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.
Annual event: The Kearney Volunteer Fire Department chapter of the Red Knights Motorcycle Club, Nebraska Chapter 2, has donated more than $3,700 in the last two years to Burn Camp near Burwell, Neb. The camp, for youths ages 7 to 18 who have suffered a burn injury, is set up by the Burn Center at St. Elizabeth Regional Medical Center in Lincoln. Proceeds from the Red Knights' annual 9/11 Honor Ride go to the camp. This year's ride will leave at noon Saturday from Fire Station 2, 3820 30th Ave. in Kearney. Check-in will begin at 10 a.m. The public is welcome to join the 120-mile-loop ride. The cost is $15 for a single rider or $25 for two sharing the same motorcycle. A party will follow at the Eagles Club in Kearney. You can sign up for the party alone for $6 at the door or sign up in the morning for both the ride and party. The party will include a silent auction.
For military members: As part of Employee Appreciation Week, Securities America employees made 225 paracord survival bracelets for Operation Gratitude, a volunteer-based organization that sends care packages to active and veteran military service members and their families. Paracord survival bracelets are made of braided parachute cord, which can hold up to 550 pounds. The bracelets are fashionable and can be unraveled in an emergency to provide 8 feet of strong rope or string that can serve as a tourniquet, a sling or to tie on a splint. Securities America employees also wrote more than 100 letters for the care packages. The company's annual golf outing Aug. 24 also contributed to the organization. In total, Securities America's employees collected more than $1,500 for Operation Gratitude.
For the animals: Paws & Claws Fur Ever will have a garage sale fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and Monday at Kohll's Pharmacy and Homecare west parking lot, 12739 Q St. Paws & Claws Fur Ever is a Nebraska nonprofit that raises funds for dog and cat rescues and no-kill shelters. Freewill donations also will be accepted.
Just for kids: Beginning today, Stacey Fiscus' Scentsy team is conducting a Buddy Drive for Midwest Heart Connection, which supports heart patients and their families. Fiscus became involved with Midwest Heart Connection when her daughter had heart surgery four years ago when she was 1 month old. The team is collecting Scentsy Buddies to donate to the heart group to give to children undergoing heart surgeries at Omaha-area hospitals. Buddies are plush animal toys with a place in the back for a scented pack. The animals cost $25 each, which includes a scent pack. To order a Buddy for donation, call Fiscus at 402-301-5848 or email her at email@example.com. The drive will end Nov. 30.
No Kid Hungry: September is the time of year when restaurants team up and ask their guests to support Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign. Throughout the month, thousands of restaurants nationwide will sponsor promotions and fundraisers in their restaurants to raise awareness and funds to help end childhood hunger in the U.S. Among Nebraska and Iowa national chain restaurants that are official partners with Share Our Strength's program are Arby's, Bruegger's Bagels, Denny's, Joe's Crab Shack, Romano's Macaroni Grill and Mimi's Cafe. To find other participating restaurants near you, visit www.nokidhungry.org.
For the troops: What do ballroom dancing, hip-hop and even the Macarena have to do with our nation's heroes? Between Labor Day and New Year's Day, groups can raise money to support the troops by dancing the night away. Dance for the Troops is a USO grassroots fundraising campaign designed for clubs, schools and communities to better the lives of the troops and their families with a dance fundraiser. Learn more, donate or register your dance at teamuso.org or by calling 1-855-USO-DANCE (1-855-876-3262).
Money for Alzheimer's: Participate in the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's Saturday. Tom Hanafan River's Edge Park will be the site of the 9 a.m. walk. Walkers will join in a ceremony to honor those affected by the disease. Start or join a team or donate at alz.org/walk.
Volunteers needed: Missouri River Relief needs volunteers to help with a cleanup Saturday on the river in downtown Omaha. The cleanup will run from 9 a.m. to noon, rain or shine. Volunteers can sign in and begin boarding from the docks at the Riverfront Marina at Lewis & Clark Landing and will be shuttled to pre-scouted locations along the river bank to pick up trash. Help also is needed after lunch to sort and haul trash. Volunteers are encouraged to register online at riverrelief.org or just show up the morning of the cleanup and register at the Riverfront Marina. To sign up groups, individuals or families by phone or email, contact Jeff Barrow at 573-356-7433 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteers will be given gloves, trash bags, life preservers, a re-usable water bottle, T-shirt and lunch. Volunteers should wear appropriate work clothes and shoes, and expect to get muddy. Do not wear flip-flops. Long pants, sunglasses, bug spray and sunscreen are recommended.
Art show: The Bess Streeter Aldrich House in Elmwood, Neb., will host a fundraising Autumn Arts Show from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the Saturdays and Sundays of September, beginning Saturday. Seven artists will display works throughout the historic home. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for ages 6 to 12 and free for ages 5 and younger.
Savor the Flavor: The Bluffs Arts Council will present Savor the Flavor, an event that highlights local artists, musicians, craft beers, fine wines and food pairings in the historic 100 Block of West Broadway. From 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, stroll the block, stop in at any of the participating locations to enjoy featured artists, hear different musical groups and sample food-beverage pairings. Participating establishments are Barley's Bar, Bloom Works, Broadway Bar, Chamber of Commerce, 1892 Bier Haus, Fiddlin' Monkey, Glory Days, Hounds Lounge, Rodeo Saloon & BBQ and T'z Pub & Club. Purchase advance tickets, $25, at bluffsarts.org using PayPal. Tickets will be $30 the day of the event. Check-in will be under the tent. Patrons must be 21 or older.
Car and truck: The 32nd annual Capitol City Ford and Mustang Club Auto/Truck Show (all makes and all models) will be Sept. 8 on the north side of the Isles Restaurant, 6232 Havelock Ave. in Lincoln. Check-in is from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Show time is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with an awards presentation at 4 p.m. Registration is $20. A portion of show proceeds will be donated to a local charity.
Show your heart: Go Red for Women, the American Heart Association's national movement to end heart disease in women, will have an expo from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 10 at the La Vista Embassy Suites, 12520 Westport Parkway in La Vista. The expo will feature educational breakout sessions, health information, health screenings and a silent auction. Individual tickets are $75. Tickets and more information are available here.
Tailgate for charity: Reservations must be made by Sept. 13 for the 2013 Big Red Tailgate. Attendees will support Completely Kids, an Omaha nonprofit dedicated to serving at-risk youths and their families, while celebrating Husker pride. This casual event will be Sept. 20 at Embassy Suites in La Vista, 12520 Westport Parkway. The evening will feature a raffle, silent auction and cocktails at 5:30 p.m., with dinner and live auction to follow at 7:15 p.m. To reserve your spot, visit completelykids.org or call 402-397-5809. Cost is $150 for patron reservations, $125 for regular reservations and $75 for individuals 35 and younger.
Out of the Darkness: The Omaha Out of the Darkness Walk will be Sept. 15 at Miller's Landing along the Missouri River downtown. Sign-in will be from noon to 2 p.m. with the 5K going from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Strollers and dogs on leashes are welcome. To preregister for the walk or make a donation, visit outofthedarkness.org and check under “Events” on the right side of the page. There is no set fee to register. Day-of registrations will be accepted. Proceeds will be used in conjunction with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
Get dirty: Dirty Girl is a 5K womens-only run for women of all ages and athletic abilities. It is an untimed obstacle course to be held Sept. 21 at the Lancaster Event Center in Lincoln. A portion of the money raised will go to Bright Pink, a nonprofit dedicated to the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancers. Register, $85, at godirtygirl.com.