JDRF Walk 2014

From Type One to Type None is the motto of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s Walk to Cure Diabetes. With that in mind, the Mid-Ohio chapter of the JDRF held their Walk to Cure Diabetes on the grounds of the Ohio State University campus in the shadow of the football stadium, and despite the cold temperatures, there was a sizable turnout of walkers to lend their efforts in to finding a cure.

Batman, Captain America, Gambit, Rogue, and Agent Melinda May were on hand to greet walkers, mingle with the crowd and meet many of the amazing heroes who have been struggling with – and overcoming – juvenile diabetes.

Special thanks to Stephen Blanzaco for out-of-costume support and photography.

JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. JDRF’s goal is to progressively remove the impact of T1D from people’s lives until we achieve a world without T1D. JDRF collaborates with a wide spectrum of partners and is the only organization with the scientific resources, regulatory influence, and a working plan to better treat, prevent, and eventually cure T1D.

To learn more about the Mid-Ohio Chapter of the JDRF, visit http://midohio.jdrf.org/

Family Learning Day

On September 27, 2014, the Indiana chapter of Heroes Alliance attended Family Learning Day at the Vigo County Public Library in Terre Haute, IN. Jim Pinkstaff and Tannim Woodall appeared as the Dynamic Duo of Batman and Nightwing. They read two books by John Sazaklis on stage and greeted the 1,200 children and parents in attendance. The Heroes Alliance was there to support the Wabash Valley Literacy Coalition.

Bish Bash 2014

August 9th, 2014 was the date for the annual Bish Bash in Westerville, Ohio, held to benefit kids and families battling Pediatric Cancer. The day was filled with excitement, entertainment and fun! Guest appearances for the kids were made by princesses, super heroes, zoo animals, stilt walkers, clowns, magicians and more. The event featured games with prizes, bounce houses, music, magic shows and a silent auction, all held to benefit the Sam Bish Foundation. 

There was a massive outpouring of heroes for the event, including Batman, Batgirl, Captain America, Doctor Fate, Iron Man, Nightwing, Spider-Man and Supergirl who joined members of the 501st, Rebel Legion and Mandalorian Mercs, along with many Disney Princes and Princesses.

Many thanks to Stephen Blanzaco for out-of-costume support, photography, and braving the cold temperatures!

The Sam Bish Foundation was established in 2010 in memory of Samuel Gordan Bish after losing his brave fight against Pediatric Cancer. The Sam Bish Foundation works closely with families of children battling pediatric cancer to provide them with financial and emotional support. The Bish Bash is an annual pediatric cancer event in support of the Sam Bish Foundation. To learn more about the Sam Bish Foundation, please visit http://www.sambishfoundation.org/

CASA/ProKids Superhero Run for Kids 5K

On August 15, 2014, The Cincinnati Bar Association Young Lawyer’s Section hosted the 18th Annual Superhero Run For Kids 5K charity event at St. Xavier Church downtown, which benefits ProKids! Members of the Heroes Alliance Ohio Branch were thrilled to be able to come out and support the runners. Black Canary, Captain America, Spider-Man and Thor were on hand to cheer runners through both the kids and adult races.

Many thanks to Amanda Teemley for out-of-costume support, photography, and braving the cold temperatures!

The annual Superhero Run For Kids is Cincinnati’s premier family-friendly race and party. Adults and children of all ages can participate in the 5K Run and Fitness Walk while the course provides easy access for family and friends to cheer on participants. For those youngsters not dashing in the big race, a “Kids Fun Run” immediately follows the 5K and all children who participate receive a prize.

ProKids is a nonprofit agency that provides outstanding volunteer advocacy for abused and neglected children in Hamilton County, who - through no fault of their own - are in the child protection system. We recruit, train, and support Court Appointed Special Advocates – known as CASA volunteers – to provide a powerful voice to these children. In order to maximize the impact we have on all children in need, ProKids is dedicated to creating alliances within the child protection system. Together, we can create a new cycle of growing up safe and secure. To learn more about ProKids, visit http://www.prokids.org/

Special Olympics Plane Pull

For the second year in a row The Heroes Alliance – Colorado team was honored to be a part of Special Olympics Colorado’s “Plane Pull”. The event, that took place Saturday Aug 9th, provided a great opportunity for Special Olympics staff and athletes, local law enforcement, Denver International Airport Staff, representatives from Fed Ex and lots of big hearted “plane pull teams” to pull together (pun intended) to support Special Olympics. Nine team members of the Heroes Alliance Colorado team joined the fun with two new members participating in their first event. HAC was represented by Wolverine, Superman, Supergirl, Green Arrow, Batgirl, Black Widow, Captain America and two awesome support members. The event, held at Denver International Airport was again overflowing with supporters excited to watch the plane pull and see some of their favorite heroes. And again, a special thank you to Megan Toohey of Special Olympics Colorado for all her support.

All Children’s Hospital

Heroes Alliance Central FL stopped by All Children’s Hospital today to visit with the kids and their families. Wonder Woman, Super Girl, Green Lantern Spider-Man, Nightwing, Batman and Captain America all showed up to answer the call. 

There were smiles on the faces of all the kids, their families and even the doctors and nurses on staff. They are all the real super heroes.

The Georgia team came out to support the children and families of Jerusalem House for their private cookout and party. Green Lantern, Batman, Robin, Wonder Woman, Catwoman, Storm, and Iron Patriot arrived with boxes of superhero themed toys, books, and stickers to give away. Due to the nature of the charity and this event, limited photography was permitted.

Special thanks to our out-of-costume support from Jo Arellanes and Eric Ward.

And EXTRA special thanks to our Heroes Alliance supporters who reached into their hearts and wallets to donate the gifts our costumed heroes gave away: John Sazaklis, Lila Cooperider, KT Hunter, and Tabitha Johnson.

It was a group effort, proving that you don’t need a cape and mask to help out those in need. To learn more about this great charity, visit http://www.jerusalemhouse.org/.

Heroes Alliance Ohio returned once more to help out the Make-A-Wish Foundation for the 2014 Columbus Walk For Wishes, newly moved to Arch Park in downtown Columbus. Iron Man, Gambit, Rogue, Wolverine, Doctor Fate, Nightwing, Shazam and Supergirl were on hand 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.

The heroes met with many of the wish families, cheered walkers on as the walk began, and greeted and congratulated them upon their return. The team has had a great time supporting Make-A-Wish with their Walk for Wishes, and it will certainly not be the last time they do so.

Special thanks to Aaron Einhorn 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. Last year, over 850 wishes were granted by the Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana offices. 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/

Professional photographer and Heroes Alliance Georgia member, Dru Phillips, organized a charity art show with proceeds going to our charity partner, the Coralwood School. Featuring both paintings and photography with a superhero theme, the children of Coralwood and local artists came to hang out with Batman, Wonder Woman, Storm, Spider-Man, and Captain America! 

It’s always great when art and charity can come together and the teams looks forward to more events like this in the future!

July 4th The Heroes Alliance – Colorado Team helped the community of Highlands Ranch celebrate our Nation’s birthday by participating in the Highlands Ranch Community 4th of July Parade. The event began at 9:00 am with floats, local Boy Scout and Girl Scout Troops, community groups, local law enforcement, fire fighters and many, many others traveling the mile and half route down and around Highlands Ranch Parkway. The HA team on hand included Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Catwoman, Captain America, Wolverine, Iron Man and (in his first appearance) Green Arrow. Also on hand were Samantha Mask who expertly drove the “Hero-mobile” and Jason Wall who subbed for our usual photographer (and did an outstanding job)! A special thank you to the Highlands Ranch Community Association for allowing us to be a part of this wonderful event!