Arc’s Annual Dinner Celebrates 64 Years of Service

Arc’s 22nd Annual Dinner and Silent Auction was a celebration of 64 years of service to more than 1,000 clients in Butte County. Courtney Casey and Cheryl Benjamin, President and Vice President, respectively, introduced board members Ed Caldwell, Scott Laursen, Elena Eisenlauer, Colleen Kendall, Isabelle Bunch, Dave Donnan, Lisa Gunn, Ken Colgan, Erik Lyon, Lucretia Gremminger and Linda Wilson and thanked them for their dedication to The Arc.  He also introduced  Executive Director, Michael McGinnis, who is retiring on November 30th after 23 years of service to the Arc. Tom Leonardi, current Associate Director will assume the Executive Director position on December 1st.

A sincere “Thank You” to the Annual Dinner event sponsors this year:  Sweeney & Sweeney Insurance Services, Action News Now, The Printed Image, The Blaze, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Chico Enterprise Record, KMIX95.1, InterWest Insurance Service, Tri Counties Bank, Chico News & Review, KPAY, KHSL TV, KNVN, The CW and Wells Fargo Bank.  Without your generous sponsorship donations and in-kind promotions we could not produce such a successful event.

Arc’s silent auction is one of the most popular elements of the evening.  We raise substantial funds because of the donations of gift cards, gift certificates, merchandise and services from the following businesses and individuals: Disneyland Resort, Chico Motosports, Recology, Beatniks, Pacifica Hotels, Courtney Casey, Tom & Priscilla Leonardi, Hula’s Restaurant, Chico Theater Company, In Motion Fitness, Smallhouse Art Glass, Affordable Automotive, Feather Falls Casino, The Pour House, Scrubbs, AMain Hobbies, Karen Wildman, Chico Animal Hospital, Les Schwab Tire Center, Satava Art Glass Studio, PCI, The Printed Image, Sundance Steakhouse, The Sacramento Kings, Chico Performances CSUC, Christian Michael’s Ristorante’, Durham Vet Clinic, Canyon Oaks Country Club, Rolling Hills Casino, Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach, California Pasta Productions, KZFR Community Radio, Made in Chico, Flowers by Rachelle, Mom’s Restaurant, LaComida Restaurant, Chico Cat Coalition, Ricardo’s Mexican Restaurant, California Olive Oil Co., Barry Kirshner Wildlife Foundation, Colleen Kendall, Elena Eisenlauer, Cheryl Benjamin, Erik Lyon, Lucretia Gremminger, Ed Caldwell, Dave Donan, Art, Etc., Cotton Party, La Familia Restaurant, Hudson’s Gastropub, Tami G’s Nail Studio, Tres Hombres, Trader Joe’s, Island Packers-Ventura & Oxnard, The Derm Bar, The Rice Bowl, Little Red Hen, Turtle Bay Exploration Park, Mt. Shasta Ski Park, Dreamy Nails & Spa, Patti Thomas, The Arc Stores, Olde Gold, The National Charity League, Dreadful Dog, Shubert’s Ice Cream & Candy, 808 & Co., Mt. Shasta Resort, Joyce Family Chiropractic, Jennifer Cockcroft Scentsy, Chico Paper Co., San Francisco Giants, In Tent Events. A great big THANK YOU to all of these generous business owners and individuals.

There was live music by “Soul Posse”, to which many danced the night away.  Board members Elena Eisenlauer and Colleen Kendall spent months gathering stylish fashions to sell in the Mini Arc Boutique, a Margarita and Wine bar were popular and accompanied a delicious Mexican buffet catered by La Familia Restaurant.

All proceeds from the event stay local and fund Arc’s Family Support Programs that serve children with Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Autism and other developmental disabilities.  The Arc is also committed to offering support and providing services for the parents of these special needs children.  The Annual Dinner is an avenue for us to create awareness of the needs for this special group of individuals and to raise much needed funds to continue to provide them services and programs.

Thank you to the Arc Staff who volunteered their time to make the event such a memorable evening.  Thank you to all who attended Arc’s  biggest fundraiser of the year, we look forward to seeing you again next year.  Viva ‘la Arc!

 

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