It’s been a scary year for LARC Ranch as the residential facility for developmentally disabled adults has dealt with a costly water crisis, so it’s only fitting that the 2014 LARC Ranch fundraiser has been transformed into a Halloween festival.
But have no fear: The Oct. 26 fundraiser will feature food, games, music and fun for the whole family.
“We’re planning to have a scary good time while thanking our sponsors who have helped LARC Ranch get through some tough circumstances,” said LARC Ranch Executive Director Kathy Sturkey. “You can always count on having fun at our fundraisers, and with this year’s Halloween theme, we know everyone will have a blast, from kids to adults.”
The Halloween Festival will be held at LARC Ranch, 29890 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Tickets for adults cost $125 each, and children’s tickets cost $50. A family package of $325 includes tickets for two adults and two children.
LARC residents join in the fun on the dance floor.
The luncheon event in picturesque Bouquet Canyon begins at 1 p.m. with carnival games along with great food and dessert from a variety of vendors. The dance floor will be kept moving to music provided by DJ Bino Bates.
All proceeds benefit the programs, services and facilities of LARC Ranch, which provides residential and day program services to developmentally disabled adults.
This year the organization’s fundraising needs have taken on a heightened sense of urgency because of an ongoing water crisis. LARC’s wells have run dry due to the drought, and they have not been replenished as they are supposed to by water released from the Bouquet Reservoir.
LARC and other Bouquet Canyon property owners have been working with several government agencies to resolve the issue, but the process has been slow going — leaving LARC facing the unbudgeted expense of having to truck water in to LARC.
“Our fundraising this year is about preserving the future of LARC Ranch,” Sturkey said. “We’re focused on the water crisis as well as the installation of solar equipment that will enable LARC to reduce its electricity costs for many years to come.”
She added that the fundraiser is not only an important event to support those efforts, but is also a means of thanking those in the community who support LARC. “We always aim to create a fundraiser that’s fun for the whole family, and allows us to express our sincere appreciation for those who make LARC Ranch possible.”
Reservations and additional information are available by calling (661) 296-8636, ext. 219, or by visiting www.larcfoundation.org.
About LARC Ranch
LARC Ranch (Los Angeles Residential Community) was founded in 1959 by a group of parents who envisioned a better life for their developmentally disabled children. The 65-acre LARC Ranch provides homes, recreation and social activities, and day training activity centers for developmentally disabled adults. More information about LARC Ranch is available online at www.larcfoundation.org.