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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.


A+ for Education

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

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.

Make a Nomination

Summer Writing Contest

Attention all kids between the ages of 7-12 in Eastern Iowa. Tell us what you want to be when you grow up 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 $150 UICCU Visa Gift Card; and the second place winner from each age group will receive a $50 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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Upcoming Events

Young Parents Network - Broadway Maybies
April 21st
Theatre Cedar Rapids

Come and join us for a night full of entertainment! We have a show full of “Family Ties” – themed fun planned. Come prepared for denim jackets, poufy hair and prepare yourself for a wild night of acts performed by ADM, Amen Choir, Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust, Eastern Iowa Arts Academy, United Fire Group and Wells Fargo.

Show begins at 7pm, doors open at 6pm. General Admission – $15.

For tickets, visit http://youngparentsnetwork.org/broadway-maybies/


Make A Wish Iowa - Uncork A Wish
April 22nd
DoubleTree by Hilton

The Eastern Corridor wine and beer tasting event, Uncork A Wish, returns on Friday, April 22nd to the DoubleTree by Hilton in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Presented by the Eastern Iowa Committees for Make-A-Wish® Iowa, the 2016 Uncork A Wish event includes hors d' oeuvres, wine and beer tasting, entertainment, live music as well as live and silent auctions. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

All proceeds will go to Make-A-Wish Iowa to help grant wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions. Make-A-Wish Iowa is currently granting a wish every other day.

For tickets, visit https://tikly.co/events/22


Family Promise of Linn County - Joyful Noises
April 22nd
St. Paul's United Methodist Church

The Joyful Noises concert on April 22, will be a concert of wonderful talented, area musicians who will offer their time and talent to raise money for Family Promise of Linn County. The following participants are Carol Montag, (singer/songwriter); the Harmony Hawks (a barbershop chorus); A Few Good Men (Prairie Middle School boy's chorus); Alicia Aguiar (soprano); Mt. Mercy Jazz Ensemble; Carillonneurs (a bell ensemble); Mark Baumann (organ); Deep Dish Divas (a wonderful trio of guitar, bass, fiddle, hammered dulcimer, and vocal); Tracy Lansing (marimba); a quartet from the Iowa Accordion Band: Bethany Wheeler (harpist); Kelly Truax (pianist). There is no admission fee. Free-will donations will be accepted.

Prior to the concert there will be an opportunity to bid on wonderful baskets filled with fun and useful items for the home. The show is typically 2 hours, including a 20 minute intermission where you can check on your basket bidding.

For full event details, visit www.familypromiseoflinncounty.org https://www.facebook.com/FamilyPromiseofLinnCounty/?ref=hl


Eco-Fest 2016
April 23rd
New Bo

Eco-Fest 2016 is Eastern Iowa's premier Earthday Event. It features free live music all day, an environmental film festival, tours of Mt. Trashmore- and learning stations that are geared towards kids and their families. CELEBRATE EARTH DAY IN THE NEWBO DISTRICT AT THE CORRIDOR’S PREMIER EARTH DAY CELEBRATION!

For full event details, visit ecofestcr.org


CR Noon Lions and HACAP
April 26th
Cedar Rapids Public Library

Take advantage of this opportunity to receive free health screenings for all children aged birth - kindergarten. Available screenings include vision, hearing, dental and developmental. There will also be a resource fair with health & safety, child care, early learning info and activities. Plus each child will receive a free book to take home. This screening event is sponsored by the Cedar Rapids Noon Lions, HACAP, Family Connections, Cedar Rapids Public Library. The screenings meet the state requirements for pre-kindergarten health testing. Often times we simply do not know there is a problem. Hearing problems are undetected with parents are accustomed to repeating things with children may not actually hear. Vision problems are frequently undetected because a child doesn't know their doesn't know how different their vision could be. Take this opportunity to assure your child's health. Walk-ins welcome.


Junior Achievement - Taste of Achievement Cedar Rapids
April 29th
Veterans memorial Building

Junior Achievement of Eastern Iowa's (JAEI) Annual Taste of Achievement event allows participants to escape into an evening of fine wines, specialty beers, and hors d oeuvres while bidding on silent and live auction items. Participants enjoy the ambiance of dueling pianos and great company.

An online auction opens prior to the event with bidding concluding at the live event. Auction items range from local gift certificates to unique experiences.

The 2015 event in Cedar Rapids raised over $26,000, with the help of the 246 people in attendance, which will help support over 709 kindergarten through 12th grade students in the Cedar Rapids area receive Junior Achievement programming.


American Cancer Society - Silver Anniversary Extravaganza
April 30th
DoubleTree by Hilton

Please join the American Cancer Society on April 30, 2016 at the DoubleTree by Hilton for the 25th Silver Anniversary Extravaganza . This year marks the 25th anniversary of this important event which provides crucial funding to continue the American Cancer Society's fight against cancer. This milestone celebration promises to deliver a fantastic blues and brews themed reception with music from Kevin “B.F.” Burt, microbrew samplings, great silent auction items, and fun! Later, guests will enjoy fine dining, a champagne toast, and pay tribute to our local history and accomplishments in the fight against cancer. Crazy Delicious will close the night out with music and dancing.

For tickets, visit https://acsdm.ejoinme.org/MyEvents/201625thSilverAnniversaryGala/tabid/732092/Default.aspx


American Red Cross - Red Boa Ball
April 30th
Cedar Rapids Marriott

Join us as we celebrate a century of American Red Cross service in Iowa and prepare for another century.

Celebration features guest speaker Dave Sanderson. Dave was an ordinary person in an extraordinary situation. On January 15, 2009 returning home from a routine business trip, he survived “The Miracle on the Hudson.”

Tickets to attend the Red Boa Ball are available at redcross.org/news/event/local/ia/Red-Boa-Ball

Fundraisers like the Red Boa Ball are important to carry out the vital work of the American Red Cross. Each year, we respond to more than 70 disasters in eastern Iowa, educate thousands of individuals in important lifesaving skills like CPR and first aid, and we support our military by sending over 200 emergency communications from their family members.

With your support for this year’s Red Boa Ball, the Red Cross can continue to provide these lifesaving services 24 hours a day, seven days a week for another 100 years.


Ride 4 Youth - Waypoint Services
May 1, 2016
2 locations - Cedar Rapids and Iowa City

Join us for the Ride 4 Youth Bike Ride! Waypoint is partnering with the University of Iowa Medical students and United Action for Youth on a bike ride across the corridor!

There will be two pre-start locations, one in Iowa City and one in Cedar Rapids, and the ride will have 10 different routes with varying distances to suite bikers of all interests and skill levels. All proceeds will be split 50/50 between United Action for Youth and Waypoint, so we can continue to move families forward.

Visit www.ride4youth.com for more information and to register.


Elderberry Fundraising Tea - Elder Services Inc.
May 1, 2016
University of Iowa Athletic Club

The Elderberry Tea provides a delightful lunch served in High Tea style, which affords the attendees an enjoyable, relaxing afternoon, with excellent food, entertainment, and company.

All funds will remain in the local community and will be used to provide programs and services to senior citizens including Meals on Wheels, Medical Transportation, Home Assistance, Case Management, and the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, (RSVP).

Visit http://www.elderservicesinc.com/ for more information and tickets.


Well Women Week - Linn County Public Health
May 3, 2016
2 locations - Cedar Rapids and Iowa City

The Women's Health Network's--Well Women Week 2016-- will provide no-cost breast and cervical cancer screening, in a one stop visit, to area women who are low-income and uninsured and underinsured. Other services may be offered as providers/resources are available.

**Appointment is required - please call 319-892-6019 to make your appointment**


Families Helping Families Silent Auction, Beer and Wine Tasting
May 7, 2016
NewBo City Market

Held at the NewBo City Market in Cedar Rapids from 11:00AM & 2:00PM, guests will enjoy a cash bar and an enticing silent auction including items from 80+ generous local businesses! This event is FREE to attend and open to the public.

Did you receive a special invitation? Bring it along to the event because you'll be entered into a special drawing! Interested in a brand new 50″ flatscreen Smart TV? Purchase a raffle ticket for only $5 and you'll be entered for a chance to WIN!

All funds raised will be used for FHF operations and programs. FHF funds benefit all of the local children in Iowa who are in the foster care system. Come be part of a great fundraiser to benefit Families Helping Families of Iowa, and do it alongside friends and family, enjoying the tastes of local beer and wine. Raise a glass in celebration with our 2016 Wine & Beer Tasting Silent Auction event. We'll have games and activities, teal blue candles for sale in honor of foster care awareness, door prizes and raffles, wine and beer tasting, care of Millstream Brewing Co. and others, silent auction items from over 80 local businesses and so much more!

Visit www.fhfia.org for more information and tickets.


Better Business Bureau - Kids Festival
May 7, 2016
Front of CR Public Library

Kids Festival is a wonderful event for parents and children to explore activities for summertime enrichment.There will be 18 exhibitors sharing summer time, vacation and recreational activities. From TCR with their drama camp, Orchestra Iowa's summer music programs, Parks & Recreation, the library's reading program, Amber Alert documents, Fire protection, Shucks from the Kernels, and other wonderful activities, we want our kids to have an enriching and exciting summer. We will give away bike helmets, two bicycles, books, and other exciting prizes.


Eastern Iowa JDRF - One Walk
May 14, 2016
NewBo City Market/NewBo Neighborhood

JDRF One Walk has a single goal: creating a world without type 1 diabetes (T1D). We hope you'll join us this year as we walk and raise money for life-changing research for the millions affected by this devastating disease.

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that strikes children and adults suddenly. It has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle. If you have T1D, your pancreas stops producing insulin—a hormone essential to turning food into energy. This means you must constantly monitor your blood-sugar level, inject or infuse insulin from a pump and carefully monitor your eating and activity every single day.

There is nothing you can do to prevent T1D. And—currently—there is no cure. But there is something you can do to help.

When you join one of the hundreds of JDRF One Walks across the country, the money you raise will support JDRF—the leading global organization funding T1D research. And, you'll have a great time doing it! That's because you'll walk with a committed community that is passionate about doing whatever it takes to help JDRF turn Type One into Type None.

We can't do it without you. Please register today at walk.jdrf.org.


Cruisin for Camp Courageous
May 15, 2016
Camp Courageous - Monticello, IA

Cruisin’ for Camp Couragous is one of Iowa’s largest charity car shows. Presented by the Cedar Valley Street Rods, this annual event attracts hundreds of cars from across the country.

The event opens to the general public at 10:00 AM and runs to 4:00 PM. The afternoon activities will include a huge silent and live auction, kids games and activities, food, music, and much more! There are many vehicles to see and fun for then entire family.

Over 300 cars, trucks, motorcycles, and other types of vehicles, huge silent and live auction, kid’s games and activities, food and music, craft and Antique Show and much more!!!

Proceeds from this event will benefit Camp Courageous of Iowa, a year-round recreational facility for individuals of all ages with disabilities. The camp operates on donations, without government support, formal sponsorship, or paid fundraisers. Over 6,500 individuals with disabilities are served each year.

For more information, visit www.campcourageous.org.


Walk to Cure Arthritis - Arthritis Foundation of Iowa
May 21, 2016
Veterans Memorial Stadium, Cedar Rapids

The Walk to Cure Arthritis is FREE for all who want to participate and is the Arthritis Foundation's nationwide signature event supporting our mission to conquer arthritis by spreading awareness and raising money for research aimed at finding a cure. The event features a three-mile and one-mile course. We'll have information about arthritis, fun activities and prizes. Pet owners are encouraged to bring their dogs. Let's raise funds to find a cure for arthritis, then come together to support each other and walk! Every step counts, every dollar matters! The walk is on rain or shine!

The Walk to Cure Arthritis directly benefits more than 563,000 Iowans, including 20,000 children suffering from this debilitating disease.

For more information, visit www.WalkToCureArthritis.org/CedarRapids.


Festival of Flowers - United Action for Youth
May 26, 2016
Cedar Rapids Marriott

2016 Festival of Flowers is an annual Flower Show and Auction that raises money for United Action for Youth's teen parent program, counseling programs and prevention programming for young people.

100% of the proceeds from this event will be used to support the work of United Action for Youth (UAY), a local non-profit that has been in Iowa City for 46 years. Proceeds directly benefit UAY's Teen Parent Program, Counseling Programs and youth development and prevention programs - programs designed to help young people gain life skills and make good decisions.

For more information, visit www.unitedactionforyouth.org/.


HD Youth Center and Salvation Army - School Supply Drive
May 31, 2016

The Salvation Army teams up with other non-profits to help distribute school supplies to area schools for their students who need help. This partnership is in its fourth year and this year, The Salvation Army, Henry Davison Youth Center, Hiawatha Parks & Recreation and Freedom Festival are working together on this project. In previous years, backpacks filled with supplies had been distributed to individuals in the community. After deliberation between the organizations and talks with the school district, it was decided that going through the schools would be a better way to get more specific items into the hands of the students. Currently, the group is in the process of raising the funds to purchase the school supplies. In 2015, the group distributed 2,058 backpacks and numerous other supplies. The anticipated financial need for 2016 is $35,000. We are hoping to have the funds raised by May/June in order to determine which item can be purchased and get them to the area schools.

For more information, visit http://www.tsacedarrapids.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=72&Itemid=77.