ARC Gala Fundraiser Set for October 22

FULTON, NY – ARC of Oswego County has announced that its 6th Annual ARC of Oswego County Gala fundraiser will be held on Saturday, October 22, 2011 from 7 to 10pm, at the Oasis at Thunder Island in Fulton. The Gala will feature a full buffet dinner, live entertainment from The Cortini Brothers and Tommy Ciappa, dancing, a silent auction, raffles, and more. Tickets are $50 per person and are available by calling (315) 598-3108. Guest emcee for the event will be Tammy Palmer, news reporter from NewsChannel 9 WSYR. All proceeds support ARC of Oswego County, a nonprofit providing services to individuals with disabilities since 1955.

ARC of Oswego County currently provides services to over 400 individuals, most of whom have intellectual or other developmental disabilities. Among the services provided is Early Intervention, in which trained professionals evaluate and assist children between birth and age 3, and offer education and support to families of children with disabilities. Early detection and support of developmental disabilities is critical, as children who receive assistance services before age 3 are shown to need only half of the services over the course of their lifetime as children whose disabilities are not identified until pre-school or later. Other services provided by ARC of Oswego County include Guardianship Assistance for families, Social-Recreation and Respite programs, and Day Habilitation for senior citizens with disabilities.

Gala attendees will enjoy the musical stylings of the Cortini Brothers, whose talent and song selection have made them one of Oswego County’s most popular bands. Featuring Joe Cortini on drums and Kimo Cortini on keyboards and vocals, the band will also perform with vocalist Tommy Ciappa on the night of the Gala.

Sponsors for this year include NewsChannel 9 WSYR as Television Sponsor and major sponsorships from The Bonadio Group and Empower Federal Credit Union. Silent auction items and “Balloon Buy” gift certificates have been donated by the Buffalo Bills, the Syracuse Crunch, Four Seasons Quilters, Continental School of Beauty, Organically Hip, LaVallee`s USA Black Belt Champions Clay dojo, Oswego Opera Theater Company, Suncatchers Tanning & Hair Designs and more. Other sponsors and supporters include Alliance Bank, Americar Leasing, Chirello Advertising, Concord Insurance Agency LLC, Dowd’s Flower Shop, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, Fulton Savings Bank, Key Bank, Lakeview Lanes, Oswego Family Physicians, Oswego Printing, Pathfinder Bank, Presentation Concepts Corporation and Sheriff`s Silver Star Association, Inc..

ARC of Oswego County is a private, not-for-profit organization which has been providing programs and services to children and seniors with disabilities since 1955. Services include Early Intervention and evaluation services for infants and toddlers, guardianship assistance, recreational and respite activities, senior day habilitation programs, and more. Its mission is to be a leader in the field of developmental disabilities, committed to meeting the needs of individual growth, productivity, and independence through education, advocacy, and increased community acceptance and participation. Its sister agency, Oswego Industries, Inc., provides services to adults with disabilities: together creating a comprehensive support system for Oswego County residents with disabilities.