Staff Report

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Approximately 80 children who are blind or visually impaired – including beautiful princesses, impressive Power Rangers, adorable Minions, scary skeletons, jammin’ rock stars, and an army of super heroes – enjoyed a special Fall Festival celebration recently at the Lighthouse of Broward.

Children, ages 3 to 12, and their families enjoyed interaction with the animals at the petting zoo, navigating an inflatable petting zoo, riding ponies, scaling the rock climbing wall, decorating cookies, enjoying cotton candy and playing games.

Lighthouse of Broward provides free specialized rehabilitation, life skills training, and employment opportunities to enhance the independence, productivity and dignity of children and adults who are blind or visually impaired.

American Heritage School pre-med and pre-engineering students as well as Broward College students volunteered at the event. Thirty-five parents attended with their children.

“Parents were so grateful to have a safe space for their blind and visually impaired child to play, socialize and have a blast,” said Ellyn Drotzer, Lighthouse of Broward president and CEO.

“This year’s Fall Festival truly was the best ever, thanks to our many volunteers, strong staff support and, of course, our fabulous sponsors.”

Sponsors included American National Bank, Century Metal & Supplies, Sajdera Law Firm and

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