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Show You Care Support Request

KCRG-TV9 is proud to continue the tradition of supporting and celebrating charitable organizations and events through our Show You Care program. KCRG-TV9 is committed to being a strong partner as we annually support nearly 100 community events throughout Eastern Iowa.

All of the support offered through the Show You Care program happens because of the time, dedication, and generosity our of sponsors. Without them, the program would not be possible. We recognize with sincere gratitude the support of Mercy Medical Center, Dave Wright Subaru, Eells and Tronvold Law Offices and the University of Iowa Community Credit Union.


Summer Writing Contest

Attention all kids between the ages of 7-12 in Eastern Iowa. Tell us who your hero is and why, and you could win prizes!

Nine winners will be selected to receive a goody bag filled with over $150 in prizes and 4 tickets to Adventureland! (There will be three winners from each of the following age groups: 7-8, 9-10, 11-12) The Grand Prize winner from each age group will also receive a $75 UICCU Visa Gift Card; and the second place winner from each age group will receive a $25 UICCU Visa Gift Card.

Entry forms are available online by clicking on the "Contest Entry Form" icon below or by picking up a form from KCRG-TV9 Studios, or any of our Show You Care sponsor locations: Dave Wright Subaru, Eells and Tronvold Law Offices, Mercy Medical Center and Physicians Clinics and The University of Iowa Community Credit Union.

Entries are accepted from June 1 - July 31.

Contest Entry Form Contest Rules


Coats for Kids

Thousands of individuals in Eastern Iowa are in need of a warm winter coat. To serve this need, KCRG-TV9 volunteers and our Show You Care sponsors work to collect and distribute new and gently used coats each fall. Coats in sizes infant through adult are donated at locations throughout Eastern Iowa, collected and cleaned by Citywide Cleaners in Cedar Rapids, and are then distributed to the children who need them by area family service organizations and volunteers. Through our 25 years of collecting and distributing Coats For Kids, many more kids will stay warm each winter as a result of the generosity of our communities.

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9 Who Care

Each year, KCRG-TV9 and our Show You Care Sponsors honor outstanding volunteers throughout Eastern Iowa.

Nominations are accepted during the month of November. Nine finalists are chosen by an independent panel of judges. The 9 Who Care award recipients are featured during a newscast and honored at a ceremony in February. During the ceremony, the award recipients are each presented with a $500 donation to give to their charity of choice.

Of these nine winners, one finalist will travel to Washington, D.C. to represent Eastern Iowa in a national competition for a Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Award.

Nominations accepted from November 1 - November 30.

Make a Nomination

A+ for Education

We are no longer accepting nominations for the 2016-2017 school year. A+ for Education will start back up in August

We are proud to recognize excellence in education.

If you know a teacher, coach or principal who has gone the extra mile, show your appreciation by completing a nomination for KCRG-TV9's A+ For Education program.

Each month during the school year (September-May) one outstanding individual will be honored with a plaque and $250 for their dedication. Nominations are accepted August 15th through April 15th.

Please note that entries are only good for the month of submission. If not selected, reapply. There is no limit to the number of entries per year.

Make a Nomination

Upcoming Events

Freedom from Hunger Food Drive
July 21st
Veterans Memorial Stadium

Help those in need by donating food items to the HACAP Food Drive! Individuals may drop off items prior to the Kernels games on July 21st and July 22nd at Veterans Memorial Stadium. Donations are also accepted.

Can't attend the game? No worries, you can still contribute! Community organizations and individuals are invited to hold a food drive between June and August for the HACAP Food Reservoir. You may contact Linda Gorkow (lgorkow@hacap.org) to find out how to hold a food drive.

For more information visit www.hacap.org/ ___________________________________________________

Kindness Walk & Kindness Project
MISS Foundation
July 22nd
Lower City Park, Iowa City

Walk with families who have lost a child by joining the MISS Foundation in Lower City Park at the Angel of Hope Statue on Saturday, July 22nd. Donations go to the MISS Foundation as well as the Johnson County Crisis Center.

8:00a.m. - Registration 9:00a.m. - Opening Remarks/Walk Begins 10:00a.m. - Kindness Project, Socializing 11:00a.m. - Closing Remarks

You can find information about the walk and registration on Facebook at The Kindness Walk: We Walk for Them Iowa City, IA ___________________________________________________

Warbirds Over Iowa
Cedar Rapids Skyhawks
July 22nd
Cedar Rapids Skyhawks Field

Warbirds Over Iowa is an event that brings radio controlled scale military aircraft from Iowa and surrounding States to Cedar Rapids. Aircraft of varying sizes and types are represented, some as large as 12’ across with four engines.The event is a draw to pilots in surrounding states and also a fund raiser for Eastern Iowa Honor Flight. Donations will be taken for the organization that allows veterans to fly to Washington to visit their memorials.

The event is located at the Skyhawks club field north of town near county home road. Turn south on C Avenue from county home road, then take the first left. Aircraft will fly throughout the day 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Saturday, July 22nd. In the case of bad weather, the event will be moved to Sunday July 23rd. Lunch will be available as provided by Hy-vee.

For more information visit www.crskyhawks.org ___________________________________________________

Playing for a Purpose - Beat Out ALS
Team Butterfly Kisses - Walk to Defeat ALS
July 23rd
Jones Park Disc Golf Course

Play for a Purpose at the 4th annual Beat Out ALS Disc Golf Tournament on Sunday, July 23rd. Hosted by Team Butterfly Kisses, the money raised from this event will go to the Walk to Defeat ALS and the ALS Association Iowa Chapter.

To pre-register please email your name, phone number, email, and t-shirt size to playingforapurposeals@hotmail.com. For every person you refer to the organization and registers, you will get an entry into the raffle.

For more information visit
https://www.facebook.com/events/1917608921793653/?ti=cl ___________________________________________________

Boys & Girls Club of Cedar Rapids
August 5th & 6th
Robbins Lake/Ellis Park

Join the Boys & Girls Club of Cedar Rapids for their 15th Annual Fish-O-Rama at Robbins Lake! The lake will be stocked with tagged fish, giving participants the opportunity to win great prizes like bikes, electronics, fishing polls, kayaks, gifts, and many others. One lucky winner may even win a brand new 2017 Toyota Tundra Truck!

Basic registration is $10, BONUS registration is $25.

For more information visit www.bgccr.org/for ___________________________________________________

Flood the Run
The Salvation Army & Matthew 25
August 12th
Ellis Park, Cedar Rapids

Register now for Flood the Run on Saturday, August 12th! This family-friendly, water themed obstacle, will feature a human car wash, bucket toss, and a giant slip-n-slide. Following the run there is an area with various family activities. All the proceeds from this event will benefit Matthew 25 and The Salvation Army to help those in the Linn County community.

For more information or to register visit
www.crfloodtherun.com ___________________________________________________

Over the Edge
Heartland Youth for Christ
August 19th
Historic Iowa Building in Cedar Rapids - 411 3rd St SE

Check an item off your bucket list while helping improve the physical and emotional well being of kids in Eastern Iowa! On August 19th, 2017, 92 people will get the chance to rappel down the side of the historic Iowa Building in Cedar Rapids. No experience is necessary. Safety equipment and experienced professionals will be on site.

The event fee is $1,000. Heartland Youth for Christ helps participants raise the funds by providing a special social media fundraising page, ideas, and incentives. All money raised goes to help the nonprofit positively impact the lives of local kids and teens in need by providing summer camp trips, mentoring services, and so much more.

There are also options for those who don’t want to rappel: gather a team of coworkers for the Toss Your Boss Challenge or sign up to volunteer on event day.

For more information or to register visit
www.heartlandyfc.com ___________________________________________________

Courage Ride
The Seth Bailey Foundation
August 19th
Iowa Mennonite School, Kalona

Join us for the annual Courage Ride on Saturday, August 19th. All routes start and end at the same location - the IMS school. Riders start at their own time and ride at their own pace. Non-riders are also welcome so bring your friends and family. Breakfast, lunch, and snacks are available for purchase.

Registration fees include: Adult Advanced (through August 11th) - $75 (includes t-shirt). Adult (starting August 12th) - $85. Youth (13-17) - $15.

For more information or to register visit
www.courageride.org/ride/ ___________________________________________________

Summer Fest
Mayor's Youth Empowerment Program (MYEP)
August 19th
Johnson County Fairgrounds, Building C

Enjoy some fun in the sun at the MYEP Summer Fest on Saturday, August 19th. This event will include lunch, a live DJ, silent auction, raffle prizes, and a wide variety of family-oriented games. 100% of the proceeds will directly benefit the individuals served by the Mayor's Youth Empowerment Program.

Admission is free and all are welcomed!

For more information or to register visit
www.myep.us ___________________________________________________