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.
Heats On: Ninety apprentices working with 45 journeymen from Steamfitters and Plumbers Local 464 and the Mechanical Contractors Association of Omaha were busy during the recent 26th annual “Heats On” event. The volunteers spent a day servicing 110 furnaces free for seniors and underprivileged people in the Omaha-Council Bluffs area. All materials, supplies and use of service vehicles were donated. Referrals were provided by the Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging, other nonprofits and area churches. Luke Johnson, a fourth-year apprentice in the five-year program, said: “I feel the most important reason for Heats On is to thank and give back to the people who gave us everything in this country. We service a lot of furnaces for vets and others who sacrificed a lot to protect and build our country into what it is. This is merely just a 'thank you' to them.”
Two events in one: The Gretna Fire Department, 11175 S. 204th St., will host its annual pancake feed from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. today. Freewill donations will be taken. The Gretna Lions Club will host a community health fair alongside the pancake feed from 8 a.m. to noon. There will be free screenings for glaucoma, visual acuity, diabetes, hypertension and hearing problems. The fair also will include other medical services, including flu shots, for a fee. Also expect health-related information and kids activities.
Pink'd Powderpuff: Millard North DECA will host Monday's 7 p.m. Powderpuff game to benefit Project Pink'd and to increase breast cancer awareness. The game will be played on Millard North's new turf field and will feature a seniors vs. juniors flag football game. Breast cancer survivors will perform a special halftime dance. Millard North DECA seniors Liz Sherman and Taylor Olsufka partnered with Project Pink'd for a personal reason. Three years ago Sherman's mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. Project Pink'd is a nonprofit that focuses on improving breast cancer survivors' quality of life. The girls' goal is to raise $5,000 for Project Pink'd. Millard North DECA has been selling “Mustangs Get Pink'd” bracelets. These bracelets will serve as a ticket into the Powderpuff game. Don't have a bracelet? Tickets to the game are $3 at the door.
A fiesta twin: Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity, Upsilon Chapter, at Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, will host a Phiesta Taco Feed from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday. The fundraiser will benefit the fraternity's national philanthropy effort, Serious Fun Camps Network. Serious Camps Network is a summer program designed for children who are terminally ill. The original camp was founded by actor Paul Newman, a Phi Kappa Tau member. The taco feed will be held at the fraternity house, 5303 Huntington Ave. in Lincoln. Tickets are $6 at the door.
Fun and charity: The Just For Her Event is coming Friday through Oct. 13 to the CenturyLink Center. Fundraising is one part of the event. To help stock Catholic Charities' food banks in preparation for the holiday season, every nonperishable food item donated will give an attendee $1 off the purchase price of an entry ticket. Tickets at the door are $8. A second charitable cause, Salon Cuts For A Cause, will run from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday. Stylists from Trios Salon & Spa will give a haircut, straighten or do a blow out style for a minimum $5 donation. All proceeds will benefit The Metamorphosis Fund, which helps cancer patients and survivors with financial burdens to help in their recovery.
Pink'd again: Superior Honda of Omaha and Acura of Omaha hope to make a difference in the life of a breast cancer survivor. For every new or used vehicle purchased in October, the dealerships will donate $50 to Project Pink'd. It's a local nonprofit that provides support for a variety of services that focus on improving the quality of life for breast cancer survivors. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, staff from Project Pink'd will be onsite. At all other times, information about the nonprofit will be available. If you aren't planning to buy a car this month, you can donate to Project Pink'd at site.projectpinkd.org.
Items needed: Help support former foster youths by donating furniture, household items and clothing to Youth Mart during its donation drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 13. Items will be accepted at the Youth Mart, 4343 N. 52nd St. on the Omaha Home for Boys Campus. The Independent Living Donation Center known as Youth Mart is a donation center for former foster youths ages 16 to 24. Items needed include gently used furniture (no mattresses), household items (such as pots and pans, dishes, lamps, small appliances, etc.), new and gently used baby items (such as clothing, diapers, wipes, etc.), personal hygiene products, and new or gently used clothing and shoes for adult men and women. New and used items for warehouse organization also will be accepted, including large shelving units, plastic bins, hangers, hanging racks and boxes.
Derby Day: The Farm at Butterflat Creek will host a fundraising Derby Day at 10 a.m. Saturday. Horse riders can enter The Farm Mini Hunter Derby, Children's-Adult Amateur Hunter Derby or the The Farm at Butterflat Creek Hunter Derby. Cash prizes will be given. The huntsman of the North Hills Hunt also will showcase the hounds and the horses. Proceeds from the derby will go to the North Hills Hunt. Watching the derby is open to the public. Bring your own outdoor chairs. Concessions will be available for purchase. After the final class of riders, everyone there is invited to gather for free food, drinks and music. Carine Stava of The Farm is organizing the derby. To register to ride, a fee is involved, email her at email@example.com. The Farm at Butterflat Creek is at 16330 Dutch Hall Road in Bennington just north of the intersection between County Road 29 and Dutch Hall. From Interstate 680 northbound, take the Irvington-Blair exit (Exit 6). Turn left onto Nebraska Highway 133-Blair High Road. Take the highway until you make a left turn onto Nebraska 36 West/Bennington Road. Turn right onto 156th Street. Turn left at Dutch Hall Road. Turn right after the bridge onto County Road 29. The Farm will be straight ahead on your right.
They're creepy and they're spooky: Haunted Hollow, 12501 Old Giles Road in La Vista, will host a hearse and creepy car show beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday. Donations will be accepted to benefit the Open Door Mission. Call 402-896-1920 to enter a vehicle in the show. Prizes will be awarded. The show is included in the $20 admission fee to Haunted Hollow.
Pass the syrup: The Waffleman will serve all-you-can-eat breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 13 at the Elmwood (Neb.) Fire Station. The cost is a freewill donation. The Elmwood Rescue Squad will donate all proceeds to the Weeping Water (Neb.) Rescue Squad.
Chicken-noodle, please: The American Legion Auxiliary soup supper will run from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 13 at Legion Post 143 in Springfield. Meals cost $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $3 for ages 4 to 8 and free for ages 3 and younger. All proceeds will go to the “Stand Down” program that supports homeless and needy veterans in and around the Omaha area.
Film festival: Lunafest, the only film festival in the U.S. that combines women-only filmmakers with a community fundraising campaign, will be in Omaha Oct. 17. This event will support The Breast Cancer Fund and the Women's Center for Advancement. Woodmen of the World's Young Professionals Group is sponsoring Lunafest. The films range from animation to fictional drama, and cover topics such as women's health, motherhood, body image, aging, cultural diversity and breaking barriers. The event will begin at 6 p.m. at Aksarben Cinema, 2110 S. 67th St. Tickets, $35, are available at http://www.aksarbencinema.com/lunafest.html. The night includes film screenings, cocktails, guest speakers and a silent auction. The cocktail hour and silent auction will begin at 6 p.m. with the films starting at 7.
It's all about the food: Help the Omaha Food Allergy Support Group say farewell to food allergies at FARE 2013 Walk for Food Allergy on Oct. 19 in Lincoln. FARE stands for Food Allergy Research & Education. Check-in will begin at 8:30 a.m. at Holmes Lake Park. The walk, held rain or shine, will follow a 9 a.m. ceremony. The walk is a family-friendly event that funds food allergy research, education, advocacy and awareness. Create your own team, join a team or donate at kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1061770.