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Lawyers For Kids 5K Run Benefits Abused/Neglected Children

More than 200 runners and walkers braved the rain on Thursday evening to participate in the 10th annual Lawyers for Kids 5K event. Proceeds from the event will benefit Court Appointed Advocates of Morris and Sussex Counties (CASA), a non-profit organization that recruits, trains and supervises volunteers who provide a voice in court to assure each foster child a safe, permanent and nurturing home.
Despite the rain, the 10th annual Lawyers for Kids 5K event drew a large crowd this past Thursday evening at Ginty Field in Morristown. Proceeds from the event will benefit Court Appointed Advocates of Morris and Sussex Counties (CASA), a non-profit organization that recruits, trains and supervises volunteers who provide a voice in court to assure each foster child a safe, permanent and nurturing home. Shown above, the Honorable Michael Wright, Family Court Judge, under an umbrella, sings “America the Beautiful” to start the race.  Next to him is Nancy Bangiola, Morris County Bar Foundation Executive Director
Shown at the Lawyers for Kids 5K Run are Steven Firkser and Dr. Lisa Firkser, CASA of Morris and Sussex Counties’ Executive Director. 
Shown are Kathleen McNamara, CASA Trustee and Richard Moore, CASA Board Vice President who volunteered at the Lawyers for Kids 5K Run. 

A deluge of rain did not deter the dedicated runners and walkers who participated in the tenth annual Lawyers for Kids 5K Run event on Thursday, July 10, at Ginty Field on Woodland Avenue in Morristown. The run is a partnership between the Morris County Bar Foundation and Court Appointed Special Advocates of Morris and Sussex Counties (CASA). CASA is a non-profit organization that recruits, trains and supervises volunteers who speak up in court for the best interests of children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse and neglect.

The Morris County Bar Association is a professional association of attorneys and members of the judiciary who live in and/or practice law in Morris County. The Morris County Bar Foundation, the charitable affiliate of the Morris County Bar Association, is directly involved in programs for the benefit of the legal community and the community-at-large.

At times, event volunteers huddled under small tents to escape the downpour and there was not a dry t-shirt in sight by the end of the evening. However, 243 runners actually participated and crossed the finish line.

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The Honorable Michael Wright sang “America the Beautiful,” and the Honorable Thomas Weisenbeck signaled runners to start.

The total registration of runners, walkers and children for the kids gallop was 526, which is very impressive for such a rainy evening.

“The Morris County Bar Foundation has been a special friend and strong supported of CASA for over ten years. They are a group of lawyers dedicated to giving back to the community,” said CASA’s Executive Director, Dr. Lisa Barsky Firkser.

For more information about CASA, visit www.casamsc.org or call 973-998-7590. 

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