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.
Lending a hand: Members of the Greater Omaha Remodelers Association-National Association of the Remodeling Industry spent a recent Saturday repairing the home of Omaha retiree Beverly Boone so she can remain there as long as she's able. The NARI volunteers reset concrete steps and poured new concrete pads and pilasters for safer entries. Craig Pennell coordinated the project with NARI members who also repaired front and back porches, the living room ceiling and bathroom, and did other projects to make the home safer. NARI is a national sponsor for Rebuilding Together, and this is the first joint project of the Greater Omaha Remodelers Association and Rebuilding Together Omaha. More than a dozen volunteers worked on the project. The volunteers also fixed gutters and downspouts to drain away from the house, cleaned up the yard and did landscaping.
Volleyball: You'll save money if you register through Monday for the Aug. 3-4 Coed and Women's Indoor Volleyball Tournament in Memory of Sue Kingsley to Fight ALS. Competitive and recreation teams will play at Fremont (Neb.) Middle School. Events will start at 9 a.m. both days. The cost is $120 a team. Registrations from Tuesday through Aug. 1 will be $150 a team. Kingsley died in February from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also called Lou Gehrig's disease. All tournament proceeds will go to the ALS Association. To register for the tournament or to donate, contact Jenny Paden at firstname.lastname@example.org or 402-719-4226.
New skivvies: A major project of the Holy Family Catholic Church's Door Ministry every year is the Socks and Underwear Giveaway, a two-day event that distributes these new items to boys and girls. The first giveaway will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the South Omaha YMCA, 3010 Q St. The second will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at the church, 18th and Izard Streets.
Play and health: Blue Cross Blue Shield will sponsor the next free Play Streets from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday along Farnam Street downtown between 13th and 19th Streets. The program closes streets and gets families involved in activities such as rock climbing, four-square, seed-planting, Zumba, cooking demonstrations, hopscotch, biking, yoga and more. Also participating will be the Nebraska Lions Foundation Mobile Screening Unit, which will be in the Old Market. Lions of Nebraska will conduct free vision, hearing and health screenings.
Take a look: Little White Dog Rescue will host a meet and greet with its rescued dogs from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Three Dog Bakery in Village Pointe. See the available dogs at littlewhitedogrescue.org.
Bald & Brave: Jennie Edmundson Hospital and its foundation will sponsor their annual Spirit of Courage fundraiser Aug. 3 in Council Bluffs' 100 Block green space. New this year will be “The Bald & The Brave Challenge.” The 3 p.m. head-shaving challenges Council Bluffs police, fire and city teams to donate the most hair. A truck pull will pit Bluffs police officers against a 20-ton firetruck. All Spirit of Courage events will benefit the Jennie Edmundson Hospital Cancer Center Charitable Patient Fund. To learn more about all the activities — which include a golf tournament, gala and poker tournament — visit jehfoundation.org/.
Wines: The Junior League of Omaha's Riverfront Wine Festival will run from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 3 at Stinson Park at Aksarben Village, 67th and Center Streets. Expect hundreds of wines from around the world, wine academy sessions, live music, food vendors and more. Tickets, $30, can be purchased at showclix.com/event/3736520/listing. You must be 21 or older with a valid ID to enter. Designated driver tickets, $10, will be available at the door. No outside food or drink is allowed except for water bottles. No pets are allowed. Proceeds will support the league's literacy program, A Book of My Own.
Helping South O: The 40th annual South Omaha Optimist Sam Greenberg Golf Tournament will be Aug. 5 at Eagle Hills Golf Course, 501 Eagle Hills Drive in Papillion. Sign-in will begin at 11:45 a.m. with a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start and 5 p.m. dinner. Registration, $75, includes 18 holes of golf, a cart, lunch and dinner. Dinner only is available at a reduced rate. The late Greenberg, “Mr. South Omaha,” was a civic leader who co-owned the Philips department store on South 24th Street and was king of Ak-Sar-Ben in 1973. All proceeds from the tournament will go to youth programs in South Omaha. For more information, contact Joe Vukov at 402-731-4317 or email@example.com. To register, send your name, complete mailing address, your company name (if applicable), phone number, email address and $75 per golfer on your team to: Joe Vukov, 4126 Harrison St., Bellevue, NE 68147.
Walk for a cure: The Omaha-Council Bluffs Heartland Chapter of JDRF will sponsor an Aug. 10 Walk to Cure Diabetes and T1D 5K Dash. The event will be at Lewis & Clark Landing, 601 Riverfront Drive. Distances for the walk are two to three miles. Check-in that morning will be at 6:30 for runners and 8 for walkers. Preregister individually or as a team at walk.jdrf.org. Registration through Aug. 2 is $30. Late registration is $35. You also can make donations at the website. Other activities will include music, food and face painting. The event goes on rain or shine.
Mudblast: The Brad Walde Memorial Mudblast 2013, a benefit for United Cerebral Palsy of Nebraska, will be Aug. 10 at Sinnott's Sand Bar, 204 E. Lincoln St. in Papillion. Mudblast is a round-robin style adult mud volleyball tournament, followed by single-elimination playoffs. This guarantees at least five games for each team. Register, $120 per team, and pay by Aug. 1 to be guaranteed a shirt. Check-in will begin at 8 a.m., with play beginning at 9 a.m. rain or shine. To register, contact Nick Sinnott at 402-502-8593 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the animals: The 2013 Swing for the Animals Hooves & Paws Rescue of the Heartland Golf Tournament will begin at 8 a.m. Aug. 11 with a shotgun start. Play will be at Tregaron Golf Course, 13909 Glengarry Circle in Bellevue. Register, $70 a person, online at hoovespaws.org. The fee includes a steak dinner. You also can make donations at the website. Hooves & Paws Rescue of the Heartland is in Glenwood, Iowa.