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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.

9 Who Care

Nominations are no longer being accepted for 2017.

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.

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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.

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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.


Collection Period is Over

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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.

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Upcoming Events


Adopt a Guardsman
Iowa Chapter of Military Mama Network
January - May

Over 500 Iowa Guardsmen are Guardswomen are deployed overseas. Help us show them hometown support! January - May sign-up and receive a name and wish of an Iowa Guardsman.

For more information or to sign up contact Cynthia Valenta at ia.cedarrapids@militarymamanetwork.org ___________________________________________________

Cedar Rapids Taste of Achievement
Junior Achievement
Friday, April 20th
6:30pm-9:30pm
Veterans Memorial Coliseum

Join us for the 12th annual Taste of Achievement and escape into an evening of fine wines, specialty beers, and hors d'oeuvres. Enjoy bidding on silent and live auction items along with the ambiance of custom jewelry, live music, and great company!

All funds raised stay local and provide Junior Achievement financial education programming to kindergarten through 12th grade.

For more information visit www.juniorachievement.org/web/ja-easterniowa/ ___________________________________________________

Joyful Noises
Family Promise of Linn County
Saturday, April 21st
6:00pm
St. Paul's United Methodist Church

Joyful Noises brings together some of the areas best musicians for a night of electric musical styles. Enjoy exquisite talent in exchange for smiles and donations with a free-will offering.

Silent auction will be held before starting at 6pm, as well as during intermission. Concert begins at 7pm.

For more information visit www.familypromiseoflinncounty.org ___________________________________________________

Wag n' Walk
Iowa BIG
Saturday, April 21st
11:30am-2:00pm
Lowe Park in Marion

Bring your dog or come on your own to raise money to support Foundation 2 and their ongoing suicide prevention efforts in your area. Participants will begin with a short walk for suicide prevention and then they can enjoy the activities set up in the park. There will be silent auction baskets, food, games, door prizes, and suicide prevention guest speakers. Tickets are $25 in advance, or $30 day-of.

Suicide is the second leading killer of young adults aged 15-24. The Green Bandana Project aims to reduce this trend by connecting at risk students with peer allies who are trained in suicide prevention. The Green Bandana Project of Iowa BIG works closely with Foundation 2, eastern Iowa's local suicide hotline and crisis prevention center, and now the Green Bandana Project is working to give back!

To purchase tickets visit www.tinyurl.com/wagnwalk2018 ___________________________________________________

Eastern Iowa Senior Challenge
Iowa Senior Games
Saturday, April 21st
Various locations in Cedar Rapids: Coe College, Mount Mercy, Washington High School

Calling all seniors ages 50 and up! Join us for this 3 day Olympic-style sports festival.Play in 7 different sport categories and join men and women from across 8-10 states in the Midwest.

Volunteers also needed!

For more information visit www.iowaseniorgames.org ___________________________________________________

NAMI Walk
National Alliance on Mental Illness of Johnson County
Saturday, April 28th
8:30 am
Terry Trueblood Recreation Area

The walk is a 5k and will take place at Terry Trueblood Recreation Area NAMI walkers start registration at 8:30 and the walk kicks off at 10:00 a.m. There is no registration fee and all walkers must register either on the day or online at www.namiwalks.org/johnsoncounty. Bring the whole family for live music, refreshments, speakers, etc. We welcome all to walk with us! We also have a shuttle service for those who need transportation, generously donated by Durham School Services.

All participants are encouraged to collect donations from family members, friends, co-workers and business associates. All walkers raising $100 or more receive a NAMIWalks event t-shirt. Co-workers, community groups, families and groups of friends are encouraged to organize teams of walkers

To register a team online, visit www.namiwalks.org/johnsoncounty ___________________________________________________

Inaugural Spring Gala
The Wellness Center
Saturday, April 28th
5:00pm-10:00pm
Elmcrest Country Club

Enjoy dinner and entertainment at The Wellness Center's annual Spring Gala! Tickets are $125/person, and each attendee will leave with a swag bag. Funds raised will provide free/reduced cost complimentary therapies to those without adequate resources.

For more information visit www.cr-wellness.org/events/ ___________________________________________________

Midwest Pride in Your Ride Annual Truck & Tractor Show
May 4-5
8:00am-11:00pm
Earlville, IA

The Midwest Pride In Your Ride Truck and Tractor Show is a two day event held May 4-5 2018 at the Tri-State Raceway in Earlville, Iowa. The show features working class show trucks (semis) and antique farm tractors from our area, as well as many from across the Midwest. There is a Survivor Convoy and truck pull Friday night, live auction, kids events and truck drag racing on Saturday and much more. This is a family friendly event.

Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society Relay for Life

For more information visit www.midwestprideinyourride.org ___________________________________________________

34th Annual Red Shoe Run/Walk
Sunday, May 6th
Times vary between 7:45-8:30
Ronald McDonald House of Iowa City

The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern Iowa & Western Illinois is proud to host the 34th Annual Red Shoe Run/Walk. This event is fun and family friendly as well as raises funds and awareness. Participants can choose from a Half Marathon, 5K, 1 Mile race, and 100 yard dash. There is also a kid zone, locations where spectators can cheer individuals on, delicious post-race treats, VIP tent for fundraisers, and more. The event starts and finishes at the Ronald McDonald House of Iowa City.

Register, create a team, fundraise, or volunteer for May 6th. Help families stay close through the biggest challenges of their lives. Together, we can do big things.

For more information visit www.rmhc-eiwi.org/events/red-shoe-runwalk/ ___________________________________________________

Elderberry Fundraising Tea
Elder Services Inc.
Tuesday, May 8th
1:30pm-3:30pm
University of Iowa Athletic Club

Join us for the 10th annual Elderberry Tea Fundraiser, benefiting seniors in the Johnson County area. Enjoy a delightful lunch and elegant desserts, plus entertainment and a silent auction of fine items.

For more information visit www.elderservicesinc.org ___________________________________________________