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A student club at Adolfo Camarillo High School wants local businesses to help in its efforts to provide athletic equipment for youngsters at Casa Pacifica, a Camarillo-based shelter for abused and neglected children.

The Camarillo High student organization Teenage Endeavors Elevating Neighboring Students Club, also known as the TEENS Club, is the sponsor of the upcoming “Chasing the Sun” 5K, fun run and family expo.

Proceeds from the event will go toward Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families in Camarillo, which provides emergency shelter and counseling services to families in crisis.

The club’s goal is to raise $1,500 to provide the shelter with athletic gear such as running shoes, pants and socks.

“Our club has always been geared to support Casa Pacifica because it’s in our neighborhood,” said Leann Pham, a Camarillo student and club board member. “ Our board came up with the combined idea to provide running equipment because we wanted to see what the money is being used for and that it is being put to good use.”

ACHS student E.J. Morera, a member of the TEENS Club and a varsity football player, said he wants to share the positive impact of sports with the residents of Casa Pacifica.

“It’s great to have a place like Casa Pacifica because they help with the emotional support, but we felt they also needed something to help them lead a healthier life through physical activities,” said E.J., a Camarillo High senior. “Football has been a great experience for me. It created a constructive new hobby for me, and I met a lot of great friends.”

Sponsors who donate $25 or more will have their logos printed on the runners’ T-shirts.

Corporate sponsors are also needed to provide gift certifi- cates, coupons and other small prizes for participant goody bags, which will be distributed on the day of the event.

The 5K run is slated for 9 a.m., Sat., June 8 at La Mariposa School, 4800 Corte Olivas, Camarillo. A 1-mile fun run for children age 12 and under is planned for 10:15 a.m.

A family expo, which will feature live entertainment and kid-friendly activities, will open after the races.

Sponsors who donate $150 or more to the event will be provided with a booth for the family expo.

For more information, email the TEENS Club at teensclub_ achs@yahoo.com.

An event registration link will be posted on the Camarillo Acorn’s Facebook page. Sponsors may make an electronic donation by following the link.

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