On Saturday June 14th, the “Walking with Superheroes” fashion and charity event to benefit pediatric cancer research at Nationwide Children’s Hospital was held at COSI. The event was to celebrate the courage and strength of local children who were cancer patients who had managed to overcome the odds. The children were the stars of the event but were nervous, so their favorite heroes were there to guide them.
A team was assembled from the Heroes Alliance, featuring Spider-Man, Supergirl, Superman, Iron Man, and the X-men’s Gambit, Rogue and Wolverine, where they were met by Batman, the Hulk, Wonder Woman, Cyclops, and the Ninja Turtles. Together the two teams took pictures with patrons and led the children to their time in the spot light.
Special thanks to Shawn Holloway of Flash Superhero Photography for out-of-costume support and picture taking for the event.
Walking with Superheroes began a few years ago as a small idea and has grown into an event that celebrates and commends a child’s strength, journey and continued fight against childhood cancer! Walking with Superheroes allows Central Ohio to honor and benefit medical staff, families, adult survivors and these children in an enjoyable, uplifiting and inspiring way, The feature of this event is a fashion show where the models are true Superheroes themselves, children that have battled and prevailed over cancer! These children grace the runway in new clothing and shoes sponsored by area businesses all while raising money to benefit childhood cancer research!
Heroes Alliance Ohio was on hand for to help out at the 2014 Cincinnati Walk For Wishes on behalf of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Supergirl flew solo to meet and cheer on the friends and families of children who had been recipients of a Wish from Make-A-Wish, along with those who helped raise money for them and to congratulate all the walkers upon their return. This only the latest of many times that Heroes Alliance Ohio has been able to support Make-A-Wish with one of their Walk for Wishes, and it will certainly not be the last.
Special thanks to Stephen Blanzaco for out-of-costume support and for picture taking for the event.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation exists to grant the wishes of children with life threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.
The Foundation is supported through local donations from individuals, corporations, small businesses, civic organizations, churches, schools, social and service clubs, fund-raising events, memorial contributions, foundations, and pay-roll deduction programs as well as their own special events. You can learn more about the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana at http://www.makeawishohio.org/
Fernbank Museum Superhero Day 2014
One of the great community events the Georgia team does every year is Superhero Day (held every Father’s Day) at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History!
The hero roster this year included Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Batgirl, Robin, Green Lantern, Raven, Thor, Captain America, Black Widow, Storm, and even a brief cameo by Spider-Man! Music, fun, costumes, and superhero autographs—what better way to spend a Father’s Day!
Father’s Day Reading Party
Batman and Captain America were invited back to Penfield Children’s Center in Milwaukee for their Father’s Day reading event. It was a superhero theme as kids and families arrived for dinner and made their own awesome superhero capes! When everyone was finished, they suited up and met up with Batman and Captain America to read some dad-themed books.
Penfield Children’s Center, located in Milwaukee, WI, is a nonprofit organization whose sole purpose is to help infants and young children with and without disabilities reach their full potential through education, therapy services and family programs. More information about the Penfield Children’s Center can be found at www.penfieldchildren.org
Special Olympics Send-Off Ceremony
On Saturday, June 14, 2014 the Pennsylvania chapter of the Heroes Alliance participated in the Special Olympics Send-Off Ceremony. Supergirl and Captain America helped welcome and cheer on the athletes. The athletes arrived in Philadelphia for the celebration and were then shuttled by police escort to New Jersey to participate in the games. Many photos were taken with our superheroes along with great conversations. Philadelphia Mayor Nutter was also in attendance along with local law enforcement, 76ers NBA Rookie of the Year, local media, 76ers cheerleaders and beauty queen Miss Philadelphia. A great time was had by all.
American Cancer Society Relay for Like 2014
On Friday night, 6/5/2014, Batman and Black Widow of the Pennsylvania Branch of the Heroes Alliance took part in the Relay for Life Cancer walk, at Washington Lake Park in Sewell, NJ . The event is an annual all night camp out, at which the walkers participate in group activities all night. There was a large turn out of cancer survivors, family members, and friends. It was a great event, and everyone loved that the Heroes Alliance volunteers were there. Many photos were taken with the Heroes. Special thanks to Miguel Melendez of Future Photography by M3.
Walk Now for Autism Speaks Cincinnati 2014
Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disorder in the United States, and with that in mind, on May 17, 2014 Heroes Alliance Ohio was only too happy to join Autism Speaks at the 2014 Walk Now For Autism Speaks for Cincinnati at Coney Island.
Batman, Captain America, Iron Man, Rogue, Spider-Man, and Superman (of Earth-D) were on hand to support children with autism and their families as Autism Speaks raised money to research treatments for autism. The event drew over 20,000 people, mostly children with Autism and their families, and in addition to the team of the Heroes Alliance (working alongside the Ohio 501st and other costumed characters), the event contained a massive resource fair to provide information about services to Autism Families, arts, crafts, food, drink and entertainment, raising over $150,000 in support of research, treatment and raising awareness about autism.
Special Thanks to Stephen Blanzaco, Carol Ogden Martin and Amber Lewis for out-of-costume support and photography.
Autism Speaks is dedicated to increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders, to funding research into the causes, prevention and treatments for autism, and to advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit http://www.autismspeaks.org/
Vigo County CASA Superhero 5K Fun Run
On Saturday, May 17, the Indiana branch of Heroes Alliance participated in Vigo County CASA’s first annual Superhero 5K Fun Run. More than 100 people gathered at Indiana State University’s Memorial Stadium to help raise funds and awareness for Vigo County’s County Court Appointed Special Advocates.
Heroes Alliance was there to entertain the children with games and photo opportunities as well as kicked off the 1K and 5K race.
On Sunday May 4th, The Pennsylvania branch of the Heroes Alliance joined the Make-A-Wish Foundation at their 25th Annual Mother’s Day Truck Convoy event. The event took place in Lancaster, PA where over 400 trucks took over 100 Wish Kids on a memorable truck ride.
Batman, Black Widow, Superman and Captain America were on hand to greet Wish Kids and their families along with some four legged animal friends. The children had many questions for our superheroes and Batman was given a drawing by one of the kids.
Special thanks to the Make-A-Wish Philadelphia & Susquehanna Valley for having us at the event and to Brian Green of Green House Photography for taking photos. Thanks also go out to regional leader Victoria Centeno for providing out of costume support for the team.
Florida is actually where the Heroes Alliance first originated and has now spread into three branches across the state. North, Central, and Southern. Our Tampa members are part of the Central Florida branch. It’s actually one of the larger and more active teams.
The application information can be found under the “Join Us” section on our blog. After submitting, you’ll be contacted by the local branch leader and, pending the results of a criminal background check (just to verify that you’re safe to be around children and vulnerable adults), you’ll be invited to join the team!
It’s a pretty quick and simple process! We hope to see you on our roster soon!