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Superhero Run benefits CASA

Set for Saturday at Fowler Park

POSTED: February 17, 2014 12:31 a.m.
 

You don’t have to a wear a cape to take part in the 2014 Superhero Run benefitting Forsyth County Court Appointed Special Advocates, though such attire is welcomed.

Jo Beth Harrison, a volunteer with the organization, said anyone who supports the event Saturday at Fowler Park is a superhero in the eyes of the children CASA assists, regardless of whether they dress the part.

“At CASA we believe every child needs a hero, but abused and neglected children need superheroes,” she said. “That’s why we go with a superhero theme for this fundraiser.”

CASAs are volunteers who serve abused children by advocating for each child to have a safe, loving and permanent home. CASAs speak up for the best interest of the children in court cases and other proceedings.

The Superhero Run is the organization’s largest annual fundraiser, drawing several hundred participants and raising more than $20,000.

Harrison said those funds are put to good use since it costs about $1,200 each year to serve one child and about $400 to train a volunteer advocate.

Last year, 85 CASA volunteers spent more than 5,700 hours advocating for nearly 230 children in Forsyth County.

“The relationship formed between a CASA volunteer and the child becomes a stable part of an otherwise chaotic life for a child in foster care,” said Janet Walden, executive director of the local CASA. “So often Department of Family and Children Services case managers change, therapists change, schools change and placements change for the child.

“But the CASA volunteer is the one face in the crowd that is constant during a child’s journey.”

The Superhero Run will begin at 8 a.m. with a 5K run/walk. A 1K fun run starts at 9 a.m. Both will be held on a course on the Big Creek Greenway. Cost to take part is $35 for the 5K and $15 for the 1K.

Harrison said there will also be plenty of family-friendly activities.

“We’ll have several businesses with booths and some games and activities for the kids,” she said. “We always have a group of people who come in costume.

“One thing we’re really excited about this year is a photo booth where people have their photos taken with the some of the superheroes.”

 

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