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#b#To the Editor: CASA’s Superheroes#/b#

On Saturday, April 23, CASA for Children of Mercer and Burlington Counties held its fourth CASA Kids Superhero 5K at the Princeton Pike Corporate Center in Lawrenceville. The event raised just over $40,000 for our organization.

More than 200 participated in the USATF-certified 5k or the one-mile fun run. Top runners were Ethan Seltzer of Manalapan (fastest male) and Elizabeth Litten of Moorestown (fastest female). Winning the Lawyers’ Challenge for the second consecutive year was Fox Rothschild LLC, and winning the first-time Banker/Finance Cup was BNY Mellon/Albridge. The fastest team was the group from Mathematica, and for the eighth consecutive year Tyco fielded the team with the most runners. The Mt. Laurel-based law firm Capehart Scatchard was the event’s top fundraising team.

Our recurring race motto is “all children need heroes and all abused and neglected children need Superheroes,” which also describes the volunteer advocates so dedicated to the children that they serve.

The mission of CASA for Children of Mercer and Burlington Counties is to train and supervise community volunteers, appointed by the Family Court, to advocate for the best interests of children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect. The volunteers strive to ensure the emotional, physical, and educational well-being of these children while they reside in foster homes or residential facilities. The ultimate goal of these volunteers is to help establish a safe, stable, and permanent home for each child served.

Thanks to our sponsors: Mathematica and 1WorldSync at the Ironman level; Fox Rothschild and Wells Fargo Advisors at the Batman level; Bracco Diagnostics, Diversified Rack & Shelving, First Choice Bank, Integrity Staffing Solutions, HDR, Investors Bank, Nass-Tech Mechanical, NJM Insurance Group, Novo Nordisk, PSE&G, Szaferman Lakind, and TD Bank at the Spiderman level; tent sponsor Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott; and Grand Bank, ConnectOne Bank, and Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Palmer, our Green Lantern sponsors.

Also thanks to Mariesa Black-Thomas of Changing Faces, who again provided artistic face painting; graphic designer Jessi Franko, who designed both the T-shirts and the event banner, and who, along with former CASA intern Nicole DeQuintal, provided photography. We thank South Brunswick High School student Courtney Rone, Miss Teen New Jersey International 2016. Finally, we thank Kris Delfino, and Vision Management, in addition to Classic Cafe, which donated bottled water to the event.

Randall Kirkpatrick

Director of Community

Development, CASA for Children

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