By GINA B. GOOD
Paula Cooper wiped tears from her eyes as she and David Boruchowitz accepted a $1,000 check for the recently formed charitable organization they founded — Pahrump Disability Outreach Program PDOP — at the group’s meeting this week.
“Oh my goodness,” Cooper managed to say. Boruchowitz, the president of the organization, stopped smiling long enough to say, “Wow.”
The surprise presentation was orchestrated by Marna Krause of the Pahrump Fair and Festival committee from proceeds from their Ducky Duck Derby. Fifty winners and first year expenses — like purchasing 2,500 yellow rubber duckies — were paid before the committee could cut a check for PDOP.
“We wish this could be more,” said Krause. “Your organization is something any town can use and we are proud to be a part of it.”
Cooper explained that her daughter and Boruchowitz’s son were diagnosed with disabilities about the same time. Neither family could find resources to help them through the process of getting the best services available for their children.
Now, a support group of families with special needs kids meets regularly to exchange information and let their kids play together. Cooper’s daughter was exploring every nook in the meeting room after recently learning to walk. “Now she never wants to sit down,” said Cooper.
“We really appreciate this,” said Boruchowitz. “This is a wonderful surprise,” added Cooper. PDOP held their first fundraising event in the days preceding Halloween, inviting the community to Petrack Park for hay rides, games and a large pumpkin patch. More activities will be held throughout 2011.