Brazoria County Association for Citizens with Handicaps, dba BACH Rehabilitation Center, is celebrating 43 years of successfully reaching out to address the concerns of families for their children with special needs. Organized to assure that children with disabilities and developmental delays could obtain the help they required to grow and develop their potential, BACH continues to provide Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) and Support Service Programs throughout Brazoria County to over 1200 children every year.
A portion of the funding for the BACH ECI program comes from the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS), Early Childhood Intervention Division. DARS requires that the BACH Agency provide State and Local Funds monies in order to receive their support. Another portion of that funding comes directly from BACH’s special event fundraisers. Recent cutbacks in federal grants, private grants, and foundation budgets have affected many non-profit organizations; BACH is no exception.
For 16 years, BACH’s Fun Fest – which is hosted by the Brazoria County Sheriff’s Department, Brazoria County Peace Officers Association and the Alvin-Manvel Knights of Columbus – has supported BACH’s efforts in the North-end of the county to raise the matching funds necessary to continue providing services for “special” children. Randy Rhyne was the 2015 Fun Fest Chairperson.
The 2015 BACH Fun Fest was on Saturday, Aug. 22, at the Alvin-Manvel Knights of Columbus Hall. The event featured free pony rides, clowns with face painting, carnival style games for children, musical entertainment by Tom’s Fun Band, and bar-b-q beef, chicken & sausage (prepared and served up by the Brazoria County Sheriff’s Department & Peace Officers Association).
BACH would like to thank all the volunteers, along with the Blue Knights TX VI, who brought out games, prizes and t-shirts for the kids, the scout troop who organized the parking area, the Alvin and Manvel Fire Departments for giving kids tours of the fire trucks, Manvel Moonwalks, Horses 4 Life, the Chambers Family for giving the kids train rides, and the Care Team from Zachry Group who worked wherever they needed them. What a bunch of great volunteers, all with such caring hearts.
Approximately $46,000 was raised for BACH with the sponsorships, live and silent auctions and fed around 500 people.
All of the funds, which are raised at BACH functions,stay in Brazoria County, helping our friends and neighbors.
The BACH Fun Fest Steering Team hopes everyone that came out had a wonderful time and want to thank all of our volunteers who worked so hard to make this day successful.