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HOT NEWS! MULTI-CHAMBER MIXER AT LEROY HAYNES CENTER Nearly 300 guests attended "Ease into Summer," a Multi-Chamber Mixer yesterday at LeRoy Haynes Center in La Verne, including members of seven area chambers of commerce -- Claremont, Glendora, Irwindale, La Verne, Pomona, San Dimas and Upland. Live music was provided by "Silly Rabbit." Networking at the event are, from left, Sharon Armagost, Director of Marketing and Development for PVW based in Montclair (formerly Pomona Valley Workshop), which serves adults with disabilities; Beverly Lee, Board Vice Chair of LeRoy Haynes Center; Dan Maydeck, President and CEO of LeRoy Haynes Center; and Stephanie Benjamin, Sales Specialist with PVW. LeRoy Haynes Center provides specialized treatment and educational services to children with special needs. For more information, visit the web site at www.leroyhaynes.org. HOT NEWS! LEROY HAYNES EDUCATION CENTER 2011 GRADUATION A graduating class of seven students, receiving their high school diplomas today (Thursday, June 9) during annual graduation ceremonies at the Haynes Education Center on the campus of LeRoy Haynes Center in La Verne, enjoyed what LeRoy Haynes Center Board member Bob Mason, of R.H. Mason Insurance Managers in Claremont, called "a special moment" and "a beginning of a lifetime of learning." "That learning will strengthen who you are," he added, "so get out there and make it happen. We're all very proud of you." Teacher of the Year Margarita Olado, in her address to the graduates, urged the students to "understand your uniqueness" and cautioned against allowing people to "judge you by the things you cannot do" but by what they can do -- "because you can do a lot." "Today you will use all you have learned in this school," she added. Julie Stride, 22, of San Dimas, who her mother, Jeanine Stride, described as having high-functioning autism and obsessive-compulsive disorder, graduated after working on her high school credits for the past eight years. Julie, who was the first student in the LeRoy Haynes Center School for Autism, said "a part of me is going to miss the school (but) another part is going to say it is time that I moved on." Jeanine Stride urged parents of children who have autism to find the right school for their children, adding that the local school district has an obligation to place the student in an appropriate school. "I think LeRoy's is just excellent," she said, "and they've come so far." She admitted, however, that graduation in Julie's case "is going to be a very difficult move" but "I think it's a positive." Chris Craft, 18, of La Verne, said "it feels all right" to be graduating from the Haynes Education Center, adding that he plans to continue in school at the community college level working toward his career goal of a position in a coroner's office. LeRoy Haynes Center Board Member Teacher of the Year Margarita Olado, Bob Mason addresses the graduates Graduate Graduate Julie Stride Chris Craft HOT NEWS! LEROY HAYNES CENTER ANNUAL CLASSIC CAR SHOW BEST OF SHOW -- Ralph Berger, of Chino, poses Saturday in his 1940 Ford Coupe with a 302 Ford engine which was named "Best of Show" at this year's annual LeRoy Haynes Center Annual Classic Car Show in downtown La Verne. Berger has owned the car for the past 50 years. Pictured, from left, are show organizer Dee Campbell, President of PT Cruisers of Orange County; LeRoy Haynes Center Director of Development Jane Woods; Berger; and show organizer Connie LaMarche, President and Founder of Cruisin' La Verne. Not pictured is show organizer Jan Campbell, "first lady" of PT Cruisers of Orange County. The annual event, in the planning stages since last year, attracted more than 150 cars, 42 exhibitors, a formula car and even Dodger "legend" Kenny Landreaux. Members of the LeRoy Haynes Center's "Elite Force," the "best and brightest" kids at the LeRoy Haynes Center, were on hand as volunteers helping out throughout the day. Musical entertainment was contributed by the band "By His Grace" of Covina. The show is held each year to benefit the kids at the LeRoy Haynes Center. CHECK PRESENTATION -- Representatives of PT Cruisers of Orange County present a check for $700 to the kids at LeRoy Haynes Center during Saturday's LeRoy Haynes Center Annual Classic Car Show in downtown La Verne. Funds for the donation were raised at the group's annual "Picnic in the Park" event last May 28 in La Palma. A total of 28 kids from the LeRoy Haynes Center in La Verne participated in the picnic, along with nine of their counselors. It was the second year PT Cruisers of Orange County invited the kids to participate in the event. A total of 60 cars and about 100 members were on hand. Pictured from left are LeRoy Haynes Center Development Coordinator Charmaine Nelson; LeRoy Haynes Center Director of Development Jane Woods; Jan Campbell, "first lady" of PT Cruisers of Orange County; and Dee Campbell, President of PT Cruisers of Orange County. Pictured in rear is the PT Cruiser section of the car show. HOT NEWS! LEROY HAYNES CENTER EXPRESSES SPECIAL RECOGNITION TO THE FOLLOWING 2011 CAR SHOW SPONSORS FOR THEIR INCREDIBLE SUPPORT OF OUR WORK ON BEHALF OF CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES AND THOSE IN FOSTER CARE. HOT NEWS! 2011 GOLF TOURNAMENT SPONSORS "THANK YOU FOR BEING PART OF OUR TEAM IN SUPPORT OF LEROY'S KIDS!" Helicopter Golf Ball Drop Winners: Closest to the Hole (Tie) – Cheryl Clark and Dave Juergens Farthest from the Hole – Ruben Cesena HOT NEWS! DODGER LEGENDS JOIN IN FUN AT LEROY HAYNES CENTER FUNDRAISING GOLF TOURNAMENT Four Dodger "legends" joined in the fun playing with four foursomes in the 14th annual fundraising golf tournament at Red Hill Country Club in Rancho Cucamonga to benefit the LeRoy Haynes Center in La Verne on Monday, May 23. Players had an opportunity for the first time this year to bid on line to have a Dodger legend in their foursome. Participating legends were Bill Russell, Lou Johnson, Tommy Davis and Maury Wills. Pictured from left are LeRoy Haynes Center Board Chairman John Renken, President of The Renken Company in Claremont; Tommy Davis; BNI Chief Executive Officer Norm Dominguez, First Vice Chair of the LeRoy Haynes Center Board of Directors and Chairman of the tournament for the third consecutive year; Bill Russell; and LeRoy Haynes Center President and CEO Dan Maydeck. The "legends" also conducted a panel discussion for golfers after the tournament. HOT NEWS! PT RIVER RUN DONATES CHECK TO LEROY HAYNES CENTER Representatives of the PT River Run, an annual car show held in Laughlin, NV, for PT Cruisers, visited the LeRoy Haynes Center in La Verne today (Tuesday, May 17) to present a check for $1,000 to help fund programs for the young people living, attending school or receiving treatment at the center. Funds for the check were raised at the eighth annual PT River Run, held in March. The LeRoy Haynes Center has been the designated charity for the PT River Run for the past seven years. "With this economy, unfortunately, our participation in the car show is not as good as it has been the past years," said PT River Run President and Founder Dave Davidson. "So the donation is not as high as it has been before. But we are happy to be able to donate this check." Pictured, from left, are PT River Run volunteers Mara Karsen, Davidson, Grant Shockley, Wayne Zehner and Betty Zehner, and, representing LeRoy Haynes Center, Director of Development Jane Woods and President and CEO Dan Maydeck. Betty Zehner, also known as "Bingo" Betty, organizes the PT River Run Bingo games at the annual event in which she donates all prizes and donates 100 percent of all Bingo card sales to the LeRoy Haynes Center. Some 120 cars participated in this year's rally. The group has attracted as many as 300 in past years. For more information about the PT River Run, visit www.ptriverrun.com. The LeRoy Haynes Center provides specialized treatment and educational services to children with special needs relating to emotional development, autism, Asperger's Disorder, learning disabilities, neglect and abandonment. The facility serves 350 to 400 children annually through its three basic programs -- residential, Haynes Education Center and mental health. For more information, contact the LeRoy Haynes Center at (909) 593-2581 or visit the web site at www.leroyhaynes.org. HOT NEWS! (cont.) BEHAVIORAL, SPEECH EXPERTS TEAM UP AT FIRST IN THREE-PART 'MINI SERIES' ON AUTISM Boyd Bradshaw spoke on difficult behavior at a free workshop at LeRoy Haynes Center on Thursday, March 24, the first in a three- part "mini series" on behavior management, sensory processing and behavioral techniques. "Until you understand why your child has the behavior, you are not going to change it," said Bradshaw, a behavioral support specialist whose firm, HCDD, Inc., in the City of Orange, provides specialized residential services to handicapped children and adults. In addition, he said, "you don't stop behavior from happening -- you change the behavior." He added that even then, you can only change behavior after you understand the "why" of, for example, the temper tantrum. Bradshaw said this principle applies even if the child is unable to talk at all, as is the case with his own 17-year-old son who has autism. Bradshaw's wife, Lisa, at left, a veteran licensed speech language pathologist, is joining Bradshaw in the series to focus on behavior management, sensory processing and specific behavioral and sensory techniques to address difficult behaviors. She is CEO and therapist at SenseAbilities, LLC in Riverside, a clinic she developed to provide speech and occupational therapy within a sensory integration framework. The series was designed for parents and teachers of children who have or may have autism. The next workshop in the series is scheduled for 6 p.m. on April 28. The LeRoy Haynes Center provides specialized treatment and educational services to children with special needs relating to emotional development, autism, Asperger's Disorder, learning disabilities, neglect and abandonment. For more information, call (909) 593-2581.