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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


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.

Donate Here


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

Upcoming Events

Bowl for Kids' Sake
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cedar Rapids & East Central Iowa
February 7-28
Various sign up times
Cedar Rapids Bowling Center

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Johnson County
February 25-26
Various sign up times
Colonial Lanes, Iowa City

It's that time again! Get your team together, gather pledges, and join us for the Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids' Sake. The event helps to raise funds, support youth mentoring, and inspire possibilities in the life of a child.


10th Annual TrivYa Night
YMCA of the Cedar Rapids Metro Area
February 17th
Doors open at 6 pm, Trivia starts at 7:30 pm
The Hotel Kirkwood - 7725 Kirkwood Blvd SW, Cedar Rapids

Join us for a fun evening of trivia, costumes, Y games, food and fun! Trivia is based on 10 rounds of questions. But don't despair if you're not the trivia master, you can purchase answers to help your team get an advantage! Get your friends together to dress up as a theme and put your table in the running for winning our costume contest and great prizes. All proceeds go to benefit the Y Annual Campaign.

Team of 10 is $500 (=$50/person). Sign up individually for $50.

For more information visit http://www.crmetroymca.org/en/donate_to_the_y/fundraisers__special_events/y_trivya_night/ ____________________________________________________

Taste of Achievement
Junior Achievement
February 24th
6-9 pm
The Celebration Farm -
4696 Robin Woods Lane NE, Iowa City, IA

Sip. Savor. Support. Taste a variety of food and beverages from local hotspots as you bid on unique and diverse auction items. Your contribution to the Taste of Achievement event will allow Junior Achievement of Eastern Iowa to grow the event and increase community awareness of our organizations' mission and purpose. Tickets are $45 in advance, and $55 at the door.

Junior Achievement is the world’s largest and fastest-growing organization dedicated to educating young people about work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy. Through age-appropriate curricula, programs begin in kindergarten and continue through twelfth grade, teaching kids how they can impact the world around them as individuals, workers and consumers while inspiring and preparing them to succeed in a global economy. Locally, 43,063 students are poised to participate in the programs.

For more information visit www.JAeasterniowa.org ____________________________________________________

Comedy Cafe
Heartland Youth for Christ
March 5th
6:00 p.m.
Cedar Rapids Marriott
1200 Collins Rd NE, Cedar Rapids, IA

Join us for some clean, sidesplitting entertainment at the 2017 Comedy Cafe. The event will feature comedians Jeff Allen and David Dean. 100% of funds raised will stay locally and will help fund the Youth for Christ clubs and provide for the needs of the students and families involved.

For more information visit www.heartlandyfc.org ___________________________________________________

Spirits of Spring
Variety the Children's Charity
March 10th
6-9 p.m.
Cedar Rapids Marriott
1200 Collins Rd NE, Cedar Rapids, IA

The Cedar Rapids Marriott will be hosting the Spirits of Spring event again this year. The guests attending will enjoy savory appetizers and plenty of featured wines, beers, spirits and cheeses available for sample. A silent and live auction will add to the excitement of the evening, not to mention all of the games!

For more information visit www.varietyiowa.com/calendar/events/event-53/ ___________________________________________________

Gala and Silent Auction
Systems Unlimited, Inc.
March 10th
7-10 p.m.
The Celebration Barn in Iowa City

Mark your calendars and purchase your tickets to the 2017 Systems Unlimited Gala and Silent Auction! This year the featured entertainment will be the "Rod Pierson's (Not so Big) Big Band with Craig Boche". You will want to wear your dancing shoes and be ready to hear all their specialties, form Ol' Blue Eyes, Bobby Darin and Dino to the Duke, the Count, and even Booker T. Jerry and Margie's Catering will be providing their delicious appetizers and several beer and wine vendors will be giving out samples of their products. You won't want to miss out on our Dessert Auction and our famous Silent Auction!

Proceeds benefit Systems Unlimited which provides services to over 1,500 individuals in Eastern Iowa who have physical and/or intellectual disabilities or behavioral health issues.

For more information visit www.sui.org or www.facebook.com/SystemsUnlimitedInc ___________________________________________________

Families Helping Families
March 11th
Marion American Legion

Join us and bring your friends to quilt the day away! Donate supplies, quilts, cotton fabrics, batting, thread, etc. If you don't sew and would love to help, ADOPT a quilt with a $50 donation. Volunteers who are quilting are asked to bring their own sewing machines, pins, and any other sewing supplies needed. Finished quilts will benefit children in foster care within the State of Iowa.

For more information visit http://www.familieshelpingfamiliesofiowa.org/event/quilt-a-thon/ ___________________________________________________

Flapjacks for Backpacks
Cedar Rapids West Rotary
March 25th
8:00-11:00 a.m.
St. Patrick's Parish Hall, Cedar Rapids

It's that time again! Come fill your stomachs with delicious pancakes to support the Cedar Rapids West Rotary. The event operates with 100% volunteers and proceeds will support the purchase of backpacks and school supplies through the HD Youth Center.

For more information visit or to purchase tickets visit http://www.crwestrotary.org/PancakeBreakfast.cfm ___________________________________________________

The Polar Plunge
Special Olympics Iowa
March 25th
Coralville Lake, West Overlook Beach

Brrrrrrrring on the cold! Whether you plunge solo or with coworkers, friends or family - for the ultimate bonding experience - we'll help you take "cool" up a degree or two.

The Polar Plunge is a signature fundraiser for Special Olympics and offers a unique opportunity for individuals and organizations to raise money and support Special Olympics Iowa athletes by jumping into frigid waters. The more you raise, the more great gear you can earn! For more information visit

www.soiowa.org/plunge ___________________________________________________