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Pretend City on tap for Possible Dream grant

The funding program falls under the Register’s Season of Caring community drive.

BY JENNA SWEENEYPublished: November 17, 2010 08:03 AM

Pretend City children’s museum in Irvine has been named among the recipients of the Orange County Register’s Possible Dream grants, the amount of which is decided by community contributions. The news comes as the museum prepares for a special Night in Monte Carlo fundraiser on Thursday.

“Pretend City is designed to be the place where Orange County families can take their children during the critical first years of life to increase their brain power and develop essential foundational learning skills,” said President Pam Shambra. “We look forward to utilizing these important grant funds to further enhance that mission and ensure it is available to all children in our community.”

The Possible Dream grant is a program of the Festival of Children Foundation and is part of the Register’s Season of Caring campaign. The funds will help support Pretend City’s Making Access Possible Program for families and children with autism. Pretend City has held two pilot Family Autism Days, giving families the opportunity to thrive in an autism-friendly environment. The Possible Dream grant will enable Pretend City to meet its goal of providing free monthly Family Autism Day events.

The museum offers simulated life experience that expose children to the makings and interactions of a community. Kids can play as a grocery store clerk or restaurant manager, or examine the complexities of a gas station.

And to help keep this Pretend City community running, museum officials have launched a Community Challenge fundraising campaign and hope Thursday’s Night in Monte Carlo event at the Hilton Waterfront Resort in Huntington Beach will help them reach their $500,000 goal.   

The event will feature a poker tournament, casino dealers, cocktails and dinner. One highlight of the night will be a raffle with a grand prize of a roundtrip chartered plane trip to Las Vegas for up to eight guests, with a two-night stay at the Trump International Hotel.

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