BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — COVID-19 has obviously impacted so many aspects of our lives, including nonprofits and their fundraisers. But that’s not stopping CASA from hosting one of their favorite annual events.
Even though we can’t dress up and run together as a group, CASA says it’s still going to be a "spooktacular" time.
“I am batgirl. Batman is my favorite superhero," said CASA Resource Development Manager Diana Ramirez.
Ramirez is ready for CASA's annual Superhero Run fundraiser. She said participants are encouraged to dress up and make the most of it.
“We’re calling it the 'spooktacular' Superhero Run event so people can have fun with it and blend in the Halloween theme with their costumes. We’re still focusing on, you know, families going out, getting dressed up and having fun," said Ramirez.
The run does look a little different this year. Usually this is a one-day, in-person event, but due to COVID-19, it’s going to be virtual. You can complete a 2k, 5k or 10k anywhere, anytime, between October 1 and 31. All proceeds from participant registration will benefit CASA and the children they serve.
“We had to go with the flow and go all virtual, and our committee has been amazing. We’ve been thinking of some creative ideas to get people excited about the run," said Ramirez.
Those ideas include photo contests like best finish line photo, best scenery photo and best photo of a furry friend.
Ramirez said, like many other nonprofits, CASA has struggled during the pandemic.
“We haven’t had any in-person fundraising events, which has been so hard, so we put our heads together and we’ve maintained hope," said Ramirez.
She said the support already seen from the community leading up to the Superhero Run has been inspiring.
“We know that people will come through and stand by our mission because, ultimately, it’s about the kids we serve, and we know that all children need a hero, but abused children need a superhero," said Ramirez.
Registration for this event is open through October 31 and costs $30. If you would like to participate, click here.