Following are fundraisers, donations and other charitable events happening in the Midlands. Email your information about good deeds to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 402-444-1040.
Having an impact: Deloitte LLP celebrated its 13th annual Impact Day this month by assisting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Omaha and the Omaha Parks and Recreation Department. More than 100 professionals from Deloitte's Omaha office did landscaping and cleaning, and taught children at the clubs about cybersecurity and the importance of anti-bullying behavior. Deloitte employees also helped the Parks and Recreation Department remove concrete from a new walking trail in South Omaha. Impact Day is Deloitte's national day of community service.
Heart healthy fun: Fun-Plex and the American Heart Association will team up Wednesday to put the fun in heart health and raise cash for the cause. Fun-Plex, 7003 Q St., will donate $10 to the American Heart Association for every all-day pass purchased. Fit4Fun, a series of heart healthy activities, will run from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Shhhh: Michael, a longtime guest of the Ronald McDonald House Charities in Omaha, will celebrate his 14th birthday Thursday. He is waiting on three different transplants. Michael loves getting mail. You can add to the surprise fun by overwhelming him with birthday cards and notes. Send them to: Michael, c/o Ronald McDonald House, 620 S. 38th Ave., Omaha, NE 68105.
Lacing it up: The World-Herald recently told you about Alexis Watters, a 9-year-old Omahan collecting shoes for Calvary of Christ missionaries working in Mexico and Guatemala. So far, Alexis has more than 400 pairs ready to go. Her goal is 500. Her focus is children's shoes, but she will take adult shoes, too. The Omaha area's five Romeo's Mexican Food & Pizza restaurants will offer free chips and queso dip from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday to customers who donate a pair of new or gently used shoes. Romeo's locations are 90th and Blondo Streets, 146th Street and West Center Road, 96th and L Streets, and 29th and Farnam Street, all in Omaha, and Galvin and Avery Roads in Bellevue. Alexis' parents are Brian and Elizabeth Watters of Omaha.
Poker run: VODEC's second annual poker run will be Saturday with dual registrations in Nebraska and Iowa. Registration, also available online at vodec.org, is $15 per person or $25 per couple. The website includes the route. Nebraska registration will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday at Dillon Brothers Harley Davidson, 174th Street and West Maple Road. Iowa registration will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Hog Stop Restaurant, 3621 Ninth Ave. in Council Bluffs. The event is a benefit for VODEC's residential clients' recreational activities. Proceeds will help fund activities such as camping trips, sporting events, holiday parties, movie nights and bingo. VODEC is a nonprofit that serves more than 500 men and women with intellectual disabilities.
Rose garden walk: The Daughters of the Nile White Rose Garden Walk will run from noon to 5 p.m. June 24, rain or shine. The $10 ticket includes five gardens and can be purchased at any of them. They are at 6805 Burt St., 113 S. 70th St., 10524 Nicholas St., 13417 Corby Circle and 15115 Grant Circle. Vendors will be at each garden. Proceeds will go to the Daughters of Nile Foundation supporting Shriners Hospital for Children.
Walk-run: The 18th annual Siena-Francis House homeless shelter's walk-run will begin at 8:30 a.m. July 1 at Zorinsky Lake, 156th and F Streets near the boat ramp and shelter No. 5. There will be a 10K and 5K runs and a noncompetitive 5K walk. To register for the event, click here. Online registration and payment are available. You also can download and fill out the PDF registration form and mail it with your payment to the Siena-Francis House, P.O. Box 217, Omaha, NE 68101. Hard copy registration forms also are available at Peak Performance, 519 N. 78th St., or by calling the Siena-Francis House at 402-341-1821. Registration will be available between 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. June 29 and between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. June 30th at Peak Performance. Registration costs $20 before June 25, $30 between June 25 and 4:30 p.m. June 30, and $35 on the day of the events. Runners may use their times in the 10K for seeding purposes for Omaha's Corporate Cup. All proceeds will benefit the Siena-Francis House homeless shelter for men, women and children.
Spike it: Papillion will be the site of the first Nebraska Rock the Pink Tournament, a day of grass volleyball and raising money to further breast cancer research. Rock the Pink Midwest will be July 7 at the Papillion Soccer Complex. There also will be music, food, an auction and prizes. For details or to sign up, visit rockthepink.org. There is no fee to sign up, but participants are expected to raise a specified amount of money.
Fore! Are you ready for some golf? A July 21 golf tournament will raise funds for the Kidsafe Program. The $65-per-person entry fee, due by July 7, includes the four-person scramble and an awards luncheon. Events will be at Crooked Creek Golf Club, 333 S. 134th St., in Lincoln. Single golfers are welcome. The Kidsafe Program promotes the health, safety and protection of children playing soccer. To register, visit nebraskastatesoccer.org and under Events, choose Golf Tournament.
Up all night? Registration has opened for the third annual Owl Ride, Omaha's nighttime urban cycling adventure. It will be July 14. Visit owlride.org to register and to find more information. The cost to register is $30 for individuals, $60 for families. The ride starts at 11 p.m. at Omaha's riverfront and follows a 16-mile course through downtown, Midtown, Dundee, Aksarben, Field Club and the Old Market, with “Owl perch'' stops and support along the way. A shorter seven-mile course also is available. All bicycles must be equipped with, at a minimum, front lights and rear red reflectors. Helmets are required for riders. The ride benefits the Meyer Foundation for Disabilities, which supports social and recreational programs for people with developmental disabilities. The foundation supports programs at the University of Nebraska Medical Center's Munroe-Meyer Institute.
Time to sign up: The Nebraska Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention has begun registering walkers for Omaha's Sept. 16 eighth annual Out Of The Darkness Community Walk. This 5K walk is stroller- and wheelchair-friendly. Start a team or join a team for no entry fee at afsp.donordrive.com/event/oma. Volunteer and corporate sponsorship, committee formation, a downloadable flier, video and fundraising information all can be found at the website. Help bring awareness about depression, mood disorders and suicide prevention. The 2 p.m. walk will begin at Miller's Landing at Abbott and Gallup Drives.
Free book: The Fellowship of Fathers Foundation offers a book to any active-duty military man requesting one through his military chaplain. The featured title is “Be a Better Dad Today” by Gregory W. Slayton. He will donate 100 percent of his book royalties to charity.
Proudly waving: On Thursday, which was Flag Day, Woodmen of the World Life Insurance Society Omaha Lodge 16 gave The Salvation Army Kroc Center a new U.S. flag.
Serving others: Members of Altrusa International of Omaha, a local service organization dedicated to improving their communities through service to others, recently delivered men's, women's and children's clothing; personal hygiene supplies; and books to residents of the Stephen Center.
Compiled by Sue Story Truax