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Poker tournament to aid the disabled

Postby support » Tue Mar 30, 2010 5:47 pm

POMONA - Pomona Valley Workshop began in 1966 when a group of dedicated parents of developmentally disabled children stood up and said their children deserved the opportunity to succeed.

The nonprofit formed with the idea of being a platform for individuals and families, but mainly as an outlet to involve these individuals in the daily lives of their neighborhoods.

Today, the very successful organization is known simply as PVW, but the mission hasn't changed - keeping people included in the Inland Valley community - not secluded.

More than 400 people are involved in PVW's work programs, a vital link to the business community allowing individuals to be involved and to earn money. The nonprofit also involves a new adults with autism program and a roundabout senior services program for those 50 years old and older.

"Our work program is very successful, and it keeps bringing more work to our clients, but like all nonprofits, there never seems to be enough money for everything. That's why we have this fundraiser, and it's going to be a lot of fun," said Terri DiMarco, PVW director of marketing and development.

The fundraiser is the annual Caribbean Casino Night and Texas Hold-em Poker Tournament. It is set for April 10 at the Avalon restaurant on the grounds of the Los Angeles County Fairplex in Pomona. The evening of fun and games will be from 7 to 11 p.m. The poker tournament begins promptly at 7:30 p.m. In addition there will be
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plenty of food and a DJ providing entertainment.

PVW is partnering with the Pomona Rotary Club to raise money to support the nonprofit's programs, all dealing with adults with developmental disabilities.

"Back in 1966, it all started with a group of parents who wanted their children to be able to integrate into a community and provide ways so they could support themselves," DiMarco said.

There were 15 consumers who stepped up to help the clients with their socialization skills and to help them develop job training. Today, the work program flourishes, making for a win/win situation for everyone involved.

"The ultimate goal is help them find a more fulfilling life, while allowing them to earn money and become vital contributors to the community," she said.

Sponsorships for the event range from $250 to $7,500. The sponsorships come with special ticket arrangements and marketing promotions as a bonus.

To date, sponsors are the Upland Foothill Kiwanis Club, Snap-on Tools, West Peak Insurance Solutions, International Cable Television, Joe Romero, and the University of La Verne.

For more information, call 909-624-3555, ext. 239.

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