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The Arc of Katy to Hold Annual “Achieve with us” Gala in January
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The Arc of Katy to Hold Annual “Achieve with us” Gala in January

November 28 2022

The Arc of Katy’s Board of Directors will host their annual “Achieve with us” Gala, Friday, January 13, 2023.  The event benefits programs that empower and enrich the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and their families. 
 
The Arc of Katy Board President, Cherie Duddridge recognized Gala Chair Fran Dahl and committee members Fred Shafer and Mary McGovern, working in tandem with Joni B’s Events to plan the Gala.  They are designing a wonderful evening with divine dining and entertainment that embraces this year’s theme, It’s a Mardi Gras Thing!
 
EVENT
THEME
VENUE
DATE
TIME
The Arc of Katy, “Achieve with us” Gala
It’s A Mardi Gras Thing!
Beckendorff Farms, 28533 Morton Road, Katy, Texas
Friday, January 13, 2023
6:30 - 11:00 p.m.
 
“The Arc of Katy is actively seeking sponsors, underwriters, silent & live auction items, and volunteers, for the Gala. We invite our community businesses, individuals, and organizations to consider supporting this fundraising event at Beckendorff Farms in Katy,” said Cherie Duddridge.  Tickets, tables, and event information is available by visiting the Gala website: https://events.readysetauction.com/arckaty/2022gala.
 
This event’s guest speaker is Roderick Batson, a philanthropist, entrepreneur, partner in Katy’s Howdy Homemade Ice Cream franchise, and native of the Houston area. He will share with guests how his inspirational focus and employment practices of his business are complementary to the mission of The Arc of Katy. The evening’s auctioneer is Glenn Beckendorff, a longtime supporter of The Arc of Katy.
 
Intellectual and developmental disabilities are disorders that usually present themselves at birth and impact the trajectory of an individual’s physical, intellectual or emotional development including their ability to learn, reason and problem-solve,” Duddridge explained. “With funds raised through our annual gala, The Arc of Katy provides opportunities for individuals diagnosed with IDD such as Down syndrome or autism spectrum disorders to be active respected and fulfilled members of our community.”
 
“Without the support of our surrounding community, this event would not be possible,” Duddridge said. “We are excited about building new relationships in the community and thankful to the corporations, businesses, individuals, donors, and volunteers who are currently supporting this year’s Gala.” 
 

About The Arc of Katy

The Arc of Katy is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. Its mission is to provide opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities that enable each person to be included as a respected and active member of the community throughout their lifetime. 
 
The organization was incorporated in the state of Texas as an affiliate of The Arc of the US and The Arc of Texas in August 1990 and launched its first adult day program for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities at YMCA Camp Cinco in Katy in February 2005. 
 
The Arc of Katy programs include: 
  • An adult day program for adults with IDD who are no longer in high school, held from 8 am to 3 pm five days a week from September through May.
  • Summer day program sessions for adults and teens age 16 and older with IDD, held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. five days a week from June through August.
  • An online virtual day program held Tuesdays and Thursdays each week as a supplement to the in-person day programs (launched in response to the covid pandemic).
  • Be Strong activities available to The Arc of Katy’s in-person teen and adult day program participants to promote physical fitness and good health. 
  • Monthly weekend social events for adults and teens age 16 and older with IDD. 
  • Empowerment Through Knowledge education programs for caregivers, educators, family members, and open to the public. 
  • The Arc of Katy Cares community service activities. 
  • Other opportunities for participants and families to participate in community events.

For more information about The Arc of Katy, please visit thearcofkaty.org.


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