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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

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.

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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Upcoming Events

Walk to Cure Arthritis - Arthritis Foundation of Iowa
May 21, 2016
Veterans Memorial Stadium, Cedar Rapids

The Walk to Cure Arthritis is FREE for all who want to participate and is the Arthritis Foundation's nationwide signature event supporting our mission to conquer arthritis by spreading awareness and raising money for research aimed at finding a cure. The event features a three-mile and one-mile course. We'll have information about arthritis, fun activities and prizes. Pet owners are encouraged to bring their dogs. Let's raise funds to find a cure for arthritis, then come together to support each other and walk! Every step counts, every dollar matters! The walk is on rain or shine!

The Walk to Cure Arthritis directly benefits more than 563,000 Iowans, including 20,000 children suffering from this debilitating disease.

For more information, visit www.WalkToCureArthritis.org/CedarRapids.


Festival of Flowers - United Action for Youth
May 26, 2016
Cedar Rapids Marriott

2016 Festival of Flowers is an annual Flower Show and Auction that raises money for United Action for Youth's teen parent program, counseling programs and prevention programming for young people.

100% of the proceeds from this event will be used to support the work of United Action for Youth (UAY), a local non-profit that has been in Iowa City for 46 years. Proceeds directly benefit UAY's Teen Parent Program, Counseling Programs and youth development and prevention programs - programs designed to help young people gain life skills and make good decisions.

For more information, visit www.unitedactionforyouth.org/.


HD Youth Center and Salvation Army - School Supply Drive
May 31, 2016

The Salvation Army teams up with other non-profits to help distribute school supplies to area schools for their students who need help. This partnership is in its fourth year and this year, The Salvation Army, Henry Davison Youth Center, Hiawatha Parks & Recreation and Freedom Festival are working together on this project. In previous years, backpacks filled with supplies had been distributed to individuals in the community. After deliberation between the organizations and talks with the school district, it was decided that going through the schools would be a better way to get more specific items into the hands of the students. Currently, the group is in the process of raising the funds to purchase the school supplies. In 2015, the group distributed 2,058 backpacks and numerous other supplies. The anticipated financial need for 2016 is $35,000. We are hoping to have the funds raised by May/June in order to determine which item can be purchased and get them to the area schools.

For more information, visit http://www.tsacedarrapids.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=72&Itemid=77.


Evening Of Light - Riverview Center
June 2, 2016

Hotel Julien - Dubuque, IA

The Evening of Light is an evening showcasing survivor artwork and stories of strength and resiliency. Guests will experience a unique live and silent auction, heavy hors d'oeuvres and decadent desserts.Join Riverview Center for an evening of entertainment, heavy hour d'oeurves and unique live and silent auction items!

Funds raised from the evening will provide services to local survivors of sexual assault in 14 counties in Northeast Iowa and survivors of sexual and domestic violence in Jo Daviess and Carroll Counties in Illinois

For more information, visit www.riverviewcenter.org/#!light/c17q


Marion BBQ Rendezvous - Marion Metro Kiwanis Club
June 4, 2016

City Park - Marion, Iowa

BBQ Rendezvous is a nine-hour event that takes place the first Saturday of June at City Park in Marion, Iowa. This is a free, family-friendly event built around award-winning Kansas City style barbeque vendors from around Iowa, music from 3 local bands, and children's entertainment including face painting and balloons. We also feature (non-BBQ) food from several Marion vendors. The Rendezvous is a project of the Marion Metro Kiwanis Club.

100% of proceeds go back into the community. Marion Metro Kiwanis is in the third year of a 5 year/$100,000 commitment to Miracle League Field.

For more information, visit www.marionmetrokiwanis.org


Summer Fest - Tanager Place
June 4, 2016
Rockwell Collins Sports Complex
3:30-8:30 p.m.

Are you ready to kick off your summer with Tanager Place?! Join us for Summer Fest 2016!

This family friendly event offers more than 75 FREE activities such as crafts, General Mills Make Your Own Cereal tent, Unity Point – St. Luke’s bike helmet giveaway, Video Game ETC. tent, mini golf, car & motorcycle show, mascot mania and much more! All proceeds benefit Tanager Place, a non-profit helping Iowa’s children and families since 1879.

For more information, visit www.tanagerplace.org


Relay For Life - American Cancer Society
June 10th and June 17th
Kingston Stadium - Cedar Rapids, IA Hawkeye Community College - Waterloo, IA
7 p.m. - 1 a.m.

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life movement is the world's largest and most impactful fundraising event to end cancer. It unites communities across the globe to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and take action to finish the fight once and for all. With the support of thousands of volunteers like you, the American Cancer Society is helping save more than 500 lives a day. Please join us and take action against a disease that has taken too much!

For more information and to fine more locations, visit www.relayforlife.org


AsianFest 2016 - Iowa Asian Alliance
June 6, 2016
McGrath Amphitheatre
Starting at 2:00 p.m..

Join us for the third annual AsianFest! This FREE event is open to the public. The purpose of the festival is to increase awareness and celebrate the diverse Asian cultures present in Eastern Iowa and to enhance the quality of life. Represent 10+ different Asian countries via cultural performances, cuisine and interactive educational villages.

For more information, visit www.asianfest.org


Irish District Music and Arts Festival
June 18, 2016
700 16th St NE
4:00 - 10:00 p.m.

Join us for the 7th annual Irish District Music and Arts Festival 2016 featuring Eric Gales!!

The Irish District Music and Arts Festival is an annual outdoor, family-friendly festival on the grounds of the historic Shores Central Park Building in Cedar Rapids' Irish District. Our mission is to promote fun, fellowship and community pride.

This event is open to the public. For more information and tickets, visit www.irishdistrictfest.com.


Praise on the River - His Hands Free Medical Clinic
June 19, 2016
McGrath Amphitheatre
4:30 p.m.

His Hands Free Medical Clinic presents Praise on the River, Sunday, June 21 from 4 p.m. until dusk, at the Cedar Rapids McGrath Amphitheatre.

This benefit concert brings together several of the hottest worship bands in town for a praise concert during the Freedom Festival. This family friendly event is free and made possible by the support of local businesses, friends, and churches. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, kids and friends, and get ready for a great evening of music. There will be food vendors onsite.

A free-will offering will be accepted to benefit His Hands Free Medical Clinic, which has been serving the medical needs of eastern Iowans for more than 20 years. His Hands offers medical, dental, chiropractic, women's health, mental health, physical therapy, prescription assistance, and spiritual care to people in our community without the resources to pay for health care.

For more information, visit hishandsclinic.org


Raise Your Voice - Girl Scouts of Iowa and Western Illinois
June 24-26, 2016
Cornell College

Calling all teen girls- become leaders in your community!

Attend the Raise Your Voice Leadership Conference June 24-26 at Cornell College! Explore campus and see what college life is like, as well as take action and learn how to respect the planet we all call home. Explore ideas with other girls your age and gain the skills needed to raise your voice and take a stand on issues you care about!

Raise Your Voice is a leadership conference for girls with a focus on the environment. Middle and high school girls get to experience what college life is like during their weekend stay at Cornell College. While exploring campus, girls will learn how to take action and respect the planet they all call home. They will explore ideas with other girls their age and gain the skills needed to raise their voice and take a stand on issues they care about. Girls are split up for the weekend based on their age level and then do various activities. This will include things like water testing, learning the importance of local foods, hearing from environmental speakers, and so much more.

This is an annual event that travels and we are very excited to have it right here in the Corridor this summer. Raise Your Voice is open to ANY girl currently in 6-11 grade (going into grades 7-12) and girls do not have to be a Girl Scout member to attend.

For more information and to sign up, visit GirlScoutsToday.org.


1st Annual Tractorcade - Friends of Olin's Emergency Service
June 25, 2016
Jones County, IA
8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Join us at the 1st Annual Tractorcade! Friends of Olin's Emergency Service is looking to bring people from around Iowa together who love antique tractors for some fellowship and a beautiful ride thru Jones county Iowa with all proceeds going to a good cause. We will also be striving to be bringing attention to the Volunteer EMT's & Firefighters in our communities.

For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/Friends-of-Olins-Emergency-Services-903657849666289/


Tour de Cure - American Diabetes Association
June 25, 2016
Transamerica C Street SW, Cedar Rapids, IA

Tour de Cure is more than just a cycling event. It’s a life-changing event. A day full of fun and excitement where riders of all levels join forces in the fight to Stop Diabetes and raise crucial funds for diabetes research, education and advocacy in support of the American Diabetes Association.

The Tour de Cure is a bike ride, not a race. Whether you are an occasional rider or an experienced cyclist, there is a route just for you. Ride our Family Ride, 25 mile ride, 50 mile ride, or our Century Ride. Each rider raises a minimum of $200 to participate. All of the routes are supported by a crew of dedicated volunteers. Rest stops are available every 10- 15 miles hosted by local Corridor businesses employees. After the ride of your life, you will be welcomed back to our Post-Ride Party as a hero in the fight to Stop Diabetes.

Red Riders are why we ride! The purpose of a Red Rider is to support everyone who lives with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes and showcases the courage it takes to live each day with this difficult disease. Red Riders will receive a day full of celebration and recognition gifts!

We’re celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Tour de Cure and we want you to be a part of this incredible day. Since 1991, Tour de Cure riders have raised over $250,000,000 to help advance our mission and move us closer towards the ultimate goal to Stop Diabetes!

For more information, visit www.diabetes.org/corridorclassic