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PDOP raises $13,000 with Holly Days event

<p>Horace Langford Jr. / Pahrump Valley Times - NCSO Sgt. Rick Dugan piloting the PDOP train.</p>

Horace Langford Jr. / Pahrump Valley Times - NCSO Sgt. Rick Dugan piloting the PDOP train.

<p>Horace Langford Jr. / Pahrump Valley Times - Several children who attended PDOP’s first annual Holly Days on Saturday enjoy their time on at the ice skating rink brought in specifically for the event.</p>

Horace Langford Jr. / Pahrump Valley Times - Several children who attended PDOP’s first annual Holly Days on Saturday enjoy their time on at the ice skating rink brought in specifically for the event.

<p>Horace Langford Jr. / Pahrump Valley Times - Snowball fights, like the one scene here, were among one of the more popular activities among children who attended PDOP’s Holly Days on Saturday.</p>

Horace Langford Jr. / Pahrump Valley Times - Snowball fights, like the one scene here, were among one of the more popular activities among children who attended PDOP’s Holly Days on Saturday.

<p>Horace Langford Jr. / Pahrump Valley Times - Barbara Koss enjoying a snowball fight Saturday.</p>

Horace Langford Jr. / Pahrump Valley Times - Barbara Koss enjoying a snowball fight Saturday.

<p>Horace Langford Jr. / Pahrump Valley Times - Santa stopped by to greet the kids Saturday.</p>

Horace Langford Jr. / Pahrump Valley Times - Santa stopped by to greet the kids Saturday.

<p>Horace Langford Jr. / Pahrump Valley Times - Barbara Koss and Mike Trumble engage in some wintry horseplay on Saturday.</p>

Horace Langford Jr. / Pahrump Valley Times - Barbara Koss and Mike Trumble engage in some wintry horseplay on Saturday.

Pahrump Disability Outreach Program’s first annual Holly Days event reportedly raised more than $13,000 for the organization this past weekend.

The three-day winter-themed event drew approximately 1,700 people to Ian Deutch Memorial Park between Friday and Sunday with the promise of snowball fights and ice skating, two things not often featured among Pahrump Valley’s menu of outdoor activities.

Additionally, families were treated to holiday movies, train rides and even an appearance from Santa Claus himself during the event as well.

PDOP President David Boruchowitz said Holly Days was able to raise approximately $25,000 through its sponsors, ticket sales and concessions.

After subtracting operating costs, PDOP was left with a total of approximately $13,500 to support its mission to help children with disabilities and their families in the Pahrump area.

Those funds will go to help PDOP help its members with things like medical expenses or other necessary costs children may require and to bring a pediatric therapist to the Pahrump.

In addition to the funds raised for PDOP, Boruchowitz noted the organization was able to collect seven large boxes of food to donate to a local food pantry.

PDOP was also able to donate 40 Christmas trees to needy Pahrump families who otherwise would have likely have gone without one this year.

“It was a very successful event,” Boruchowitz said.

Holly Days was made possible by the work of approximately 120 volunteers who donated time throughout the weekend to put on the event.

Boruchowitz said PDOP will host Holly Days again next year.