Kids have fun at Super Hero Day last September in Avon.
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AVON — A team of evildoers will descend upon Avon on Saturday, going so far as to take Mayor Bryan Jensen hostage. But fear not — a team of “super kids” will stand in their way, rescuing the city’s leadership at the annual Super Hero Day.
The second year for the event in Avon, attendees are invited at 12:30 p.m. to the Aquatic Facility, 36265 Detroit Road, to watch four scenes acted out by volunteers and roughly 20 kids who face serious illnesses or adversity to save the day as super kids.
The event is put on by Super Heroes to Kids in Ohio, a nonprofit whose volunteers visit children’s hospitals and special needs centers as comic book characters, among other charitable acts. The group has roughly 80 members, founded in 2010 and receiving nonprofit status in 2014.
Saturday’s event is meant to brighten the lives of the children and parents participating, and recognize the situations they are going through, board member Brian Chulik said.
“What we wanted to do was try to put together an event to honor these kids and families going through hardships,” he explained. “So we came up with the idea for the kids to save the city from the clutches of evil. We chose about 20 kids going through illness and their parents can participate and we set up scenes throughout the city … and it’s up for the super kids to rescue them from the clutches of evil.”
On average, the super kids range from 5 to 12 years old, he said, and are nominated for the honor from throughout Northern Ohio. Parents accompany them and the event is handicapped-accessible.
“What we wanted to do and what we try to do as an organization is give them a very special day where they forget any type of illness or adversity they are going through,” he said. “And it is our goal to put them on a pedestal where they are honored as real superheroes. And the city of Avon has given us the perfect venue to do that and have been extremely charitable in helping us achieve our goals.”
The rehearsed skits, including Jensen’s capture and special appearances by lawyer Tim Misny as Lex Luthor and WKYC reporter Dawn Kendrick as Lois Lane will move through the woods near the center, ending at the playground. The public can watch the kids and volunteers, but have to stay in a designated area for participants’ safety.
The event is free, though the group asks for donations of canned goods and/or school supplies to benefit local charities. Parking is available at the Avon Pool, 36265 Detroit Road. In case of inclement weather, the event will move inside to Heritage Elementary, 35575 Detroit Road.
After the skits, there will be a meet-and-greet with about 40 costumed crusaders. While characters from several series will be there for photo ops, Super Heroes To Kids in Ohio’ is a 501(c)(3), nonprofit organization not affiliated with Marvel, DC, Disney, or any other company — all acts are done in a charitable tone.
“We make no money off of what we do,” Chulik said. “It’s all for the greater good.”
While the group is still filling some costume openings, it is too late to sign up to volunteer for this year’s Super Hero Day, Chulik said, as a background check is required. Those interested in joining the organization moving forward can visit superheroestokidsinohio.org.
The event will be a day for the super kids and their families to remember, Chulik said, along with attendees. Whether children are battling illness, loss or other adversities, they’re the real heroes — with or without costumes — as far as Chulik is concerned.
“I think that this is not only an event for comic book fans and superhero fans of all ages but it’s also an event that you will be inspired by,” he said. “Because you’re actually going to meet real superheroes — those being the kids and families overcoming illness and adversity — so it’s definitely an event that should leave you inspired.”