Super Heroes Unite!

Nathan Liewicki
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Parents, kids support MJHF and get to dress up

With so many super heroes at the Heritage Inn on Sunday, Moose Jaw had no reason to fear an alien attack.

An array of super heroes gathered together at the Heritage Inn Sunday as part of Super Heroes Unite! The event, which raised money for the pediatrics ward of the new regional hospital, saw kids and their parents dress up as their favourite super heroes.

An estimated 120 children, ranging from Wolverine to Hulk to Captain America prevented Gotham City from being thrown into chaos at Super Heroes Unite! From the Joker to Arrow and Ironman, parents also dressed up as their favourite super heroes.

According to Amy Ofstie, chair of Super Heroes Unite!, the event was only put together in the last two months..

“People had just a great time at the Princess Ball and we were asked if we could put on a super heroes event,” Ofstie told the Times-Herald. “My committee worked so hard to get this fantastic event ready in a little over two months.”

Kids had the opportunity to climb inside a wrestling ring, visit various super hero-themed booths, play a variety of carnival games, watch their favourite super hero movies and take part in Super Hero Training Camp.

Although prizes were awarded for the best kid and parent costumes, the real winner Sunday was the Moose Jaw Health Foundation (MJHF), and specifically the pediatrics ward of the new regional hospital, which will receive a donation courtesy the event,

It was not known how much money had been raised for the new regional hospital at Super Heroes Unite!, but Kelly McElree, executive director of the MJHF, said he is excited to be able to put the funds toward children’s health care.

“I got the call yesterday that the Avengers needed to be assembled quickly, and the super heroes of Moose Jaw answered the call,” said McElree, who constructed the hammer of Thor with a carefully shaped block of wide and small steel pipe.

“There were so many parents that dressed up as super heroes and to their kids that’s exactly what they are. The same goes for doctors, who are sometimes heroes for children at the hospital.”

Nathan Liewicki can be reached at 306-691-1256 or follow him on Twitter @liewicks

Organizations: Moose Jaw Health Foundation, Times-Herald

Geographic location: Gotham, Moose Jaw

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