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CASA PACIFICA CENTERS FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
A California Non-profit 501(C)(3)
Contact: Anna Coulson
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Casa Pacifica’s Foster Youth Create Special Summer Memories at Calamigos Ranch
Malibu, CA – Creating happy childhood memories isn’t always the easiest thing to accomplish for foster children and youth removed from home. But at Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families, where many of Ventura County’s foster children are placed for a time, they strive to achieve just that, through great events such as the End of Summer Party, which just took place yesterday, August 1st, at Calamigos Ranch in Malibu.
Held in one of Calamigos Ranch’s open grassy areas - this one surrounded by trees with a lovely pond and a swimming pool – Casa Pacifica’s at-risk children and CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) volunteers and their appointees were treated to a yummy BBQ picnic and a great day of fun, laughter-inducing activities. Swimming, cruising the pond in paddle boats, fishing, bounce house jumping, gliding down an inflatable slide, and giant Connect Four were just a few of the entertaining options available to the kids. In addition, traditional picnic games were played including sack races, water balloon toss, and a very competitive tug of war where staff and kids were divided into two teams and faced off to see who was the strongest.
This special day was made possible by generous hosts Linda and Lewis Landau, and Mon Li and Glenn Gerson, owners of Calamigos Ranch. Linda Landau has been a Casa Pacifica Angel and a volunteer for both Casa Pacifica and CASA for many years.
“It was such a great day out for the kids. They always look forward to the End of Summer party and we are so grateful to the Landaus and Gersons for making today possible! It means so much to our kids and staff,” said Amanda Martinez, Casa Pacifica Recreation Therapy Supervisor.
Casa Pacifica is thankful for the Landaus, Gersons, and the wonderful staff at Calamigos Ranch. The children experienced an unforgettable day that will be looked back on as a very happy childhood memory.
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Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families is a crisis-care and residential treatment facility for foster or at-risk children in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties. The agency is the largest non-profit provider of children’s mental health services in both counties and administers a number of community-based programs designed to strengthen families and keep children in their homes and communities. For more information about Casa Pacifica visit its website www.casapacifica.org or call the Development & Public Relations Department at (805) 445-7800.