Patrick Lewis volunteers to direct Heroes for Hope Race and Toad Suck Race to raise funding for kids

Conway Institute of Music

CONWAY, Ark. March. 14, 2018 – The Children’s Advocacy Alliance (CAA) plans for the biggest KidsFest to date and Heroes for Hope Race supporting abused and neglected children of Central Arkansas. CAA board member and Regions Vice President Commercial Banking Relationship Manager Patrick Lewis leads planning of 2019 Heroes for Hope Race.

“Children never choose to place themselves in situations where they are abused and neglected and are rarely in the situation where they can advocate for themselves. This agency chooses to be the advocate for these children when they do not have a voice and show these children support and love. I cannot think of a better cause to support,” said Lewis.

Patrick Lewis
Patrick Lewis

The Heroes for Hope Race will be held April 6, 2019; all proceeds from the race go directly to providing more services to children in Central Arkansas.

“Come conquer the college hill! It is a fun race route, new medals for all runners, and a kids run! There is also a kid’s fest during and after the race where there will be superheroes, bounce houses, face painting, magic, and free food. Veterans are also being honored as our heroes for this year’s race, so come support your troops,” said Lewis.

“This is so much more than a race — it’s an opportunity to be a part of something larger than all of us. It’s an opportunity to embrace the hope and dream that we will leave this world better than what we found it for the generations to come after us,” said Leia Smith, CAA Development Coordinator.

“Patrick is doing double time for this community — he’s working on the Toad Suck Run and our Heroes for Hope Race at the same time with the goal of making this community a better place,” said Smith.

“It is a lot of fun working on both races, but keeping details straight is a challenge! Fortunately, both the Heroes for Hope Race ( and the Kiwanis Club Toad Suck Daze Run 5k/10k ( have great committees and both support children in our community. Cliff Henry has coordinated the Toad Suck Daze Run for many years and continues to do a phenomenal job,” said Lewis.

“Working on the race is a lot of work but it is so worth it! Seeing the kids cross the 1.31 finish line and receive their medal dressed up as their favorite hero, it’s my favorite moment of the entire year at the CAA,” said Smith.

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