Special Kids Visit Mission Viejo Elks Lodge for Sock Hop
July 11, 2015
MISSION VIEJO...The Mission Viejo / Saddleback Valley Elks Lodge (“Elks Lodge”) held their annual SUMMER Sock Hop for special needs youngsters on July 11, 2015 at the Elks Lodge in Mission Viejo. “We like to call them youngsters,” said Lodge President Camacho Alvarez, “but they are men, women and children of all ages, from sixteen to sixty and they sure know how to have a good time.” The day was filled with fun, food, and music and dancing. Entertainment was again provided by the High Hopes musical ensemble from Hope University in Santa Ana. The talented musical group, made up entirely of developmentally challenged men and women, is world renowned and has performed on national TV.
Twenty-two (22) Elks Lodge volunteers were on hand at the event to make certain that a good time was had by the one-hundred-forty (140) special guests. Event chairman Les Stipek of Mission Viejo, said of the event, “It’s wonderful to see how much they enjoy themselves.” Les added, “I’m not sure who has more fun…our guests or the Elks who are helping.”
Most of the guests are repeat attendees who look forward to meeting up with old friends at the party. Helping out this year were Sandy Jacobs, Gail Patti, Sharyn Howlett, Sandie McClure, and co-chair Maggie Stipek all of Mission Viejo along with many more Elks Lodge volunteers. Chairman Les also thanked Elk Pam Mackey & husband Ed of Mission Viejo who managed the kitchen and Lodge Esquire Mike Klinger of Rancho Santa Margarita who photographed the event.
The annual event is one of three parties held by the Elks Lodge for the special needs men, women and children of the Saddleback Valley community. The second event is the very popular Elks Lodge Christmas Party and the third is the Younger Kids Carnival in May. Funding for all three events comes from the many social functions held throughout the year by the Elks Lodge and from the Elks Lodge Charity Committee.
Andy Costello, Publicity
Mike Klinger, Photography