Former Rancho patients perform in talent show

DOWNEY - The Barbara J. Riley Community Center rocked last Friday night with the sounds of music, comedy and applause as the Performing Arts of Rancho show captivated a packed audience of more than 300 community members, Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center patients and family members.Nearly 20 Rancho alumni patients starred in what was the most successful of the 14 major Performing Arts concerts over the last 12 years. "The show demonstrated the amazing progress our patients have made since their injuries and illnesses," said Rancho CEO Jorge Orozco. "We are very pleased for each of these special individuals who have the commitment and courage to put their talents on display in a public performance." Show producer and Rancho Occupational Therapist Michele Berro said, "I couldn't be prouder of this amazing group of performers. Jay Cramer did a fantastic job of assembling the talent and directing the show. It was especially moving to hear the performers say prior to the show what it meant to them to be able to participate. For many, it is an opportunity of a lifetime, and they are so incredibly grateful to be a part of it all."

********** Published: February 16, 2012 - Volume 10 - Issue 44