Patricia O’Reilly Paulsen, CORR Board Member
The third annual CORR (Community Outreach Robson Ranch) Safety Fair was held on Saturday, April 11, at The Main Street Park in Eloy. This event is for the kids and families in Eloy to introduce them to the services available in Pinal County. It serves to help keep them safe and to keep them in school.
Four hundred students participated along with their families. When the children arrived at the welcoming table, they were given a card to be stamped by each of the organizations at the fair. Once the card was completed, they returned to the table to receive their backpack and hot dog tickets. As they toured the various organizations’ tables, CORR board members were providing them with Krispy Kreme donuts, bottles of water, bags of chips and popcorn. Alvarados provided the hot dogs. All items were purchased by CORR.
All of CORR’S Board Members worked the Safety Fair. They included: Betty Peterson, president; Joanne Galindo, vice president and also an Eloy councilwoman; Alice Wilcox, treasurer and CEO of the Pinal County Credit Union; Sandy Christopher, secretary; John Peterson; Joe Nagy, council member, Eloy; Jill Lui; Mary Kim; Michelle Tarango, Eloy police officer; and Pat Paulsen.
Many thanks go out to Robson Ranch volunteers who assisted us that day: Ann White, Geri Nagy, Ted Lui and Veronica Sepulveda, Pat Paulsen’s granddaughter.
The following organizations had information tables at the fair: Cahra, The Hispanic Council, Banner Casa Grande, Sun Life Family Health Center, Pinal County Sheriff’s Department, Eloy Police Department, Eloy Fire Department, Eloy Parks and Recreation, Pinal County Medevac, Pinal County Attorneys Office.
Four hundred kids will have backpacks for school this next year, and they obtained a lot of valuable information on good, safe practices and assistance available to them in Eloy and Pinal County.
Students also had the opportunity for some playtime. The bouncy house and the water slide were a lot of fun! They were able to visit the Sheriff’s and the Medevac helicopters. Face painting was also provided by some of the Robson Ranch staff.
Everything about this event reinforced CORR’S motto: “It’s All About the Kids!”