The Boys And Girls Club started the christmas extravaganza at the Barrage Mansion eight years ago. With about 250 kids from all of their locations combined. Today, this magical event serves over 750 children from 11 different communities in the Inland Empire. 80% percent of the kids we serve are low-income, When they come in they are going to see they get a visit with Santa… They get to go to this toy room where they’re guided by a volunteer. And they get to pick out any toy in the room they want, and they’re just jazzed and excited. Toys are donated by various members of the community, and so is time. Wearing their Santa hats over a hundred volunteers come together to make this a joyful afternoon. I just want to thank everyone that has supported Boys And Girls Club, and the holiday extravaganza over the years that we’ve been doing this. Again we wouldn’t be able to do this if wasn’t for the people in the community, Helping, and supporting Boys And Girls Club make this happen. You see the noise, you hear the kids, you hear the laughter. That’s what this is all about. All I can say thank you very much for everything everyone has done. A key contributor to this experience is the Rochford foundation. Tim and Carol Rochford purchased the Burradge Mansion in 2007, With the idea of preserving it and opening its doors to children in need. With summer, and after-school programs as well as converting the mansion into camping grounds, and even theme parks! Not to mention the Christmas Extravaganza. Thousands of children are served every year at the mansion. Our dreams were to benefit children at risk, and beyond. For many of these children, the Christmas they have, and the gift they take home is here today. How far that would expand, how far that would grow in a period of time, only time will tell Of course we’ve reach goals that are just beyond what our expectations were, and we will continue to grow. The Boys and Girls Club holiday extravaganza was the first big event that we ever had here eight years ago. Every year it’s grown and grown. The number of kids that they’re able to bring. The childrens excitement is evident everywhere you look. We get to do games, make stuff, Learn about Santa Clause’s life. Some kids don’t even get to do this so, these are really privileged kids. I like it because you can get together with the community and meet new people. What really warms our heart is when we come up with ideas and plans that we have for this as it evolved, It’s really nice to see the community come back around, and embrace it. Then you know that you’re really on the right path and that’s what’s happened here. Merry Christmas.