Of all the events I’ve run, The Arc of Monmouth’s 2015 Winter Glow Ball will stand out as a true career highlight. Following several years of attempts to revitalize this 49 year old institution, this year truly got it right.
2015 featured a fun disco theme, a new location, excellent honorees and a fabulous planning committee. The planning process was productive and efficient. The buildup to the event was unparalleled, and the gala itself came off flawlessly. The goal was to rebuild the audience in preparation for the event’s 50th Anniversary in 2016, and in the process raise over $200,000 for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Both goals were accomplished.
Without question, the most poignant element of the night was the increased presence of persons and families served by The Arc. Many guests comments on this aspect, and that the event achieved a perfect combination of a truly fun event that drove home the message of the cause.
Full recaps and details can be found at www.arcofmonmouth.org/winterglow.
In 2014, the 48th annual Winter Glow Ball exceeded attendance and financial projections. The 49th edition is on the move again, in an effort to keep the event fresh and exciting. The 2015 event will be like no other in The Arc’s history.
Guests will be immersed in the glory of the 1970’s, for this, The Arc’s most important annual fundraiser. The event features live music, disco dance coaches, a vintage 70’s arcade, out-of-sight hors d’oeuvres and a groovy (but elegant!) seated dinner.
In Fall 2014, I was grateful to be featured in a media campaign for Eyewitness News. You can catch me in the first seconds of this commercial. Thank you to James Gay and Most Remarkable, LLC. for including me in this production.
On Saturday, August 23, 2014, Kurt Dyer and I corralled the city of Asbury Park to participate in the international ice bucket challenge. As a group, we raised over $3,000 for the Joan Dancy & PALS Foundation, to benefit individuals with ALS.
This was a tremendous success, planned with only a few days’ notice. Thank you to everyone who participated and donated to the cause.
Director of Development Brett Colby is featured on Comcast Newsmakers for a segment about The Arc’s services, focusing on transition/college programs, Residential offerings and Employment Services.
2014 marked the 48th year of the Winter Glow Ball, an annual gala in support of The Arc of Monmouth, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
After several years of the traditional dinner/dance format, the ball needed some revitalization. A roast format was chosen, to honor Anita Roselle and her husband Joseph, on the occasion of her 25th anniversary as chair. The location and date were also changed.
As of this writing, the event has already surpassed the previous year’s revenue. We are on track for a highly successful event, and poised to grow the gala in future years.
For more information, visit www.arcofmonmouth.org/winterglow
My Dogs, by Willam Finn
Piano: Bob Egan
Another event in need of revitalization was The Arc’s annual golf classic. Held for many years at the now defunct Bamm Hollow Country Club, the classic was suffering from diminished revenue and attendance.
2014 was a banner year for The Arc of Monmouth. Every fundraising event saw tremendous growth thanks to a new energy and forward momentum.
The “Step Up for The Arc” Walk & 5k raised a record breaking $60,000 thanks to a new venue and excitement surrounding the event. Nearly 600 runners, walkers sponsors and volunteers contributed to the success.
Plans are currently being made to grow this event into a true all-day festival, with the goal of growing this into a $100,000 event by 2016.