The annual Halloween Carnival at Los Alamitos Race Course in Cypress, California raised $4,000 on behalf of the Cypress Boys & Girls Club and the Los Alamitos Division of the Race Track Chaplaincy of America on Saturday, October 27. The carnival featured a costume contest, more than 30 carnival games for children and a full night of live horse racing.
Highlighting the festivities was the money raised from the carnival for the Cypress Boys & Girls Club and the Los Alamitos RTCA. Each organization was presented with $2,000 checks in the Los Alamitos Race Course winner's circle. Dave Frias, the board president of the Cypress Boys & Girls Club, and Los Alamitos Racetrack Chaplain Sergio Armas accepted the checks on behalf of their organizations.
Thousands of people attended the Los Alamitos Halloween Carnival and the annual Costume Contest alone attracted over 300 participants. Jason Smith of Garden Grove won the $700 grand prize in the annual Costume Contest with his homemade “Voter’s Private Moment” costume. The costume was a comedic hit with the large crowd on hand.
"I spent about $50 at Home Depot for the materials to build the costume,” said Smith, 36. “Underneath my shirt I am wearing a harness that I already had to hold the costume up. I was just trying to have fun with it. I don’t know what I’ll do with it now. I guess I can put it on E-Bay or Craig’s List and see if someone wants to buy it to use for next year.”
For more than 30 years, the Boys & Girls Club of Cypress has been at the forefront of youth development, working with young people of all economic, ethnic, and social circumstances, with special concern for those who are disadvantaged. The Boys and Girls Club actively seeks to enrich the lives of children whom other youth serving agencies have failed to reach, usually due to economic or geographic restraints. It provides a safe place to grow and learn with the help of on-going relationships with caring adult professionals.
Horse racing continues at Los Alamitos Race Course on Friday through Sunday night basis. For more info call 714-820-2690.
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