Calling all Superheroes!
Don your cape for Voices for CASA Children’s 4th Annual Superhero Race. Fly across the finish line and experience all the fun activities. Keep an eye out for villains. Strut your stuff at the Superhero Costume Contest for all ages. And don’t miss the Mighty Mini Heroes Zone with games, team mascots, emergency responders, superheroes and more!
The Superhero Race includes a timed 5K race, a 1K Fun Run, and a Kids Dash/Villain Chase by age group. The events start at 8:30 a.m. this Sunday, April 9 at Kiwanis Park, 5299 S. Ash Ave. in Tempe (registration opens at 7 a.m.). Click here to register.
Tickets for the 5K are $25 until April 8, and $30 on race day. The 1K Fun Run is $10. The Kids Dash/Villain Chase (by age group) is $5.
Participation will benefit 12,000 local abused or neglected foster children in Maricopa County.
“Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA volunteers) are the real-life superheroes for thousands of children, and this signature fundraising event helps make it all possible,” said Robin Pearson, executive director of Voices for CASA Children. “There’s such an immense need for more advocates in Maricopa County – we’re hoping this event inspires the community to learn more about the CASA program and the amazing children it supports.”
As an officer of the court, a CASA volunteer visits with the foster child and anyone involved in his or her life, from foster parents, to teachers and doctors. A Court Appointed Special Advocate serves as the eyes and ears of the judge and submits a report before each court hearing with recommendations about the child’s best interest. A CASA volunteer is often the most consistent person in a foster child’s life and is especially valuable because he or she typically focuses on one child or sibling group at a time.
Children with a CASA volunteer assigned to their case are more likely to receive services, spend less time in the child welfare system and are less likely to return to foster care. There are far too many children in care, putting continued burden on the child welfare system and creating an even greater need for volunteer advocates.
Voices for CASA Children is dedicated to bringing a voice to every abused or neglected child in state dependency and supports expansion of the CASA program in Maricopa County. VOICES was established in 2011 and is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
For more information, visit: www.voicesforcasachildren.org.