A Family For Every Child hosted its second annual Hero for a Day Event on Sunday February 15th in Eugene, Oregon. This special event hosted 96 boys in foster care and within the community to a exciting day were they were transformed into their superhero dreams.
An event center that usually serves as a practice field for University of Oregon athletes, served a different purpose on February 15th. Upon arriving at the Moshofsky Center, our little heroes were eager to meet their fellow community heroes. Our concept is simple: anyone can be a hero. Whether that be Superman himself, policemen, firemen, local scientists, outdoorsmen, athletes, or our very own foster children. We had many stations for the children to enjoy, interacting with our many heroes.
Our local firemen walked the children through the daily life of a firefighter, allowing them to try on fire gear, see equipment, a fire truck, meeting the firedog, and lastly letting them slide down a huge inflatable slide.
O-Heroes hosted three stations: an obstacle course, an inflatable football-passing target, and a race where children ran over mini hurdles. They ran, threw, and weaved amongst obstacles with some of the nations best athletes. Also in attendance were many U of O athletes from every sport cheering on the children.
Community members such as Cabela's, The Science Factory, and The Eugene Emeralds had their own versions of heroes and contributed several station activities. Cabela's staff tested our heroes accuracy with a casting lesson and taught the children how to cast a fishing pole.
Ricardo the Remarkable joined the heroes for an entertaining and interactive magic show with magic, amazement, and laughter.
The Eugene Emeralds brought a bounce house for the children to climb, compete, and release their energy.
Other activities included face painting, a photo booth by Wendy Gregory Photography, and a special visit from the Oregon Duck and the Portland Super Heroes Coalition.
We had a mini food station where our heroes could replenish their strength and enjoyed food from local supporters such as Togo's, Lochmead Dairy, Roaring Rapids Pizza and Franz Bakery.
Every little hero got to take home their very own hero accessories.
We are so thankful to the community, our partners, our sponsors, and everyone else who supported this event. It was truly an example of how an entire community can unite to create awareness for children in foster care and also create an experience for these children that will last a lifetime.