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Over 700 people participated in the first ever Color Me For CASA run (ORN Photo)

Over 700 people participated in the first ever Color Me For CASA run (ORN Photo)

(West Plains) – The first ever Color Me For CASA color run held Saturday morning in West Plains shattered expectations, raising approximately $20,000 for the 37th Judicial CASA, or Court Appointed Special Advocates.

37th CASA Financial Director Judy Hansmann told Ozark Radio News Saturday afternoon that a total of 712 participants ran in the Saturday event, which started and ended at the West Plains Civic Center and consisted of a 5K Run or a 1K walk/run. Approximately $20,000 was raised in the event, however a final monetary total will come later, as it will take some time to get a final total from internet donations.

Of the 712 participants, 58 of them were from Fairview School, which won a trophy for the most participants from a school.

The funding will be used to offset costs for the group, which advocates in court for children across the 37th Judicial Circuit who have been abused, neglected or abandoned, and helps find them a loving home. The 37th Circuit covers Howell, Oregon, Shannon and Carter Counties.

To view the photo gallery from the event, click here.

Congratulations to Fairview School, which won a trophy for the most participants from a school. (ORN photo)

Congratulations to Fairview School, which won a trophy recognizing a school with the most participants. (ORN photo)

Color packets were given to people at the end of the race to throw in the air in celebration. (ORN photo)

Color packets were given to people at the end of the race to throw in the air in celebration. (ORN photo)

(ORN photo)

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