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Although a final figure is still being calculated, the Shea Center raised more than $425,000 in proceeds through its 34th annual BBQ and Family Faire, held Saturday, September 22.

The Shea Center welcomed more than 1,500 guests to take part in its biggest event of the year, which featured rides and games for children and a live and silent auction for adults. Some of the items auctioned-off included VIP tickets to the “American Idol” finale, a $20,000 men’s watch and a one-year sponsorship for the center’s rare American Gypsy horse, Rushmore.

Proceeds from the event go toward supporting the Shea Center’s therapeutic riding programs and daily operations. Of the center’s $2.4 million budget, only 19 percent is gathered from fees.

Among the guests were several former members of the San Juan Capistrano City Council, current Mayor Larry Kramer, Mayor Pro Tem John Taylor, Councilwoman Laura Freese and Planning Commissioner and City Council candidate Ginny Kerr.

To view photos from the event, click here. For more information about the Shea Center, visit

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