ARC Participants Get an “Idol” Birthday

ARC of Oswego County is a not-for-profit which has been providing services to individuals with disabilities since 1955. Recently, thanks to the organization and a handful of generous local merchants, two of their program participants got the birthday wish of a lifetime.

Susie Morrow has been attending ARC programs for over 12 years. This September, for her 39th birthday, she received two tickets to the American Idols Live! Tour concert at the Onondaga County War Memorial in Syracuse. To accompany her, she chose fellow program participant Jolene Webster, whose birthday was just 21 days after Susie’s. Connie Averill, an ARC of Oswego County Social-Recreation assistant, agreed to make arrangements for transportation to and from the concert that evening.

But she arranged far more than that. With a few phone calls, and some very generous businesses, Connie lined up extra “birthday presents” to make it a night to remember.

A few days before the show, Connie brought the pair to J.C. Penney in Oswego, which donated new outfits for each. Susie chose a stunning black and white gown, and Jolene opted for comfort with a fun tunic and jeans.

The day of the event, both went to Crowning Glory Hair Fashions in Fulton, where owner and stylist Brenda Sullivan oversaw hairstyling, make-up, and manicures for both ladies, free of charge. After the primping and pampering, they enjoyed a dinner at the Spaghetti Warehouse before heading to the concert in Syracuse.

Everyone has a special event, or a special birthday, that stands out in their memory – thanks to the caring and generosity of these businesses and ARC of Oswego County staff, Susie and Jolene will remember their 2009 birthdays for a lifetime.

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.