The Boot Camp Girl to Sponsor Team CASA at the 2015 Baltimore Running Festival

(Top row from L to R: Doreen Khalidzwe of Beltsville, Heather Brown of Ellicott City, Alison Pfannenstein of Columbia, Katie Kirtley of Dayton, John Zahor of Ellicott City. Front row: Stephanie Dignan of Woodbine, owner of The Boot Camp Girl)

(Top row from L to R: Doreen Khalidzwe of Beltsville, Heather Brown of Ellicott City, Alison Pfannenstein of Columbia, Katie Kirtley of Dayton, John Zahor of Ellicott City. Front row: Stephanie Dignan of Woodbine, owner of The Boot Camp Girl)

 

The Boot Camp Girl to Sponsor Team CASA at the 2015 Baltimore Running Festival

Columbia, Md. (Sept. 8, 2015) – Maryland Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Association is proud to announce The Boot Camp Girl as a sponsor of Team CASA, the organization’s official charity team that will be participating in the Baltimore Running Festival on Saturday, October 17, 2015 at M&T Bank Stadium (1101 Russell Street, Baltimore, MD 21230).

This will be the third year that The Boot Camp Girl, a Howard County-based company that provides boot camp-style fitness programs and personal training, will serve as a sponsor of Team CASA.

“We learned about Team CASA through one of our members whose sorority supports the organization nationally,” said Stephanie Dignan, the company’s owner, of Woodbine. “We are happy to support an organization that does such great work on behalf of vulnerable children,” citing Maryland CASA’s efforts to ensure all abused and neglected children their right to safe and permanent homes.

In addition to serving as a Team CASA sponsor, The Boot Camp Girl has also recruited more than twenty of its members to join this year’s team.   “We’re thrilled to have The Boot Camp Girl’s support again this year,” said Ed Kilcullen, Maryland CASA’s state director.  “They have been strong financial supporters of Team CASA for three years and their members bring tremendous energy and enthusiasm to the event.”

Members of Team CASA, which will be comprised of 150 runners and walkers of all fitness levels, will compete in any of the four races held during the Baltimore Running Festival, including the full marathon, half marathon, team relay and 5k.  There is also a kids’ fun run for children 12 and under.  Those interested in joining Team CASA may register by visiting WWW.GOTEAMCASA.ORG. Donations are also welcome and may be made through the web site.

The organization is also seeking additional sponsors to help reach its goal of $50,000. “We have experienced significant funding cuts in recent years, yet the challenge of advocating for more than 5,000 vulnerable children remains,” added Kilcullen.  Currently, CASA serves only one in five children in state custody. Those interested in becoming a sponsor of Team CASA are urged to contact Patrick Seidl at 410-828-6761. All proceeds from the event will support Maryland CASA’s efforts to recruit additional volunteers to serve as advocates for Maryland’s nearly 5,000 abused and neglected children in foster care.

About Maryland CASA Association

Maryland CASA Association is a private, non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1997 and dedicated to ensuring the rights of all children to safe, permanent homes.  This mission is carried out in partnership with fifteen local CASA programs throughout the state, which recruit, train and supervise volunteers appointed by the court to serve as advocates for children under court protection due to abuse and neglect.  Currently, CASA serves children in 20 of the state’s 24 jurisdictions.  For more information, please visit www.marylandcasa.org or call (888) 833-2272.

About The Boot Camp Girl

The Boot Camp Girl is a full-service group boot camp style fitness program that combines workouts with personalized coaching and accountability, with locations in Columbia and Glenwood. The company offers a wide variety of services including regular body fat testing and measurements, challenges and competitions, fun group events, nutritional support and customized food log review. Workouts include: boot camp, strength & conditioning, running/walking intervals, yoga, kickboxing intervals, open training, and personal training. The Boot Camp Girl has been featured on ABC News and Fox News, and in The Washingtonian, Howard Magazine and the Baltimore Sun. They may be reached at info@thebootcampgirl.com website: www.TheBootCampGirl.com.

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