Pomona, CA…The Casa Colina Foundation is pleased to announce that its first “Walk & Roll for Casa’s Kids” attracted over 220 participants and raised over $70,000 this past Saturday, July 21. The event was held at Casa Colina Children’s Services at Casa Colina’s 20-acre medical and rehabilitation campus in Pomona.
Children served at Casa Colina, their families, neighbors, friends and interested community members gathered at Casa Colina Children’s Services to support rehabilitative care to children with acquired and/or developmental disabilities. Casa Colina Children’s Services offers programs that include Early Intervention, START (Autism), pediatric clinical therapies and more. The pediatric center is supplemented by the Casa Colina Foundation in the budgeted amount of $250,000 to $350,000 each fiscal year. Funds raised at “Walk & Roll for Casa’s Kids” will be used towards this effort.
During the event program, Casa Colina’s annual National Ambassador Award was presented to Margaret Dunkle, Senior Fellow with the Center for Health Services Research & Policy at George Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri. Ms. Dunkle’s career is dedicated to issues concerning programs, policies and systems affecting children, families and communities, primarily in Los Angeles County where she resides. Casa Colina selected Margaret for her leadership in convening the Los Angeles County Early Identification & Intervention Collaborative, a multi-sector coalition and catalyst to help partner organizations, communities and others to ensure that every child in Los Angeles County gets developmental screenings as early as possible and frequently using high-quality screening tools. Ms. Dunkle, a resident of La Canada Flintridge, also advises the public-private Los Angeles County Children's Planning Council, with an emphasis on data and indicators, services integration and program simplification, connecting local initiatives to federal and national efforts, and school readiness.
Another special recognition was made to Debbie Doan, recipient of Casa Colina’s Annual Friend of the Children Award. Miss Doan is a previous patient of Casa Colina Children’s Services. Now an adult and residing in Upland, Debbie has been very involved in supporting Casa Colina and its Children's Services for more than 13 years. She plays an active role in helping to develop fundraising events and garner resources for Casa Colina.
Event activities included the Walk & Roll Children’s Parade, which was made up of 34 organized teams that walked and rolled around Casa Colina’s park-like garden settings to earn money for its Children’s Services. Vendors, a petting zoo, bounce house, live music and both kids and adults also enjoyed other family centered activities.
The Presenting Sponsors of Walk & Roll were Don and Marilyn Driftmier of West Covina and Mary Lou Jensen of Rancho Cucamonga.
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ABOUT CASA COLINA: Casa Colina Centers for Rehabilitation provides comprehensive physical rehabilitation and specialized medical services for children and adults at its completely renovated 20-acre campus in Pomona, California. It has served the community for over 70 years and is the region’s leader in providing a continuum of rehabilitative care that includes inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, highly specialized medical programs, residential facilities and recreational programs for people of all ages and with varying disabilities