The Arc kicks off new season of events


RIVIERA BEACH, FL – The Arc of Palm Beach County has announced its schedule of community and holiday programs, along with its Annual Cowboy Ball, as it kicked off its event season last month. “We invite our friends, supporters and neighbors to join our fun and excitement,” said Kimberly McCarten, president/CEO of The Arc. “This year, we are trying new programs and events to raise awareness, sensitivity and funds for the clients we serve from infanthood all the way up to adulthood.“ The Arc works with children and adults with all levels of developmental disabilities, from mild autism to severe cognitive and physical impediments. From after-school programs and physical fitness trails to personalized tutoring and adult employment training opportunities, The Arc works with families to make sure their children are progressing and developing, no matter their disability. For more information, please visit The Arc is also holding its Fall Appeal Campaign, which is crucial to the organization, as it works with the community to replace recent cuts in its state funding for the 2015-2016 fiscal year. Its upcoming events include: The Arc Pantry Project: For the holidays this year, The Arc will be collecting shelfstable foods and powdered beverages for foodinsecure families who have developmentally disabled children. The Arc recognizes that hunger is a society-wide challenge and that the families it serves are not exempt from being food insecure, or not having enough food to feed all family members consistently. The Arc Pantry Project invites the community to help its neighbors by donating canned and shelf-stable food items for people and pets, along with toiletries, gift cards and baby products, to its main location, or by shopping conveniently online at com and having the items shipped to The Arc. Donations will be collected through Dec. 16. The donations will be organized into reusable tote bags that The Arc staff will deliver directly to agency families in need for the holidays on Dec. 18. Donations can be dropped off at The Courim Center, 1201 North Australian Avenue, Riviera Beach, from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekdays. For more information, contact Catherine Blomeke, Community Relations Manager, at (561) 842- 3213, ext. 128, or at Holiday Suite at The Gardens Mall: The Arc clients and volunteers will be assisting shoppers this holiday season by offering gift-wrapping services. The giftwrapping program is a component of the adult employment program. The Holiday Suite will also feature a preview of The Arc’s Interactive Experience at the Dr. Seuss Art Collection, scheduled for January and February. The Arc’s days/times at the mall are 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Thursday–Sunday, through Dec. 24. The Arc’s clients and volunteers will be located on the upper level, Sears Court, between Lucky Brand and Game Stop, at The Gardens Mall, 3015 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens. For more information, please contact Catherine Blomeke at The Arc’s Interactive Experience at the Dr. Seuss Art Collection: As the only participating social services agency, The Arc will join a host of art and cultural organizations to celebrate the whimsical drawings and legacy of Dr. Seuss. A special collection of the author’s works will be on display throughout the Gardens Mall, and to add to the experience, local nonprofits will showcase their work and art, alongside the exhibit. The exhibit will be held Jan. 17-Feb. 14, 2016, at Bloomingdale’s Court on the lower level, at The Gardens Mall, 3015 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens. The Arc Nets $35,000 from October “Arc In The Dark” Safety Campaign The Arc of Palm Beach County is also proud to announce that it raised a net $35,000 from its 2015 Arc in the Dark campaign, which was held in October. To keep children safe during the season of trick-or-treating and outside fall celebrations, The Arc sold and distributed safety glowband bracelets through its community partners at events such as Boo at the Zoo, Spookyville and the Wellington Fall Festival. “We met a lot of great people through the several community events we participated in, and we owe a tremendous debt of sincere gratitude to our partners and sponsors, who made the campaign a success,” said Catherine Blomeke, Community Relations Manager for The Arc. Proceeds from the sale of the glowbands directly support The Arc’s programs for individuals with developmental disabilities.