Following are fundraisers, donations and other charitable events happening in the Midlands. Email your information about good deeds to email@example.com or call 402-444-1040.
Santa visit: Treynor (Iowa) State Bank employees helped the children living at Children’s Square U.S.A. in Council Bluffs celebrate Christmas for the second consecutive year. Bank CEO Mick Guttau and his wife, Judy Guttau, the bank’s director of community reinvestment, dressed as Santa and Mrs. Claus and delivered Christmas gifts to the children. More than 40 of the gifts were donated or purchased by TS Bank employees and directors. Two teenagers from Children’s Square under the Guttaus’ care dressed as elves to help hand out gifts.
Living united: The Omaha Lancers will host “United Way Night” on Friday. The team is offering $12 tickets for its 7:05 p.m. game against the Des Moines Buccaneers. For each ticket purchased, $1 will go to United Way of the Midlands. Fans can pick their own seats online by going to homepridetix.com. Click on Presale/Promotions (on the right), enter Promo Code: UNITED (all caps), click go, choose the game, pick your own seats and continue with the checkout process. Tickets can be picked up the night of the game from the Ralston Arena will-call window. Certain convenience fees apply for online orders.
On the ice: Although Colleen Wuebben, the driving force behind the UNMC Skate-a-thon for Parkinson’s disease, has died, the annual event will continue at the UNMC Ice Rink. The fourth edition of the 24-hour event will run from noon Jan. 10 to noon Jan. 11. An opening ceremony is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 10, and closing ceremonies are to begin at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 11. This year’s skate-a-thon will feature a couple of new wrinkles: four skaters, including a retired dentist, plan to skate the entire 24 hours; and several registered teams of skaters will have at least one team member on the ice throughout the event. Proceeds from the skate-a-thon will go toward clinical and basic science Parkinson’s research at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and the PHD Program (Parkinson’s Health Development), a nonprofit local program that offers affordable exercises and activities to improve the quality of life for people with Parkinson’s. The public is invited to attend the skate-a-thon and participate. Cost is $10 for individuals, and the registration fee includes skate rental and ice access. People can skate as long as they wish. The UNMC Ice Rink, east of 42nd Street about halfway between Dewey Avenue and Emile Street, can handle up to 125 people on the ice at a time. A heated tent will give skaters and spectators a place to stay warm. There also will be hot drinks, food and snacks. Skaters and nonskaters can register or pledge money at unmc.edu/publicrelations/skateathon.htm. Walk-in registration also will be available.
Shop with a Cop: Metropolitan Community College’s Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 76 raised more than $1,000 to host its first Shop with a Cop event. The project supported students in the college’s student-parent homemaker program. Eight students and their families shopped with police officers during the pre-Christmas spree, picking out clothes, crafts and books at Walmart.
Saying thanks: Home Instead Senior Care’s holiday community service program, Be a Santa to a Senior, provided more than 1,400 gifts to 700-plus seniors this season. The gifts came from the public and local businesses.