In September DEC hosted an event in honor of National Direct Care Worker Week. The event, entitled Western Round- Up, took place at Sahuaro Ranch Park in the Fruit Packing Shed. Approximately 81 family members and friends attended the event, with many expressing how much fun they had. The Cactus Wine Band, a very talented 4-piece live band, performed throughout the event, providing just the right atmosphere with their selection of both Country and Classic Rock music.

A delicious hot meal was catered by the Texas Roadhouse, followed by scrumptious root beer floats. Participants also enjoyed participating in a variety of fun stations including Cowboy Bingo, Panning for Gold, Water Gun Shoot Out, Rope the Steer, Snake in My Boots, Horse Shoes, Standing Jail, etc. All participants received a party favor of commemorative playing cards in a special tin case. Our members and children were also given special prize bags or assorted treats and collectibles. We held a raffle where three winners walked away with either a collection of top chart Country music CDs (valued at $60), a basket of assorted gourmet barbecue sauces (valued at $100), or an autographed basketball donated by the Phoenix Suns (valued at over $400).