STEP UP FOR THE ARC WALK 2017
It ‘s not too early to start getting ready for our 16th annual STEP UP FOR THE ARC WALK to benefit the many programs and services we provide to adults and children with intellectual and other developmental disabilities throughout Burlington County.
This year’s festivities take place SUNDAY, MAY 21st at the NJ Masonic Home, 902 Jacksonville Road, Burlington, NJ from 9 a.m. registration until noon at the Pavilion. The walk itself starts at 10 a.m., and afterward, there’s a lot more to do — and eat! We’ll have a barbecue lunch, dessert, music, dancing, rides on the Neptune Hose fire truck, face painting and some new surprises. By noon, we’re all exhausted and ready to clear out.
There are plenty of opportunities and a wide range of donation amounts for sponsorship to suit you or your organization’s needs and budget, so click here for our 2017 donor form with all the information you’ll need. walk-donor-form-2017.
So start limbering up to get those winter muscles in shape, invest in a new pair of sneakers or just get new laces for your favorite ones and mark your calendar for Sunday, May 21st to STEP UP FOR THE ARC!
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Money raised from fundraising events goes to sponsor a variety of recreational and social events that are open to all children and adults with a developmental disability throughout Burlington County. Most individuals with disabilities have difficulty accessing community resources that the rest of us take for granted, such as going out to dinner, seeing a movie, or socializing with friends and neighbors. The Arc of Burlington County is committed to ensuring that everyone in our community has the opportunity to take part in a wide array of social and recreational activities that help to build self-esteem, enable new friendships, encourage participants to become active members of their communities and, ultimately, help them live healthier and happier lives. In addition to that, we also provide help to people with and without disabilities who are living on their own in the community that may experience a sudden emergency. For example, last winter we arranged for delivery of firewood to an elderly couple who found themselves temporarily unable to purchase firewood for their home’s only source of heat, a wood-burning stove. Another young man had no money left after paying his bills to get a winter coat. Others may at times find themselves short of food. Money raised from our events stays in the community and directly benefits our neighbors.
Our two major annual fundraising events are the Annual Step Up For The Arc Walkathon in May, and our Annual Golf Classic held in October.
The Arc relies on its many generous donors to help fund our events, programs and resources for children and adults with special needs. To all of you who have given so generously, we thank you!
The Arc of Burlington County’s Recreation Department offers a variety of interesting events for adults with developmental disabilities: monthly dances, evenings out for dinner, day trips to special events and shows, seasonal trips to New York and other exciting locations, picnics, barbecues, and lots more. But because our funding is very limited, we rely heavily on the wonderful organizations and folks who sponsor many of our events by providing refreshments, gifts, volunteer staffers, monetary donations, and the support all of our men and women enjoy.
Edgewater Park Women’s Club
What would Halloween be without our annual Halloween Dance sponsored for so many years by the busy members of the Edgewater Park Women’s Club? Our dancing ghosts and witches love the evening not only for the fun but also for the wonderful refreshments these ladies so generously provide as well. And they don’t stop at Halloween; they start off each year by sponsoring our April Seventies get-togethers, too. Thanks for all you do!
Our annual Semi-formal Dance in May, as well as our summer barbecue and pool party in Hainesport, has long been possible because of the generosity and dedicated efforts of the Mt. Holly Elks #848 Special Children’s Committee. They serve refreshments, provide food and chefs for our barbecue and, in general, help make both events special. We think the Elks enjoy themselves as much as the men and women in our programs do, and for that, we’re grateful.
The local Soroptimists International group sponsors our St. Patrick’s Day dance, a December Dance and volunteers.
Our Christmas dance is always fun. The Home Depot store paid for hot dogs, chips and juice, and Santa (Nick Blassman) was his usual, jovial self. Special thanks needs to go to UFCW Local 152, without whose help we wouldn’t have had such a good time. They gave each participant a new stuffed animal and served the refreshments.
The Willingboro Knights of Columbus Sacred Heart Council regularly sponsor our November and January dances, and we thank all who work so hard to make the event enjoyable for everyone who comes out.
They’re a generous bunch, serving pizza and other snacks to our hungry dancers and branching out lately to Movie Afternoons for some of our group home ladies, as well, who get treated not only to a great movie but also lots of TLC, makeup sessions and manicures. Without the help of the Hainesport Fire Company and Auxiliary, our yearly dance schedule wouldn’t run as smoothly or be as much fun.
Our Annual Casino Night and Dance has been sponsored each February for the past gazillion years by the Interact Club of Cinnaminson High School. The students continually amaze us with their organization and dedication, and this year was no exception. They came up with new ideas for “games of chance” that our men and women participate in and win tickets for, then cash in for prizes from the hundreds of donations the students solicited throughout the year. This year, there was also a “tattoo parlor,” balloon hat, animal table and bowling alley to go along with the refreshments and dancing. Thanks to everyone who helps make this one of our most popular events.
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