these locations: Neale Woods at 14323 Edith Marie Ave. in Omaha; Boyer Chute National Wildlife Refuge at Fort Calhoun, Neb.; Hummel Park at 11808 John J. Pershing Drive in Omaha; N.P. Dodge Park at 11001 John J. Pershing Drive in Omaha; Cunningham Lake at 96th and State Streets in Omaha; Hitchcock Nature Center in Honey Creek, Iowa; and other nearby private properties.
Volunteers are needed for the count. Preregistration is required by 3 p.m. June 24. Experience is not necessary. Sign up for all or part of the day at fontenelleforest.org/naba. For more information on the count program, visit naba.org/.
Stop the violence: You need to sign up by June 28 to participate in the third annual Phi Beta Sigma 5K Run and 1-mile Family Walk Against Violence. The men of Phi Beta Sigma fraternity will host this 8 a.m. June 29 event to raise awareness and support community efforts to stop street violence and domestic violence. Register at active.com/running/omaha-ne/ by searching for Omaha, NE and Phi Beta Sigma. The race and walk will begin and end at Adams Park, 3230 John A. Creighton Blvd., and will follow a trail. Proceeds will go to Generation Hope.
Be a night owl: Registration has opened for the fourth annual OWL Ride, Omaha's nighttime urban cycling adventure. The Omaha With Lights recreational bike ride will be July 13. Proceeds support recreational programs for people with developmental disabilities. Visit owlride.org to register and for more information. The cost to register is $30 for riders 19 and older, and $10 for 18 and younger when registering with an adult.
This year's ride offers a family-friendly seven-mile short course and 16-mile extended route. Riders will start at 10 p.m. at the Old Mattress Factory, 501 N. 13th St. There will be pre- and post-ride entertainment and the annual Bright Bikes bike-decorating contest. The ride benefits the Meyer Foundation for Disabilities, which supports services for adults with disabilities in the Omaha metro area.
Batter up: Frozen Ropes Tigers Black 12, an Omaha baseball team of 12-year-old boys, has qualified for the Elite World Series July 13-20 in Orlando, Fla. To make the trip, team members and their families must raise enough money to cover the cost. Donations can be made at gofundme.com/38qk2s or by writing a check payable to Frozen Ropes Tigers Black 12 and mailing it to FR Tigers Baseball, P.O. Box 540937, Omaha, NE 68154.
Saying thanks: C&A Industries sponsored its fourth annual Firefighter and Police Appreciation Lunch Day on Thursday at 40 police and fire locations in the Omaha metro area. More than 930 lunches were served to show appreciation to first responders for their dedication to public safety.
Omaha dog support: The Omaha Police Department's K-9 Unit accepted a $2,500 donation Wednesday from Walmart on behalf of the Omaha Police Foundation and Friends of OPD K-9 as part of Walmart's Local Giving Program.
Bellevue dogs, too: A fundraiser this month at Karrays Cafe in Bellevue raised more than $2,000 for the Bellevue Police Department's K-9 program. More than 300 people attended.
Continued help: A group of women this month hosted a free shopping night for the women and children of Family Works, a program of Heartland Family Service. Kjirsten Jessen Finnegan coordinated a group of Junior League members, friends and family who donated baby and children's items to help the families of both Nebraska and Iowa Family Works programs. The Junior League of Omaha has been involved with Family Works Nebraska since the program opened in 2007. Family Works offers long-term residential addiction treatment and recovery for women who are pregnant or have children. While receiving help for their addictions, the women live with their children and get support and therapy for the family.
Service work: Briar Cliff University students and staff recently returned from a 10-day mission trip to St. Lucia in the West Indies. There they served and learned from the residents as part of the Sioux City, Iowa, university's May Term Immersion Experience.