From the Arc Northern Chesapeake Region:
More than 400 people attended the 8th Annual After dArc “Night With The Stars” Gala on Saturday, March 31, 2012 at Maryland Golf & Country Clubs to benefit The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region (The Arc NCR). Scott Garceau, WJZ-FM 105.7, The Fan, and Kristy Breslin, WJZ-TV, were the Master of Ceremonies as guests received star treatment, surprises, spectacular auction packages and live entertainment by the Klassix. The event raised more than $115,000 to help support adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities living in Harford, Cecil, and Kent counties. The Arc NCR joined chapters throughout the country to promote awareness with March being declared Disabilities Awareness Month.
The event included a “Hollywood-Style” menu with appearances from Marilyn Monroe, Katherine Hepburn, Dean Martin and Oscar himself. Guests followed a “Rodeo Drive” sign that directed them to a silent auction room featuring more than 80 items from various community donors.
Aimee O’Neill worked the Live Auction which included: Four Grandstand Tickets to the 2012 “Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in NYC” including transportation and hotel stay; “The Escape To Italy” Package with a one week stay in a condo in Vasto Italy; “An Unrivaled Dining Experience” at Bonefish Grille; a “Fish With the Pros” Ocean City Fishing Charter Package for six people; and a “Body Language” Painting Package donated by master makeup artist and body painter, Jen Seidel.
Local business and community support played a key role in the event with Smyth Jewelers returning as the headline sponsor and major community raffle sponsor for the “A Night With The Stars Key Raffle” won by Paul Muddiman of Morris & Ritchie Associates & Geo-Technology Associates.
Lindsey McCumber and Thomas Gardner from The John Carroll School Theatre Department entertained the crowd portraying Marilyn Monroe and Dean Martin.
Students from the The John Carroll School Theatre Department and people receiving services at The Arc participated in the event program by sharing success stories and sang for guests.
Kristy Breslin, WJZ-TV and Scott Garceau, WJZ-FM 105.7, The Fan, were the Master of Ceremonies
Christine, Virginia and Jeff Dresher posing on the Red Carpet.
Paul Muddiman of Morris & Ritchie Associates & Geo-Technology Associates won the Smyth Jewelers Community Raffle.
Photography by Jim Keefe and Bob Gilley
The Arc offers a wide variety of services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, both children and adults, in Harford, Cecil, and Kent counties, to make informed choices with their lifestyles, vocations, education and recreational pursuits, and to assure stable and nurturing lives among their families and friends.