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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.

9 Who Care

Nominations are accepted November 1 - November 30, 2019

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 through November 30.

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A+ for Education

We are proud to recognize excellence in education.

Nominations will be accepted through April 30, 2019.

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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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.


The Coats for Kids campaign is scheduled for September 1-30.

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Summer Writing Contest

Attention all kids between the ages of 7-12 in Eastern Iowa. Tell us what your biggest dream in life is 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 will be accepted in Summer 2019 for the Summer Writing Contest.

Contest Entry Form Contest Rules

Nominations will be accepted November 1 – November 30, 2018

Upcoming Events



14th Annual Festival of Flowers
United Action for Youth
May 23
5:30-8:30 pm
Graduate Hotel, Iowa City

UAY's Festival of Flowers is a creative fundraising event that supports UAY's important work with youth and families in Johnson County and surrounding areas. Professionals, amateurs and youth are invited to submit entries of floral art, fresh flower arrangements, and container gardens which are displayed, judged and auctioned off. The Festival of Flowers event offers wine, hors d'oeuvres, music and a silent auction between 5:30-7pm. A live auction featuring award-winning floral designs and other high-end packages begins at 7pm. All proceeds benefit youth and families served by UAY.
For more information visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/536458266834328/

Summer Fest
Tanager Place
June 1
3:00-6:00 pm
Collins Recreation Center

Free Kick Off to Summer Community Event for Families that offers activities, resources, crafts, car show for families to enjoy together.
For more information visit: www.tanagerplace.org

Cruisin' the Ave Charity Car Show
Cedar Rapids Corvette Club
June 8
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Cedar Hills Community Church parking lot, 6455 E Ave NW, Cedar Rapids

This automobile show will benefit local charities, including classes in addition to Corvettes.
For more information visit: www.cedarrapidscorvetteclub.com

Praise on the River
His Hands Free Clinic
June 9
2:00-5:00 pm
McGrath Amphitheatre

This is a familly friendly festival style concert during the Freedom Festival-featuring local worship bands
For more information visit: www.hishandsclinic.org

Cedar Rapids Hunger Fight
Meals from the Heartland
June 14
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
DoubleTree Convention Complex

Join this event to package meals for hungry people.
For more information visit: https://mealsfromtheheartland.org/cr-hunger-fight/

Eastern Iowa Duck Race
CR Daybreak Rotary
June 15
12:30 pm
Downtown Farmers Market, Cedar Rapids

The Greater Eastern Duck race raises $50,000 for youth organizations and sponsored by Daybreak Rotary. The event has occurred for the past 10 years with more than $600,000 given to local kids’ programming.
For more information visit: https://greateasterniowaduckrace.com

Lager Lympics
Metro North Rotary Club
June 15
11:30 am
NewBo City Market

A beverage sampling event to raise funds in support of local non profits that serve disadvantaged youth.
For more information visit: https://metronorthrotary.org/

Brake the Cycle (of Homelessness)
Shelter House
June 22
9:00 am
Terry Trueblood Recreation Area

Brake the Cycle riders combine their support to end homelessness with the joy of cycling. This 15-mile fun ride benefiting Shelter House includes optional stops at your favorite watering holes to relax and grab a drink or a bite to eat
For more information visit: https://shelterhouseiowa.org/brake-the-cycle-of-homelessness/

Volta Youth Music Festival
Eastern Iowa Arts Academy
June 15
11:30 am
NewBo City Market

AThe Volta Youth Music Festival will feature local professionals musicians including EIAA's rock band instructors and other local bands coming together to support Eastern Iowa's youth talent. EIAA's seven youth rock bands will also perform for a day-long variety of music on stage. br> For more information visit: = www.easterniowaartsacademy.org

Push the Plunger
Amvets Riders Chapter 6
July 4
9:30 pm
McGrath Amphitheatre

The Amvets Riders Chapter 6 is raffling off the opportunity to Push the Plunger - meaning, start the Cedar Rapids Fireworks display on the 4th of July!
For more information visit: amvetscr.org

Zach Johnson Foundation Classic
Zach Johnson Foundation
July 8
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Elmcrest Country Club

Pro-Am Golf Tournament featuring Zach Johnson and other celebrity players raising money for the Zach Johnson Foundation's Kids on Course Program
For more information visit: www.zachjohnsongolf.com