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High heels or superhero costume?

May 13, 2019

La PORTE – Students from every school corporation in La Porte County have been invited to dress as their favorite superheros to participate in a Superhero 5K, as adults in high heels take part in a 1 mile walk/run.

The “Missions Against Violence” event will be Saturday, May 18, at 11 a.m. at Kesling Park Shelter 4 in La Porte to benefit the Stepping Stone Shelter in Michigan City – the mission of which is to “empower a community which lives without violence,” according to Executive Director Nanda Danitschek.

Individuals can walk a mile in high heels or walk/run the Superhero 5K in costume, though heels and costumes are optional.

“The main point is to show up and stand together against violence,” she said.

Danitschek hopes to bring a fresh perspective to the event, which explains the superhero costumes.

“The more ways an event connects with and includes a diverse group of participants, the better the outcome and the stronger the impact,” Danitschek said. “Reaching out to the school corporations was the first step in my eyes since preventing violence begins with the youth – they are the makers of change.”

Students have been asked to “think outside the box and be creative when dressing up, and “consider what a hero looks like to them,” she said.

Stepping Stone has also invited the many heroes of their mission, including police and fire departments, educators, nurses and doctors to take part in work uniform to “represent those that work closely with the effects of violence on a community,” Danitschek said.

There will be fun activities for the children, music, snacks and prizes for best heels, most creative costume, top pledgers and more! Registration begins at 10 a.m. and cost is $25, including a free race T-Shirt (pledges are accepted for the registration fee as well). Children 10 and under can participate free with a paid adult registration.

Sponsorships are available and range from $100 to $1,000. Sponsorship race registrations that will go unused will be donated back to the Special Education departments at La Porte County schools to allow those students to take part for free.

For details, visit Stepping Stone Shelter’s Facebook page or email Danitschek at nanda@steppingstoneshelter.org.

—From staff reports