“Every postcard makes at least two people happy,” says John Bryan as he discussed his postcard book Birthday Spankings, which refers to the tradition of giving or receiving playful spankings to celebrate birthdays.
June 2 | ARCpark After Dark: 7 – 9 pm
Live music with Even Better Than The Real Thing, wine, beer, and delicious food from Slideways Mobile Bistro! $10 entry for adults includes stemless acrylic wineglass and a drink ticket. Patrons 21 years and older, please.
“Wine down Wednesday” for adults.
A Kids Summer Series.
Summer Fest that now spans three days.
Those are among the events to be enjoyed soon at ARCpark, a 2.4 acre all-inclusive recreational area with unique features like three state-of-the-art playgrounds for people with and without disabilities adjoining the Greater Richmond ARC at 3600 Saunders Avenue.
Camp Baker summer program for children and adults with disabilities focuses on fun
It is hard to believe that when Quarese, now 19, first began attending Camp Baker years ago, he was shy and introverted.
Especially since nowadays he says what he enjoys most about camp is talking to the staff, and making friends with them.
Quarese also enjoys other Camp Baker activities including horseback riding; boating at Pocahontas State Park; and participating in the weekly talent show.
Summer overnight sessions for 2017 for adults with disabilities ages 18 and up are: June 18- June 23; June 25- June 30; July 16 – July 21; July 23- July 28; July 30- August 4; August 6- August 11; and August 13- August 18, 2017.
Two overnight camp sessions for children with disabilities ages 6 to 17 will be held on July 2-July 7, and July 9 – July 14, 2017.
One weekly session of overnight camp is $900 or 120 Medicaid Waiver Hours. There are also day camp sessions available for $450 a week or 44 Medicaid Waiver Hours. For more information about Camp Baker, call (804) 748-4789 or visit richmondarc.org.
For Quarese, attending summer camp has been beneficial. “He’s come out of his shell,” said one ARC staffer, adding that Quarese also enjoys swimming in the camp pool and shooting hoops at the basketball court. For him, Camp Baker offers fun and friendship.
And if he didn’t have the option to attend? Quarese says he’d probably “stay home.”
We are pleased to share that for 17 years, The Ladybug Fund has provided children with disabilities the best possible start in life by providing much needed funding for Greater Richmond ARC’s programs.
The annual Ladybug Fund Winetasting & Silent Auction has raised over $1M to provide things like therapy session scholarships, specialized and adaptive equipment like wheelchairs, eyeglasses and hearing aids, iPads for communicating while in their programs, interpreters for non-English speaking children and families, and seed funding for innovative programs while more sustainable funds are raised. These important dollars create life-fulfilling opportunities for kids with disabilities!
Ladybug Fund Winetasting & Silent Auction March 25, 2017 | 6:00 – 9:30pm |The Torque Club – Richmond Raceway Complex
“Restaurant Row” – delicious food provided by Richmond restaurants
Wine pairings by Thom Horsey, a 30+ year veteran of the wine industry
“The Cellar Auction” stocked with your favorite wine selections of the evening
A spectacular silent auction offering vintage wines, elegant jewelry, exciting trips and more
Tickets: $80 in advance – visit www.richmondarc.org
More about THE LADYBUG FUND
Founded in 2001 by parents of a child with special needs, The Ladybug Fund benefits children served through ARC programs, including Infant and Child Development Services, Summer Camp and Respite Services, and After School Care. Liam’s story is just one of many.
More about Greater Richmond ARC
Founded in 1954 by families, for families, The Greater Richmond ARC is a leading provider of services in the greater Richmond area for individuals with disabilities.
Across the life span – from infants to seniors
Across all levels of disability – from mild to profound
Across the community – families receive the best help wherever they live in the metro and Tri-Cities areas, without geographic limits
In a cozy room at the Greater Richmond ARC, five-year-old Becky and her speech therapist are playing a word game. Her father Jose and translator Rene Fagalde are also present.
“What do cows drink?”asks Stephanie, the speech therapist. “Milk,” comes the reply.
“What does a red light mean?”Stop,” says Becky.
Since beginning speech therapy at ARC when she was three, Becky has come a long way. And one thing that has helped is the presence of Fagalde, who interprets the therapist’s questions for Becky’s dad, who does not speak English.
About 12 percent of ARC’s Infant and Child Development Services program clientele are Spanish-speaking or come from families where English is a second language, so the services of a translator like Rene is important. At ARC it is a courtesy service provided at no charge, and an integral part of a child’s therapy. For Becky and her family, speech therapy is a life saver. “What I respect most about ARC is their sensitive approach to helping my daughter,” said Jose through the translator, noting her incredible improvement. Becky can now speak in full sentences.
For the past decade, ARC, an organization serving persons with disabilities, has assembled the Anthem Richmond Marathon runners’ packets for Sports Backers. This year’s total is 16,000.
“We are excited to work with ARC again this year to assemble the race packets for the Anthem Richmond Marathon. Participants always look forward to getting their packets and ARC does an outstanding job,” said Megan Schultz, Anthem Richmond Marathon race director for Sports Backers. “This is a fantastic community event, and we’re proud to work with a great community partner like ARC.”
The effort begins on November 1, with ARC program participants assembling sponsor and other promotional materials, as well as valuable race information, for the packets distributed in advance of the race on November 12, 2016.
“We are all winners in this effort,“ said Mike Foley, assistant vice president of business development at ARC. “The partnership of the Greater Richmond ARC and Sports Backers shows how working together can help everyone reach the finish line.’’