"Angela and I are proud to once again host the KidsPeace Trick-or-Trot event," Showalter said in a press release. "KidsPeace provides crucial support and services for foster children and families, a cause that has special meaning for both of us. This event will help raise needed funds to provide a bright future for foster children in our area."
Gift certificates will be awarded for top runners, age group winners and best costumes. The top three fundraising teams will win prizes, such as the Showalter's suite for a 2014 Orioles game on a mutually-agreed upon date (food/beverage not included). The top individual fundraiser will earn the honor of throwing out the first pitch at the Orioles' home game on Sept. 26.
"The Orioles organization has had such an impact on the foster youth we serve," said Gina Seyfried, KidsPeace volunteer coordinator. "Their support and that of the Showalter family reaches so far beyond the ballpark. We are honored to have such a committed partner for this community event to support the foster youth of Maryland."
Visit www.kidspeace5k.org by Aug. 15 to run the 5K, and the $35 early registration entrance fee will include a ticket to the Orioles' game against Toronto on Sept. 26. Additional game tickets for friends/family and walkers are available for purchase. The early registration entrance fee for walkers is $20 for adults and $15 for youths ages 3-14. There is no fee for children 2 and younger. The first 500 runners registered will receive an UnderArmour T-shirt.
To register as a team captain or to join a team, register as an individual runner then follow the directions for team registration. To create a fundraising page, follow the link in your registration confirmation email or register using this link.
All proceeds from the race benefit KidsPeace Foster Care and Community Programs of Maryland and Washington D.C., including KEYS (KidsPeace Empowering Youth to Succeed), a program that prepares youth for independence through life-skills training. Sponsorship opportunities are still available for the race. For more information, please call 410-964-9329.
Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.