38th Annual Festival of Fall

By Shannon Wu

On the beautiful night of September 30, 2012, members of the Pasadena community, family and friends of participants, and staff from AbilityFirst attended the 38th Annual Festival of Fall. For its third consecutive year, this gathering was held at the historic Laurabelle A. Robinson House in Pasadena.

The Festival of Fall is an event held to raise money for AbilityFirst through silent, live, and online auctions. Every year, as Chris Otero, volunteer coordinator for the event stated, “AbilityFirst tries to keep silent and live auctions interesting and new.” One of the many exciting items auctioned off was a Mexican Vacation at the Hacienda Tres Rios-Rivera Maya for five days and four nights, valued at $1800. With many valuable items being donated and auctioned off, AbilityFirst’s fundraising goal of $160,000 looks highly probable at the moment considering that the online auction is still open until October 14, 2012 5:00PM PDT. However, as of now, the exact numbers of how much money has been raised is unknown.

“The proceeds of this event will benefit children and adults with special needs at the AbilityFirst Lawrence L. Frank Center and the Pasadena Work Center,” continued Otero.

This seems highly possible because Festival of Fall is another mission that continues to reflect AbilityFirst’s vision and their commitment to celebrating the unique abilities of every individual.

Furthermore, AbilityFirst thanked all volunteers who made this event a success, and attendees complimented about the efficiency and politeness of the volunteers. To every volunteer for this event, especially Alpha Gamma Sigma, give yourself a round of applause.