Southern Highlands Annual Fall Festival was a Feast of Family Fun

It was a beautiful and warm day at Goett Family Park for this year’s annual Fall Festival hosted by the Southern Highlands Community Association. Held on Saturday, Oct. 15, the seasonal celebration featured Halloween-themed inflatables and carnival-style games, bounce houses and slides, a rock-climbing wall, bungee, craft and coloring contest, face painting, costume contests, plenty of pumpkins, field games, vendor booth trick-or-treating, music, food, drinks, entertainment, and plenty of fun for the whole family.

Attended by hundreds of Southern Highlands families from the surrounding neighborhoods, the free community-focused event also served as a fundraiser to benefit two local charities – Andson and Operation Warm Heart. Andson provides innovative academic and financial literacy programs for young people in Southern Nevada and Operation Warm Heart, an impactful non-profit organization that provides financial assistance to local airmen and their families at Creech and Nellis Air Force Base. Through raffle ticket sales, donations and more, $XXX was ultimately raised for Andson and X# of gas cards were purchased and donated to Operation Warm Heart.

One of the most popular happenings at the Fall Festival is the raffle. This year’s prizes included Apple AirPods, a MetaQuest 2 virtual reality headset, an electric scooter, a beginner’s telescope, Lego sets, and more.

Creativity was on full display with imaginative costumes spotted throughout the event including favorite characters from television and movies, an abundance of superheroes, pirates, scary skeletons, fairy princesses, butterflies, witches, clowns, and more. Families also enjoyed picking out the perfect pumpkin.

Having fun certainly works up an appetite. Popular food trucks including Belle Isle Smokin Barbecue, Custom Pizza, Somethin’ to Taco ‘Bout, Alpha Dawg and All We Do is Wing were on hand to keep attendees satisfied.

An official Fox 5 Take 5 to Care event guest emceed by reporters Regina Ahn and Alexis Fernandez, throughout the day, live performances from Las Vegas Circus Center and Southern Highland’s GOTTA Dance Studio kept event attendees amazed and enthusiastically entertained.

“This event is a great time for families,” said Matthew Falco, title here. “Even better, we are raising money and awareness for two very impactful non-profits here in southern Nevada. Given the backslide students faced this year, Andson’s work has never been more important, and with the large veteran and military community here, it’s important for us to support Operation Warm Heart and ensure our military families have what they need.”

Annual Fall Festival Remains a Favorite Among Southern Highlands Families

Community Event Hosted by Olympia Companies SH Charitable Foundation Raises Money for Andson and the Boys and Girls Club of Southern Highlands

Under beautiful autumnal skies, the annual Fall Festival hosted by Olympia Companies SH Charitable Foundation and the Southern Highlands Community Association proved once again to be a fun-filled day at Goett Family Park. Held on Saturday, Oct. 19, the seasonal celebration featured carnival games, face painting, bounce houses and slides, a rock wall, raffles, costume and coloring contests, plenty of pumpkins, field games, vendor booth trick or treating, music, food, drinks, and plenty of fun for the whole family.

Attended by more than 2,000 visitors from the neighborhood, the community-focused event also puts the “fun” in fundraiser as proceeds generated through the sale of food, drink, raffle tickets, and pumpkins benefit the Southern Highlands Boys & Girls Club – who provide a safe and fun place for kids to grow and thrive through life-enhancing and mentor-ship programs and Andson – who provide financial literacy and academic mentoring programs in the Las Vegas Valley.

Organized by the Olympia Companies SH Charitable Foundation in tandem with Southern Highlands Community Association, the Fall Festival was spotlighted as a FOX 5 Take 5 To Care Event with familiar faces from the local television station including Dave Hall and Dylan Kendrick in attendance.

“The Fall Festival is one of my favorite events and each year and it gets better and better,” said Angela Rock, Executive Director of OCSHCF. “Nothing beats the smiling faces on the kids as families and friends come together for fun. Even better, we raise money for worthy, local organizations. The generous spirit of our attendees is the true definition of community.”
Among the highlights of the Fall Festival each year are the raffles held throughout the day. This year, widely sought-after prizes included a $1,000 Disney gift card, a 43” LED Smart TV, Kate Spade sunglasses, tickets to shows, gift certificates for dining experiences, and much more. Thanks to our raffle sponsor the Southern Highlands Builder Co-Op: Blue Heron, Century Communities, Lennar, Pulte, Tuscan Highlands, William Lyon, and Woodside.

There was no shortage of creativity as costumes spotted throughout this year’s Fall Festival included popular characters from television and film including a family dressed as the cast of Sesame Street, Woody and Jessie from Toy Story, plenty of costumed superheroes, spooky skeletons, fairy princesses, butterflies, clowns, and more.
A big thank you to all who attended this year’s Fall Festival with special appreciation for the many volunteers and sponsors Par 3 Landscape Management, Smith’s Food & Drug, FOX 5, Aggregate Industries, Geotek, and the Children’s Heart Foundation.

Entering its milestone 20th anniversary year, the Olympia Companies SH Charitable Foundation has raised over $20 million that has been distributed to numerous charities and their beneficiaries including many children, teens, and women in need.