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.
On the ice: The third annual University of Nebraska Medical Center Skate-a-thon for Parkinson's, held recently at the UNMC ice rink, raised more than $23,000. Nearly 500 skaters and 750 people attended. Proceeds will go toward clinical and basic science Parkinson's research at UNMC as well as the Parkinson's Health Development Program, which offers affordable exercises and activities to improve the quality of life for persons with Parkinson's.
The event is the brainchild of Ted and Colleen Wuebben of Omaha. She was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2005 at the age of 52. For three years, the Wuebbens flooded their backyard for the event. In 2011, they moved the event to the UNMC ice rink. She died Wednesday at her Omaha home from Parkinson's and cancer.
Filling shelves: The Nash Finch Charitable Foundation, on behalf of No Frills & Bag 'N Save Supermarkets, recently donated $5,000 to Food Bank for the Heartland.
Artwork: “Open Door,” an experimental performance piece of art and spoken word by Bob Donlan, will be shared from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at Circle Theater, 726 S. 55th St. in the lower level of Central Presbyterian Church. An open studio of works for sale by local artists will be available starting at 6 p.m. Artists will donate half of their proceeds to a recovery service of their choice. Open Door is sponsored by the Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska.
Gowns for good: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hastings, Neb., and the YWCA of Adams County are teaming up to bring the first annual Gowns for Good. Find dresses at reasonable prices from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and March 2 at the YWCA, 604 N. St. Joseph Ave. in Hastings. Proceeds will go to Big Brothers Big Sisters and YWCA programs.
Art & Soup: The Visiting Nurse Association will host its 16th annual Art & Soup event from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 24 at the Embassy Suites La Vista, 12520 Westport Parkway. Proceeds will go to the Shelter Nursing Program, which provides health services for children and adults living in Omaha and Council Bluffs homeless shelters. Advance tickets, $50, are available at theVNAcares.org or by calling 402-930-4170. Tickets at the door will be $55.
Eat and bid: The Ralston Lions Club will host its annual Chili Feed and Auction from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Feb. 24 at the Ralston Senior Center, 73rd and Q Streets in Ralston. There also will be a silent auction; the live auction will start at 5:15 p.m. Tickets are $6 for adults, $3 for children ages 6 to 12. Children 5 and younger eat free. The meal includes chili, vegetables, crackers, drink and dessert. Proceeds will go to Lions sight programs and scholarships.
On the runway: Collections by local boutiques will be modeled by cancer survivors and others during the 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Feb. 26 Omaha Fashion Week Cancer Survivors Show at Kaneko, 1111 Jones St. Models will include Methodist Hospital employees and cancer patients. A portion of the event's proceeds will benefit the Inner Beauty Salon at Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center. Tickets, $20 to $65, are available at omahafashionweek.com/tickets.
Walk and roll: The Meyer Foundation for Disabilities is sponsoring the ninth annual Walk & Roll for Disabilities on March 3. The event will be on the second floor of Westroads Mall by Dick's Sporting Goods. Registration will begin at 10:30 a.m. The walk and roll will begin at 11:30 a.m. This annual event raises funds for recreational programs for teens and adults with developmental disabilities in the greater Omaha area. For more information, visit omahadisabilities.org.
CDs needed: Students Against Violence and One Billion Rising at College of St. Mary seek CD donations for Rise to Music to help support, educate and empower survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. Choose an original, new or used CD that has helped, changed or given you strength and hope. Do not burn CDs for donation. Leave your CDs at a Rise to Music drop site on the campus at 7000 Mercy Road either at the Student Leadership and Organizations Office (Hixson-Lied Commons) or the Lozier and Madonna front desks.
Yarn, needles: Many refugees at the Yates Community Center enjoy knitting for their families and making items to donate. If you have yarn left from other projects or knitting needles (size 7 or smaller) or small crochet hooks, drop them off at the Yates Community Center, 3260 Davenport St., between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on school days. Or you can mail them there.
Blankets: Omaha-based Hayneedle, an online home furnishings retailer, on Wednesday donated thousands of blankets to families affected by Hurricane Sandy through the Children's Home Society of New Jersey. Hayneedle's website launched its second annual Gifts That Give Back holiday collection in 2012 with the goal of delivering warm blankets to U.S. children in need.
Ultra Chic Prom Boutique: Max I. Walker's sixth annual Ultra Chic Prom Boutique again broke a record. It generated more than $14,700 for the Open Door Mission's Lydia House. More than 2,000 dresses were collected, cleaned, pressed, mended and sold for $25 each.
Keeping the heat: The third annual Chili Cook-Off for the St. Vincent de Paul Society raised $11,000 for the group's “Keep the Heat On Fund.” It helps those in need to pay for utilities or rent during winter. Twenty chili contenders prepared traditional and nontraditional chili recipes that were tasted by hundreds of chili lovers, who voted for their favorite.
Lots of tips: Waiting tables got more lucrative for Briar Cliff University student-athletes, who recently helped raise more than $16,500 at “Lunch With the Chargers.” The amount raised is a 40 percent increase from last year. All proceeds benefit the scholarship fund at the Sioux City, Iowa, school.
Indoor work: Winter's grip doesn't affect construction at Habitat for Humanity Omaha, so don't let the elements stop you. For the next several weeks, the focus will be on indoor projects. No experience is required. Register to volunteer at habitatomaha.org/volunteer. Groups should contact Tammie Dodge, Habitat Omaha's director of volunteer services, at email@example.com.
FrogWatch: Fontenelle Forest needs volunteers for the local FrogWatch USA chapter. FrogWatch USA is an association of zoos and aquariums citizen science program designed for long-term monitoring of frog and toad populations. This program has the ability to collect more data, over a larger area, than a single researcher or even a group of researchers. Fontenelle Forest will host a training session from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Fontenelle Forest Nature Center, 1111 Bellevue Blvd. North in Bellevue.
Participants will learn how to identify Nebraska frogs and toads. This is a family-friendly volunteer opportunity, but training is for participants 16 and older. Volunteers are encouraged to monitor their location(s) at least twice a week during the season from March into August beginning one half hour after sunset. For questions or to become a FrogWatch volunteer, contact Cori Tejral at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Health center: The Douglas County Health Center needs volunteers for the information desk and in the gift shop. They are needed every day for the information desk and Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in the gift shop. Special skills aren't needed, but being a people person and enjoying socialization are important. Training is provided and a background check is done. The health center is at 42nd Street and Woolworth Avenue. To volunteer or to ask questions, contact Sabra Mackey at 402-444-5394 or email@example.com.
Spot storms: Anyone interested in becoming a trained storm spotter is invited to volunteer with Heartland React for the 2013 storm season. Members provide radio communications for events such as parades, bike rides and walks. They also provide communication services during emergencies as requested by Sarpy and Douglas County emergency management officials and local law enforcement agencies. New recruit training will be Saturday at the Douglas County Emergency Management Agency Emergency Operations Center at the Omaha-Douglas County Civic Center, 1819 Farnam St. in Omaha. To register for training, visit heartlandreact.com or call 402-965-1222.
Compiled by Sue Story Truax with World-Herald News Service