On Friday, December 9th, The Arc of the Ozarks held the 21st Annual Christmas Extravaganza presented by Family Pharmacy. This event is a dinner gala with silent and live auctions. All the proceeds from this fundraising event go to the Rivendale. Rivendale is an alternative school setting for children with learning difficulties or autism. Rivendale’s child-centered approach focuses on fostering positive emotional growth, increasing academic, language, and behavioral competencies, and enhancing each student’s natural strengths.
The 200 individuals attending Christmas Extravaganza enjoyed a lovely meal and wine. Entertainment was provided by the Wings of Swing Big Band. The evening was held at the Bass Pro White River Conference Center with Ned Reynolds as the emcee. The auction included 94 silent auction packages from businesses around the Ozarks and 14 live auction items including furniture from Haverty’s, jewelry from Justice Jewelers and vacation packages to Myrtle Beach. The silent and live auction alone raised over $13,500 adding to the final total of $32,500 raised for the students of Rivendale.
Overall, the evening was a great success and helped all who attended get into the holiday spirit. Thank you to all of our sponsors and donors that made this event successful. The 22rd Annual Christmas Extravaganza is set for Wednesday, December 6, 2017.