COMING SOON - ‘Arc Gala III: Hogtown Harmonies’

Hosted by Malcolm Gets
Saturday, January 7, 2017 - 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Santa Fe College Fine Arts Hall

The Arc Ribbon Cutting

Don’t Miss Out on the Greatest Gala Ever… A 10-Act Variety Show of Local Music, Dance, & Artistic Talent Hosted By the Star of TV’s ‘Caroline in the City,’ Tony Award Nominee, Musical Recording Star & Multi-Talented Actor, Singer and Pianist Malcolm Gets.

The Winning Act in Variety Show wins $1,000 Cash Award. Variety Show to be followed by a VIP Reception that includes: a Photo Shoot with Malcolm Gets, Unlimited Food, Dessert, Wine, & Booze from Omi Risco, a Formal Dance with Live Piano Music from Ms. Annie Johnson and … as always … an Arc Event marked by class, fun and relaxation!

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Century Oak Inaugurated As Group Home For People With PWS

The Arc Ribbon Cutting

The Arc of Alachua County hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday morning for Century Oak, its new group home for adults with Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS). PWS is a genetic disorder that affects appetite, growth, metabolism, cognitive function and behavior. Six of the 61 people with PWS that receive treatment from the Arc will live in the house at 1811 NW 9th St. in Gainesville.

“This home is safe, secure, warm, inviting and represents a chance for them to live their life in the community,” said Mark Johnson, the development and public relations director at the Arc of Alachua County.

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Breaking Ground Yet Again

Arc of Alachua County representatives were in full force on Wednesday, January 13th for the groundbreaking on The Arc’s 16th group home. This home will house 6 developmentally and intellectually disabled clients with Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS).

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Alachua County Commission Lee Pinkoson provided remarks, as did Arc Executive Director Steve Drago and Arc Board President Tom Rothrock.

Much like our recently completed 15th group home, The Glen Springs Group Home at The Arc of Alachua County, the Century Oak Home will be funded primarily through a $367,000 grant provided to The Arc by Florida Housing Finance Corporation. It is expected that the Century Oak Home will be completed in 6-8 months and open in the fall of 2016.

The Arc Gala II

Arc Gala II

Drew Copeland & Ken Block of Sister Hazel rocked the house at Arc Gala II on Saturday evening, January 9th. Offering their unique blend of acoustic music and ‘behind-the-scenes’ anecdotes of the music industry, Drew & Ken blew away the guests in attendance at Santa Fe College’s Fine Arts Hall.

Following the concert, Drew & Ken joined 200 ‘Friends of Arc’ at a SOLD OUT VIP Reception featuring photos, food and champagne.

Drew & Ken concluded the evening’s festivities by leading the crowd in the singing of ‘Happy Birthday’ to The Arc to kick off The Arc of Alachua County’s 50th year of service to folks with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

Celebrating Ability... Creating Opportunity


The Arc of Alachua County is a community based organization committed to providing a continuum of exemplary services, supports, and advocacy to assure that people with developmental disabilities can enjoy respect and dignity and be full participants in the community.

Who Is The Arc?

The Arc of Alachua County is a community based organization committed to providing a continuum of exemplary services, supports, and advocacy to assure that people with developmental disabilities can enjoy respect and dignity and be full participants in the community.

Who Is The Arc

The Arc has a rich history spanning 60 years and marked by accomplishment. We continue to carry out the mission and vision of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, as well as their parents and siblings.

Over the last 60 years, The Arc has grown and adapted to the changes that people with disabilities face across their life span. Through the decades, The Arc has seen several name changes, advocated for the passage of state and federal legislation on behalf of people with disabilities and established a broad network of state and local chapters that range from small voluntary groups to large, professional organizations.

Although much has changed for those that we serve, we always try to raise awareness, supporters, and always help improve the lives of the intellectually and developmentally disabled.

We Recycle!

Did you know that The Arc recycles. We recycle almost anything you can think to recycle. We recycle paper, glass, aluminum and even electronics and "e-Waste".

Under the business name, Gone4Ever Recycling, we are Gainesville, Florida's price leader in secure document destruction and shredding. We even offer Free Shred Day every Wednesday. Free Shred Day is open to all area residents to bring in the documents they would like securely destroyed for FREE. Businesses only pay $0.19 per pound as well.

Paper Shredding in Gainesville - We may recycle it, but for you it is securely Gone 4 Ever!

Take A Look At Us

I am sure it is no surprise to you, but people always want to know what we have been up to around The Arc and at our events. Our followers on facebook get to see quite a few or our pictures, but the rest of you are left in the dark.

Well even though everyone should be our fans on facebook, we still decided to put up a gallery of images to show some of the highlights from the major events we have had this year.

Every year we hold several events we consider picture worthy. But dont worry, you will probably see some other, "non event" pictures sneak in as well. If you have a good picture you would like to share, stop by The Arc and let us scan it and share it as well.

We hope to keep the new gallery up to date throughout the year, so check back and enjoy.

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