The annual Park Run for PARACHUTE will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct.12 at Voice of America Park in West Chester Township.
Proceeds benefit PARACHUTE Butler County CASA to train additional Court Appointed Special Advocates. Since the agency was founded, 1,600 Butler County children have been placed in safe, permanent homes with the help of 434 trained concerned community CASAs. This is the agency’s 25th year when it was founded by Judge Niehaus and the Hamilton Junior Women’s League.
Presently there are 80 CASA volunteers representing approximately 200 children in the court system. However, there are more than 500 more children within the court system because of abusive, neglect and abandonment situations that could benefit from a CASA volunteer.
The goal of this event is to help provide the resources necessary to recruit train and supervise more community members as CASA volunteers and to help children.
“We like to call it fitness and fun with a purpose,” said Chris Schultz, executive director for PARACHUTE. “Not only do we have a great course to run/walk and terrific prizes for our participants, this event is a fun way to get together.
“People can learn about becoming a CASA volunteer and show their support and love for children just by running or walking in the event. It really is a win-win for all involved and is a really fun day.”
The run features a fairly flat course around a scenic lake, chip timing, numerous awards, prizes, music, ample parking and food. There are also special prizes for CASA volunteers, teams and individuals raising pledges.
The cost to participate is $25 for early registration and $15 for children ages 14 and under. This includes a wicking T-shirt and park entry fee for Saturday. Early registrations must be received by Friday, Oct. 4. Registration the day of event is $28. Mail-in and online registration for the event is available. Visit http://www.parachutecasa.org/news for more information or contact PARACHUTE at 513-867-5010 for more information.