The aloha spirit is coming to LARC Ranch for its 2016 fundraiser, the “LARC Island Paradise Luau”, featuring music, food, games and a special salute to outgoing L.A. County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, a longtime supporter of the residential facility serving developmentally disabled adults.
“We wanted to take this opportunity to thank Supervisor Antonovich for his support of LARC for so many years,” said LARC Ranch Executive Director Kathy Sturkey. “Whenever LARC has needed help or support from L.A. County, Supervisor Antonovich and his staff have always been willing to lend a helping hand, whatever the issue was, whether it was navigating government program requirements or assisting in our efforts to resolve the water crisis in Bouquet Canyon.”
Sturkey added: “So, as we planned our fundraiser, we thought it would also be an appropriate opportunity to say ‘aloha and mahalo’ to Supervisor Antonovich.”
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 November election for a state Senate seat representing foothill communities from Sunland-Tujunga to Upland.
He will be the guest of honor at the September 18 fundraiser, whose proceeds 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 luau is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. at LARC Ranch, 29890 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Adult tickets cost $125 each, and children’s tickets cost $50. A family package of $325 includes tickets for two adults and two children. For tickets, visit www.larcfoundation.org.
The “Island Paradise Luau” is designed as a family-friendly event that will include a variety of food vendor options, carnival-style games, music and dancing under a big top-style tent. DJ Bino Bates keeps the crowd moving, and the numerous food and dessert offerings include options for every taste — ranging from a full-blown indoor buffet to a hot dog cart, an In-N-Out Burger truck and more.
“We like to make our fundraiser a fun event for the whole family, and we view it as a chance to thank everyone who supports LARC,” Sturkey said. “It’s also a terrific opportunity for the community to get to know LARC and its residents, so we hope to see a wide cross-section of the community come out and help us thank Supervisor Antonovich and enjoy an afternoon of the aloha spirit.”
Reservations and additional information are available by calling (661) 296-8636, extension 219, or by visiting www.larcfoundation.org.
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.