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Community takes on superhero roles to benefit nonprofit (w/video)

By Bianca Montes
March 29, 2014 at 10:03 p.m.
Updated March 28, 2014 at 10:29 p.m.

Superhero 5K winner Nacho Trevino, left, of Victoria, runs through Riverside Park moments after starting the event. "It was a big group this year," Trevino said of the event's turnout. "I'm glad for all the people that came out."

Emily Mayer became a superhero Saturday morning.

She was Super Elsa.

Not because of the red cape tied around her neck or the embossed "S" on her shirt - or the fact that the 3-year-old is bewitched by the Walt Disney hit movie "Frozen" - but because she rooted for her mom and other runners at the second annual Superhero 5K to benefit the nonprofit organization Golden Crescent Court Appointed Special Advocates.

"We did it last year," said her mother, Christie Mayer, 35. "It's a really good cause, and we're here to help the kids."

CASA pairs volunteers with children in need of a voice in the court system. Currently, 50 children are without an advocate, Development Director Debbie Ramirez said.

"It is important they have a voice so they don't get lost in the system," Ramirez said. "Our goal is to pair each child with their own volunteer."

Four volunteer supervisors are covering the 50 cases until the spots are filled.

Money raised at the 5K will go toward recruitment. More than 200 runners participated in the event Saturday.

Last year, a little more than 100 runners participated in the race, so Ramirez said she pushed team and school involvement this year.

"It feels really good to know we have support from the community," she said.

Elizabeth Garza, 36, of Victoria, brought her children to support the cause because she said she knows what it's like to be blessed with a superhero. Her 7-year-old son, Draven's, cornerstone is his two coaches with Heart of a Champion boxing.

"They have been heroes to Draven," Garza said. "They want to help keep kids off the street - I came out to do the same thing."



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