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Happy Trails Children’s Foundation receives $5,000 donation

Posted: March 24, 2009 9:01 p.m.
Updated: March 24, 2009 6:04 p.m.
APPLE VALLEY, Calif. - The nonprofit Happy Trails Children's Foundation established by Western legends Roy Rogers and Dale Evans to aid neglected and abused children will soon be $5,000 richer, thanks to a donation from Stater Bros. Charities in honor of Happy Trails Executive Director Joel Dortch.

Proceeds will help fund operations of the Cooper Home in Apple Valley, established in 1997 as a safe haven for abused or at-risk children between the ages of 10 and 15.

Stater Bros. representatives will present a check to the foundation at the Happy Trails Breakfast Brunch on Saturday, March 28 at Lions Pride Park, 30200 Del Oro Rd., Lucerne Valley 92356. The brunch is the foundation's largest fundraising event of the year.

Breakfast will be served at 10:00 a.m. and the program kicks off at 11:00 a.m.

This donation is in conjunction with Stater Bros. Charities' Second Annual Dave Stockton Heroes Challenge.

The cowboy-themed event will feature guest celebrities Ben Cooper and Diamond Farnsworth with live music from Frankie Flash and Teresa. There will also be fancy gun spinning, trick roping and whips with Leslie Lynn and James Leone, plus cowboy action shooting and cowboy fast-draw demonstrations.

Tickets for the brunch cost $25 per person.

Stater Bros. Charities donates a significant portion of its contributions to organizations that care about children's welfare. Under Dortch's compassionate leadership, the Happy Trails Children's Foundation is an organization that exemplifies this goodwill.

About Happy Trails Children's Foundation
The Happy Trails Children's Foundation is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) charitable organization run by a volunteer board of directors and a paid and volunteer staff. The foundation built the Cooper Home on 40 acres in Apple Valley to provide a safe haven for children at risk who have been severely abused and/or neglected. Happy Trails Children's Foundation in partnership with Trinity Children and Family Services continually operates the Cooper Home at maximum capacity with 44 boys between the ages of 10 and 15. Since the Cooper Home opened more than 350 children have received shelter, care and treatment services.

About Stater Bros. Charities
Since 1936, Stater Bros. Markets has been a pillar of support in the community. Last year, Stater Bros. established Stater Bros. Charities, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The purpose of Stater Bros. Charities is to give back to the communities Stater Bros. Markets is privileged to serve. In 2008, Stater Bros. Charities donated $1.4 million to local causes. With an emphasis on programs that benefit hunger relief, children's welfare, education for both youth and adults, services for the elderly and care for our nation's veterans, Stater Bros. Charities helps with some of the most critical needs facing this region.

About Stater Bros. Markets
Stater Bros. Markets was founded in 1936 in Yucaipa, Calif., and has grown steadily through the years to become the largest privately owned supermarket chain in Southern California and the largest employer in both San Bernardino County and Riverside County, with annual sales in 2008 of $3.74 billion. The company operates 166 supermarkets, and there are more than 19,000 members of the Stater Bros. "family" of employees.


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