Story + Photography by Tony Centonze
Christian County's Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) recently held its inaugural Superhero 5K Run/Walk at Founders Square Park in Hopkinsville, Kentucky.
Virginia Erxleben is CASA's Executive Director in Christian County.
“We work for the best interest of children who are in what we call DNA Court, that's dependency, neglect and abuse, they are our clients,” Erxleben said. “This is our first ever 5K, as we've only been operating in Christian County for about five months, but we do plan on making this an annual event.”
The 5K is one of two annual major fundraisers Erxleben is hoping to develop. The other, which is already being discussed, will be a banquet.
“CASA is nation-wide,” Erxleben said. “We had 21 active chapters in Kentucky, we are number 22. Our governor stated, that before his term is over, he wants every county to have an active CASA office. We are growing. There are now more than 1,000 volunteers who go to court. Already, there are more than 900 programs in the United States.”
Erxleben says she felt good about this year's turnout. Twenty or so runners signed up, which she described as well-attended. She and her team are already preparing for a bigger turnout next year.