Date(s) - Nov 01, 2013
10:00 am - 11:15 pm
Downtown Kingsville will be invaded by zombies as Brush Country CASA hold their first zombie walk on Nov. 1.
CASA held a kickoff event at Big House Burgers in Kingsville on Wednesday where Drew Stone from the Beach House Morning Show on 96.5 was present and helping promote the event on the radio. The walk will start at a pavilion on Sixth Street and participants will march through historic downtown Kingsville in all their zombie gore. The walk will circle around and end back at the pavilion.
Proceeds from the walk will be split with both Brush Country CASA and CASA Coastal Bend. The two organizations partnered together for the event. Brush Country hopes to do this event on their own next year but it all depends on how this year goes for them.
“It’s a fun event but the most important thing is we’re really trying to get the community aware of our program and the need for volunteers to advocate for those children that don’t have anybody,” Seana Towler, Executive Director for CASA said.
The Brush Country Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) work alongside Child Protective Services in helping kids who have been removed from their homes by a judge. Jim Wells County is where most of the cases for CASA come from. Advocates from CASA answer to the judge who looks at what’s best for the child’s interest. They also encourage and monitor the families progress.
“They’re given certain things they have to do in order to get their children back and we offer encouragement…but also we’re going to monitor to see how well they’re doing,” Towler said. “The last thing we want to do is put a child back into a home and then [later], they end up getting moved again because we didn’t make sure those things were taken care of before they went back.”
CASA chose to do a zombie walk because of how popular zombies are nowadays due to the hit TV show, The Walk Dead. They also saw how successful the Corpus Christi zombie walk last year, where it had about 1,400 people participate.
“Everybody just thought it was a fun thing so we’re trying to use it as an awareness campaign and let people know about CASA and try to get volunteers ultimately,” Towler said.
A big sponsor for the event is Big House Burgers who will have an after party/ten year anniversary celebration as well. They will have a concert featuring Pat Green and Signno and participants who have their zombie walk bracelet will get a discount for the concert.
Proceeds from the celebration will go to Brush Country CASA. About 50 people have already signed up for the walk.
“We’re super excited and we’re glad the city has endorsed it and allowed us to walk downtown,” Towler said.
People can register online by visiting their Facebook event. Pre-registration is $15 and onsite registration will be $20, Children seven and under are free. The first 500 walkers get a “Zombie Survival Kit” and a t-shirt.
The walk begins at 6 p.m. and registration booths will be open from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Participants will have a chance to get “zombiefied” by a pro from 1 to 4:30 p.m. at Butch’s Steak House.