The following are fundraisers, donations and charitable events happening in the Midlands. Email your information about good deeds to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 402-444-1040.
Pass the syrup: Lynnette Corbin, 53, of La Vista was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and started intense chemotherapy treatment this summer. Treatment keeps her feeling tired and ill, which means she is unable to work regularly. To help the Corbin family with medical expenses, a fundraiser will be held from 8 a.m. to noon today at St. Columbkille Catholic Church, 84th Street and Cornhusker Road in Papillion. The event will feature a pancake breakfast, bake sale and raffle. Breakfast is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors, $4 for children and $25 for a family.
Get the blues: Da Crabby Blues Band will perform live blues from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Shucks Fish House and Oyster Bar, 1218 S. 119th St. Ten percent of the proceeds from the evening will go to a culinary arts scholarship at Metropolitan Community College. There is no admission fee and all ages welcome.
Pitching in: Patsy Martin of Shenandoah, Iowa, was diagnosed with ALS in late July. She taught freshman English at Clarinda (Iowa) High School for 40-plus years and now she needs help. Her illness and renovations needed to the home to accommodate her wheelchair are taking a financial toll on her and her husband, Ed. Fundraising is being done at youcaring.com/Peace_of_Mind_for_Patsy. People can sign up to volunteer for household chores, taking Patsy to appointments and the like by emailing Teresa Simmons at email@example.com or through alsa.lotsahelpinghands.com/c/708606/login/. Clarinda alumni who had Patsy as a teacher will hold an Oct. 12 benefit for her. To learn more, visit facebook.com/events/320346711444171/.
Stampin' for soldiers: Kaylee Chilton, independent Stampin' Up demonstrator, will help participants make blank greeting cards for soldiers in Afghanistan at an event that will run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Pizza Hut, 11832 Standing Stone Drive in Gretna. Participants must bring the materials necessary to make greeting cards of their choice. For more information, contact Chilton at 402-332-4454 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Time to give: Woodmen of the World will host its 24th annual donation drive Wednesday through Friday to benefit Goodwill Industries. Woodmen associates, Woodmen Tower tenants and persons employed in the downtown area can donate usable clothing and small household items for Goodwill Industries on their way to work from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. each day. Goodwill will collect donations at four sites at the Woodmen Tower, 1700 Farnam St.: Garage Levels B and C, Tower Park West Skywalk and Farnam Street Tower Entrance. Revenue generated from the sale of these donated items is used to help support Goodwill's job training and employment placement programs for people with disabilities and other disadvantages.
Scholarship money: The Polish Heritage Society of Nebraska will host its annual beer-tasting event Friday at the Polish Home/Belvedere Hall, 201 E. First St. in Papillion. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the event will begin at 6:30 p.m. Guests will learn about and sample six Polish and European beers and will enjoy a traditional Polish meal. The bar will be open for drink purchases after the beer tasting. Tickets are $20 with proceeds going to the Blessed John Paul II Scholarship Fund that benefits students of Polish descent who will begin Catholic high school in fall of 2014. For information and reservations, email email@example.com or call 402-331-2409.
Bunco, anyone? Friday's Bunco for Breast Cancer will raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research. All of the net proceeds from this event will be donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. There will also be a silent auction and raffle prizes. Doors will open at 6 p.m. with games beginning at 7 p.m. The event will be at Finding Life Church (same building as School of Rock), 13270 Millard Ave. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for information on ticket availability and pricing.
Going to the dogs: The seventh annual “Doggy Day” at Bloom Where You're Planted Farm in Avoca, Neb., will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday as a benefit for Happy Paws Animal Advocacy and the Plattsmouth (Neb.) Animal Shelter. Dog admission is $5, which will be donated to the shelter and Happy Paws, a group that supports the shelter. Donation jars will be in place so the dog-less can participate. Volunteers from the organizations will be on-site throughout the day with literature and pets for adoption. The farm is at 911 108thSt. in rural Avoca.
Get moving: Zumba instructors will sponsor Unite to Fight for a Cure, a Saturday fundraiser to help fight breast cancer. The fourth annual Zumba fitness celebration will run from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Omaha Sports Academy, 11726 Stonegate Circle. Admission is $20 per person. Proceeds will be donated to the Nebraska Chapter of the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Tickets will be available the day of the event, but preregistration is encouraged at unite2fight.eventbrite.com.
Master Naturalists: Families and nature lovers are invited to explore along the Fontenelle Forest boardwalk as Nebraska Master Naturalists lead an adventure with raptors, frogs, plants, birds and more. This event will run from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, rain or shine. The cost is $15 for adults; children younger than 12 are admitted free. Registration fees support the Nebraska Master Naturalist Certification Program. To register for this event or to donate, visit Naturalist.unl.edu or call 402-472-8689.
It's OK to be a pig: The Greenwood (Neb.) Friends of the Library have scheduled their 11th annual Pig Out hog roast from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at Greenwood's E.L. McDonald Community Center on Main Street. The price is a freewill donation to benefit the library. Carry-out meals will be available.
Bark for Life: Dogs can stand up against cancer during Bark for Life, an Oct. 6 team fundraiser organized by Relay for Life of Sarpy County. The 10 a.m. event will include a one-mile walk and run, vendors, a dog costume contest and guest speakers. Registration is $20. Proceeds support the American Cancer Society. Register in person Mondays through Saturdays at Come Sit Stay, 7001 S. 181th St., or online at relayforlife.org/BarkSarpyCoNE.
Give me the chocolate: The National Council of Jewish Women will present The Great Omaha Chocolate Festival from noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Embassy Suites La Vista Hotel and Conference Center, 12520 Westport Parkway. About 40 vendors will offer nibbles and sell their chocolate and other confections. Proceeds from the Chocolate Festival benefit the council's community service projects. All ages are welcome at the chocolate festival. Admission for 2- to 10-year-olds is $3 and includes three free samples. For anyone older, admission is $5 and includes five free samples. Additional sample tickets can be purchased. For more information, visit omahachocolatefestival.com/.
Toy run: ABATE of Nebraska District 6, a motorcycle safety/rights organization, will hosting its annual toy run at 1 p.m. Oct. 6 to benefit the Salvation Army. The group will meet at noon at the Physicians Clinic parking lot, 8901 West Dodge Road, and depart with a police escort at 1 p.m., heading down Dodge to the Old Mattress Factory. All vehicles are welcome to join. Participants should bring at least one new toy that has not been gift-wrapped as the cost to ride. For additional information or to donate new toys, call Michelle at 402-981-0602.
Cemetery tour: The Sarpy County Museum will host a walking tour of the Bellevue Cemetery at 1 p.m. Oct. 6 as a fundraiser for the Sarpy County Museum and the City of Bellevue's cemetery. Proceeds will be split between the two. This year's theme is “Honoring Our Military” and will focus on the gravesites of people who were involved in the nation's wars. The event will feature people who fought in the Civil War, the Indian Wars, the Spanish-American War, both world wars, the Vietnam War, the Cold War and some who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan. The cemetery is about one mile north of Mission Avenue on Franklin Street. The cost of the tour is $10 per person or $30 for a family. Active and retired military will receive a half-price discount with their military ID. Tickets can be purchased the day of the event. A hayrack ride and a small all-terrain vehicle will be available.
Scholarships, awards: It's time to buy tickets for the ninth annual Latino Heritage Awards Banquet, which will begin at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 10. The Barrientos Scholarship Foundation will host the event at the College of St. Mary. Guest speaker will be Eduardo Diaz, director of the Smithsonian Latino Center. The event will recognize scholarship recipients and give awards to Lano Oropeza, community activist, Life Time Achievement Award; Gina Ponce, Kroc Center, Latina of the Year; Tony Gonzalez, Boys & Girls Club, Latino for Community; Servando Perales, Victory Boxing, Service; Mundo Latino (Abril Garcia), Business of the Year. The annual banquet is the primary fundraiser for the Barrientos Scholarship Foundation, which will present 25 scholarships. Make banquet reservations at barrientosscholarship.org/support/banquetregister.asp.
Business attire: Nebraska's Education Department's Vocational Rehabilitation seeks donations of gently used business clothing to help individuals with disabilities get back to work. Donated clothing will be available throughout October to clients served by Nebraska Vocational Rehabilitation. Afterwards, all clothing will be donated to a local charity. Donations will be accepted through Oct. 31 at 12011 Q St. or call Elizabeth Paesl, 402-595-1736, or Brooke Harrie, 402-595-3920, to arrange for pick up of your donation.
Calendars: Wachiska Audubon Society of Lincoln is selling calendars. For 2014, eight Audubon calendars are offered. Check wachiskaaudubon.org to see full-color photos of each and to order. Wachiska will receive a portion of the sale price.
Rock the dog house: Joseph Hall, an Elvis impersonator, will perform Oct. 12 as part of Dog House Rock 2, a benefit for the Sadie Dog Fund. The event will begin at 6 p.m. with auction and social time, followed by the 8 p.m. performance, all at Sokol Hall, 2234 S. 13th St. General admission is $25. Tickets are available at sadiedogfund.com/ and from Annette at 402-598-9172. Sadie Dog Fund helps dogs with special needs by offering funding to pet guardians that need financial assistance.
For the students: More than 100 golfers raised more than $47,000 for Briar Cliff University student scholarships in BCU's annual Lila Frommelt Memorial Golf Classic, held recently at Whispering Creek Golf Club in Sioux City, Iowa. All proceeds from the event go toward academic, merit and needs-based scholarships.
RiteCare: The fifth annual WalkRite for RiteCare raised $7,000 for the RiteCare Speech and Language Clinic through the Scottish Rite Foundation of Omaha. The fundraiser at Zorinsky Lake drew 120 families.