2017 Bob Rose Golf Scramble Thanks Its Sponsors For Another Sold Out Tournament!

The Bob Rose Golf Scramble

The Arc of Alachua County thanks its many sponsors, donors, vendors, friends, and community partners who made the 2017 Bob Rose Golf Scramble a huge success! Because of the generosity of all of the 'Friends of Arc' listed below, The Arc was able to raise more money (North of $50,000!) this year for folks with intellectual and developmental disabilities than in any previous year.

We congratulate the winning foursome of Patrick Jenkins, Chris Bell, Stephen Tanner, and Sean McNeill, who negotiated the beautiful Haile layout in a Bob Rose Golf Scramble record-breaking score of 52. We also thank Gainesville Harley-Davidson (in its 24th year of service to Gainesville & North Central Florida) for once again offering up a new Harley-Davidson motorcycle for anyone who could sink a hole-in-one on No. 8 (alas, no one could).

Of course, we would be remiss if we did not thank SKY Radio 97.3 FM & Bob Rose for once again lending their name and presenting sponsorship to the event, along with our other major sponsors: InfoTech, Integro Benefits, Florida Farm Bureau, Willis Towers Watson, and James Moore - Certified Public Accountants. A special thanks to our first time sponsors as well: SunLife Financial, Zinnia Wealth Management, Wing House of Gainesville, and Oak Hammock at the University of Florida. We hope you all will join us next year at Haile for the Bob Rose Golf Scramble (I think it'll be on Friday, April 20, 2018). On behalf of The Arc of Alachua County, its clients, staff, board members, and its mission -- 'THANKS!'

Please thank these businesses and individuals for their support of The Arc & the 2017 Bob Rose Golf Scramble:

Arc of Alachua County Introduces New Executive Director, Mark Swain

The Arc of Alachua County is pleased to welcome aboard its new Executive Director, Mr. Mark Swain. Mark joins The Arc from The Arc of Sunrise in Leesburg, Florida where he was President & CEO since July 2008.

The Arc Executive Direct, Mark Swain

Mark received his undergraduate training at Eastern Michigan University, graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Psychology, with a Minor in Economics. He continued his education in the Behavior Analysis Doctoral Program at the University of Nevada-Reno where he is currently all-but-dissertation. Mark has a keen interest in organizational psychology and in organizational improvement, a task he describes as “…unending.” Mark Swain has also served as an instructor of undergraduate and graduate courses at two different universities, was elected to the Executive Council for The Association for Behavioral Analysis International, has published numerous scholarly papers on behavioral analysis, presented multiple trainings and lectures at national conferences, and has recently completed state-wide trainings for The Arc of Florida. Mark clearly lives what he often states: “I love The Arc!”

Mark has held many professional positions including college instructor, Director of Trinity West, State of Nevada MH/DS, consultant to agencies working with people with intellectual and developmental (I/DD disabilities), and President & CEO of The Arc Sunrise of Central Florida. Mark has placed his entire professional focus on ‘service’ to those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. As he stated when accepting the Arc of Alachua County Executive Director position: “We owe it to the people we serve to make the biggest impact we can. We have one job – to serve others.”

The entire Arc of Alachua County Family extends a hearty welcome to its new leader! We are so glad you are here!

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.

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


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".

Due to the overwhelming demand for free Gone4Ever shredding services on Wednesdays, The Arc will limit free shred Wednesday to the FIRST WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH and limit each household to one banker’s box, or roughly 27 lbs. of paper, per free shred Wednesday, per month. 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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