For two years, I’ve been organizing the “MKE Cosplay 5k” – a combination geek-event, 5k run/walk, and donation-raiser-for-a-local-nonprofit. On October 23, a whole bunch of Milwaukee’s geeks came out and ran around the neighborhood of Sherman Park, and raised donations for Wisconsin Community Services!
Our start and finish was at locally-owned coffee-shop, Sherman Perk, who were great hosts! 🙂 It was a beautiful, sunny October day for the run-walk and it went really well. Besides the good energy of all the participants, there was also a Girl Scouts troop who volunteered, providing a water-stop for everyone at the half-way mark, and local energy-worker, Linda Catterson, was on hand to provide reiki to anyone who wanted.
The beneficiary of this run/walk was Wisconsin Community Services, a local non-profit that has been around for over 100 years! Their original motto was “friend to the friendless” and that really resonated with me. They started out with a mission of helping ex-prisoners and the families of prisoners. Nowadays, they have a whole slate of social programs they run – helping people deal with mental health issues, prisoner/ex-prisoner/family of prisoners issues – in general, they work to help residents to overcome the adversities they might face. In their own words, they are “Creating Opportunities to Overcome Adversity”. Here’s a photo from when I delivered our donations!
Past MKE Cosplay Neighborhoods (and photos of the events)/Beneficiaries…
- Fall 2014 – Downtown – Community Advocates
- Spring 2015 –Bay View – Milwaukee Veterans Administration
- Fall 2015 – Riverwest – MetaHouse
- Spring 2016 – Wauwatosa – Saint A and Artists Working in Education