Sun Group Wealth Partners is helping 1,000 special needs children attend an educational museum.

Sun Group, based in Irvine, Calif., has raised about $15,000 so the children can participate in educational programs at Pretend City Children's Museum. The money was donated by Sun Group and sponsors of its annual client dinner, held Nov. 10. Sun Group manages about $138 million in client assets.

"A lot of special needs children do not have a place to go where they can feel comfortable. There are a lot more special needs children being born now although we do not know why. Several of our clients have special needs children," said Winnie Sun, founder of Sun Group.

Pretend City is a child-sized city that allows children up to 10 years of age to interact through guided play experiences that build on math, reading and science skills while building organizational and socialization skills. It helps them explore potential careers and gives parents and care givers an opportunity to bond with the children through shared experiences. Pretend City sets aside days to serve children with special needs and their families.

"We rely in large part on the generosity of others to support our programs," says Sandra Bolton, Pretend City executive director. "It is only through affiliations such as these that we are able to grow and expand the Pretend City experience for children and families in our community. We are very appreciative of the hard work of Winnie Sun and her team."

--Karen DeMasters