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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.

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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

Upcoming Events

Oncology on Canvas
Iowa Breast Cancer Action Foundation
April 20th
National Czech & Slovak Museum

Join us for the opening reception of Oncology on Canvas. The reception will be from 6-9 on Thursday, April 20th, and tickets will be sold for $25 a person. The reception will feature wine, appetizers and a silent auction including donated artwork from regional artists.

Following the reception will be a 3-day event at the Czech Museum. The gallery will be open and free to the public to view the display during the times the museum is open on Friday-Sunday, April 21-23.

For more information visit www.ibcaf.org ___________________________________________________

Red Boa Ball - Salute to Heroes
American Red Cross
April 22nd
Cedar Rapids Marriott

Enjoy dinner, entertainment, and a live and silent auction at the annual Red Boa Ball. This event will honor individuals who have made significant, positive differences in their communities, and also serve as the primary fundraiser for the Red Cross services in the South and Eastern Iowa Chapter area.

Proceeds from the Red Boa Ball will benefit the Red Cross in their efforts to help people with disaster, emergency needs, delivery emergency messages, and other care to men and women in the military, veterans and their families.

For more information visit http://www.redcross.org/local/iowa/ways-to-give/red-boa-ball ___________________________________________________

Eco-Fest Committee
April 22nd - Earth Day!
Newbo City Market Area
Join us for the Corridor's premier Earth Day celebration! Enjoy the Eco Film Fest, yours of Mt. Trashmore, ways to sustain our planet and so many more fun activities.

For more information visit www.ecofestcr.org ___________________________________________________

Uncork A Wish Gala
Make-A-Wish Iowa
April 28th
DoubleTree by Hilton, Cedar Rapids
The 10th annual Uncork A Wish Gala will be held on Friday, April 28th. Enjoy wine & beer sampling from local vendors, silent & live auction, program, live music, and recognizing WISH kids. Proceeds go to helping local WISH kids who are battling a life-threatening illness to grant a WISH.

For more information or to purchase tickets visit http://iowa.wish.org/news-and-events/calendar-of-events/4_april/cedar-rapids-wine-tasting-event ___________________________________________________

Healthy Child Screening Day
Family Connections
April 29th
Cedar Rapids Public Library

HACAP Family & Community Health Alliance, the Lions Club and Family Connections is providing FREE vision, hearing, dental & developmental screenings to children 0-5 years. In addition to free health screenings, a community resource fair and free materials/activities will be available to families.

For more information visit http://www.crlibrary.org/about-us/support/family-connections/ ___________________________________________________

CR Alive
American Cancer Society
April 29th
DoubleTree by Hilton

Join the American Cancer Society for their inaugural year of transformation from the Linn Gala to CR Alive! The night will include interactive styling with entertainment, main stage headliner Alisabeth Von Presley, local talent from the Creative Corridor, super live and silent auctions, VIP options, and delicious cuisine station offerings.

For more information visit www.cralive.org ___________________________________________________
Break the Cycle
Iowa Humane Alliance
June 3rd
Starting line at Aces and Eights in Czech Village Cedar Rapids, IA

Come on out on June 3rd for Break the Cycle! This event consists of a 35 mile round trip group bike tour (with three route distances to choose from) to 7 local animal shelters and will conclude with an after party at Aces and Eights in the Czech Village. The after party will feature live music, prizes and fun for all! Funds raised at this event will benefit the Iowa Humane Alliance Regional Spay/Neuter Clinic as well as other organizations helping animals in our community.

Pre-registration is going on now and same day registration starts at 9:00am on the 3rd.

For more information or to register visit iowahumanealliance.org or call 319-363-1225 ___________________________________________________ Truck & Tractor Show
Midwest Pride in Your Ride
May 5-6th
Tri-State Raceway Earlville, IA

This two-day event will feature semi trucks and farm tractors on display with plenty of activities! Activities range from a Survivor Convoy, Wreck & Roll Demonstration, Truck Pull, Live Auction, kids events, Truck Drag Racing, crafts, vendors, and so much more. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society Relay for Life.

Admission is $10 per day with everyone under the age of 12 admitted free. Any cancer survivor wearing a purple survivor shirt with get in free.

For more information visit www.midwestprideinyourride.org ___________________________________________________ Kids' Festival
Better Business Bureau
May 6th
Plaza at Cedar Rapids Public Library

The BBB, partnered with the Cedar Rapids Police Department, will host this fun filled family event! The event will offer area organizations the opportunity to distribute information about safe, educational, summertime activities to kids and parents. There will be lots of games, gifts, prizes, and activities.

This event is free to the public.

For more information visit http://www.bbb.org/iowa/ ___________________________________________________ 6th Annual Plant & Vendor Market
Team Breast Friends
May 6th
Building C at Johnson County Fairgrounds
4261 Oak Crest Hill Road SE, Iowa City
Bring a friend and support a good cause! The Plant Sale & Vendor market will 30+ vendors with various plants, baked goods, and vendor items. Admission and parking are free and refreshments will be available for purchase.

Money raised at this event remains here in our community to provide assistance for those in need of diagnostic treatment and other services for breast cancer care.

For more information visit www.teambreastfriends.org ___________________________________________________ Charity Orchestra Concert
Grace C Mae Advocate Center
May 6th
Cedar Hills Community Church

The Grace C Mae Advocate Center is hosting a charity orchestra concert to benefit the Building Resilient Communities project. This project is aimed at suicide prevention, anti-bullying education, and helping children get access to quality mental health treatment. Music will be provided by the CR Community Strings, a local orchestra, directed by Martin Clancey.

Admission is by free will donation and open to the public. The event will include opportunities to learn more about this innovative project, and how you can help your community grow stronger, healthier children.

For more information visit www.advocatecenter.org ___________________________________________________ 9th Annual Elderberry Fundraising Tea
Elder Services Inc.
May 7th
U of I Athletic Club

Join Elder Services for their largest fundraising event of the year, Elderberry Tea. Enjoy a live and silent auction of fine items. Proceeds will help to fund Meals on Wheels, Congregate Meal sites, and the RSVP volunteer program that provides for Medical Transportation for seniors to go from their homes to medical appointments.

For more information visit www.elderservicesinc.com ___________________________________________________