PORTLAND, Ore. - Mighty superheroes - including Batman, Iron Man, Captain America, Spider-Man and many more - teamed up on Sunday not to fight crime, but to help raise money for music education in Oregon schools.
The idea was to have a little fun and put some smiles on people's faces while helping out a cause - in this case the Oregon Music Hall of Fame, which works to make sure kids have a chance to study and learn music in their schools.
"The kids - the way their eyes light up when they see their favorite superheroes, it's worth it on that instant level - seeing the smiles," said Bryan Cook, an organizer with Stumptown Events who arrived as Batman (he's pictured in the photo above). "And then again when you get to hand a check to the charity - it's just a very fulfilling experience."
Cook said the idea to do something like this started last year when a group of locals held a different type of superhero gathering and realized how popular it was. So they decided it might be a good draw for a charity.
"We found that people just love it," he said. "They love to get costumes on."
The event was followed by a get together at nearby Blitz Ladd for prizes and awards.