Child Development Resources Sees Record Turnout for 5K Fundraiser

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A record number of runners and walkers turned out for the Superhero 5K last Saturday. (Courtesy CDR)
A record number of runners and walkers turned out for the Superhero 5K last Saturday. (Courtesy CDR)

The Child Development Resources Superhero 5K went off without a hitch in the Vineyards last weekend.

Saturday’s race had more than 400 participants and 100 volunteers working to make the event a success.

Hundreds of spectators also turned out to watch the festivities and support the participants.

The event included a superhero-themed 5K, complete with runners in capes and masks, and a one-mile “fun run.” Both races were held to benefit CDR, a local nonprofit that serves low-income and special-needs infants and toddlers in the Historic Triangle.

As of Friday, the race had raised more than $40,000 with many donations “still coming in,” said Jenny O’Donnell, a development associate with the organization. The total reflects contributions from participants but does not include money from sponsors of the event from within the community.

Also not reflected is the $10,000 “matching funds” contribution that has been promised by a “superhero” donor.

When that donation, the sponsorship money and the ongoing individual donations are all tallied up, CDR Director of Development Marsha Hargette is optimistic the final number will be close to the $70,000 goal that CDR set for the fundraiser at the outset.

“We set a pretty aggressive goal for ourselves,” Hargette said. “But I think we’ll get very close to it.”