ARC of Oswego County’s 5th Annual Gala Raises $7,670

Submitted by ARC of Oswego County

FULTON, NY – ARC of Oswego County has announced that its 5th Annual Gala fundraiser successfully raised a net of $7,669.85 to help support its programs and services to individuals with disabilities. The Gala, held October 16 at Oasis at Thunder Island, offered attendees a full prime rib dinner, live music from The Cortini Brothers, a silent auction, raffles, and more. Returning as guest emcee for the evening was Tammy Palmer, television news anchor for YNN (Channel 10).

“We are thrilled at the great response this year,” said Stephanie Crowley, Director of Communications and Community Relations for ARC of Oswego County. “We not only set a new record for funds raised at this event, but we also signed up 24 new chapter members, which helps us better represent the needs of Oswego County when relevant issues are debated on the state level.”

ARC of Oswego County currently provides services to over 400 individuals annually who 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 of 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, Day Habilitation for senior citizens with disabilities, and Medicaid Service Coordination. All proceeds raised at the Gala will be used to support these core programs.

Sponsors for the 2010 Gala included YNN as Television Sponsor, Sunny 102 as Radio Sponsor, and The Valley News as Newspaper Sponsor; as well as sponsorships from The Bonadio Group, Americar Leasing, Key Bank, Lakeview Lanes, Alliance Bank, Fulton Savings Bank, Empower Federal Credit Union, Concord Insurance Agency, and Oswego Family Physicians. Dowd’s Flower Shop in Fulton donated the centerpieces, and many local businesses and individuals donated items or gift certificates for the silent auction and raffles.

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. 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.