Two celebrities are scheduled to appear on Saturday, Sept. 24 at San Marino High School for a fundraiser to benefit ‘Danny’s Farm:’ former Major League Baseball pitcher Orel Hershiser and – the man himself – Danny Gott.
“It’s going to be a lot of fun and people will be able to experience Danny’s Farm without actually being there,” said Gott, for whom the farm is named. “We will have some mobile things there, too. Some goats, a pig, a miniature horse and a few sheep.”
He apparently left off the bunnies, because he was adamant about adding them to the list, too.
Located at Cal Poly Pomona, Danny’s Farm is a rural setting which offers a safe, peaceful, and loving environment for children and adults with developmental disabilities. Visitors are able to interact with farm animals while receiving vocational training. The farm was created by Danny’s parents, Cathy and Jim Gott, as a place where their son could work and spread his vibrant personality. Danny’s Farm is open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Danny spends the better part of each Saturday there making sure things go as planned and told The Tribune his official title is “Information Specialist.” His main expertise is introducing visitors to the livestock.
“I love watching people interact with the animals,” said Danny. “Very often, people are afraid of the animals. Some of the kids will actually hide behind their parents. They eventually get over it and it’s great to see them overcome their fear.
Danny likes to hand out pencils to visitors at Danny’s Farm, which allows for frequent interaction.
“I like seeing what kind of kids come to the Farm,” he said. “I love it when they ask questions because they ask some pretty good ones. If they ask a question, they get a pencil.”
Danny said he will have plenty of pencils on Sept. 24 when he and former Dodger great Hershiser make their appearance at McNamee Field.
Danny has been friends with the record-setting pitcher “for about 9 years.”
“He is a great guy,” said Danny. “He was a great Dodger and it’s great to have a friend as a celebrity.”
The event – known as ‘Fall Classic for The Farm’ – will take place from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Hershiser will speak and answer questions about his years in the major leagues, sign autographs and be available for photos along with other players. Dodger Dogs will be served and the adorable farm animals from Danny’s Farm will also be in attendance. Including the bunnies.
Admission is $100 per adult and $50 per child 12 years old and under and includes a photo with Hershiser and one autograph on an item brought by attendees. The event is sponsored by Lorrie and Greg Forgatch. Proceeds will go to Danny’s Farm with a portion earmarked for San Marino High School. For more information, please call (626) 632-0286 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Danny lives in a group home in Altadena and works at Steve’s Pets on N. Lake Avenue.
“I do the heavy lifting,” he said confidently. “If someone can’t lift a 50-lb. bag of pet food, I carry it to their car. It’s a win-win. They get what they want and I get to work out a little bit.”
He also volunteers at the Pasadena Humane Society and described his duties as “a cat socializer.”
“I get to visit with them and hang out with them. I love it. I love all animal jobs. That’s who I am and it’s a lot of fun.”
Danny encouraged people to attend the fundraiser to meet Orel Hershiser, get to know the animals and also see his dad, Jim, who enjoyed a 16-year career in Major League Baseball.
“Yeah, he’s going to be there, too,” Danny exclaimed.