Superheroes save Portsmouth

Wonder Woman holds Kayden Albertson for a photo Saturday as the Superheroes visited Portsmouth as a Red Cross fundraiser

No villain stood a chance Saturday at the old PHS gym as the Superheroes came to town to raise money for the Ohio River Valley American Red Cross.

“This is the Red Cross Superheroes event where people can come out and meet some of the DC characters, and all the proceeds go to support our local Red Cross,” Debbie Smith, community executive, American Red Cross, said. “We’ve got a lot of Superhero games the kids can play. We’ve got at least seven DC characters out here, mixing in the crowd, meeting everyone, and it is a lot of fun. Lots of good food and music and photographs by Kevin Hoops.”

Hoops and Bryan Smith, two of the Red Crosses Dancing With OUR Stars dancers put the event together

Hoops, who operates Impressive Studios, was in much demand, so with his camera in hand, he brought smiles to the faces of the children and parents who came to the show.

“We’ve gone together with a lot of our schools and invited a lot of the kids out for all the Superheroes – Batman, Super Woman, Spiderman and Wonder Woman are here today, and we’re just having a great time for all the kids and the Red Cross,” Hoops said.

As the children interacted with the Superheroes, Bryan Smith was busy helping a child spray crazy string.

“I’m going to say it’s Spiderman Spray String,” Smith said. “This is awesome. This is our last hurrah before the big onw – Dancing With Our Stars. For us it’s about the Red Cross and doing something fun for the kids. It’s inexpensive and they get to come and enjoy themselves.”

The Superheroes came to town through CLB Princesses and More, which you quickly learn, has more than just Superheroes in their stable

“We have all of the Disney princesses,” Angie Whitely of CLB Princesses and More said. “We have all of the main Star Wars characters. This is the first day we’re doing Superheroes and we have Shopkins. They’re little figurines that girls from kindergarten to fourth grade love.”

Whitely said anyone who wants to bring any of the characters to an event can call her at 740-876-1301. They are also on Facebook under CLB Princesses.

Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.