The following are fundraisers, donations and charitable events happening in the Midlands. Email information about your good deeds to omahaschoolsfoundation.org or send a check to this address: Omaha Schools Foundation, 3215 Cuming St., Omaha, NE 68131, Attn: Benson D-Day Trip.
Military assist: Sign-up is due April 29 for a benefit golf tournament to be held May 3 at Willow Lakes Golf Course, 12301 S. 25th St. in Bellevue. The Navy League of the U.S. Cornhusker Council, Reserve Officers Association Nebraska Department, U.S. Submarine Vets Marlin Base and the Association of Naval Aviation Nebraska-Great Plains are sponsoring the four-person Texas scramble with a noon shotgun start. Registration that morning will begin at 10:30 a.m., followed by lunch at 11 a.m. Participation is $65 a person or $260 a foursome and includes golf, cart, lunch, raffle tickets and prizes. To participate, send your organization name; team captain's name, address and email address; the names of others in the foursome (if applicable); and a check or money order made out to USSVI US Marlin Base, Attn: Butch Kirkland, 2104 Savannah Drive, Papillion, Neb. 68133. Questions? Call Kirkland at 402-614-8150 or 402-210-1497. The sponsoring groups will use the proceeds to support the Navy ROTC program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln; the Sea Cadets program at Ashland, Neb.; the Navy JROTC program at Papillion-La Vista South High School; the City of Omaha's USS Omaha project near Eppley Airfield; and to support the ship and crew of the USS Omaha once it is commissioned in 2016.
Time to vote: The nominations are posted and it's time to vote for Iowa's and Nebraska's Outstanding Senior Volunteer. The recognition is part of the annual Salute to Senior Service program, which honors the contributions of area senior citizens 65 and older who donate their time and talents to the community. Through April 30, visit salutetoseniorservice.com and search by state to view the nominations and vote for your favorite. The highest vote-getter in each state will be recognized as an Outstanding Senior Volunteer and be considered for national honors. There are 29 Nebraskans and 41 Iowans nominated.
Helping pets and families: Ashley Flater, who thinks no one should have to give up a pet when times are tough, has launched a pet food drive — Coby's Cause, named for the Labrador retriever she adopted from the Nebraska Humane Society — to benefit pets and their families in the Omaha area. Many animals are surrendered to shelters when their families cannot afford to feed them. All proceeds from the drive will be used to purchase pet items that families and individuals need. To learn more or to donate, visit facebook.com/OmahaPets or redbasket.org/21/cobys-cause. Donations will be accepted through April 30.
Special honorees: Each year the Domestic Violence Council recognizes up to three individuals, businesses, corporations or nonprofits that have been a voice of compassion for victims of domestic violence. This year's recipients — ConAgra Foods, “Project Safe Pet” of the Nebraska Humane Society and longtime volunteer Julie Rannells — will be honored May 1 at the 2013 Annual Purple Ribbon Awards Breakfast. It will run from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the Thompson Alumni Center at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Sales of tickets, $50, are available through April 30 at eventbrite.com/event/5731501074.
Countdown to fun: Countdown to Cinco de Mayo, a fundraiser for OneWorld Community Health Center, will run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. May 2 in the north parking lot of the Livestock Exchange Building, 4920 S. 30th St. Enjoy Mexican food, music and drinks. Tickets start at $25. For tickets, to be a sponsor or for more information, call 402-619-5302.
House in display: The Joslyn Castle Trust, the Nebraska/Iowa Chapter of American Society of Interior Designers and homeowners Robyn Tait and John Campbell have partnered to offer the 2013 Omaha Designer Showhouse. This year's house is the Neoclassical Revival Smyth House, 710 N. 38th St. The showhouse will run from May 3-19. Tickets are $12.50 through May 1, $15 at the door and $10 for volunteers and groups of 15 or more who schedule a guided tour in advance. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. Tickets bought online will be waiting at the door. Guided historical tours of the home are offered at 11:30 a.m. Monday through Thursday. Purchase tickets at joslyncastle.com/events/show-home-tour.
Volunteers needed: A group of volunteers in Omaha seeks additional help. The volunteer project will take place May 4 is Join Hands Day, a national day of service sponsored by Modern Woodmen of America and other fraternal benefit societies. Volunteers in Omaha will need additional help to provide a dinner to the residents at the Hospice House-The Josie Harper Residence, 7415 Cedar St. Join Hands Day is the only national day of service designed to bring youths and adults together to plan and implement volunteer service projects in their communities. For more information or to volunteer to help with the local project, call Stacia Vawter at 402-968-4315.
Take a walk: The Kidney Walk is a fundraiser that brings together community, friends and family. The free, noncompetitive walk for all ages will be May 5 at Zorinsky Lake Shelter 1. Sign in at noon and walk at 1 p.m. Also expect a post-walk party with live music, kids' activities, free blood pressure screenings. Team formation and donations to the National Kidney Foundation are encouraged at KidneyWalk.org. For more information, visit the website or call Angela Craig at 402-547-0137.
More food: Catholic Charities set up one of its mobile food pantries Thursday April 18 for new refugee families who otherwise might not have enough food to last to the end of the month. The pantry was at Yates Community Center. As students left their English as a Second Language classes, they could stop by the mobile pantry and pick up extra food. This pantry was ethnically competent with white and brown rice, bread, no dairy products and such. As many as 200 people participated. Twenty volunteers from Methodist College helped with food distribution. This food opportunity came out of the partnership of Catholic Charities and Lutheran Family Services. The organizations also are collaborative partners at the International Center of the Heartland, 42nd and Center Streets.
Helping veterans: North Platte, Neb., resident Kara Hatcher Hawkins has contributed $50,000 to Soldiers Heart in honor of her late brother, Army Spc. Phillip Brian Hatcher. He was a combat veteran with the 101st Airborne Division in Afghanistan and Iraq. He began to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder and he left the Army. PTSD eventually led to his suicide while in the Lincoln County Jail in North Platte. In February 2013, Kara Hawkins settled a claim against Lincoln County for her brother's wrongful death. She donated $50,000 of the settlement to Soldiers Heart, a nonprofit that supports veterans who struggle with PTSD. In addition to providing direct service to veterans, Soldiers Heart educates communities on how to start support services for veterans and their families, and conducts seminars to train other professionals in the special and unique needs of veterans. In 2012, Soldiers Heart began working directly with the United States Army to teach mental health providers and chaplains how to assist soldiers struggling with PTSD. Dr. Edward Tick, director and co-founder (with Kate Dahlstedt) of Soldiers Heart (www.soldiersheart.net), said Hawkins' donation will create a scholarship fund to be used exclusively to pay for traumatized veterans to attend Soldiers Heart healing programs.
Food drive results: Boy Scout leaders reported a total of 1,584 items were collected this month during Scouting for Food for the SENCA food pantry in Cass County. Troop 399, Pack and Troop 477, Pack 471 and Troop 471 and Troop 300 picked up the items throughout Plattsmouth, Neb.
Compiled by Sue Story Truax with World-Herald News Service