V.I.P. TOTS Ducks-4-Tots Race Set for May 22 in Hemet California

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V.I.P. TOTS will hold the Ducks-4-Tots Race from 10 AM to 2 PM on May 22 at Anglers Little Lake in Hemet, California. This annual fund raising event will support services for 150 children with disabilities and 113 children enrolled in childcare programs. Twenty seven of the the children enrolled have a diagnosis of autism. With community and parent support V.I.P. TOTS can raise $20,000. V.I.P. TOTS, a nonprofit agency, has been providing early care and education to the Hemet/San Jacinto Valley in Riverside County for over 30 years.

Community members have the opportunity to be champions for children by supporting the V.I.P TOTS Ducks-4-Tots Race on May 22. V.I.P. TOTS (http://www.viptots.org) is seeking sponsors and prizes for this annual fund raising event. Families will enjoy a day at the lake. Activity booths for children will include a photo booth, bean bag toss, face painting and crafts. Lunch and snacks will be available. Board members, staff members and parents will volunteer their time to make this a memorable day. The fund raising goal for this event is $20,000.

Lake Hemet Water District has graciously given permission for V.I.P. TOTS to use Anglers Little Lake at Lake and Thornton Streets in Hemet for this event. The district has recently made improvements at the lake site. The Ducks-4-Tots Race for the last two years was held at Lake Hemet. This year's event is at a different location.

Parents, staff and board members are selling Duck Adoption tickets for five dollars each. The grand prize will be $1,000 and the second prize will be a 32" high definition television. Another 50 plus prizes donated by community members will go to the next fifty plus winners. Board members will sit in a small boat and capture winning ducks as they reach the finish line. Everyone is hoping for enough wind to move the rubber duckies briskly across the lake. Board members are hoping that they do not get wet while securing the winning ducks in the little boat.    The event will be from 10 AM to 2 PM    and the race will be held at 1:16 PM. Yes 1:16. V.I.P. TOTS published the time at 1:16 to be sure that people read the information and take notice!

V.I.P. TOTS offers highly successful childcare and early intervention programs to infants, toddlers and preschool children. V.I.P. TOTS is known for offering quality programs for over 30 years. In 1986 childcare services were added and by 1988 classes were combined so that children with disabilities and children without disabilities are enrolled together in toddler and preschool classes. Competent staff members monitor and encourage early learning. Teachers provide guidance to parents in all areas of child development. V.I.P. TOTS offers childcare/child development for all children, early intervention programs for children showing delayed development, specialized programs for children diagnosed with autism, and positive behavior programs for children with challenging behaviors. Home program visits are provided to eligible children with disabilities who are birth to three years old.

Along with many other school programs and businesses in Riverside County, V.I.P. TOTS is experiencing cutbacks in funding and enrollment in various programs. The support of community members for our fundraising events is especially appreciated at this time. Contact Joann Hameister, Executive Director, for more information at 951 929 8585.

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