The following are fundraisers, donations and charitable events happening in the Midlands. Email your information about good deeds to email@example.com or call 402-444-1040.
Scholarship concert: The American G.I. Forum-Omaha Chapter will host a benefit concert from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. today to raise funds for youth scholarships. The outdoor event at 2002 N St. will feature a few local bands including the Blue Hornets and Someday. Latinas Unidas will assist at the event, which is open to the public. A $5 minimum donation is requested. Proceeds will go to scholarships for area youths. Refreshments will be sold.
Variety show: Infinite8 will present Omaha Variety, a summer talent showcase, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Stinson Park in Aksarben Village. Local bands, singers, dancers, musicians and other creative, family-friendly forms of expression will be featured. Attendance is free. All proceeds will be donated to ICARE Youth Services, which offers educational, social and vocational assistance for north Omaha adolescents experiencing anger issues and exhibiting destructive behaviors. The program serves as an alternative method of diversion for youths facing punitive action from Douglas County Juvenile Court.
Pass the Parmesan: A 3:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday spaghetti feed and raffle will benefit Neal and Jennifer Wilhelm of Alvo, Neb. The Alvo Volunteer Fire Department will sponsor the event at the Alvo Fire and Rescue Station. Freewill donations will help the Wilhelms recover and rebuild after a May 11 propane explosion destroyed their home and badly burned Neal. American Exchange Bank has a fund for the Wilhelms to assist with medical, living and rebuilding expenses. Donations can be dropped off at or mailed to: American Exchange Bank c/o Jen and Neal Wilhelm, Eagle Branch, 440 D St., Eagle, NE 68347; or American Exchange Bank c/o Jen and Neal Wilhelm, Elmwood Branch, 151 N. Fourth St., Elmwood, NE 68349.
Help for a family: A fundraiser for Chad Thorne and his family will run from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at the VFW in Plattsmouth, Neb. A silent auction, raffles, smoked beef and pork, side dishes, desserts and a cash bar will be available at $10 per adult and $7 per child age 12 and younger. Thorne, who suffers from hemiparetic migraine syndrome, is now partially paralyzed and unable to work. He and his wife have three sons. Cass County Bank in Plattsmouth also is accepting donations for Chad Thorne. Stop by either bank location or mail donations to Cass County Bank, for the benefit of Chad Thorne, 2020 W. Eighth Ave., Plattsmouth, NE 68048.
Paint your pet: The Green Spot in the Shoppes of Aksarben and Village Canvas & Cabernet in Aksarben Village will host a monthly Paint Your Pet Night through October. Fifteen percent of each registration will support local rescue groups. Participants register and then send in a photo of their pet. Each participants' canvas will be sketched with that image when they arrive. An artist will guide the painting process. Registration fee covers sketched canvas, everything needed for painting, the guidance of an artist and a donation to the rescue group of the month. The rescue groups involved are Basset and Beagle Rescue of the Heartland on July 23; Taysia Blue Siberian Husky Rescue on Aug. 21; Hearts United for Animals on Sept. 24; and Hands, Hearts & Paws on Oct. 22. For more information or to register, visit canvasandcab.com or call 402-991-4278.
Back-to-school drive: Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Staples have teamed up for the sixth annual Staples for Students national school supply drive. Through Sept. 28, Staples customers can donate $1 or more at their local Staples store. The Omaha store, 151 N. 78th St., will donate 100 percent of the proceeds to local students at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands Inc.
Items needed: Emmanuel Fellowship, 8345 Crown Point Ave., is preparing for its 10th annual clothing giveaway July 27. Only contributions of gently used children's clothing and shoes are being accepted. Drop off these items at the church. For more information, call 402-572-6763 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gladiator golf: The Gavin the Gladiator Open, a four-person golf scramble, will begin at 9 a.m. Aug. 3 at Wildwood Golf Course in Nebraska City. This is a fundraiser for 4-year-old Gavin “Gavin the Gladiator” Mason of Auburn, Neb., who has Type 3 spinal muscular atrophy. He will get a new power wheelchair this summer, but it won't fit in the family vehicle. Proceeds from the scramble will go toward a different van for the family of Jerry and Jessica Mason of Auburn. The scramble costs $55 a person and includes lunch. For more information or to reserve a spot, call Jessica Mason at 402-414-0841 or Wildwood at 402-873-3661.
More bacon! They say everything tastes better with bacon. The Omaha Jaycees will test that theory at their 3 p.m. Aug. 3 Beer & Bacon Festival at the Old Mattress Factory, 13th and Cass Streets. Six food venders will submit their best bacon-themed dishes and three celebrity judges will pick the winner. Craft breweries will hand out samples of their beer. There will be live music throughout the event. Tickets, $30, are available at omahabeerandbacon.com. Proceeds will benefit the Ronald McDonald House.
Keeping them alive: Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 hopes everyone donates at least $10 for its seventh annual “Run to Remember.” Runners will climb Pikes Peak on Aug. 18 in memory of loved ones who have died in traffic incidents. All proceeds will go to assist families who have experienced the death of a loved one due to a motor vehicle incident. Learn more and donate at keepkidsalivedrive25.org/run_to_remember.html.
Volunteers needed: Volunteers Assisting Seniors (VAS), a local nonprofit and the regional office for the Nebraska Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP), seeks individuals interested in volunteering to help senior citizens and those with disabilities make informed decisions on their health insurance options. VAS/SHIIP volunteers serve seniors and those with disabilities who often are confused by the complex Medicare system. If you are interested, contact VAS at 402-444-6617 for information on the next available two-day SHIIP training class.
Grant given: Hope Center for Kids was one of 60 hunger relief agencies to receive a $20,000 grant from Walmart's Fighting Hunger Together Initiative. Omaha's Food Bank for the Heartland nominated Hope Center and supporters voted for it on Facebook. The grant will help pay for hot meals served weeknights to youths and children participating in Hope Center programs.
For the troops: Omaha Steaks recently gave more than $53,000 to the Armed Forces Foundation, a national group dedicated to providing comfort and support to military members and their families. Omaha Steaks sold special “Salute Our Troops” packages and donated a percentage of the sales to the organization.