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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.

Contest Entry Form Contest Rules

Upcoming Events

Signature Chefs Auction - March of Dimes
Thursday, October 27, 2016
6:30 p.m.
Coralville Marriott

Join us for the annual Signature Chefs Gala event highlighting the top culinary talents in the area while raising essential funds for the March of Dimes mission. Upon arrival, you will enjoy the chance to sample our chefs' creations for a 90-minute tasting experience before taking your seat for the Live Auction and Fund the Mission. Enjoy dessert while you bid on unique packages, raising your paddle and giving generously to help babies.

For more information, visit www.signaturechefs.org/iowacity ____________________________________________________

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 ____________________________________________________

Strides for Rides 5K and Fun Walk - Systems Unlimited, Inc.
Saturday, October 29, 2016
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Terry Trueblood Recreation Area

The starting time for the run will be at 9:00 a.m. at Napolean Park and it will end at the Terry Trueblood Pavilion. The monster march, games and kids costume contest will begin at 10:00 a.m. at the Terry Trueblood Lodge. The event will have music, face-painting and Halloween games and treats. Costumes are optional.

There is a $35 entry fee for the 5K, includes a t-shirt, goodie bag, and $5 for the Monster March. Children under 12 are free with accompanying adult. Thanks for the support! Let's get a new wheel chair van!

For more information, visit sui.org/event/strides-rides-5k/ __________________________________________________

Sleep Out for the Homeless - Community Circle of Care
Saturday, October 29, 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/ ____________________________________________________

Gridiron Bash - Big Brothers Big Sisters
Saturday, November 5, 2016
Kinnick Stadium Press Box
Iowa City, IA

Join us for this tailgating party! Get a unique view of Kinnick Stadium from within its Press Box while you cheer on the Iowa Hawkeyes taking on Penn State. This away game will be projected on the big screens.

Tickets are $60/person which include the tailgate buffet, beer/wine & soda. There will be a silent auction with a chance to win autographed sports memorabilia, football tickets & more.

For more information, visit www.beabigcr.org ____________________________________________________

Veteran Appreciation Night - CR RoughRiders
Saturday, November 5, 2016
Cedar Rapids Ice Arena

Join the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders for their annual Veteran Appreciation night as they take on the Bloomington Thunder at 7pm.

Please bring a non-perishable food item as the RoughRiders will be collecting the week of the game to donate to the Veteran Outreach Center food pantry. Fans that donate will receive two free chuck-a-pucks to any RoughRiders home game during the 2016-2017 season.

For more information, visit www.ridertownusa.com ____________________________________________________

Go Red for Women Luncheon -
American Heart Association
Thursday, November 10, 2015
10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Coralville Marriott, Iowa City, IA
Friday, November 18, 2016
10 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. DoubleTree by Hilton, Cedar Rapids, IA

Help fight heart disease by attending the Cedar Rapids and Iowa City Go Red for Women Luncheon. This is a weekday, luncheon affair that is a day of inspiration and networking. Both events are a great opportunity for women to receive resources, life-changing information and hope to prevent or survive heart disease and stroke.

To purchase tickets or for more information visit www.iowacitygoredwomen.org or www.cedarrapidsgoredforwomen.org ____________________________________________________

Caregiver Wellness Day - Heritage Area Agency on Aging
Thursday, November 10, 2016
7:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Kirkwood Hotel, Cedar Rapids, IA

Join us at the Hotel at Kirkwood Center for a day to honor and celebrate the family caregiver. We have another exciting year filled with motivation and information to inspire you and thank you for your work and dedication. Topics include, caregiver fatigue, finance of caregiving, music therapy, and more!

The event's keynote speaker this year is Jolene Brackey, founder of Enhanced Moments and author of the book Creating Moments of Joy. Event is free of charge.

For more information find us on Facebook. ____________________________________________________

Central City Breast Cancer Bazaar
Saturday, November 19, 2016
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Central City High School

Join Central City basketball teams as they hold their annual basketball game that is designed to raise awareness for breast cancer while also raising funds for Mercy EFY.

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/CCBreastcancerBasketball/