By MARK ROUNTREE
A fundraiser is set for this weekend to benefit an organization that helps children involved in the court system.
The second annual CASA Superhero Run is slated for Aug. 25 at Sportsfield Park, 20th and Ottawa streets.
“This aligns so well with what we do,” said Kelly Meyer, executive director of the nonprofit First Judicial District CASA.
CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates.
“We are here to help children, and the money we raise at this event will help children,” Meyer said.
The event will feature a 5K run, a 10K run and a 100-meter fun run for children.
Participants are encouraged to dress up in their favorite superhero costume. There will be a costume contest for children and adults, and a professional photographer will be on site shooting photos that can be purchased.
Custom race T-shirts will be given to participants. Free snacks and water will be available.
Children participating in the fun run will receive a cape, medal and a swag bag of goodies.
The event also will feature a disc jockey, a bounce house, face painting, a piñata, a shaved ice vendor and games and activities for children.
The event will be held rain or shine.
Approximately 250 people participated in the inaugural event last year. Meyer expects more entries this year.
Last year, CASA raised $8,000 at the Superhero Run. Meyer is projecting that this year, CASA will make $10,000 in entry fees and sponsorships.
She said 100 percent of the money raised at the event will go to CASA programs and services.
She said money raised will go to the Child In Need of Care Program, the Child Advocacy Center and the Child Exchange and Visitation Center.
Last year, 29 CASA volunteers spent 5,060 hours serving 79 children in the Child In Need of Care Program.
There were 117 children and 75 families served at the Child Exchange and Visitation Center, including 75 visits and 447 exchanges.
In November and December of 2017, 55 children received forensic interviews at the Child Advocacy Center.
“We do this because we have to raise money to make sure our programs are financially sound to serve families and kids,” Meyer said. “And it’s a good way to provide awareness of our programs and services and engage the community.”
Meyer said event volunteers are still needed. People who want to volunteer at the event can call Meyer at 913-651-6440.
Entry fee is $10 for children participating in the fun run and $45 for adults competing in the 5K run or 10K run.
Registration and packet pick-up will begin at 7 a.m. Aug. 25. The run begins at 8 a.m.
Participants also can pick up race material from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 24 at Genesis Health Clubs, 2924 S. Fourth St.
There will also be a packet pick-up and pasta feed from 5-8 p.m. Aug. 24 at the Salvation Army, 600 Walnut St.
To sign up for the event, visit www.1judicialcasasuperherorun.org