Carson Horlacher's 3rd annual big birthday bash will be returning to the Big Fun Inflatable Park on June 23 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.

This year's events will have all kinds of different things happening like a silent auction, raffles, birthday cupcakes, door prizes and special guest appearances while raising funds for the Autism Calgary Association.

Dustin Horlacher, father of Carson explained exactly why they have now started hosting an event like this annually.

"We are trying to make it so no kid has to go without being able to have a good birthday. We're celebrating birthdays for all sorts of kids, and all sorts of people. Everybody gets a chance to feel special for either one day or feel included."

A few years ago Carson, who has autism, invited all kinds of friends to his birthday, but unfortunately, nobody responded saying they would come.

"I was in a position where I was going to have to tell him. Before I did that, I went and vented on Facebook."

Once Horlacher posted his story on social media, the true colours of Airdrie came out.

"It really makes you have faith in humanity, knowing that there are so many good people out there, and you're not alone. Seeing how happy it made my son the past few years. Words can't even describe the feeling that it gives you."

Although Carson's 11th birthday is not until July, Horlacher mentioned they host it at the end of June because people are still around.

"We do it near the end of June because people are still around for school before they take off for the summer for vacations and things like that."

Horlancher shared one story that has stuck with him since the first time they held the big birthday bash.

"A mother told me her daughter who was 16 had never been invited to a birthday and this was her first birthday party. I don't know how I could do that as a parent at all."

Over the years more and more people have attended to celebrate the big birthday party with many being recurring guests. Last year 422 people showed up.

"Hopefully a lot of people can come out and have fun, win some prizes and make some friends."

It is a $2 minimum donation to get in, and all proceeds made from the event will go toward the Autism Calgary Association. To register for the event, click HERE.

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