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Monday, Mar 03 2014 11:39 AM

'First Look': 'A Night of Inspiration' fundraiser to help people with special needs

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    Dian Elaine Schneider of H.E.A.R.T.S. Connection talks about the upcoming "A Night of Inspiration" event with Scott Cox on "First Look with Scott Cox."

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Help. Encourage. Advocate. Resources. Training. Support.

The mission of H.E.A.R.T.S. Connection of Kern County is to enhance the quality of life for people with special needs through a family resource center that symbolizes dignity, compassion and respect.

That is what program coordinator Dian Elaine Schneider said Monday on "First Look with Scott Cox." Schneider also shared that the "A night of Inspiration" fundraiser will be hosted by the non-profit on Thursday, with keynote speaker Ralph Showers.

Showers is the founder of Rainbow Acres Ranch, which helps people with developmental disabilities, and travels the world sharing the moment that changed his life forever.

On Oct. 23, 1973, Showers was moving a small feed barn to the ranch and during the move, he backed into a low-hanging power line carrying 7,200 volts of electricity. Both of his hands and forearms were amputated, Schneider said.

"He's been honored by presidents and has traveled all over the world inspiring others," she said.

Thursday's fundraiser is the non-profit's biggest event of the year, Schneider said.

The event starts at 6 p.m. at the Bakersfield Doubletree Hotel. Cost for the dinner and event is $125 for one ticket or $200 for couples.

For more information, visit www.heartsfrc.org or call 328-9055.


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