Following are fundraisers, donations and other charitable events happening in the Midlands. Email your information about good deeds to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 402-444-1040.
Quilts of Valor: Quilts from the Bluffs, a quilting ministry, and West Pottawattamie County 4-H youths pieced tops for Quilts of Valor, a program that gives homemade quilts to military veterans. The youths pieced four quilt tops for their citizenship service project. The 4-Hers joined their 42 blocks and added two borders before professional machine quilters donated their work. A label was sewn on the back of each quilt containing the veteran’s name and the date the quilt was presented, plus the names of those who did the piecing and quilting. Quilts from the Bluffs completed six quilts. Ten local veterans recently received the 4-H and ministry quilts at a ceremony at First Christian Church in Council Bluffs.
A Husker wish granted: The Kids Wish Network recently sent 15-year-old Branden Leimbach of Omaha on an all-expenses-paid trip to see the Cornhuskers play South Dakota State University at Memorial Stadium. Branden uses a wheelchair because he has mitochondrial myopathy, which weakens the musculoskeletal system. “I loved watching the game with my family. It was the best night of my life,” Branden said. During the game, he received a Husker jersey and an autograph book from the team. “Seeing the Nebraska Cornhuskers play was the ultimate experience for Branden,” said Nicholas Leimbach, Branden’s father. To sponsor a child’s wish, or if you know a child who is suffering from a life-threatening illness and may need Kids Wish Network’s services, call 727-937-3600 or 1-888-918-9004.
Toys for Tots: The Marine Corps Reserve kicked off its local “Toys for Tots” campaign Friday. United Way of the Midlands and the 2-1-1 call center coordinate the involvement of nonprofits as they take Toys for Tots applications from families in eastern Nebraska and southwestern Iowa. Residents are asked to donate new toys without gift wrapping — items that would be appropriate for infants and children up to age 14. Toys for Tots will not distribute gifts of food or items that closely resemble weapons. Toy donations are accepted through Dec. 9 in Toys for Tots boxes at retail stores and businesses, including area Walmarts, Hy-Vee supermarkets, Baker’s supermarkets, Walgreens, Toys R Us and Babies R Us stores, and the offices of metro area Edward Jones financial advisors. Participating agencies will take applications from families, starting Friday and running through Dec. 6. Families that want to apply for toys should dial 2-1-1, any time of day or night, to find the application site closest to them.
Dental care: Family Dental Associates P.C. in Omaha will provide an afternoon of free dental care Tuesday to Nebraska Vocational Rehabilitation clients who lack dental insurance. Dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants and reception staff will volunteer their time to provide cleanings, exams and needed dental care to vocational rehabilitation clients. The dental service recognizes National Disability Employment Awareness month.
Holiday help: Willard Sorority and Omega Alpha Chi Fraternity at Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln will co-sponsor “Halloween for Huntington” from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Wednesday at their houses, 51st Street and Madison Avenue in Lincoln. The fraternity residence will be transformed into a kid-friendly trick-or-treating haunted house from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. From 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., the haunted house will be geared toward adults. Willard’s parking lot will be full of snacks, pumpkin painting, yard games and other Halloween crafts for the entire evening. Tickets, $5, can be purchased at the door. Proceeds will be used for Huntington Holidays to help buy gifts for students who can’t afford them during the Christmas season.
Happy birthday: Girl Scouting will celebrate the birthday of its founder, Juliette Gordon Low, on Thursday. Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska, the statewide Girl Scout council, hopes everyone in Nebraska will support girls by making a donation to the council’s online Give to Girls campaign. Proceeds will support camp opportunities and provide financial assistance. All donations remain in Nebraska to provide a leadership experience for more than 17,500 Girl Scouts and will help provide funding for families who require financial assistance for membership, program materials, dues and council-sponsored programs and camps. Donate at girlscoutsnebraskagivetogirls.kintera.org.
Walk against violence: A community walk is set for 3:05 p.m. Friday at Benson High School to remember those who have suffered and died from domestic violence and to celebrate the work being done to end violence. A vigil will begin before the walk. An “Are You Man Enough to Walk a Lap in Her Shoes” event will start the walk. High-heeled shoes will be provided as men take on the challenge of a new experience and a new awareness. Gently used clothing will be collected for the Women’s Center for Advancement.
Community event: The Milligan (Neb.) Holiday Extravaganza will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Milligan Auditorium. Expect sales of craft and business items, free refreshments, a fundraising bake sale and homemade lunch.
Toons and tunes: The University of Nebraska at Omaha Friends of Art will present “Masters and Music: Birthing Toons and Tunes” with World-Herald cartoonist Jeff Koterba at 5 p.m. Nov. 3 at the UNO Art Gallery in the Weber Fine Arts Building. Koterba will discuss where his ideas come from. He will share his view that the part of his brain that produces his daily political cartoons may also be the source of his music. His band, Prairie Cats, has toured throughout the U.S. A reception will follow. Admission is $20 but free to UNO students with a MAV card. All proceeds benefit the Friends of Art Scholarship Fund. For reservations, call Shari Hofschire at 402-554-2402, Pat and Judd Wagner at 402-451-7047 or Carol and John Dennison at 402-451-0304.
“Bid to Build”: Habitat for Humanity of Sarpy County will host “Bid to Build,” a dinner and auction Nov. 8 at Millard Social Hall, 10508 S. 144th St. Activities will begin at 6 p.m. with a cash bar social hour. Dinner will be at 6:30 p.m. Live and silent auctions will start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets, $35, can be purchased at hfhsarpy.org or 402-292-6560.
It’s a cook-off: The fourth annual Holiday Heroes Chili Cook Off will be Nov. 8 at Bellevue Volunteer Firefighter Hall, 2108 Franklin St. The cook-off is a fundraiser for the Holiday Heroes program, which gives underprivileged children a shopping spree before Christmas. Holiday Heroes is sponsored by the Bellevue Police and Fire Departments and the Bellevue Public Schools. The cook-off, which is open to the public, will run from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door for anyone ages 9 and older. A ticket buys a bowl of house chili, cornbread, a sample of each of the competing chilis and three votes for the chili makers. Additional votes can be purchased. For more information or to make a donation, call Community Policing Coordinator Roger Cox at 402-682-6623 or email@example.com.
Honoring our heroes: Greater Omaha Area Marine Parents collects, packs and mails items to deployed military members of all branches. The public can help three ways: Donate specific items (a list follows), provide names and addresses of deployed service personnel or units, and volunteer at a packing party. Bring the names and address to the 2 p.m. Nov. 9 packing party at Rockbrook United Methodist Church, 9855 West Center Road. Use the south entrance to the lower level. To volunteer at the packing party, email Wendy at GOAMP1@hotmail.com. Donations should be dropped off by 5 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Marine Recruiting Substation, 10928 Emmet St. in Omaha (next to Ice House); Allstate Insurance Agency, 233 E. Sixth St. in Fremont, Neb.; or email Wendy.
Items to donate include: money for postage; zip-close bags; magazines; new and used paperback books; new puzzle books; AA and AAA batteries; homemade thank-you letters; playing cards; poker chips; dominoes; FogX wipes; men’s and women’s toiletries; women’s hair-care products; body wipes; lip balm; Gold Bond foot powder and lotions; pocket-size packs of facial tissue; over-the-counter eye drops; nail clippers; Neosporin; bandages; white boot socks; toilet paper; single-serving packets of Gatorade, Crystal Light, coffee and creamer, tea bags, hot chocolate, instant oatmeal; nonmelting candy; gum; beef jerky and beef summer sausage; tuna packets or cans; protein bars that don’t melt; crackers; Chex mix; peanut butter; Pop-Tarts; flour tortillas; sunflower seeds; single-serving microwave meals.
Jazzed up: Join Love’s Jazz and Arts Center at 7 p.m. Nov. 9 for the second annual Jazzy Taste of Wine “Bringing the Arts to Life.” Enjoy an evening of wine tasting, food and live music featuring trumpet player Darryl White. Tickets — $25 for members, $35 for nonmembers — are available at the arts center, 2510 N. 24th St.; by calling 402-502-5291; and at lovesjazzartcenter.org. Proceeds will help support the mission of the center to preserve, present and promote African-American arts and jazz.
Gourmet meal: Culinary students at Iowa Western Community College will prepare and serve a fundraising gourmet dinner Nov. 9 at the Student Center on the Council Bluffs campus. Locally grown foods of Iowa will be featured. Hors d’oeuvres will be served at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7. Tickets are $50 for a seven-course dinner with two drinks. Pay with cash or check made payable to IWCC Food Technology Club. To buy a ticket, contact Mike Hoppe at 712-325-3238 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Proceeds will go to the Culinary Arts Scholarship Fund and student trips to Chicago for the National Restaurant Association food show.
Quilt talk: Nebraska quilting icon Brenda Groelz will speak at an 11 a.m. Nov. 9 luncheon at Quilt House on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln East Campus. Tickets, $30, are available at iqscfriends.org or by calling 402-423-2909. Attendees also get free admission to the museum’s exhibitions. The event will benefit the International Quilt Study Center & Museum and is sponsored by the Friends of the IQSCM.
Sip and learn: A Nov. 10 wine and cheese tasting and raffle event will promote Diabetes Awareness Month. The event, $30 a person, will run from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Nosh Wine Lounge, 1006 Dodge St. Expect eight wines and five cheeses plus other nibbles. Representatives from a number of health, wellness and diabetes groups will offer information. For tickets, visit aspiretocycle.net; stop at Nosh; call Jackie Kolakowski at 402-238-6412 or Evan Hansen at 402-641-0152; or mail payment to PACE, 1018 Tekamah Lane, Papillion, NE 68046. People Aspiring to Cycle and Exercise is sponsoring the event. Proceeds will go to the Diabetes Pedal Pushers Program, a support group to promote bicycling for fun and exercise.
Challenge grant: The Stuhr Museum Foundation hopes the public will help meet a $250,000 Peter Kiewit Foundation challenge grant for the “Gem of the Prairie” Campaign to Rejuvenate the Stuhr Building on the Grand Island, Neb., museum campus. Receiving the grant is contingent upon meeting the $7 million capital campaign goal. So far, $6.4 million has been raised. For more information or to donate, contact the foundation at 308-385-5131 or email@example.com or visit gemoftheprairie.org.
Helping storm victims: Tyson Foods Inc. is donating $50,000 to aid farmers and ranchers affected by this month’s unexpected wintry storm dubbed Atlas. It hit South Dakota, Wyoming and Montana killing thousands of cattle.
Good Deeds follow-up: Thanks to several local donors, Nebraska Vocational Rehabilitation received a variety of business clothing for men and women. This month, which recognizes National Disability Employment Awareness, vocational rehab clients selected items for use in attending job interviews or to outfit themselves to start new jobs.