The Annual Meeting

Arc Annual Meeting Brings Tears & Cheers to Standing Room Only Crowd

The Arc Annual Meeting 2023

The 2023 Arc Annual Meeting brought both tears and cheers to the throng of guests who gathered at The Village on October 24th in celebration of The Arc’s 57th anniversary of service to people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD).

Blanca Rivera

The standing room only audience got to see a ‘first’ when Arc Client Blanca Rivera (photo) sang "Wind Beneath My Wings" and "I Will Always Love You". This exciting and never-before-seen element to the annual meeting had people cheering and clapping after hearing Blanca’s angelic voice.

Arc CEO Mark A. Swain and Arc Board President Cathy Costello led guests through the evening’s program, including a heartfelt remembrance to Arc Client Erika Rothrock who passed away recently.

The Arc which also announced a number of very special winners of individual awards including:

  • Employee of the Year - Margaret Dean
  • Client of the Year - Jeremy Carrasquillo
  • Volunteer of the Year - Eric Parker
Mark Swain also had the opportunity to introduce this year’s winner of the ‘Gerald Simmons Helping Spirit Award:’ Jessica Wimberly

The event could not have happened without the generous support of our event, individual award, and table sponsors:


  • CDCI, Inc. & Ziba Chini
  • Ben E. Keith Foods - Florida Division


  • Renasant Bank
  • James Moore & Co.
  • Ben & Bonnie Doerr
  • Mary K. Wimsett
  • Naomi Williams
  • Tom & Joan Rothrock
  • Assured Partners
  • Anonymous
The Arc Board Cathy also thanked our hard-working and generous board members for their tireless commitment to the mission of The Arc.

The Arc thanks all of its employees, clients, volunteers, donors, families, supporters and advocates for making The Arc of Alachua County's 57th year of mission work service a gratifying one.

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