By Brian Park
The Shea Center welcomed more than 1,500 guests Saturday to take part in its biggest event of the year, the 34th annual BBQ and Family Faire.
The event featured rides and games for children as well as a silent and live 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 operating budget, only 19 percent is gathered from fees.
Among the guests were several former members of the San Juan Capistrano City Council and current Mayor Larry Kramer, Mayor Pro Tem John Taylor and Councilwoman Laura Freese. Planning Commissioner and City Council candidate Ginny Kerr was also in attendance.
Click on the photo above to view a slideshow of the day.