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2015 GALlop for Children

The 15th Annual GALlop for Children

November 8, 2015

The Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation and the Guardian ad Litem Project have formed a partnership to host the GALlop for Children.  The GALlop raises money for clothing, food, and holiday gifts for needy children and families represented by GALs.  By participating in the 15th Annual GALlop for Children, you have a unique opportunity to serve the community and to make the holiday season brighter for many abused, neglected, and dependent children, their caregivers, and other children served by the GALs in the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court.



The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo requires a ticket or member pass for anyone entering the zoo.

All GALlop registrants receive complimentary Zoo and RainForest Admission with their registration to enjoy the Zoo and RainForest for the entire day!

Spectators, friends, and family will be required to show their member pass or purchase a discounted wristband for Zoo and RainForest admission for the entire day for $6 at the GALlop registration tent.

For $15, friends will receive admission and a commemorative GALlop t-shirt.



Runners/Walkers may either submit the minimum entry fee or raise donations to enter the race and receive prizes.  Participants who collect donations receive fund-raising prizes:

Raise $500.00, Receive a Commemorative Jacket

Raise $200.00, Receive Dinner for Two

Raise $100.00, Receive a Gift Certificate

Raise $50.00, Receive a Water Bottle



5K CASH PRIZES: $250 - $150 - $100 Top 3 Overall Male and Female and $50 to Select Mid-Pack Participants

Commemorative Plaque to Top 3 in each Age Division and Special Categories: Under 14; 15-19; 20-24; 25-29; 30-34; 35-39 40-44; 45-49; 50-54; 55-59; 60-64; 65-69; 70+

1st Guardian ad Litem, Juvenile Court Employee, and Cuyahoga County Employee

All 5k walkers/runners will receive a long sleeve technical shirt.

All ½ Mile participants age 14 and under will receive a ribbon, t-shirt, and goodies!

Healthy refreshments along with coffee, hot chocolate, and homemade cookies provided after the race!

Guardian ad Litem Project

Mission Statement

To promote proficient and skillful representation of the interests of children and others before the Juvenile Court;

To protect their rights and promote their best interests as valued members of our community.

What Is a Guardian Ad Litem?

A Guardian ad Litem (GAL) in Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court is an attorney appointed by the Juvenile Court to advocate for the best interests of a child and sometimes adults in the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court. Every GAL receives in-depth juvenile law training and training on the needs of children in the court system through the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association.

Why Is a Guardian ad Litem Appointed?

A GAL is appointed by the court to advocate for the best interests of a child involved in abuse, neglect, dependency, and temporary and permanent surrender cases. A GAL will also be appointed for a child in a delinquency, unruly, or private custody case when the child has no parent, guardian or legal custodian or where there is a conflict of interest between the child and the parents. A GAL will also be appointed for a parent when the parent has mental health or other issues that prevent him or her from understanding the proceedings, or if the parent is under the age of 18.

The Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3 charitable organization.

Please make checks payable to the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation (CMBF).


Entry Fees

- 5K Entry through Wed, Nov 4th: $20
- 5K Entry after Wed, Nov 4th: $25
- Phantom Runner: $20 Donation (I want to support the kids, but don't make me run!)
- Fun Run for children 14 and under: Donation of 1 new unwrapped toy per child.


Contact HMA

If you have questions, please contact HMA Promotions at 216-752-5151 or email


5K Run / Walk

1/2 Mile Kids Fun Run (14& under)

Phantom Runner

Donation Only