NILES - Shyana Beers wasn't about to let the rain dampen her fun Saturday at the Fairhaven School.
Beers, 11, of Niles, spent much of her day enjoying lemon shakes, getting her face painted and throwing balls at the dunk tank.
"I just wanted to see what it was all about," she said.
The fun and festivities were part of the school's first event to benefit Fairhaven Special Olympics. Highlights of the event included a motorcycle run, cornhole tournament, food, raffles, a drawing for a Harley-Davidson motorcycle and entertainment.
Sherry Christner, a bus driver for Fairhaven, came up with the idea for the benefit to raise money for the school and promote awareness about the services the facility offers.
"We find that a lot of people in the community don't even know what Fairhaven's really about. We wanted to do something to start changing that,' she said.
John and Toni Guy of Liberty get ready to depart from Fairhaven School in Niles for the bike run portion of festivities on Saturday to raise money for Fairhaven Special Olympics.
Tribune Chronicle photos / Virginia Shank
Christner said she's hoping to make the event annual.
"We were hoping for more people. I think the rain kept some away. But we are very thankful for everyone who came out to support this."
Organizers said there were close to 30 motorcycles in the run, which started around noon and had four scheduled stops.
Toni Guy of Liberty, who participated in the ride with her husband, John, said her family is always looking for opportunities to support Fairhaven and Special Olympics. The couple's daughter, Jamie, is a students at Fairhaven.
"It means a lot of us to be able to do something, what we can, to help," Toni guy said. "We do a few rides here and there. Not a lot but this is one we definitely wanted to be part of. We decided to do this one for Fairhaven. We won't let a little rain stop us."
Bob Foley, who served as Fairhaven principal before retiring several years ago, said he would simply "ride between the raindrops" on Saturday.
"That's why they make rain suits," he said. "I'm all about supporting Fairhaven. They do a great work here and I'll do what I can when I can to help."
Tracy Walters, an administrative assistant at the school, said a lot people don't realize Fairhaven provides services to its clients from "birth to death."
Fairhaven, formally known as the Trumbull County Board of Developmental Disabilities, provides services and support to physically and / or mentally impaired and / or disabled individuals and their families, according to its website.
"We thought this would be a good way to get people together, to raise some money and put Fairhaven on people's thoughts," Christner said. "This year was just the beginning."
She said anyone interested in contributing to the benefit can still do so by contacting Fairhaven.
"We have extra T-shirts for anyone who still wants to donate or make a contribution," she said. "We appreciate any help we're offered."