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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 Green State Credit Union.

A+ for Education

We are proud to recognize excellence in education.

Nominations for A+ for Education are accepted through April 30, 2020.

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

Summer Writing Contest

Nearly 90 students answered "Who is your biggest hero and why?" in our annual Summer Writing Contest.

The following winners were chosen by a panel of three independent judges:

Age 7-8:
1st place – Edison Wolterman of Cedar Rapids
2nd place – Addison Kay of Cedar Rapids
3rd place – Averi Jeffries of Tipton

Age 9-10:
1st place – Brynnley Fetzer of Cedar Rapids
2nd place – Scarlett Dwyer of Cedar Rapids
3rd place – Elyse Lyle of Keota

Age 11-12:
1st place – Brynn Albertsen of Buckingham
2nd place – Nevaeh Norton of Monticello
3rd place – Olivia Troy of Marion

Each winner received a goody bag filled with gifts from the Show You Care sponsors and 4 tickets to Adventureland! The Grand Prize winner from each age group also received a $75 Green State Credit Union Visa Gift Card and the second place winner from each age group received a $25 Green State Credit Union Visa Gift Card.

The event is part of the Show You Care program. SYC sponsors are: Dave Wright Subaru, Eells and Tronvold Law Offices, Mercy Medical Center and The Green State Credit Union.

Visit this page in June 2020 for information for the 2020 Summer Writing Contest.

Nominations will be accepted November 1 – November 30, 2018

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

Nominations are accepted November 1 - November 30, 2020

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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Show Your Care Features

Upcoming Events



Cheers to 100 Years
United Way of Johnson & Washington Counties
February 8, 2020
6 pm to midnight
Coralville Marriott Conference Center

United Way of Johnson & Washington Counties is celebrating 100 years of service and is inviting the community to their 100th Year Celebration culminating event “Cheers to 100 Years.” The celebration will include era themed rooms from the ‘20s, ‘50s, ‘70s, ‘80s, ‘90s, and 2000s filled with games, music, food & drink from each time period and a main stage with 3 live local bands. Guests will be encouraged to dress in their favorite era clothing and travel through time by participating in each room’s unique events.
For more information visit: https://www.unitedwayjwc.org/

20th Annual Blues 'n' Buffett Chili Challenge
Isle of Iowa Parrot Head Club/Linn County Blues Society
February 9, 2020
6 pm to midnight
Cedar Rapids Marriott

The Chili Challenge is a family friendly competition between the two sponsoring organizations and local restaurants to raise money for local Cedar Rapids charities. The event offers not only chili tasting, but voting for your favorite chilis, a silent auction and local celebrity judges.
For more information visit: https://www.blues-buffett.com

Bowl for Kids' Sake 2020
Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Cedar Rapids & East Central Iowa
February 18-29, 2020
Various times
Cedar Rapids Bowling Center

Bowl For Kids’ Sake is the area's largest bowling party in Cedar Rapids that supports mentoring for kids in the community. It is Big Brothers Big Sisters' largest source of income and in 2019 raised over $220,000 with 1,600 participants. Money raised at Bowl For Kids’ Sake supports the process of creating new mentor relationships and sustaining existing ones. Note: the event runs February 18-29 with various times. Contact Big Brothers Big Sisters for more information.
For more information visit: http://www.bigcr.org/events/bowl-kids-sake/

23rd Annual Souper Bowl
Domestic Violence Intervention Program
February 20, 2020
5:30-7:30 pm
Coralville Marriott Conference Center

The 23rd Annual Souper Bowl is a fundraiser for victims of intimate partner abuse.
For more information visit: https://dvipiowa.org

Birthright Celebration
Birthright of Cedar Rapids
February 22, 2020
5:30-7:30 pm
Knights of Columbus Hall, 5650 Kacena Ave., Marion

This event is the organization's annual fundraiser.
For more information visit:

Hope Blooms
Gems of Hope, Inc.
March 11, 2020
Various times
Gems of Hope

This is the organization's annual sales of daffodils.
For more information visit: www.gemsofhope.com

Cedar Rapids Taste of Achievement
Junior Achievement of Eastern Iowa
6:00-9:00 pm
April 12, 2020
Epic Event Center

This event allows 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 custom jewelry, dueling pianos, 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 lavish vacation packages.
For more information visit: https://www.juniorachievement.org/web/ja-easterniowa/

Putts for Prevention
Foundation 2
May 1, 2020
12:00 pm
Downtown Cedar Rapids

Putts for Prevention is a traveling putt-putt golf course all throughout downtown Cedar Rapids. Nine local restaurants each host a putt-putt hole. There is also a raffle component to the event.
For more information visit: www.foundation2.org

Iowa City Taste of Achievement
Junior Achievement of Eastern Iowa
May 28, 2020
6:00-9:00 pm
Epic Event Center

This event allows 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 custom jewelry, dueling pianos, 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 lavish vacation packages.
For more information visit: https://www.juniorachievement.org/web/ja-easterniowa/