Desert Haven fundraiser, auction tonight

first_imgPALMDALE – More than 600 people are expected to bid on resort vacations, antique furniture, jewelry and even land in Colorado to raise money for Desert Haven, a training center and workshop for adults with developmental disabilities. “Muscle cars” from the 1960s and 1970s will be part of the decorations in the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds’ Poppy Pavilion for tonight’s 29th annual auction, which has a stock-car racing theme. “We’re transforming this place into backstage NASCAR,” said Jenni Moran, Desert Haven’s executive director. Put on by more than 100 volunteers, the auction is expected to raise $200,000 to $250,000. It is the organization’s biggest annual fundraiser. Proceeds will support vocational training and job-placement services for the adults with mental retardation and other development disabilities whom Desert Haven serves. Tickets are $50 each and some will be available at the door, Moran said. The ticket price includes dinner, two drinks, an auction catalog and the traditional late chili dog snack. Desert Haven started in 1955 as a play group for a Lancaster couple’s young son and later become a preschool, a job-training center and a workshop. It now trains and employs nearly 400 people who package medical supplies and designer hair-care products, clean and sort containers for a Rite Aid warehouse, mow lawns and fill other jobs at the workshop and at local businesses. Desert Haven staffers offer on-the-job support and other services while the trainees are learning their tasks and adjusting to their work environment. The job coaching is gradually phased out.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Auction items include an Alaskan cruise; vacations in Nashville, New York and Mazatlan; and a trip to the Daytona 500 race in Florida. Antique china closets, a Gem electric cart, and an all-terrain vehicle will also go on the block. The classic Ford Galaxie, Chevrolet Chevelle, Willys truck and other vehicles in the pavilion are for atmosphere only: They aren’t for sale. Last year’s auction included property in Hawaii. This year the land is in Colorado. “I saw pictures of it. It looks really nice,” Moran said. The doors will open today at 4 p.m. at the fairgrounds, 2551 W. Ave. H. Dinner will be served from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. A mini-auction will start at 5:30 and the grand auction will begin at 6:30 p.m. last_img