Wings of Hope Silent Auction underway; virtual program is Friday | Health and fitness

Buying is underway at the Wings of Hope Champions of Hope online silent auction and will continue through the Virtual Champions of Hope: A Culinary Celebration on Friday.

Proceeds from both fundraisers will benefit cancer patients, survivors and caregivers in the Council Bluffs-Omaha and Southwest Iowa metro area.

The auction offers many goods, services and opportunities:

Pleasure your palate with a basket of wine, dine al fresco or a chef-prepared meal around Chef Dan Benigno’s block

Book a stay at a Blackstone home in Omaha, a cabin in Branson, Missouri, or a Holiday Inn in Ameristar

Catch a live performance like “Grease” at the Bellevue Little Theater, a show at the Rose Theater or a PRCA Rodeo at the Mid-America Center

Watch a Creighton University basketball game, Cyclone home football game, or Storm Chasers baseball game

If you want to get in on the action, play one of Council Bluffs’ hospitality classes, get a free three-month membership at the Charles E. Lakin YMCA, or play a game of cornhole using a Cyclone cornhole board handcrafted by John Harvey. .

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For an adventure, take a 30-minute flight on the subway with Carver Aero, visit the Durham Museum, the Children’s Museum of Omaha, Fontenelle Forest, Henry Doorly Zoo or the Nebraska Renaissance Festival – or take a camping and rafting trip on the West Nishnabotna River.

If you really want to shop, check out fashionable handbags, seasonal decorations, collectible dolls and handmade gnomes by Patti Higginbotham.

On the practical side, you can replace that rusty old grill or lost Apple AirPods or just get a little help with necessary things like haircuts and oil changes.

To find this shopper’s paradise, go to, register through the login process, and attach a credit card to your registration.

Purchase your tickets for the Champions of Hope Virtual Fundraiser by visiting or calling 712-325-8970. The event will run from 7:30-9 p.m. Friday and will include a cooking demonstration by Chef Around the Block (check the Wings of Hope website or Facebook page for ingredients and utensils needed), an auction live and a program. A handmade quilt by Karen Krause and a $500 Vacation Rentals by Owner gift card will be raffled off.

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