KCRG | Community Events | Show You Care

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

Bowl for Kids Sake
February 2-28, 2016
Cedar Rapids Bowling Center

Bowl for Kids' Sake is Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cedar Rapids & East Central Iowa’s largest annual fundraising event. With the help of over 2,600 bowlers, in 2015 we raised an outstanding $353,342 to support our work of providing mentors to children in our area! By bowling with us or making a donation to a bowler (or both!), you help us carry out our mission – To provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.
Variety's 27th Annual Spirits of Spring
February 4, 2016
Cedar Rapids Marriott

Join us for Variety's 27th Annual Spirits of Spring! This year's event will be Party Gras themed, so feel free to dress the part. There will be more than 20 wine, beer and spirits vendors pouring over 200 samples for you to try. We will have a variety of New Orleans style hors d'ourves, games, live music, a silent auction, and chances to win some great, big prizes!

Tickets are available via the link in this event, and will soon be available at the Cedar Rapids and Marion Hy-Vee stores, as well as the Cedar Rapids Marriott. Tickets are $30 each or 2 for $50.
PAWS for Love - CR Animal Care and Control
February 13, 2016
Czech and Slovak Museum

PAWS for Love is a Valentine’s Day Gala & Silent Auction to support the many needs of the homeless animals at the Cedar Rapids Animal Care Control Center.
Attendees will enjoy Sweet & Savory Tasting Stations paired with wines, dive into a delectable array of delicious desserts and a Chocolate Fountain, bid on incredible auction items for their favorite sweetie pie or pet, and dance the night away to the George Jazz Group.
Grace C Mae Advocate Center Masquerade Ball
February 13, 2016
Double Tree Hotel - Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

This special event is the annual masquerade ball. This year it is doubling as a huge celebration for Grace C. Mae's 12th birthday. Far exceeding her life expectancy, Grace will turn 12 on the eve of Valentine's Day. We are well underway with our capital campaign to build the Haven of Grace Ranch, a crisis retreat center where families can go to get strategic help and support from resourceful, competent problem solvers.
The evening's theme is “GRACEOPOLY”. Live entertainment, appetizers, and an open bar are included in the ticket price. A silent auction with "Love of My Life" Valentine gifts will held throughout the evening. Tickets available at http://www.advocatecenter.org/masquerade-ball.html

____________________________________________________ Junior Achievement - Iowa City Taste of Achievement
February 19, 2016
The Celebration Farm - 4696 Robin Woods Lane NE, Iowa City
TIcket Price: $45 for general admission in advance, $55 at the door

Junior Achievement of Eastern Iowa’s (JAEI) Annual Taste of Achievement events allow participants to escape into an evening of fine wines, specialty beers, and hors d’oeuvres while bidding on silent and live auction items. Participants enjoy the ambiance of unique auction items, live music, and great company.
An online auction opens prior to the event with bidding concluding at the live event. Auction items range from local gift certificates to unique experiences.
The 2015 event in Iowa City raised over $35,000, with the help of the 207 people in attendance, which will help support over 997 kindergarten through 12th grade students in the Iowa City area receive Junior Achievement programming.
Purchase your tickets now: Call: (319) 862-1100 Online: bidpal.net/ictoa
Systems Unlimited - Gala and Silent Auction
March 4, 2016
The Celebration Barn in Iowa City

The 2016 Systems Unlimited Gala and Silent Auction is a fundraising event. Since 1971, Systems Unlimited has provided services to individuals with intellectual and/or physical disabilities or behavioral health issues. All proceeds raised from this event will be split by the three divisions at Systems Unlimited. Dueling Pianos will provide the entertainment. We will have a silent auction and a dessert table featuring desserts that attendees can bid on for their table.
Tickets available at http://www.sui.org/event/gala-and-silent-auction-annual-fundraiser/

Flapjacks for Backpacks
Saturday, March 5, 2016
8:00 am-noon
St. Patrick's Parish Church, Cedar Rapids

Flapjacks for Backpacks is a fundraiser sponsored by Rotary West to raise money for backpacks and school supplies for local school children. The backpacks are distributed at the Salvation Army at the beginning of August each year. In addition to a great breakfast of all you care to eat pancakes, sausage and eggs, you will also have a chance to bid on items donated by local Rotary members via a silent auction and a chance to win one of several items with the raffle. Local school musical groups will also perform during the event.