Zombies for a Cause

Two Zombie Week Corpus Christi events join forces to help bring awareness to child abuse and neglect in our community by giving a portion of their proceeds to Court Appointed Special Advocates of the Coastal Bend.

By: Samantha Stemplinger

The zombie phenomenon is in full force with shows “Fear of the Walking Dead,” “The Walking Dead” and “Zombie Nation,” along with several movies and video games, that have people running for their lives from these frightening creatures.

As zombies are a popular costume for Halloween season, whether you are a fan or not, you will most likely see a few zombies during October, especially during Zombie Week in Corpus Christi. On Friday, Oct. 2, through Saturday, Oct. 10, two community events will give people the opportunity to see or be zombies while supporting a very real cause.

In its 11th year, Realms Con, the local three-day conference for all things sci-fi and a new 5K obstacle experience, Zombie Herd 5K “Aye vienen los muertos,” are joining forces to help bring awareness to the lingering epidemic of child abuse and neglect in our community.

For the past two years, Realms Con has given Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of the Coastal Bend the opportunity to be part of their event. This year, Realms Con will host a Dragon Ball Z Reunion and with the help of Grande Communications, the Harbor Playhouse, Fright Night Haunted House and Ray High School art students a new community project has been created, the Grande Pumpkin-Art Project, which will be featured during Realms Con and will benefit CASA.


Pumpkins donated by Grande will be painted by Ray High School art students and then placed on display at Realms Con, accompanied by Harbor Playhouse zombies who will give raffle tickets to those who donate to CASA for a chance to win one of the 25 spook-tacular pumpkins and an entry to Fright Night Haunted House.

Anyone can run, but things are different when you have to run for your life from a horde of hungry, ruthless zombies at the Zombie Herd 5K on Oct. 10 at Play Extreme Sports. This event will be one-of-a-kind, where you can be the chased or the chaser. Your goal is to complete the course while keeping your flags intact. If all of your flags are taken before you finish, you did not survive the course. Complete the course and be rewarded with “I survived the Zombie Herd 5K” swag!

Participants will receive a complimentary entry to the Fright Night Haunted House and access to the after party that will feature a viewing of “The Walking Dead,” along with food and refreshments provided by L&F Distributors. VFit Productions, a local company that designs races for nonprofit events, created the event to give a portion of the proceeds to CASA.

The Grande Pumpkin-Art Project will be featured at Realms Con on Oct. 2 and 3, from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, contact Angela Allen-Dunlap, Grande Communications community relations manager, at 334-3070. And to learn more about or to register for the Zombie Herd 5K, visit www.vfitproductions.com.

CASA of the Coastal Bend trains volunteers to advocate for the best interest of children who have been abused or neglected and are in the foster care system. The next training begins Oct. 13. For more information about CASA or to sign up for training, contact Samantha Koepp-Stemplinger at samantha@coastalbendcasa.org, call 361-884-2272 or visit www.casaofthecoastalbend.org.


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