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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.


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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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.

Make a Nomination

A+ for Education

We are no longer accepting nominations for the 2016-2017 school year. A+ for Education will start back up in August

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

Upcoming Events

Silent Auction - Free Wine & Beer Tasting
Families Helping Families
May 27th
Newbo City Market

Families Helping Families is a nonprofit that helps children in foster care, relative placement and other approved placements within the State of Iowa. Our annual Silent Auction Fundraiser will be held on May 27th at Newbo City Market. Come join for an afternoon of fun. We'll have: - Games and activities - Silent auction from 80+ local businesses - Free wine and beer tasting - Door prizes and raffles - Teal blue candles in honor of foster care awareness - and so much more!

This event is FREE to attend and open to the public!

For more information visit http://www.familieshelpingfamiliesofiowa.org/event/silent-auction-fhf/ ___________________________________________________

6th Annual Wine Tasting
Critter Crusaders
June 2nd
5:00pm - 8:00pm
1st Avenue Wine House

Join us for an evening to benefit the homeless pets in our area needing advance medical treatment. The event will have food, wine, live music, and live and silent auctions. Purchase tickets online today! You must be 21 to attend.

For more information visit www.crittercrusaderscr.org ___________________________________________________

Break the Cycle
Iowa Humane Alliance
June 3rd
Ride begins at 10am
Starting line at Aces and Eights in Czech Village Cedar Rapids, IA

Come on out on June 3rd for Break the Cycle! This event consists of a 35 mile round trip group bike tour (with three route distances to choose from) to 7 local animal shelters and will conclude with an after party at Aces and Eights in the Czech Village. The after party will feature live music, prizes and fun for all! Funds raised at this event will benefit the Iowa Humane Alliance Regional Spay/Neuter Clinic as well as other organizations helping animals in our community.

Pre-registration is going on now and same day registration starts at 9:00am on the 3rd.

For more information or to register visit iowahumanealliance.org or call 319-363-1225 ___________________________________________________

Summer Fest
Tanager Place
June 3rd
3:30pm - 8:30pm
Rockwell Collins Sports Complex

A family event with over 75 free activities for all ages! Summer Fest hosts the one and only General Mills Make your own Cereal Tent, bike helmet giveaway, over 45 unique activities, 35 hands-on displays, live entertainment, and inflatable rides. Event is free admission and open to the public! (inflatable rides and food offered at a minimal charge)

For the past 26 years, this free family festival – made possible by generous sponsors – has raised over $650,000 for Tanager Place programs specializing in mental and behavioral health treatment for children. Summer Fest celebrates Tanager Place’s mission to support and build strong and healthy families.


Annual K-9 Benefit
CRPD - Linn County Sheriffs Office
June 3rd
10:00am - 6:00pm
Pet's Playhouse 151 Jacolyn Dr NW, Cedar Rapids

Join the Cedar Rapids Police Department and the Linn County Sheriffs Office for the Annual K-9 Benefit on June 3rd. The event will feature carnival rides, live music, food, and so much more!

Funds raised at the event will be used to purchase new dogs to replace retiring ones, as well as get more dogs to help with crime.

For more information visit www.pets-playhouse.com/ ___________________________________________________

Relay for Life
American Cancer Society
June 9th
Kingston Stadium, Cedar Rapids

Join the American Cancer Society for their signature fundraiser, Relay for Life. It is a team focused walk event that also includes activities for the whole family and ceremonies that celebrate cancer survivors in our community.

Opening Ceremony 7pm Survivors Lap 7:15pm Caregivers Lap (immediately following Survivors Lap) Luminaria Ceremony 9:00pm (Dusk) Closing Ceremony 12:30am

Donations to Relay For Life help the American Cancer Society fund groundbreaking cancer research, critical patient care services, education and prevention initiatives, and so much more.

For more information visit www.relayforlife.org/linncountyia ___________________________________________________

Spring Poker Run
Eagle Riders Iowa City
June 10th
Iowa City FOE 695

Join us on June 10th for the Spring Poker Run hosted by the Fraternal Order of The Eagles, Eagle RIders ! Last bike out at 10am and last bike in at 5pm. Coat is $15 and includes a meal. Proceeds from event will go to the Veterans Liberty Center.

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

Praise on the River
His Hands Free Clinic
June 11th
McGrath Amphitheatre

Praise on the River is a come and go benefit concert for His Hands Free Clinic. It brings together worship bands from churches all over Cedar Rapids. 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 afternoon and evening of music. There will be food vendors on site.

For more information visit www.hishandsclinic.org ___________________________________________________

Tour de Cure
American Diabetes Association
June 24th
Transamerica C Street Location

Participating in the Tour de Cure is an experience you will never forget. The event is very well organized and has routes available for all skill levels. You will be inspired by all of those joining you as you make an impact for this great cause.
Your Tour Day experience includes:
- Starting line ceremonies with inspiring speakers - Well planned and marked routes - Vehicle support with medics and mechanics - Fully stocked rest stops - A fantastic lunch and post event festival
Make a difference for this great cause and register for the Tour de Cure today!

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

Shenanigans Veterans Benefit & Ride
Veterans Freedom Center
June 24th
Shenanigans Pub

5th Annual benefit. The day will consist of a ride (motorcycles, cars, bicycles etc.) to several area businesses. The cost for the ride is $10.00 There will be 50/50 drawings and raffles throughout the day. There will be a wing cook off and a hog roast cook off to be judged in the afternoon. There will also be drinks and other food available for purchase. There will be events for children to participate in. There will also be live music throughout the day at Shenanigans. There will be hundreds of live and silent auction items to be bid on as well. The McGrath Harley Davidson Trailer will also be on site. The proceeds from this benefit will go to the Veterans Freedom Center that is located here in Dubuque, Iowa.

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