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Superhero Day

 

8th Annual Superhero Day 2021

Dust off your cape and pull out your mask for the 8th annual Superhero Day September 11, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Athens Big Spring Memorial Park (Duck Pond) in Athens, Alabama. Enjoy free kids' activities by local businesses and groups, food trucks, rented rides and inflatables, DJ entertainment, and SUPERHEROES! A gang of about 30-40 Heroes comes out for this event. Our Real Heroes section features law enforcement, military, fire, farmers, utility linemen, and this year we will feature real heroes from the First Responders community in recognition of their service for 9/11. Don't miss the Parade of Heroes at 10:30 a.m. when the Superheroes arrive. Visit the Superhero tent for storytime at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. Join the Supers on East Street for Line Dancing at 1 p.m. (follow us on social media for this year's dance to learn) Kids in costume can join the Costume Walk at 3 p.m. and receive a medal (while supplies last).

 

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This event is free to attend with bracelets sold for the rented rides. This is a fundraiser for Eli's Block Party Childhood Cancer Foundation. Donations to keep this event free to attend are appreciated.

 

Host a booth, be a vendor, or a sponsor. Take advantage of this opportunity to engage the community, present your business or organization or school or church by hosting a kids' activity booth. This is a high-energy, colorful, fun, and all-around "Super" day, so get with co-workers or friends or family and find a way to participate.

Superhero 43 Ribbon Races

Join Captain Hope for the 2nd Annual Superhero 43 Ribbon Races virtual event. With an option for everyone, this virtual event is the perfect way to support childhood cancer during childhood cancer month while aiding your own health. Every participant gets a Finisher medal, a T-shirt, and a coupon for Fleet Feet. For the hard-core runner/walker, choose the 43 miles Ultra in one day during Labor Day Weekend; or 43 miles over the weekend, or cover 43 miles total by running or walking during childhood cancer month in September, just a little over a mile a day! Take advantage of the option to raise funds for childhood cancer research through an individual fundraising option and help us meet our goal.

Golden Pinwheel Garden

For childhood cancer month, we will place these pinwheels in the park as a visual exhibit of the Forty-six children that are diagnosed every day in the U.S. and the 2,000 children that die each year due to cancer. We want to create a powerful visual of 2,000 golden pinwheels to help us remember why we have Superhero Day. Please, consider helping us raise awareness of the number one killer of children by disease by sponsoring a pinwheel. The National Cancer Institute only gives 4% to childhood cancer and the American Cancer Society gives less than 1%. Help us fill the funding gap for what is needed for research.

You may enter names to be written on a petal of your Golden Pinwheel in honor or in memory of someone. They will be planted near the pond at Superhero Day.

Event Vendors at Superhero Day 2021

Car shows and Superhero Day are both open to merchandise, product, and promotional vendors. Food vendors are by invitation only and are currently full for 2021, which includes snow cones, ice cream, lemonade, treats.

 

Promotional vendors (those who are not selling or collecting donations, but are only giving out promotional items for their business) must share in the cost of Superhero Day by paying a discounted registration fee.

 

We do not monitor the duplication of product/brand/service, and will not share registration information of others. This is a charity event, all are welcome, but all vendors run the risk of duplication.

Superhero Day 2020 Window Wars

Raising awareness is the key to funding. Funding is the key to a cure. Help us raise awareness by decorating your business windows or storefront for childhood cancer month and draw attention to Superhero Day, a free community event that raises money for Eli's Block Party.

 

Have fun with it! Dress as Superheroes, or wear capes to work on Friday the prior to Superhero Fun Day. Engage your customers or clients with a fundraiser for Eli's Block Party. Post your efforts on your social media and help us spread the word about Superhero Day.

 

We are asking that decorations be in place by September 1 and remain until September 30. The childhood cancer color is gold, so we ask that the window decorations be predominately gold in color or contain a gold cancer ribbon, and be Superhero themed with "Eli's Block Party" prominently displayed along with the date for Superhero Fun Day. The kind of supplies or mediums you use to decorate your window or storefront is up to you (window paint, or display, etc.). We will feature all windows in a group on our social media and invite everyone to visit your establishment. Please, consider registering for the “Window Wars” competition using this form. Judges will choose winners from those who register to receive a special ribbon to display in their window and all winners will be announced on our social media. Judging will be completed by September 8th.

 

This activity is free to enter, we just want you to join us in raising awareness and to have fun doing it. However, fundraising efforts to engage your customers and clients is a great way to raise awareness and help us donate more of what we raise to childhood cancer research. Superhero Fun Day is free for the community to attend, and we want to keep it that way. We rely on donations to raise money for childhood cancer research. This year, we are supporting Dr. Greg Friedman’s innovative immunotherapy research at Children’s of Alabama. 

Our Superhero Troupe

We are often asked about our Superhero Troupe - who they are, where they come from, how do we get them to come out, etc.

 

We are proud and thankful for this group of volunteers and grateful for their willingness to dress up in costume in extreme heat and take picture after picture with guests of Superhero Fun Day. These costumes sometimes involve a unitard, (which not many people can wear even if they are willing to), or costumes with smothering latex or padding, suffocating masks, and just a variety of uncomfortable features or accessories or make-up. Of the 30-35 Superheroes, only three or four are actual cosplayers - someone whose hobby it is to dress up in a costume like a character in a book or movies. Those three are not local, but love the event and have a heart for the cause, so they are willing to drive the distance to participate each year. So, the majority of these guys and gals have no interest in the Superhero they are portraying, some do not even know anything about Superhero characters at all. They are just local people with a heart for the cause, willing to give of their time to make this event great by putting on that unitard and mask or by being uncomfortable in the heat. Some of our heroes have been with us since the first Superhero Fun Day in the park, and many of the others stay on after their first event because they enjoyed their experience so much.


How do we get our Supers? They don't just show up, that's for sure! We have a Superhero Coordinator (We will call her Professor X) that worries over it most of the year. She is always on the lookout for that special Superhero doppelganger that might enjoy the event. She and her minions carefully detail the costumes, organize each Super's individual participation, communicates with the group, and pulls it all together. Our Superheroes are vetted and wear an EBP ID for Superhero Fun Day, so that guests know who represents EBP. People in costume are not allowed to walk-up and join in as representing EBP as a Superhero. They must be vetted beforehand and sign our Code of Conduct agreement.

Furthermore, we only have one of each in our troupe. Doesn’t make sense to have more than one Batman! Each year we do have holes to fill and are open to hearing about Supers that we might not have that someone might wish to portray or for which they have a cosplay-level costume. If you know of someone who is interested in portraying a Superhero for Superhero Day, please let us know. We do traditionally have a need for a Marvel SHIELD agent to walk with the parade and assist the Supers. (We take a few villains if their costumes are kid-friendly and if they are matched to one of our Supers.)

 

As mentioned, almost all of our Superheroes are just volunteers and do not ordinarily dress up in costume. Many of the costumes we own, not the volunteer in the costume. We do not "hire out" these volunteers.

 

Don’t miss The Supers at Superhero Day!

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