Every child needs a hero, and the CASA Superhero 5K & Fun Run is a great way for people to let out their inner super hero, event organizers said.
“All of our CASA workers are volunteers so this is a good chance to thank the volunteers we have and get out the word about the need for more volunteers,” said Karen Biernacki, executive director of Harmony House/CASA of LaPorte County
The goal is to raise money for Harmony House/CASA Program of LaPorte county, which trains volunteers to advocate for neglected and abused children.
The cost of the run is $20 for adults or $10 for youth aged 6 - 18 if you register before July 26 or an extra $5 if you register after.
Every runner will be given a commemorative super hero cape and runners are encouraged to dress and run as their favorite superhero.
This is the first year the LaPorte group has participated in the run, although the Superhero 5K is a national CASA event.
Organizers are hoping for 300 runners at the event, Biernacki said.
The superhero theme seems appropriate for the cause.
“Everyone needs a hero. Abused and neglected children need a super hero,” she said. “You can run for a cause and be a super hero for a local child that needs your help.”
Harmony House is in its 22nd year, and holds annual fundraisers including a February Superhero Bowl-a-Thon and an October food and wine tasting.
Last year, Harmony House had 63 volunteers who donated 7,560 hours to advocate for 144 children in La Porte County. Biernacki said dozens of children are still on the list for CASA representation.
Biernacki said she is excited to see all the super heroes at the event, and excited to have a fun event that will support their cause.
“I’m excited to see everyone in their capes,” she said. “It will be a good time for families to come out and run together for a good cause and have a great time.”