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Kiwanis Club of Hermosa Beach Luncheon Benefits Developmentally Disabled Adults

The annual event is heavily attended.

The following is a press release from the Kiwanis Club of Hermosa Beach:

On December 18 the Kiwanis Club of Hermosa Beach held its annual luncheon in support of the Easter Seals Program for Developmentally Disabled Adults. The annual event, held at the Kiwanis Hall on Valley Drive, was heavily attended. Many of the guests come back year after year.

The afternoon started with a medley of holiday songs followed by a warm turkey luncheon complete with all the trimmings. As the excitement mounted, Santa came dashing in handing out presents to all the guests amidst squeals of joy. Santa also posed for photos with each of the attendees. Raffle tickets were handed out by "Santa’s helpers" and the excitement grew as the results of the raffle were announced. 

The Luncheon was co-hosted by the Aktion Club, a separate activity within Kiwanis composed of developmentally disabled members. "The Aktion Club loves being a part of the Kiwanis family," said Greg Ronkainen, Kiwanis Advisor to the Aktion Club. "They really enjoy working side by side with the Kiwanians in arranging and organizing the luncheon. It gives them a feeling of achievement," he added.

"As I look around the room and see all those bright smiles and happy faces, it reminds me of how it is possible to reach out into the community and make a difference and makes me especially proud to be a Kiwanian," exclaimed Mark Goldstein, Hermosa Kiwanis Club President.

The Easter Seals Adult Day Program is a national community based day program whose goal is to enable developmentally disabled participants to go out in the community and work on their independent living skills. It is part of the national Easter Seals organization which services children and adults who have developmental disabilities. 

"The Kiwanis luncheon is the most generous support the Easter Seals Program receives from any local community. It is thrilling for the program participants. They just love it, it’s something they talk about all year," said Patricia Kingery, Easter Seals Advisor to the Aktion Club. 

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