NORMAN — More than 400 participants walked or ran for a charitable cause in the sixth annual Monster Dash sponsored by the Junior League of Norman.
Money raised at Saturday's event goes to support Baby Steps, Done in a Day and Food for Kids, the nonprofit organization's three main projects, said co-chair Meghan Mullinax.
Participants — many of whom dressed in costume — ran or walked either a 5k or 1-mile course, while children were treated to activities that included inflatables, games and crafts.
Baby Steps provides free day care for babies and toddlers of teen parents who are completing their high school education. The program, a coalition between Junior League, Norman Public Schools, Crossroads Youth and Family Services and the Center for Children and Families, also offers parental support aimed at reducing the risk of child abuse or neglect.
Junior League members also offer short-term volunteer assistance to other nonprofit organizations through its Done in a Day program.
The Food for Kids project provides take-home food in a backpack on a weekly basis to chronically hungry middle school students for weekend consumption.