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.
Go, Jack, go: Most of us have enjoyed the video of Jack Hoffman, a 7-year-old pediatric brain cancer patient, running for a 69-yard touchdown and into the record books during the Husker Spring Game. The Team Jack Foundation will host an auction Thursday to raise funds for pediatric brain cancer research. The live auction and fundraising event will begin at 6 p.m. at the Community Center in Atkinson, Neb., Jack's hometown. The auction also will be available live at TeamJackFoundation.Proxibid.com. Items to be auctioned are available for viewing now at the website.
Going to the dogs: The Ashland (Neb.) Dog Pound will have its End of Dog Days Summer Cookout from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at Ninth and Silver Streets behind the dog park in Ashland. Expect grilled hot dogs and hamburgers for sale along with a raffle, bake sale, cotton candy and games. Meet the dogs available for adoption. Proceeds will benefit the facility's adoption program. Rain date: Sept. 29.
Lots of energy: Bounce Around With the Poulos Family from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at Westfair in Council Bluffs. Expect inflatables, face painting, a photo booth, raffle items, silent auction and more. The cost is $10 a child for unlimited bouncing. Food, beverages and ice cream will be sold. Proceeds will go to the Danny Poulos family of Council Bluffs to help with medical bills from his glioblastoma brain cancer.
Rock-a-Thon: Willard Sorority and Zeta Psi Fraternity, both of Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, will host Rock-a-Thon for Nebraska's chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The event will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday between the chapter houses at 5110 Madison Ave. on Wesleyan's campus. Tickets, $5, can be purchased from any Willard or Zeta Psi member or at the event. Ticket price includes a hamburger meal. The band Amburst will play.
Reunion: The Chevrons will reunite for a 50th anniversary performance at 7 p.m. Friday at Clancy's Pub, 114th Street and West Dodge Road. Tickets are $10 in advance or at the door, $25 reserved and $50 VIP. Reserved and VIP must be purchased in advance at 402-614-4776. The concert is a benefit for Gesu Housing, a nonprofit that provides homes for underprivileged families in the area.
African gala: The College of Education and Human Sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the Malaika Foundation will host a Gala Celebration of African Art, Cuisine and Fashion from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday. The gala will be held at Quilt House, home of the International Quilt Study Center & Museum, 1523 N. 33rd St. in Lincoln. Proceeds from the event will go for scholarships to support education abroad experiences for UNL students in the education and human services college. Tickets for the gala — $50 for adults and $10 for students — are available at go.unl.edu/dfp. African paintings, carvings, masks, textiles and costumes from the collection of UNL alumna Natalie Hahn will be sold through live and silent auctions. The evening will include hors d'oeuvres inspired by African cuisine, a cash bar, live modeling of student fashions featuring African style, a performance of African dance and drumming by the African Culture Connection. The Malaika Foundation will present its 2013 Global Educator Award at the gala to J. Joe Ricketts, founder, benefactor and CEO of the Opportunity Education Foundation. He is also the founder and former CEO and ex-chairman of TD Ameritrade.
Convoy of Hope: More than 35,000 pounds of free groceries will be distributed to thousands of area residents at Omaha's Convoy of Hope outreach. The outreach will be begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at Turner Park, 30th and Farnam Streets. No identification is required. Groceries will be distributed first come, first served while supplies last. Guests also will receive free health screenings, haircuts, family portraits and kids shoes. There will be games and activities for children and a free lunch for attendees. Approximately 700 volunteers from 12 local churches, businesses and community groups will conduct the event. It is a part of a 50-state, $50 million effort by Convoy of Hope to address poverty.
Two homes and a bank: Members of Alpha Delta Kappa, an honorary sorority for teachers, will host their annual home tour Saturday. One home and the historic Fontenelle Bank in Bellevue and one home in Papillion will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets for the tour are $7. Purchase them and basket raffle tickets from any sorority member or at either of the homes on the day of the tour. Proceeds will benefit the sorority's scholarship fund and other local projects. The houses are at 2110 Sand Hills Drive in Papillion and 409 Martin Drive in Bellevue. The bank is at the corner of Mission and Main Streets.
Get moving: Enjoy exercise, activities and fun from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Saturday in Columbus Park, 1329 S. 24th St. Families in Action and Children's Hospital & Medical Center will sponsor the event. A $5 donation is suggested for participants who are not members of Families in Action.
Pass the Parmesan: A Saturday spaghetti dinner will benefit Bob Jahns while he continues treatment for glioblastoma multiforme, an aggressive form of brain cancer. The dinner, live and silent auctions will run from 5 to 9 p.m. in the lower level of the Autism Center of Nebraska, 90th and Q Streets. Admission will be $10 for adults and $5 for ages 10 and younger.
On tour: Nebraska Shakespeare's eighth year of Shakespeare On Tour will begin Sept. 29. A monthlong tour of “Twelfth Night” will take the play into classrooms with workshops, and high school and community performances throughout Nebraska and western Iowa. To kick off the tour, a performance of “Twelfth Night” will be offered at 4 p.m. Sept. 29 at Bellevue Berry Farm and Pumpkin Ranch, 11001 S. 48th St. in Bellevue. A percentage of the entry fee to the Berry Farm will be donated to Nebraska Shakespeare On Tour. There also will be an additional public performance — 6 p.m. Oct. 1 free show at the Kroc Center, 2825 Y St.
Race for the Cure: Komen Nebraska Race for the Cure will begin at 7:30 a.m. Oct. 6 at the CenturyLink Center. The event promotes awareness of and raises funds to find a breast cancer cure. Race day schedule: 7:30 a.m. Survivor Pre-Race Rally/group photo, 8:15 a.m. 5K Run for chip-timed runners, 8:30 a.m. 5K Fun Run/Walk, 9 a.m. One Mile Walk and 10 a.m. Kids for the Cure. To participate or donate, visit www.komennebraska.org.
Free to Breathe: It's registration time for the fourth annual Free to Breathe Omaha Lung Cancer 5K Run/Walk and Memorial Walk. They will be Oct. 19 at Miller's Landing, 151 Freedom Park Road in downtown Omaha. The event will begin at 8 a.m. with registration and check-in, followed by a rally, warm up and 9:30 a.m. balloon release and memorial walk. The 5K runners will start at 9:40 a.m. with the 5K walkers five minutes later. Online registration will close Oct. 16 and cost $20 for adults and $15 for youths 10 and younger. Mail-in registration must be received by Oct. 14 and will cost $23 for adults and $18 for youths. Signing up the day of the event will cost $25 for adults and $20 for youths. To register or donate, visit freetobreatheomaha.org.
Art sale: Tickets are on sale for the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art's 15th annual Art Auction featuring nearly 200 pieces. The auction will run from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 26. Attendees can buy artwork and experience packages with contributions from Jann Haworth, Theaster Gates, Jun Kaneko, Betty Woodman, Christo, Chicago's Smart Museum, New York's Guggenheim Museum and more. An auctioneer from Christie's Auction House will preside. Food will be by chef Paul Kulik of the Boiler Room. Proceeds will support Bemis projects. For tickets, $99, visit bemiscenter.org.
A finalist needs votes: The Literacy Center of Omaha is the Nebraska finalist in the fifth annual Tom's of Maine “50 States for Good” community giving program. The center is eligible to win $10,000 for its mission of empowering adults and families via literacy education. Through a daily public vote at 50StatesforGood.com now through Oct. 15, supporters can help bring the funding to Omaha. Nonprofit finalists from each state were selected from nearly 1,000 nominations. Last year's national winner was Omaha-based inCommon Community Development. The Literacy Center educates more than 450 adult students, with the support of nearly 150 community volunteers, from Douglas, Sarpy and Pottawattamie Counties through one-on-one tutoring and small classroom instruction in basic reading, English as a second language and GED preparation.