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Oktoberfest Remembers Ridgewood Girl, Raises Scholarship Funds

The event raises funds to help special-needs kids, and to remember Taylor Aguilar.
The event raises funds to help special-needs kids, and to remember Taylor Aguilar. Photo Credit: Taylor C. Aguilar Scholarship Fund Facebook

RIDGEWOOD, N.J. -- Come get your fill of German food, ale, live entertainment and family fun -- and help fund scholarships for special-needs students and remember a local girl -- on Saturday, Oct. 22, in Ridgewood.

The Taylor Aguilar Memorial Scholarship Fund is hosting the event, at the Stable.

Tickets are $40 for adults, $15 for kids over 5, and kids 5 and under are free. The price "includes a variety of Oktoberfest foods and all the ale that you can hold down," organizers note.

The menu includes sauerbraten, Wiener Schnitzel, knockwurst, red cabbage, potato pancakes, apple strudel and kid-friendly food as well.

The event will also feature kids' games, face painting, pumpkin decorating and bobbing for apples. Thursday Eve Collective and the Dad's Night Band will provide live entertainment and are donating their time.

There will also be a tricky tray with over 30 items, including those from Equinox, Rocca and M&K Auto Detailing -- and even a fire-truck visit to your kid's party from the Glen Rock Fire Department.

"None of it is as good as if (Taylor) was still here, but we want to celebrate her life positively and help other families," Taylor's mother, Anna Aguilar, told Daily Voice.

She and her husband formally established the Fund last fall, to honor Taylor's memory. Taylor had been diagnosed with Down Syndrome and a heart defect, and had many hospital stays and surgeries. She died when she was only 7.

Taylor also has three brothers -- two twins and a younger brother. "This is also for their benefit," Aguilar said, "to keep her memory alive, for them."

All proceeds from the Oktoberfest event will go toward the Fund, whose mission is to raise scholarship funds for children with special needs, in addition to generally helping kids with special needs and their families.

"It's a learning process, and it's still being fine-tuned," Aguilar said, "and we take the responsibility seriously." They don't yet have a formal process for awarding funds but have already made one donation, to help a Ridgewood family offset the cost of therapy for its young adult who has autism.

You can buy tickets here.

The event will run from 1-6 p.m. at the Stable, 259 North Maple Ave., in Ridgewood. You can park in the Graydon Parking Lot, and walk through Graydon or Maple Field to the Stable.

For more information about the Taylor Aguilar Memorial Scholarship Fund, visit its Facebook page.

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