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Valley Automall Hosts Foster Teens Holiday Celebration
Published on Fri, Dec 21, 2012 (11:14 a.m.)Valley Automall Hosts Foster Teens Holiday Celebration
HENDERSON, NEV. – The Valley Automall recently held its 15th annual Foster Teens holiday celebration on Sunday, December 16, inside Towbin Dodge Superstore’s showroom at 275 Automall Drive in Henderson. The daylong event gave 100 disadvantaged youths free food, gifts and fun. The annual gala brings seasonal cheer to some of Clark County’s teenagers currently in foster care; many would not experience the holidays otherwise.
“We’re proud to provide a caring atmosphere of holiday happiness and cheer,” said Valley Automall Manager Valorie Staley. “This annual event lets foster teens know they are loved and important; it’s what the holidays are all about.”
Festivities began with chaperoned teens arriving to a brightly colored, balloon strewn showroom for early morning Krispy Kreme donuts compliments of Insight Communications of Nevada, plus coffee and hot chocolate donated by Starbucks at Pebble Marketplace. Each teen received a $100 gift card from the Valley Automall Owners Association for an exclusive holiday shopping spree at local area retailers. They were transported by bus via Celebrity Coaches of America.
“There aren’t many opportunities for teens in foster care to celebrate the holidays. They often get overlooked,” said Cynthia Metzger, family services supervisor with Clark County’s Independent Living Program. “Many of the teens used the shopping spree to buy something for foster parents, siblings and friends.
Indeed, foster teens enjoyed a shopping spree at local area retailers buying everyday items many people take for granted, including clothes and household goods, music and movies. It was followed by a large Italian feast compliments Gothic Grounds Management.
KVVU Fox 5 News Anchor John Huck served as master of ceremonies for the free luncheon and raffle, which included all-terrain Magna mountain bikes, a laptop computer, Apple iPods and iPads, digital cameras, a Kindle Fire, and an X-Box 360, among other gifts. Raffle sponsors include: M&M; Services, Findlay Lincoln, Findlay Toyota, Chapman Jeep, KVVU Fox 5, Ford Country, Findlay Cadillac, Good Guys Air Conditioning, Henderson Chevrolet, Findlay Honda, Findlay Acura, Desert BMW, Mercedes-Benz of Henderson, Audi Henderson, Infinity Dental, Lexus of Henderson.
Teens also received an opportunity to spruce-up before leaving thanks to complimentary haircuts, styling and trims from Kerri May of Studio K Salon and Tricia Smith of Cut Me Loose.
“People don’t often think of foster teens. Yet, teens need recognition and positive reinforcement as much as younger aged kids if not more,” Metzger said. “This is one of the few events that recognize foster teens. We begin receiving requests to participate months in advance for this event.”
The holiday celebration plays a vital role in developing foster teen self-esteem, confidence and self-worth, while providing nurturing encouragement for future success and community achievement.
“We’re proud to celebrate a decade and a half of recognizing Southern Nevada’s foster teens during the holiday season,” Staley said. “This event gives neglected youth a special day to be the center of attention and feel important when they need it most.”
For those interested in becoming a foster parent, call Clark County’s Family Services Department at (702) 455-0181; or visit the web site at: http://www.accessclarkcounty.com/familyservices/home.htm
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