Following are fundraisers, donations and other charitable events happening in the Midlands. E-mail your information about good deeds to email@example.com or call 402-444-1040.
Monster Mash: Children's Hospital & Medical Center is teaming with metro-area Rotary Clubs to host the Halloween Monster Mash, a 1-mile walk or 5K run, Oct. 27 at Rockbrook Village. On-site registration begins at 9:30 a.m. The walk/run will step off at 11 a.m. Proceeds benefit childhood obesity prevention programs at Children's Hospital and End Polio Now, Rotary International's global initiative to eradicate polio worldwide. The course will start at Body Basics Fitness and wind through the sidewalks and streets of the Rockbrook neighborhood. Costumes are encouraged. Healthy snacks and beverages will be provided at the finish line. To register online or find more information, go to www.metrorotarywalk.org.
Dogs in costumes: Pug Partners of Nebraska will host its fifth annual Pug-O-Ween from noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 27 at the National Guard Armory, 6929 Mercy Road. Dogs of all breeds and their human companions are welcome. Cost is $8 per person, $4 for children 12 and under. All proceeds will benefit Pug Partners of Nebraska's continued rescue efforts. There will be several dog-friendly activities, including costume contests kicking off at 1 p.m.
More dogs in costumes: The city's craziest costume contest will have Halloween lovers howling as Three Dog Bakery & Spaw Salon present the seventh annual GROWL-O-WEEN from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Midtown Crossing. The Halloween benefit will have its signature canine costume contest, doggie trick-or-treating, prize giveaways and a host of other activities.
Fall crafts: Executive Women International will host a fundraiser for its scholarship program aimed at nontraditional students, such as those who have lost their jobs and need retraining. The fundraiser, called Party With a Purpose, will be held at the College of St. Mary, 7000 Mercy Road, in the Mercy meeting room from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday. There will be vendors and crafters selling products. Admission is $5 at the door.
Bras for cancer: Twin Peaks, the mountain lodge-themed sports restaurant, raised $10,000 earlier this month for the Metamorphosis Fund in an event titled “Bratacular.” Omaha Twin Peaks Girls decorated bras to sell at auction with all proceeds going to the Metamorphosis Fund, a charity that raises money to help cancer patients and survivors with finances on their road to recovery. Twin Peaks Omaha is at 17330 West Center Road.
High schoolers fight cancer: Haley Bekins and Chelsi Webber raised $181 in their fundraiser, Cotton Candy for a Cure. In the Westside High School marketing class project, the students made 156 bags of pink cotton candy to sell, raising money for Nebraska's Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
First Tuesday: The next First Tuesday Fundraiser is Nov. 5 and will benefit the Open Door Mission in Omaha. The event is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Shucks Fish House and Oyster Bar, 119th and Pacific Streets.
Fit for the Cure: Wacoal will host Fit for the Cure to raise funds for Susan G. Komen. The events will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday at Younkers at Westroads Mall and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday at Younkers at Oakview Mall. Participants will receive a complimentary bra fitting, in Wacoal or b.tempt'd intimate apparel, and can sign up to receive a monthly email reminders to do a self breast exam. For every woman who participates, Wacoal will donate $2 to Susan G. Komen for breast cancer research and community health programs. Wacoal will also donate an additional $2 for every Wacoal bra, shapewear piece or b.tempt'd bra purchased at these events.
Salons' charity Cut-A-Thon: Two Omaha hair salons will join more than 380 others across the U.S. in a haircut marathon to raise money for Look Good Feel Better, a nonprofit that helps those undergoing cancer treatment with grooming and personal appearance. The Cut-A-Thon is Tuesday and the local participants are Sandy B Suite, 7810 West Dodge Road, and Xenon Academy, 8516 Park Drive.
Raising money for homes: Habitat for Humanity of Sarpy County will host a dinner and silent and live auctions Nov. 8 to raise funds for its nonprofit work. The Bid to Build cocktail hour starts at 6 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m. and the auctions at 7:30 p.m. at Millard Social Hall. Tickets cost $35. More info at www.hfhsarpy.org or call 402-292-6560.
Get fit and help a cause: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska is staging the Nebraska Moves! Charity Challenge. Participants can log daily activities on the challenge's online portal and get rewarded with personal discounts on merchandise. When participants reach certain fitness milestones, the challenge donates $1 to the participants' choice of five charities: the American Lung Association, Leukemia & Lymphoma Association-Nebraska, March of Dimes, National Multiple Sclerosis Society and Susan G. Komen. To participate, go online and sign up at EveryMove.org/NebraskaMoves. The challenge lasts until Nov. 16.
Auction to help health center: Wicker & Wine Basket Auction, the annual benefit for the Pottawattamie County Center for Healthy Families, will be from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs. The evening features both live and silent auctions, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, as well as a program and video showcasing the center's work. Early registrations for the event are $40 and available at www.lfsneb.org. Early registration is preferred by Nov. 1, but late RSVPs will be accepted and you may register at the door.
Firefighters in the pink: The Omaha Professional Fire Union is wearing pink shirts throughout the month of October to help raise breast cancer awareness. This is the second year firefighters have been sporting the shirts in October, wearing them not only at the fire stations but also to events in the community, like the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure held in downtown Omaha on Oct. 6. Not only is the fire union raising awareness, it is also inviting the community to participate by buying a shirt for $20. All of the proceeds will go to a local nonprofit organization, Project Pink'd. Anyone interested in purchasing a shirt can stop by the Union Hall at 6005 Grover St.
Bringing cheer to families: Ornaments 4 Charity, an Omaha-based nonprofit, has raised $12,750 over the past four years through the sale of holiday ornaments to support children who are living in homeless and domestic shelters or participate in the weekend backpack program. The ornaments are made from Lego bricks, and 100 percent of the proceeds from the 2013 sale will be used to purchase infant and toddler supplies for children supported by the Stephen Center Emergency Shelter and Safe Haven Transitional Shelter. To buy ornaments or find out more, go to www.ornaments4charity.com.
Bowling with the blind: The National Federation of the Blind Omaha Chapter will host Bowling with the Blind from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 10 at Papio Bowl, 204 East Lincoln St., Papillion. The cost is $25 per person with the proceeds going to support the chapter's educational programs and events promoting independence and equal opportunity for blind Nebraskans. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 402-779-1990.