To the editor – Lisa S. Lynch

T o the editor:

On Sunday, Oct. 24, more than 100 members, friends and supporters of ARC-Rutland Area arrived at the Bomoseen Grange hall for their annual Halloween Dance.  That afternoon the hall was filled with music, munchies, costumes and plenty of dancing.  DJ’s April and Dana Sloan provided a delightful assortment of music which allowed everyone to participate, dancing or not.

Thanks must go to the members of the Bomoseen Grange for providing the DJs, hall donation, decorations and beverages.  We offer special thanks to Shirley Graves, Lori and Bob Mason, Dale Dimick, and Betty Dimick for decorating, organizing and setting up in the kitchen.  Their enthusiasm made the party a success; it is appreciated.  Thanks for the snacks and baked goods that were donated by families and friends of ARC are also in order, as with food comes more joy.   The parents that worked the kitchen and served were so kind to share their time, we thank you.  It takes much help from many, and all of your contributions towards making this party the success it was is what keeps us able to provide this event for the community year after year.

Board members Janet Wetherby, Dolores Smiel and Cheryl Patch ran the raffle fundraiser, which brought in almost $1,000 for the organization, a sure sign of support. The items that were donated were as much a necessity as the ticket buyers, so to everyone who raised money for ARC through the raffle, know that you’ve given to an organization that has opened new doors in a person with developmental disabilities’ circle of support.  Board member Sherry Boudreau helped members fill in applications for the Maggie Pak Member Achievement Award.   People with developmental disabilities, their families and friends continue to enjoy living within their communities and reaching their goals.  ARC’s awards will acknowledge the efforts put forth in accomplishing goals by their members.  In acknowledging such efforts, it is easier to see the contributions made to one’s own life, their family or community. With this comes acceptance and a sense of belonging, a socially vital piece.

It is with these donations of services from organizations and friends that people are able to make more meaningful connections in their daily lives.  Without community connections it is extremely difficult for natural supportive relationships to develop. We all have a circle of support (friends, relatives, coworkers, and acquaintances) that we have created naturally.  This dance is another way to help people with disabilities to expand a portion of their circle.  We surely value this community opportunity.  Thank you Bomoseen Grange!

Sincerely,

Lisa S. Lynch

Executive Director

ARC-Rutland Area is a United Way of Rutland County member agency

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