Looking forward to Saturday’s KidsPeace Trick-or-Trot 5K/1 Mile Walk

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It’s been a month or so since my last video blog. I figured I should check in to see how everyone’s doing.

ShowaltersAtTrickOrTrot.jpgWhile we’re already hard at work improving our club for next season, I’m taking a quick break on Saturday for an event that is very important to my family - the seventh annual KidsPeace Trick-or-Trot 5K/1 Mile Walk at Oriole Park.

My wife, Angela, and her family hosted foster kids while she was growing up outside of Nashville. When we first came to Baltimore, we knew we wanted to partner with an organization that could improve the lives of foster kids in the region and KidsPeace was the perfect choice.

Children end up in foster care for all kinds of reasons - it’s heartbreaking. While younger children have a good chance of being adopted by families, it is more difficult to place older children and teenagers. That’s where KidsPeace provides such critical support from education and life skills training to mental and behavioral health resources.

So that’s why we do this each year around Halloween and I have to tell you, I get a kick out of seeing all the creative costumes. I’ll be there at the finish line with Angela, rooting for the runners and walkers (Angela’s the runner - I’m the walker in our family and walkers are people, too!) as they finish on the field at Oriole Park.

Angela and I are so grateful for the support of Orioles fans, who make this event bigger and better every year. Over the six years we’ve hosted this event, we’ve raised more than $425,000 to support KidsPeace. It means so much to us and, most importantly, to the kids who benefit from these programs.

I hope to see you there. If not, I wish you a happy and blessed Thanksgiving holiday and we’ll catch up during the Winter Meetings in December.

Talk to you soon,