Friday, July 31, 2009

Heroes for Children 5K - SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

Wow! It is the last day of July... This summer is flying by. Hope you have been enjoying it!

The 2009 Heroes for Children 5K presented by WFAA is right around the corner, and ONLINE registration is OPEN. The 5K and 1 mile fun run will take place on Saturday, September 12, 2009 at Shops at Legacy in Plano, TX.

We are really excited about this year’s event, as it marks our 5th Anniversary for Heroes for Children. As a special perk to our loyal supporters (and to those who want to become loyal supporters :)) AND to commemorate FIVE years of serving families with children battling cancer, we are offering a ONE DAY SALE of $5 OFF registration fees on August 5th from 5 am - 5 pm. This makes our event the most affordable 5K event in town!!! (Kids only $5 each and adults $15 each - and that includes a T-shirt!). The coupon code is only valid on August 5, 2009 and only available to those who register online! Use code: HFC5K09

If you like the idea of saving $5 per entry fee... you will really like the idea of FREE ENTRY!!! That’s right! YOU AND YOUR FAMILY CAN RACE FOR FREE!!! When you register online, select the option to agree to raise $150 for Heroes for Children, and your entry fee is on us. (Each person must raise $150 minimum to receive free entry.) After you register for the race, set up your online fundraising page by clicking here and then selecting “become a fundraiser.” It is so easy to fundraise for an organization like Heroes for Children because we provide direct financial and social assistance to families with children battling cancer in Texas.

We are encouraging everyone to FORM A TEAM this year! You can create a team by clicking on "Create your Team" button on the online registration page. Set up your team early and then let everyone know you are recruiting teammates (also tell them about the FREE ENTRY and/or the $5 OFF entry and encourage them to sign up for your team online!)

Remember that we will have awards for biggest team and the top fundraising team! Good Luck!

The 5K and 1 mile fun run features a Children's Entertainment Area sponsored by Concote Corporation, Eddie Coker concert, and ribbons for kids who finish the 1 mile fun run or 5K event.

You can get all the information you need about the Heroes for Children 5K at Questions? Email Michelle Peacock at

Monday, July 6, 2009

July Volunteer of the Month

Heroes for Children is really expanding our efforts in the Houston area. With the addition of our newest staff member, Mimi Bates, and our Texas Hold'Em event, Hold'Em for Heroes, we're adding some of the things we already do in Dallas. An Advisory Board made up of Houston individuals ready to work for Heroes for Children is also making a big difference. Cristina Baez and her husband Mauricio are member's of the Advisory Board. She's a Cordon Bleu trained chef who treats us during Advisory Board meetings with her amazing cooking.

Cristina is also taking on a big project this fall--introducing Heroes for Children to the Hispanic communtiy through an evening called "Celebra Una Nocha Hispana." Cristina's goal is to introduce our mission and services to the Hispanic community in Houston to show how our organization supports these families in their time of crisis. We are so lucky to have volunteers like Cristina who think outside of the box for new ways to involve others with Heroes for Children!

With that, I turn it over to Cristina!

Name, Occupation:

Cristina Baez, Owner Bleu Bites LLC--Private Chef Service

How did you get involved with HFC:

Through my friend Mary Lou Fernandez, who successfully chaired Heroes and Handbags Houston in 2008.

Do you have any kids and/or pets?

One daughter, Victoria, age 5 and one Russian Tortoise

From looking at you, no one would guess....

That I practice Tae Kwon Do.

Favorite place to eat:

My kitchen.

What's on your book shelf?

The Twilight Saga is my most recent addition.

What's in your iPod/CD changer?

ABBA, Brazilian music, Tibetan music among others

Who's your hero?

My mom.