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December 18, 2015

Christmas Extravaganza Brings Holiday Cheer

On Thursday, December 10th The Arc of the Ozarks held the 21st Annual Christmas Extravaganza. This event is a dinner gala with silent and live auctions. All the proceeds go to the Rivendale Institute of Learning and Center for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Rivendale is an alternative school setting for children and young adults with learning difficulties or for 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 Mike Roberts with KTXR as the emcee. The auction included 86 silent auction packages from businesses around the Ozarks and 10 live auction items. The silent and live auction alone raised over $9,000 adding to the final total of $31,500 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 22nd Annual Christmas Extravaganza is set for   Friday December 9, 2016.