Arts and Crafts Judged – and the Winners are . . .

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For our upcoming Arts and Crafts Show and Sale, a panel judged the work of Ranchers in Stepping Stones, Painting, Crafts and Weaving, as well as our Fine Arts Painting Studio. We are only featuring the First Place Winners today, but this will give you a preview of the kinds of wonderful items you can purchase during our Open House!

The lovely ruana and matching bag was the Grand Prize Winner, and will be sold at the Rainbow Benefit Auction on Friday night, October 24, along with the beautiful boat and beach painting by Debbie!

Plan on attending the Rainbow Acres 40th Anniversary Open House on Saturday, October 25 from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm. Keep watching for more information on all the great activities in store!

Fine Arts Painting available

Boat on a Beach by Debbie – so lovely!

the weaving studio at Rainbow is wonderful

Ruana and matching bag by Jack in the weaving room – the Grand Prize Winner of Rancher crafts!

Special needs adults make lovely crafts

Stepping Stone with a swan!

Adult with special needs paints

Painting 1st place by Kelly

Christmas beaded hanging

Crafts 1st place – a beaded hanger!

Rainbow Acres 40th Anniversary on TV!

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This week Gary Wagner, President and CEO, and Margie Beach, Communications Director for Rainbow Acres, appeared on a local radio and TV talk show to tell about our wonderful community for adults with developmental disabilities and the events planned for our 40th Anniversary Celebration, coming up October 24 and 25, 2014. You can watch it here:

Go to our Home Page and click on the Registration button to let us know what events you would like to attend! We would love to hear from you before October 16, so we can order a sufficient quantity of all the wonderful foods that will be available.

Enjoy the video!

Please Come! – 40th Anniversary Rainbow Benefit Auction

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FRIDAY   6:00 PM:   RAINBOW BENEFIT AUCTION            $75* per person

Silent auction available to view at 5:00, with “mocktails” on the Terrace!

Gourmet meal by Executive Chef Ron Moler of Reds Restaurant at Sedona Rouge Hotel & Spa!

Exclusive one-of-a-kind furniture, deluxe vacations, designer jewelry, rare Oriental and Navajo rugs – and so much more!

red_gray Navajo rug

Silent auction featuring baskets of adventure attractions, golf packages, dining experiences, fine wines and specialty items!

Wonderful music will open the show promptly at 6:00!

Bid paddles handmade at Rainbow Acres for every paid attendee!

*All proceeds benefit the Rancher Scholarship Fund, allowing individuals with developmental disabilities to continue living at Rainbow Acres.

Founders Luncheon Coming Up!

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Part of the Rainbow Acres 40th Anniversary celebration will be a Founders Luncheon, to honor Ralph and Marilyn Showers and Larry and Joy Goehner, who took a leap of faith (or two!) in 1973 and partnered to develop a Christian community where adults with developmental disabilities could have lives of purpose and dignity.

Founders of Rainbow Acres

Founders Ralph and Marilyn Showers

In 1974, the dream became a reality when Rainbow Acres Ranch became home to several men with developmental and cognitive challenges. Four of those original Ranchers are still living at Rainbow today!

On Friday, October 24, 2014 we are are honoring the Founders at a special luncheon in the beautiful Palmer Community Center. Please plan to come and listen to their incredible story and help Honor the Past, Celebrate the Present, and Vision the Future!

Besides learning about the founders of Rainbow Acres you will enjoy a meaningful and inspirational program by Renée Bondi, a popular Christian recording artist, speaker and author. Renée has traveled across America sharing about God’s faithfulness, even in times of tragedy. In 1988, just two months shy of her wedding day, she was involved in a bizarre accident that left her paralyzed from the neck down. Although her life was tragically changed overnight, Renée continued to trust in the Lord and her faith grew stronger. Renée is the founder of Bondi Ministries and lives with her husband and son in San Juan Capistrano.

Quadriplegic Singer

Recording Artist Renee Bondi

What: Founders Luncheon

Where: Palmer Community Center at Rainbow Acres - 2120 W Reservation Loop Rd, Camp Verde, AZ 86322

When: Friday, October 24 - 12:00 noon until 2:00 p.m.

WHY? For Inspiration and Fulfillment!

How Much: $40 per person

Proceeds to benefit the Rancher Scholarship Fund, assisting Ranchers whose income cannot cover today’s cost of care, or who have outlived family members and their support.


See the schedule of events for the weekend on our Home page, and choose the “Register” button to let us know you’re coming! Please register by October 10, 2014.

Super Heroes as Adults with Developmental Disabilities

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Rainbow Acres has a Spirit Day each month, with a theme for clothing and sometimes table decorations at lunch. In August, the theme was “Superheroes Day”.

We wanted to share a few of the great Super Heroes who make their home at our Christian community for adults with developmental disabilities! We all had so much fun dressing up for the day and enjoying our super “powers!”

patriot with disabilities

And Gordon proudly proclaimed himself “Super American!”

special needs adults

Green Lantern looks a little like John Pippin!


down syndrome man

Who is that Masked Man? Is it Matt or the Lone Ranger?

developmental disabilities

Kimber as Batman!