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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.


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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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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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.

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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.

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Upcoming Events

Aiming for a Cure Fun Run/Walk
August 27, 2016
8:00 a.m. Race time - registration starts at 7:00 a.m.
Pleasant Creek State Park - Palo, IA

The Aiming for a Cure Fun Run/Walk is an annual event held to raise additional funds for the Aiming for a Cure Foundation’s mission of helping to fight childhood cancer. The Fun Run & Walk is a great way to support the needs of both children with cancer and their families. You also get the additional benefits of meeting some wonderful people and spending some time outdoors in the beautiful late summer sunshine!

The deadline for online registration is August 20th and you must register by August 8th to ensure your shirt size. You can also register on-site the day of the race. You're welcome to bring a completed registration and waiver form for each participant. We will also have forms available the day of the race.

For more information visit aimingforacure.com/events/fun-run-walk/ _________________________________________________

Run for Shelter 5k - Willis Dady Emergency Shelter
August 27, 2016
8:00 a.m. Race time - check in at 7:15
Cedar Lake Loop

Join us Saturday, August 27 at Cedar Lake Loop for our 5th Annual Run for Shelter 5k! Check-in starts at 7:15am, and the race begins at 8:00am.

Participants can run or walk the paved route, which is roughly two laps around Cedar Lake. Run for Shelter is chip timed, and awards will be given immediately following the race; results will be posted online later that day. Registration is $25 in advance, $30 day of, and includes a t-shirt. Please register at willisdady.org/5k by August 18 to ensure you receive a t-shirt. All proceeds benefit Willis Dady Homeless Services in Cedar Rapids. ____________________________________________________

Valor Inc. - Five Seasons Stand Down
September 9, 2016
8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Veterans Memorial Stadium

The 11th Annual Five Seasons Stand Down and Resource Fair - Serving homeless and nearly-homeless Veterans and non-Veterans in the Linn County area. We provide up to 80 community resource vendors who work with our under-served population in assisting with some of the following needs: housing, jobs, medical, legal aid and immunizations. We also offer classes that are chosen specifically to assist our participants in these same areas.

Five Seasons Stand Down is the annual culmination of year-round collaborative work by local Veterans organizations, government agencies and community advocates.

For more information, visit VetsStandDown.org ____________________________________________________

Sweet Rides for Charity
September 10, 2016
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Veterans Memorial Stadium

Come out to the Sweet Rides for Charity car and Bike Show! There will be fun for all ages - Prize games, raffles, face painting, food vendors and more!

All proceeds go to Aiming for a Cure and the Freedom Foundation.

For more information, visit facebook.com/events/1559631084301771 ____________________________________________________

History Makers Gala - African American Museum of Iowa
Thursday, September 15, 2016
6:00 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Hotel Kirkwood - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

The History Maker's Gala is the museum's only fundraiser for educational programming. The event honors individuals who have made an outstanding impact in their communities. History Makers are trailblazers, change agents, legacy makers, and role models. Past recipients include: Dr. Percy Harris, William B. Hood, Ruth White, and Rufus & Betty Johnson.

For more information, visit http://www.blackiowa.org/events/history-makers-gala-2015/ ____________________________________________________

Camping the Night Away - Children's Cancer Connection
Thursday, September 15, 2016
6:00 p.m. - 9 p.m.
South Slope Community Center
980 N Front St, North Liberty, IA 52317

Children’s Cancer Connection brings to light National Childhood Cancer Awareness month with Camping the Night Away. Camping the Night Away is a casual evening filled with entertainment, delicious food, beer & wine, along with silent & live auctions with items for just about everyone. Proceeds raised by this event will directly benefit the programs and services Children’s Cancer Connection offers to families throughout the state of Iowa.

Children’s Cancer Connection exists to enhance the lives of families affected by childhood cancer through quality programs and services. Offering programs and services in four cornerstones, Camps & Retreats, Support Services & Outings, Hospital-Based, and Survivorship, throughout the state of Iowa, we are there for entire family, the entire journey.

For more information, visit ChildrensCancerConnection.org ____________________________________________________

Cedar Rapids HOPEwalk
September 17, 2016
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Robbins Lake Park

Join us for the Cedar Rapids HOPEwalk on September 17th. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the walk begins at 9:30 a.m. 100% of the funds raised will stay local to our community to support agencies that focus on suicide awareness and prevention.

The HOPEwalk is a local community based walk to remember loved ones lost to suicide, support survivors, raise awareness, and work on prevention in the Cedar Rapids area community. The HOPEwalk stands for Honoring, Openness, Prevention, & Education.

For more information visit facebook.com/Cedar-Rapids-HOPEwalk ____________________________________________________

Sweetgrass Flute & Nature Festival - Prairiewoods
September 23 - 25, 2016
Prairie Woods
120 E Boyson Rd, Hiawatha, IA

Join us for Iowa's premier flute and nature festival! This FREE event is the culmination of a passion for the soothing sounds of the Native American style flute and the spiritual connection to nature, mind, body and spirit.

The Sweetgrass Flute and Nature Festival at Prairiewoods and the activities involved with it will draw people together to encounter peace and transformation through natural sounds, heightened awareness of nature and the Creator, while experiencing connectivity through the workshops and music making.

For more information, visit http://www.sweetgrassfest.com/about.html ____________________________________________________

Kickoff to Kinnick 5K
Saturday, September 24, 2016
9:00 a.m.
Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City, IA

Kickoff to Kinncik 5K is a run/walk finishing on the field of historic Kinnick Stadium! Join Hawkeye legend Tim Dwight and Herky the Hawk on Saturday, September 24th as we benefit the UI Children's Hospital.

For more information, visit http://www.k2k5k.com/ ____________________________________________________

Step Up for Down Syndrome - Hawkeye Area Down Syndrome Associaten (HADSA)
September 25, 2016
10:00 a.m. registration, 11:00 walk
NewBo City Market, Cedar Rapids

Step up for Down Syndrome Walk is a one mile walk starting at the NewBo market in Cedar rapids and continuing through Czech Village during their annual fall festival. There will be music, balloon artists, face painting and more for a fun filled event!

For more information, visit http://www.hadsa.org/ ____________________________________________________

Critter Crusaders Annual Vendor Show
Saturday, October 1, 2016
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Kirkwood Training and Outerach Services
3375 Armar Drive, Marion, IA

Critter Crusaders will be hosting their 5th annual vendor show on Saturday, October 1st at the Kirkwood Training &Outreach Services. We will have over 45 local vendors and crafters, a silent auction and a bake sale. All proceeds will benefit the local homeless animals with advanced medical care.

Critter Crusaders is an all volunteer based non-profit that was formed in 2008. We fund-raise throughout the year to raise money for the local homeless animals who need medical care.

For more information, visit http://www.crittercrusaderscr.org/ ____________________________________________________

Especially for You Race Against Breast Cancer
Saturday, October 9, 2016
Mercy Medical Center's Hall-Perrine Cancer Center
Downtown Cedar Rapids

For over 25 years, the EFY Race has raised funds for financially disadvantaged women and men and increased awareness in the community about the importance of early detection of breast cancer. From 2008 to 2014, EFY has helped 3,008 individuals in our community with access to 5,760 services.

Come be one of the 16,000 breast cancer survivors, advocates and supporters for the 26th annual event. You make a difference. Right here in your community. By participating in the Especially for You® Race Against Breast Cancer, you’re helping to support free mammograms and other breast-care services to area individuals in need through the Especially for You fund.

For more information, visit especiallyforyourace.org/ ____________________________________________________

Annual Scouting for Food Drive - Hawkeye Area Council, Boy Scouts of America
Saturday, October 15, 2016
Throughtout 7 counties in East Central Iowa
Benton, Cedar, Iowa, Johnson, Jones, Linn & Washington

Thousands of Scouts and volunteers representing the Hawkeye Area Council, Boy Scouts of America will go door-to-door collecting non-perishable food items to assist those in need during the annual Scouting For Food Drive. Scouting For Food, led by the Boy Scouts of America, is the largest nationwide community stewardship project aimed at addressing the problem of hunger in the communities Scouting serves. Leading up to the event, Scouts will deliver collection bags to each home throughout the seven counties served by the Hawkeye Area Council.

Please fill the collection bag with non-perishable (please no expired items, frozen foods or glass containers) and leave on your front doorstep for Scouts to collect by 8:00 AM on Saturday, October 15. The donated food items will be given to the Hawkeye Area Community Action Program (HACAP) and many other local food pantries and churches for distribution to the needy. If your bag is inadvertently not collected by 12:00 PM, please deliver to HACAP or your local food pantry.

For more information, visit HawkeyeBSA.org ____________________________________________________

Haunted Halloween Ball
Saturday, October 29, 2016
The Hilton DoubleTree Ballroom
Downtown Cedar Rapids

The Haunted Halloween Ball is a large, theatrical, adults-only costume party including live music, photo booths, a haunted house, and much more! Featuring music by The Pork Tornadoes, with special guest, Alisabeth Von Presley.

Join us for a **spooktacular** charity event, with the largest costume contest in the Corridor. All proceeds go to the Cedar Rapids Boys & Girls Club.

For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/CRHauntedHalloweenBall/info/?tab=page_info ____________________________________________________

Sleep Out for the Homeless - Community Circle of Care
Saturday, October 9, 2016
Veterans Memorial Stadium
Cedar Rapids, IA

Linn County Veterans Affairs, Community Circle of Care and several other social service agencies invite the public to participate in the Annual Sleep Out for the Homeless. This event raises awareness about homelessness and money for local homeless service agencies. On any given day, people are in need of shelter in Linn County and many are our military veterans! Roughly 5,000 individuals accessed emergency shelters and transitional housing programs in Linn County last year.More than half of those people were children.

For more information, visit sleepoutcr.org/ ____________________________________________________