IMPERIAL â€“ The Sun Valley Behavioral Medical (SVBM) hosted their annual Sunnyâ€™s 5k run and one mile walk on October 8, to raise funds for the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) organization whichÂ provides support and help to foster children.Â CASA programs use trained, community volunteers to speak for abused and neglected children in court. Volunteers follow these childrenâ€™s cases as they move through the court system, making sure children do not get lost in foster care.
This is the eighth year that SVBMÂ has put on the fundraiser, and each year the funds raised goÂ to a different charitable cause. YetÂ for the past three years, SVBMÂ has optedÂ to give the funds to the children of CASA.
â€œThis is the third year working with the Sun Valley Behavioral Medical on this 5k run and I am proud to be able to work closely with them to help bring people out to raise funds for these individuals,” saidÂ Board President Chuck Fisher. “I would also like to thank Cruz Castelberry for organizing this entire event and making it such a success.”
People from all corners of the Valley participated in the run, with 50 lining up at the start line.
At eight oâ€™clock, racers took their marks at the starting line. With the shot ofÂ theÂ gun, the race begun and participants made their way along the track.Â Leo Banales finished first place with a time of 19 minutes and 24 seconds.
When racers crossed the finish line, SVBMÂ and CASA had activities and food ready for the participants to thank them for their generosity.
â€œHaving this event not only helps out the children of CASA, but spreads awareness for mental health issues in the valley,”Â saidÂ Fisher, â€œWe are so lucky to be able to do these benefits in our community.â€
The CASA Foundation plans to host a corn hole tournament and a Christmas party in December for the children.[envira-gallery id=”86417″]