LARC Ranch brought the aloha spirit to its 2016 fundraiser, which included a special salute to outgoing L.A. County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, a longtime supporter of the residential facility serving developmentally disabled adults.
“We were so pleased to present Supervisor Antonovich with the LARC lifetime achievement award,” said LARC Ranch Executive Director Kathy Sturkey. “His support for LARC over the course of many years has meant a great deal to the developmentally disabled adults who call LARC home. He’s provided a tremendously positive impact on so many lives.”
Sturkey said the supervisor and his staff could always be counted on when the nonprofit LARC needed assistance in working with government agencies, whether it was dealing with a serious issue like the water crisis of recent years, or just navigating various bureaucracies and governmental program requirements.
Antonovich is being term limited out of the Board of Supervisors after representing the 5th District, which includes the Santa Clarita Valley, since 1980. He is running in the Nov. 8 election for a state Senate seat representing foothill communities from Sunland-Tujunga to Upland.
Proceeds of last month’s luau — LARC’s biggest annual fundraiser — benefit the nonprofit organization’s residential and day programs and services. LARC Ranch, in picturesque Bouquet Canyon, provides a safe home environment for more than 100 developmentally disabled adults.
The “Island Paradise Luau” drew approximately 300 people and was designed as a family-friendly event that included a variety of food vendor options, Polynesian-themed entertainment, carnival-style games, music and dancing under a big top-style tent. A gallery of photos from the 2016 luau fundraiser is available online at larcfoundation.org/fundraisers.
Sturkey said this year’s event was extra special, due to the opportunity for LARC’s team members, residents and families to thank Antonovich in person for his years of support.
“We just wanted to thank him from the bottom of our hearts,” Sturkey said after presenting the award to Antonovich. “It was a great chance for us, in the spirit of this year’s fundraiser, to say ‘aloha and mahalo’ to Supervisor Antonovich.”