Event Raises $10K for Disabled Non-Profit

BJ Estares & Route 61 performs jazz and blues
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The sounds of bluegrass and blues helped prompt patrons to dig deep into their pockets and raise money for Special Kids Special Families, a non-profit dedicated to helping those with disabilities and their families.

The group's annual gala was held at Manitou's Memorial Hall Saturday night. The event raised about $10,000 through donations, and ticket sales.

SKSF is Colorado Springs' leading non-profit group aimed at providing services and respite care for families of kids and adults with disabilities. Those disabilities can include physical, emotional, social and cognitive.

The group's seven programs include Zach's Place, a specialized care facility that provides placements for families who have kids with disabilities.

SKSF's ICAN program provides services to adults with developmental disabilities. There are also respite care programs, and foster familiy care.

Linda Ellegard, SKSF Executive Director, says the group's mission has broadened as their original client base grew up and new clients discovered their services.

In 2006, KKTV 11 News spotlighted the special role provided for families by Zach's Place, which is often the only daycare available for kids with serious development disabilities.

Saturday's gala was organized by Susan Mitchell who is the Program Nurse for SKSF. Music was provided by BJ Estares & Route 61, as well as Driftwood Express. The bands donated their time. KKTV 11 News Anchor Shannon Brinias emceed the event.