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Superhero Day

 
 

North Alabama Eye Care presents the 6th Annual Superhero Day 2019

Dust off your cape and pull out your mask for the sixth annual Superhero Day presented by North Alabama Eye Care September 14 at the Athens Big Spring Memorial Park (Duck Pond). 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 and find a way to participate. We have food, activities, contests, music, prizes with all proceeds going to Eli's Block Party. Our Real Heroes section features law enforcement, military, fire, farmers, utility linemen, and this year we will feature a special teacher to represent teachers as Real Heroes. Don't miss the Superhero Parade at 10:30 a.m. when the Superheroes arrive.

Community Heroes Booths at NAEC Superhero Day 2019

Not all heroes wear capes! Eli's Block Party highlights heroes in our community each year in the Parade of Heroes and in the Real Heroes section of Superhero Day. Originally with law enforcement, then farmers were added, followed by utility linemen, and this year teachers. We are looking for groups/businesses/organizations to host a booth that features each of these groups of heroes.

Event Vendors at NAEC Superhero Day 2019

Car shows and Superhero Fun Day are both open to merchandise, product, and promotional vendors. Food vendors are by invitation only and are currently full for 2019, that 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 Fun Day by paying a discounted registration fee.

 

We do not monitor 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.

Golden Pinwheel Garden

Help us plant a Golden Pinwheel Garden at Superhero Day in honor or in memory of cancer fighters. Forty-six children are diagnosed every day in the U.S. and 2,000 children 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 to the number one killer of children by disease. 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.

Childhood Cancer Kids Parade of Heroes

Be our Guests of Honor! If you are a childhood cancer kid patient or adult survivor, we want you to ride in our Parade of Heroes! Sign-up to ride in the parade and choose your favorite Superhero or Real Hero to ride with. The cut-off date for a free t-shirt has passed, but your childhood cancer kid may choose from sizes available at the event. T-shirts are for event participants only and must be picked up at the event.

Parade Vehicle Entry

We have had a tremendous response to join our Parade of Heroes. We are in the final planning stages, so we have closed registration so that we can be prepared for Saturday morning. See you September 14th!

NAEC Superhero Day 2019 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 13th. 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 decorations be put 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 Day, September 14th. 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. We will have a banner at Superhero Day with a list of supporting businesses. Judging will be complete by September 10th.

 

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 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. 

Superhero Casting

This is an application to be considered for the role of cosplaying DC Comics's Aquaman in Eli's Block Party Super Troupe. Our Superhero volunteers work at Superhero Day, a childhood cancer awareness event in Athens, Alabama, on the second Saturday of September (this year September 14, 2019).

The volunteers that make up our Super Troupe are extra special people with a heart for the cause. They not only give of their time to work at Superhero Day, but put themselves in the limelight wearing a unitard and cape!

Follow the link for details and to apply for consideration.

Our Superhero Troupe

We are often asked about our Superhero Troup - 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 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 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 Day in the park in 2014, and many of the others stay on after their first experience because they enjoyed their experience so much.


How do we get our Supers? It's not by the Big Bang Theory 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 carefully details the costumes, organizes their participation, communicates with the group, and pulls it all together. Our Superheroes are vetted and will be wearing an EBP ID for Superhero 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 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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