Huntington Beach. Surf rock. Pulled pork sandwiches. All great elements of a summer party, right? By adding in a fundraising raffle for a good cause, the Huntington Terrace, an MBK Senior Living community, took the traditional summer luau from cool to “cowabunga.”
According to Executive Director Leslie Quintanar, the community sold raffle tickets to raise money, which they then donated to the Alzheimer’s Association. Local businesses and vendors generously donated about 40 prizes, including everything from a bag of Trader Joe’s goodies to a one night stay with breakfast at the Hyatt Regency in Huntington Beach.
Attendees were invited to go on a “hard hat” tour of the new memory care unit which will be opening later this year. They snacked on Hawaiian fare and were entertained by the surf rock band The Breakaways. Special guests included Ronnie Guyer, senior field representative for Assembly Member Jim Silva who connected with Quintanar during CALA’s Day in Your District, and the original “Gidget,” Kathy Kohner-Zuckerman.
The highlight of the day was when a representative from the Alzheimer’s Association was presented with a check for more than $3000 raised by the event. As Quintanar says, “We wanted to be true to our theme, ‘Catch the Next Wave,’ by focusing on revitalizing our community, celebrating the addition of our memory care, and being a great senior living presence in the Huntington Beach area.”