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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.

Nominations accepted from November 1 - November 30.

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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

Step Up for Down Syndrome 5K & Walk
Hawkeye Area Down Syndrome Association
September 24th
5K starts at 9am, Walk starts at 11am
Sag Wagon & Cedar Lake Loop Trail

Join us on September 24th for the Hawkeye Area Down Syndrome Association's 2017 Step Up for Down Syndrome at the Sag Wagon and the Cedar Lake Loop Trail in Cedar Rapids. New this year is a chip timed 5k kicking off at 9am! The day will be filled with family fun events including a silent raffle, face painting, princesses, business/sport team's mascots, team pictures, McGruff the dog and much more.

Families in the area blessed by Down syndrome are encouraged to start their own Crowdrise fundraising team, while registering to walk for that same team. This can all be done through our new registration process. Prizes for the largest walk team and the team raising the most money will be announced at the opening ceremony before the walk at 10:30am. Thank you for your support and we hope to see you on September 24th!

For more information visit www.hadsa.org/ ___________________________________________________

Sweetgrass Flute & Nature Festival
September 29th-October 1st
9/29: 5pm-9pm 9/30: 10am-9pm 10/1: 11am-4pm
Prairiewoods, 120 E. Boyson Rd. Hiawatha

Come 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. Admission is free and all are welcomed!

For more information visit www.sweetgrassfest.com/ ___________________________________________________

Iowa Mission of Mercy Free Dental Clinic
Iowa Dental Foundation
September 29th-30th
US Cellular Center, Cedar Rapids

The Iowa Mission of Mercy (IMOM) will host its two day, free dental clinic where dental professionals donate their time to care for individuals who face challenges obtaining dental care. IMOM provides patients with a variety of services including: cleanings, fillings, extractions, pediatric dentistry and removable partials.

During its ten years of operation, IMOM has treated over 8,500 patients and expects to host over 1,400 patients this year in Cedar Rapids. Patients are treated on a first come, first-served basis. Doors open at 6 a.m. and the clinic remains open until we reach full capacity each day. For more information, visit www.iowamom.org or call 515-331-2298. ___________________________________________________

Kickoff to Kinnick 5K
Kickoff the Kinnick
September 30th
Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City

How would you like to experience running out of the tunnel at Kinnick Stadium onto the turf just like the Hawkeyes do on game day?! Now is your chance, at the 2nd annual kickoff to Kinnick 5k… a family friendly race packed with fun for a great cause!

100% of the funds will stay local in the Iowa City community, specifically benefiting the UI Children's Hospital and the Tim Dwight Foundation. ___________________________________________________

In Her Shoes Walk & 5K Fun Run
Bridgehaven Pregnancy Support Center
September 30th
Bridgehaven Support Center, 701 Center Point Rd Cedar Rapids

On September 30th, we invite you to walk or run In Her Shoes. We'll be starting at Bridgehaven Pregnancy Support Center and going through downtown to Treasures Quality Resale Shoppe. Please join us for this family-friendly event to raise awareness and funds for the services Bridgehaven offers before, during, and after pregnancy.

What else can you do? 1. Invite others to sponsor you 2. Gather a Team 3. Join us for an After-Party

For more information visit www.bridgehavencr.org/events/walk-for-life/ ___________________________________________________

Tailgate Celebration
September 30th
Geonetric Lobby & Parking Lot

YPN - formerly known as Young Parents Network - will be hosting a celebration to kickoff their new brand, highlight FY17 winning plays, and take a time-out to mingle and relax with supporters for some fun! The tailgate will begin 1 hour prior to kick-off and there will be food, drinks ,games, and chances to win prizes!

One great prize and the center of our fundraiser will be a brand new REC-TEC Pellet Grill & Bundle valued at $2,000. For each $50 donation you'll get a ticket into the drawing for this grill, which will take place during halftime of the tailgate event. There are only 250 tickets available - so get yours today for a chance to win.

For more information visit www.facebook.com/YPNIowa/ ___________________________________________________