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Touch-A-Truck event held for a cause

Inaugural event at Central Park held to raise money for SCV Senior Center

Posted: June 16, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: June 16, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Rydar Smith, 2, tries on some firefighter gear as he meets engineer Bryant Rivas of Angeles National Forest Engine 31 at the Touch-A-Truck event at Central Park in Saugus on Saturday. Jonathan Pobre/The Signal

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Central Park became a parking lot Saturday as a variety of vehicles from emergency responders and local companies were lined up and on display for the first “Touch-A-Truck” event to benefit the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center.

The event provided attendees with the chance to see, touch and explore vehicles from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s and Fire departments, Southern California Edison, William S. Hart Union High School District and construction and garbage companies.

“The kids are just loving it,” said Santa Clarita City Councilwoman Marsha McLean. “This is hands on for all the little kids, and everyone young and old.”

Attendees for the event paid an admission fee, with proceeds going to fund services and programs at the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center.

The exceptions were fathers and grandfathers, who were let in free of charge in honor of Father’s Day.

McLean, who also served as the chairwoman for the event, said she thinks it turned out to be a “huge success.”

“I can’t tell you how happy I am with the success that we’re having here,” she said.

Conversations and the music playing at the event were regularly interrupted as children gleefully honked the horns of the vehicles on display.

One of the vehicles was a dump truck was filled with close to 300 beach balls to tell people about the city’s beach shuttle service, which runs to and from Santa Monica during the summer months.

The dump truck released all of the beach balls about halfway through the event, much to the delight of attendees who rushed to collect them.

Shelly Schutz, who volunteers at the Senior Center and helped coordinate Saturday’s event, said she was pleased with how the event turned out.

“We are very happy with the turnout for the inaugural event,” she said.

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