12th Annual After d’Arc Gala Raises Over $104,000 for The Arc NCR
Harford County’s First Bollywood Gala Brings Out Community Kindness
[Aberdeen, MD] April 8, 2016 – The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region (The Arc NCR) hosted its 12th Annual After d’Arc Gala on March 19, 2016 at Water’s Edge Events Center in Belcamp, Maryland. This year’s event brought together more than 320 supporters for an evening in Bollywood, which raised money for The Arc NCR’s services for people with differing abilities in Harford and Cecil Counties. The gala is The Arc NCR’s most successful to-date, raising net proceeds over $104,000.
“I am overwhelmed by the amazing outpouring of support from Harford County each year at our gala,” says CEO of The Arc NCR, Shawn Kros. “Our attendees truly believe in our mission to empower people with differing abilities to live, work and play in the community.”
The gala’s title sponsor was Harford Mutual Insurance Company, with presenting sponsors Chesapeake Bank of Maryland and the Rotary Club of Aberdeen. The event was emceed by WXCY 103.7 FM’s Bob Bloom and WJZ’s Kristy Breslin. The Silent and Live Auctions featured exciting packages including the evening’s premier Live Auction package, “Outdoor Oasis.” In addition to the auctions, a lucky winner won a $5,000 shopping spree provided by Saxon’s Diamond Centers. Guests enjoyed a belly dance performance by Amartia, a Bollywood dance by Radha, Teja and Advaya Kausik, followed by Bollywood dance lessons from Vidya Kausik.
The evening also included the 4th Annual Fund the Need campaign, which focused on raising money for Assistive Technology. Assistive Technology helps people with differing abilities in their daily lives, and includes iPads/tablets, apps, large-print keyboards, weighted eating utensils, power wheelchairs and assistive reading devices. Attendees heard from Ron Shuford, who is now able to have a voice for the first time in his life thanks to Assistive Technology. Thanks to the generosity of the community, $23,000 was raised for Fund the Need!
Harford Mutual Insurance Company
Chesapeake Bank of Maryland
Rotary Club of Aberdeen
Saxon’s Diamond Centers
Web Design & Sponsor
VIP Reception Sponsor
Group Benefit Strategies
Absolute Investigative Services, Inc.
Harford County Government
Morris & Ritchie Associates
WXCY 103.7 FM
Advance Business Systems
I95 Business Magazine
Klein’s ShopRite of MD
Next Generation Mechanic, Inc.
Callegary & Steedman, P.A. Attorneys at Law
Acadia Windows & Doors
APG Federal Credit Union
Dennis F. Metz in Loving Memory of
His Son, Jason Jeffrey Metz
Freedom Federal Credit Union
Gray Insurance Group
Maryland Environmental Service
Professional Care Pharmacy
Shaffer, McLauchlin & Stover, LLC
The Stewart Companies
In-kind sponsors included Flowers by Lucy, Bob Gilley, Nathan Rhodes, Alpha Graphics, Jay Edwards, Silent and Live Auction Donors, and Tim Reca of Video Accord. Thank you to Sizzling Bombay for hosting the gala’s pre-event.
The After d’Arc Planning Committee included Melody Bennett, Pat Chambers, Sho DuBois, Linda Flint, Katie Hargrove, Sue Manning, Diane Sengstacke, Lee Tayson and Season Voelker. After d’Arc is an annual gala – visit www.arcncr.org for updates on next spring’s event on April 1, 2017! Check out The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region’s Facebook page for beautiful photos of this year’s After d’Arc.
About The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region: For sixty-three years, The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region has empowered people with differing abilities to live, work and play in our community by providing support services and advocacy to adults and children and their families in Harford and Cecil Counties. For more information, call 410-836-7177 or visit www.arcncr.org.
Photo by Nathan Rhodes.
Photo Caption: Nadine Martinkus (left) supports Ron Shuford (middle) as he speaks with The Arc NCR’s CEO, Shawn Kros (right), about Assistive Technology.