Sponsors are being sought for the first Trick or Treat Trot 5K Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Field of Dreams Sports Complex.

The event will be sponsored by the black and white team at the Van Buren High School Freshman Academy to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network, which is affiliated with Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock.

"We have two students, Gabby Tabarez and Aaron Lookado, that have been and are in Arkansas Children’s Hospital with life threatening illnesses and we would like to help," said Shannon Baty, a teacher at the Freshman Academy.

She said sponsors will ensure all money raised will go directly to the Children’s Miracle Network.

"In order to do that we need sponsors to help with items for the race such as runner bibs, drinks, snacks and goody bags," Baty said.

Event sponsors will have their names on the back of the cards in the goody bags, on signs and in any advertisements.

"The registration site will be up soon and fliers will be going out Friday, Oct, 4," Baty said. "So, to ensure your name on advertisements we need donations and sponsorship forms by Friday, Sept. 27.

Sponsorship forms may be dropped off at the Freshman Academy or mailed to 821 E. Pointer Trail, Van Buren, AR 72956.

"If you have a banner that you would like hung at the event along with our signs we would be glad to pick it up, hang it and bring it back," Baty said.

Since 1983, the Children’s Miracle Network has raised more than $4.7 billion for 170 children’s hospitals across the United States and Canada, which in turn uses the money where it is most needed. Donations have gone to support research and training, purchase equipment and pay for uncompensated care.

Sixty-two children enter one of the 170 Children’s Miracle Networks hospitals every minute.

Arkansas Children’s Hospital is the only pediatric hospital in Arkansas and one of the largest in the United States.