Arc Gala III: Hogtown Harmonies Brings Crowd To Its Feet!


With the help of the multi-talented Malcolm Gets & ten local artists and performers, the Arc of Alachua County held its annual fundraiser on January 7th and brought the crowd to its feet. As The Arc bid farewell to its 50th anniversary year of service to folks with developmental and intellectual disabilities, it did so by putting on an old-time variety show with local talent vying for a $1,000 cash award.

The Arc Gala III

Malcolm Gets, homegrown TV and Broadway star ( as well as son of long-time Gainesville educator & Arc of Alachua County Board of Director Lispbeth Gets) hosted the 10-act show, demonstrating the quick wit and easy grace that earned him a Tony Award Nomination and adoring fans as star of the hit TV show 'Caroline in the City.' At one point, at the end of the show (as judges tried to figure out a winning performer amongst the fabulously talented artists), Malcolm serenaded his mom with a variation of the tune 'Hello Dolly.' Casalyn Gamble stole the show and our hearts with the song 'I Know The Truth.' She not only won the $1,000 cash award, but a chance to have her photo taken with Malcolm and a chance to mingle with the other talented artists on hand. We congratulate Casalyn for her extraordinary effort. Did you know she is a 17-year-old student at Eastside High School? Incredible!

The evening was a smashing success and everyone had a wonderful time after the variety show taking photos with Malcolm, eating scrumptious food from Omi Risco, and dancing to piano tunes played by Mrs. Annie Johnson. It was a fitting way to end the 50th year of the Arc of Alachua County, and a great way to kick off our 51st year of service to folks with intellectual and developmental disabilities. To our corporate sponsors who made the Gala possible, we love you all so much: Florida Food Service, Renaissance Printing, The Chini Family & CDCI, ABA Associates, Naomi Williams, InfoTech, Willis Towers Watson and Florida Farm Bureau.


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).

ground breaking

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 of Alachua County in Words & Music:

‘Celebrating Ability – Creating Opportunity’



The Arc Singers

You may not know it yet, but The Arc of Alachua County has its own audio brand, or jingle. The Arc jingle debuted at Arc Gala III and was sung by none other than our own Arc Drama Troupe under the direction of Arc staffers Travis Couillette and Karen Madden.

Emphasizing The Arc’s creed of ‘Celebrating Ability & Creating Opportunity,’ our more theatrically-inclined clients brought audience members to their feet at the Gala with the jingle that truly epitomizes our desire to see all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities become fully integrated into our community.

We hope that our jingle ‘rings true’ with the folks in the community and becomes associated with our mission, our clients, and our brand. Together, all of us are helping to ‘Celebrate Ability & Create Opportunity’ for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Celebrating Ability... Creating Opportunity


Mission

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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