This issue of The Turning Point highlights the many ways our dedicated staﬀ, volunteers, and generous donors come together to support and empower individuals with intellectual/developmental disabili es to live, work, and par cipate in their communi es.
Make a diﬀerence. Change lives. Become a donor. L-R: Peter Cancro, Anita Roselle, Ta ana Cancro, Linda Mayo, Jan Connolly, and Jack Privetera, Anabel Founda on
Surprise Dona on at Golf Ou ng Makes History Peter Cancro, founder and CEO of Jersey Mike’s Subs, made a surprise dona on of $100,000 to The Arc of Monmouth at the agency’s annual golf ou ng, The Arc-Anabel Golf Classic, at Deal Country Club, Deal, NJ. The gi , made in honor of Anita and Joseph Roselle, long- me supporters of The Arc, represents the largest single dona on made at a fundraising event in agency’s 68-year history. Cancro, who was being honored for his generosity and commitment to the community, had just been presented his award when he made the surprise announcement and presented an oversized check from Jersey Mike’s to Linda Mayo, execu ve director. Cancro credited the Roselle Family for introducing him to the agency and the outstanding services and
supports provided to the 1,600 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabili es (I/DD) served by The Arc in Monmouth County.
DDD Supports Update - pg. 3 DJ Training - pg. 3 Kathy Mullery’s Next Chapter - pgs. 4 & 5
With ongoing cuts to social services funding by both the state and federal government, the $100,000 dona on couldn’t have come at a be er me, said Mayo.
The Value of Supported Employment - pgs. 6 & 7
“As this agency makes the transi on from state contracts to fee-for-service, we may be faced with some serious funding challenges,” said Mayo. “Peter’s tremendous generosity will help to close the gap during these uncertain ﬁscal mes.”
New Vans - pg. 9
Next me you stop in your local Jersey Mike’s Subs, be sure to tell them how much The Arc of Monmouth appreciates their culture of giving and commitment to community — as well as their delicious subs!
Surprises Await at Winter Glow - pg. 11
For For For people people people with with with intellectual intellectual intellectual and and and developmental developmental developmental disabilities disabilities disabilities
Advocates Impact - pg. 8
Special Needs Trust Workshop - pg. 9 DSP Wage Increase - pg. 9 Event Highlights - pg. 10
Mini-Golf Tourney - pg. 11 The Arc Annual Awards - pg. 11
A MESSAGE FROM OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR & BOARD PRESIDENT
1158 Wayside Road Tinton Falls, NJ 07712 (732) 493-1919 www.arcofmonmouth.org
Board of Directors Rachel Weiss, President Joyce Quarles, Immediate Past President Janis Swindlehurst, First Vice President Fr. Hank Hilton, Second Vice President Neil Fleischman, Secretary Roger Trendowski, Assistant Secretary Bob Gura, Treasurer D. Roderick Webster, Assistant Treasurer Robert Angel Roy Bolinger Francine Catanese Tiﬀanie Eagan Salerno Philip Fina Jane Kaye Richard Maser Joyce Nunziata Lauren Zalepka Execu ve Director Linda Mayo Associate Execu ve Director Suzanne Liberi Assistant Execu ve Director, Workforce Development Ann Marie McGoldrick The Turning Point Editors Jan Connolly Kristy Palmer
It’s been an exci ng summer here at The Arc! June got oﬀ to a great start with a $100,000 surprise dona on from Jersey Mike’s and culminated with our Annual Mee ng where we elected oﬃcers and welcomed a new board member – a orney and parent/advocate Lauren Zalepka. Also in June, we paid a bi ersweet farewell to Associate Execu ve Director Kathy Mullery, who re red a er 37 years with the agency. The Arc welcomed Ann Marie McGoldrick as Assistant Execu ve Director for Workforce Development this summer, and we are enhancing staﬀ recruitment so we can a ract, hire and retain talented employees. Overarching all of the local stories you will read about in these pages are the extraordinary policy and funding changes taking place at the state and na onal levels. The Division of Developmental Disabili es (DDD) is moving full speed ahead on the new Support Programs for individuals, families and providers. We are working hard to ensure that The Arc of Monmouth has the most up-to-date informa on and technology systems needed to provide assistance in all aspects of the important, complex funding transi on.
Rachel Weiss Board President
At the na onal level, the threats to cri cal Medicaid funding hit a fever pitch last month. Cuts to Medicaid aﬀect all of us, in New Jersey and across the country. Disability advocates, and others just like you, made their voices heard and, so far, massive cuts have not been made. During mes of major changes and cuts in disability funding, contribu ons from our faithful donors, sponsors and community businesses leaders -- such as Peter Cancro at Jersey Mike's – are all the more important to The Arc's con nued success. We hope we can count on your con nuing ﬁnancial support during this uncertain ﬁscal environment. The way forward during this exci ng and challenging me is to stay focused on providing the best quality services to our Monmouth County community of neighbors, friends and families.
Linda Mayo Execu ve Director
DDD Transitions Continuing the Switch to Supports Program and Community Care Waivers
y now, you have probably heard that the Division of Developmental Disabili es (DDD) will be implemen ng the switch from state contracts to “fee-for-service” for programs provided to par cipants and their families by social services agencies such as The Arc. Star ng now through June 2018, everyone currently receiving services will transi on to the Supports Program or Community Care Waivers. New high school graduates will transi on directly into the Supports Program upon gradua on, or at age 21. At The Arc of Monmouth, we understand this transi on can be both confusing and frustra ng. These changes are new to everyone: families, agencies, and support coordinators alike. We appreciate your pa ence and assure you that our staﬀ is here to assist you when ques ons arise. We have been working hard over the past several months to align our services to the new speciﬁca ons and requirements of these programs. While this will mean changes, most notably to The Achievement Zone, we think you’ll ﬁnd the modiﬁca ons will result in a more enjoyable and rewarding curriculum. A major advantage to families who transi on is an increased budget, with signiﬁcantly more funds than were allocated by DDD for the Interim Program. An addi onal note is Public Partnerships LLC will be the new Fiscal Intermediary. Easter Seals is no longer par cipa ng in the reimbursement process. If you have any ques ons about the Supports Program or Community Care Waivers, please contact Mike Garra, Coordinator of Family Supports, at 732-493-1919 x 777; or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
DJ’s - Achieving the Dream “Transla ng a love of music into entrepreneurial opportuni es.” That’s the goal of DJ’s - Achieving the Dream, a new 12-week program launching in September 2017. Thanks to a generous grant from Au sm Speaks, six students will a end hands-on workshops where they will learn the skills it takes to be a professional DJ from DJ Randi and get ps on running a business from Brookdale Community College professors. Classes are held Tuesday a ernoons from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at The Arc Center as part of The Achievement Zone. Near the end of the program, each student DJ will demonstrate his or skills at local community events. Keep a look-out for news and updates on these special performances, where you can enjoy some fresh music mixes and support our newest entrepreneurs on their route to success!
The Next Chapter After 37 years with The Arc, Kathy Mullery enters the next phase of her life. There are many words you could use to describe Kathy dŚĞƌĞĂƌĞŵĂŶǇǁŽƌĚƐǇŽƵĐŽƵůĚƵƐĞƚŽĚĞƐĐƌŝďĞ<ĂƚŚǇ Mullery: advocate, leader, mother. One more was DƵůůĞƌǇ͗ĂĚǀŽĐĂƚĞ͕ůĞĂĚĞƌ͕ŵŽƚŚĞƌ͘KŶĞŵŽƌĞǁĂƐ recently added to that list: retiree. After 37 years with ƌĞĐĞŶƚůǇĂĚĚĞĚƚŽƚŚĂƚůŝƐƚ͗ƌĞƚŝƌĞĞ͘ĨƚĞƌϯϳǇĞĂƌƐǁŝƚŚ The Arc of Monmouth, Kathy retired from her role as dŚĞƌĐŽĨDŽŶŵŽƵƚŚ͕<ĂƚŚǇƌĞƚŝƌĞĚĨƌŽŵŚĞƌƌŽůĞĂƐ Associate Executive Director on June 30, 2017. Kathy ƐƐŽĐŝĂƚĞǆĞĐƵƚŝǀĞŝƌĞĐƚŽƌŽŶ:ƵŶĞϯϬ͕ϮϬϭϳ͘<ĂƚŚǇ will remain involved with The Arc as a parent ǁŝůůƌĞŵĂŝŶŝŶǀŽůǀĞĚǁŝƚŚdŚĞƌĐĂƐĂƉĂƌĞŶƚ advocate, noting, “I’ve devoted my entire adult life to ĂĚǀŽĐĂƚĞ͕ŶŽƚŝŶŐ͕͞/͛ǀĞĚĞǀŽƚĞĚŵǇĞŶƚŝƌĞĂĚƵůƚůŝĨĞƚŽ this field.” Over the past decades, the narrative ƚŚŝƐĨŝĞůĚ͘͟KǀĞƌƚŚĞƉĂƐƚĚĞĐĂĚĞƐ͕ƚŚĞŶĂƌƌĂƚŝǀĞ threads of Kathy’s career, The Arc’s history, and the ƚŚƌĞĂĚƐŽĨ<ĂƚŚǇ͛ƐĐĂƌĞĞƌ͕dŚĞƌĐ͛ƐŚŝƐƚŽƌǇ͕ĂŶĚƚŚĞ evolution of disability advocacy have become ĞǀŽůƵƚŝŽŶŽĨĚŝƐĂďŝůŝƚǇĂĚǀŽĐĂĐǇŚĂǀĞďĞĐŽŵĞ intricately interwoven (see timeline below for details). ŝŶƚƌŝĐĂƚĞůǇŝŶƚĞƌǁŽǀĞŶ;ƐĞĞƚŝŵĞůŝŶĞďĞůŽǁĨŽƌĚĞƚĂŝůƐͿ͘ After graduating college with a degree in Human ĨƚĞƌŐƌĂĚƵĂƚŝŶŐĐŽůůĞŐĞǁŝƚŚĂĚĞŐƌĞĞŝŶ,ƵŵĂŶ Services & Public Administration, Kathy landed her ^ĞƌǀŝĐĞƐΘWƵďůŝĐĚŵŝŶŝƐƚƌĂƚŝŽŶ͕<ĂƚŚǇůĂŶĚĞĚŚĞƌ first job in 1979 - at The Arc. As Group Home ĨŝƌƐƚũŽďŝŶϭϵϳϵͲĂƚdŚĞƌĐ͘Ɛ'ƌŽƵƉ,ŽŵĞ Manager, she was tasked with opening The Arc’s first DĂŶĂŐĞƌ͕ƐŚĞǁĂƐƚĂƐŬĞĚǁŝƚŚŽƉĞŶŝŶŐdŚĞƌĐ͛ƐĨŝƌƐƚ group home, Marc Manor. ŐƌŽƵƉŚŽŵĞ͕DĂƌĐDĂŶŽƌ͘ Since then, she’s seen many changes in the agency, ^ŝŶĐĞƚŚĞŶ͕ƐŚĞ͛ƐƐĞĞŶŵĂŶǇĐŚĂŶŐĞƐŝŶƚŚĞĂŐĞŶĐǇ͕ Kathy Mullery, former Associate Execu ve Director, re red on June 30, 2017. <ĂƚŚǇDƵůůĞƌǇ͕ĨŽƌŵĞƌƐƐŽĐŝĂƚĞǆĞĐƵƟǀĞŝƌĞĐƚŽƌ͕ƌĞƟƌĞĚŽŶ:ƵŶĞϯϬ͕ϮϬϭϳ͘
Evolution of a Career and an Agency: A Look Back
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and witnessed the evolution of disability advocacy in our society. “We went from a caregiving model,” she recalls her early years in the group home, “to empowering individuals to find their own voices and encouraging self-advocacy.” Thirty years ago, the disability rights movement stimulated rapid growth and advancement. The Arc steadily expanded, opening more group homes, health and behavioral support services, and specialized programs, like Arc Employment.
“Sometimes,” she explains, “change forces us to take a deep breath, analyze critically, and refocus on what we do best.” Regardless of the changes, The Arc of Monmouth remains a supportive environment. “It was inspiring to work here, and I’m so proud of the staff. I had great colleagues,” says Kathy. As for the future, Kathy states, “my plans are open-ended.” Undoubtedly, she is looking forward to investing time and attention in her own family.
As the agency grew, Kathy’s role followed suit. She became The Arc’s first Director of Human Resources in 1986. “Aging is a natural part of life, for humans, and for the agency too,” Kathy says, “First, you’re young and growing, then you peak, and then you start to reprioritize in a different way.”
“The Arc was founded by families,” says Kathy. “The Arc of Monmouth will continue to prioritize the individuals served and their families.” She emphasizes, “Now is a very exciting time to be a family member of an individual with a disability. There are so many options and opportunities available.” As a society, Kathy Her life and role in disability advocacy took a fateful twist when says we’re still falling short of full inclusion, but it’s easy to be her second son was born with Down syndrome. Stepping into the hopeful about the future. “Seeing empowerment is invigorating. I shoes of a parent advocate, Kathy’s passion and perseverance have very good memories of watching people thrive,” says Kathy undoubtedly propelled her career success. In 1999, Kathy was as she recollects on witnessing milestones achieved, like moving promoted to Associate Executive Director. from a group home to independent living, getting a job, or graduating from college. “Sharing in those celebrations is always The most recent decade has presented new issues for the special,” she says. agency, and what Kathy termed “the lean years.” Changes in legislature, the economy, and social shifts resulted in the closing The feeling is mutual, as reflected by how many individuals were of Hersh High School and the sale of one group home. present to celebrate and share in Kathy’s latest milestone.
Job Coaches = Job Success Why Job Coaches are “worth every penny” Finding a job is one of the most important achievements in anyone’s life. Aside from a regular paycheck, steady employment brings independence, friendships, and a sense of purpose and accomplishment. For individuals with I/DD, securing meaningful, compe ve employment can be challenging...but the rewards are tremendous. Our Supported Employment Center is dedicated to helping individuals with I/DD ﬁnd — and keep — the perfect job. For individuals like Kevin (photo at le ), placement in the right job, and the con nuing support of a job coach from The Arc, can lead to years of fulﬁlling employment.
Kevin (right) has worked at the Middletown Library as a page since 1990. He is pictured with job coach Michael McDonough.
“Our job coaches complete a comprehensive assessment which allows us to design a customized job search that meets the dreams and needs of each individual, says Amy Williams, director of Supported Employment. “We want every individual to land in a job where they feel competent, connected and valued.”
Pa Berkowitz couldn’t agree more. Her son Ma found his dream job through The Arc’s Supported Employment Center and is now working 20-25 hours per week at Foodtown in Red Bank, the same supermarket his family has used for years. While the Individualized Supported Employment fee set by the State of New Jersey’s DDD Supports Program may seem like a lot (current rates are $13.25/unit, or $53/hour), Pa says it’s worth every penny.
“The money didn’t even factor into it,” said Pa . “The support we get is just amazing.” Ma and his job coach, Caitlyn Pancarician, met at coﬀee shops to go over job preparedness and interview techniques, which helped develop his independence. It took some me to ﬁnd a good job match, but Pa says their pa ence paid oﬀ. Now that Ma ’s on the job, his job coach assists with skills training and helps Ma understand the social cues that individuals with au sm o en miss. “Without a job coach, I don’t think he would be doing as well as he is.”
For more informa on, contact The Arc’s Supported Employment Center at email@example.com or call 732-866-0435 (Freehold) or 732-345-9171 (Red Bank).
What Does a Job Coach Do? x Evaluates needs, skills, personal interests, and goals to ﬁnd the perfect job for the individual. x Organizes job sampling experiences, so an individual can “test” a posi on to see if it is a good ﬁt for them. x Completes Trial Work Experience (TWE) assessments. x Provides personal coaching on interviewing and resume wri ng skills, and assists with job applica ons. x Provides on-site, side-by-side training to teach the skills needed to be successful on the job. Job coaches “fade out” as the individual gains conﬁdence and independence on the job, but con nue to check-in with both employer and employee to ensure everything is progressing smoothly.
Kessie gained on-the-job experience working at the café at The Arc’s Work Opportunity Center (WOC) and, thanks to her job coach Loren Lutz, has transi oned to a communitybased job at Wawa.
The Value of Supported Employment:
One Mom’s Perspective by Stacy Goto The services my son receives through DVRS and The Arc's Supported Employment Center has made a huge diﬀerence in my son’s life. Job coaches “open the door” for people like Sam, ﬁnding employers who are open to hiring people with special needs. Ma Weber, my son’s job coach, accompanied Sam to his interview and helped develop his self-conﬁdence and prac ce being in the "real world.”
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Employees hired through The Arc’s Supported Employment Centers have been thoroughly prepped and are ready and eager to work.
There is no cost to employers for any of The Arc’s Employment Services — it’s like having g free recruitment and employee screening, plus on-the-job training for your new hire!
Studies show that individuals with I/DD are more likely to be punctual and o en outperform their peers without disabili es in task performance, mo va on, and job sa sfac on.
Businesses hiring workers “who tradi onally y face signiﬁcant barriers to employment” earn Work Opportunity Tax Credits.
Having Sam work with Ma , instead of my husband and me, taught Sam to be more independent and make himself understood by Ma and his prospec ve employers. Before, he would depend on family members to "translate" when people didn’t understand him. I was nervous the ﬁrst me Sam met with Ma and I had to leave him. But, Ma and I communicated o en to make sure I understood what was going on throughout the process. The pre-interview coaching and post-interview feedback from Ma really helped Sam. Young adults tend to listen be er to others than their parents. Once he got the job at Applebee's, his job coach, Ellen Margraﬀ, helps him stay focused. Sam is learning to self advocate (a tough lesson) and, again, like all young people, he listens to his job coach be er than he listens to us!
In his own own words... words... InIn Inhis his hisown ownwords... words... My name is Sam Goto. I am 22 years old. I have a job at Applebee’s as a greeter on Saturdays from 3 to 8 PM. A greeter welcomes customers. I open the door and greet them. When they are leaving, I say have a nice day, and thank you for coming. I like my job because everyone is nice to me and I like gree ng people. I got an award for Employee of the Month. My job coach helped me get this job. Another job coach, Ellen, coaches me on the job. During the school year, I am a volunteer at the Friendship Circle of Central Jersey where I help other special needs children. I just sent in an applica on to be a volunteer at the Make a Wish Founda on. I want to help sick kids and make their dreams come true. I hope I get the posi on.
Excerpt from a presenta on Sam made recently at the KdVS (Koolen DeVries Syndrome) Pa ent Advocacy Summit in Memphis.
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6SHFLDO1HHGV7UXVW (VWDWH3ODQQLQJ:RUNVKRS Monday, * The Arc Center Monday,September September25 25**6:30 7 pmpm * The Arc Center
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Advocacy Works: $20 Million for DSP Wage Increase The New Jersey legislature recently passed the FY2018 state budget, which included $20 million to increase wages for Direct Support Professionals (DSPs). The Arc of New Jersey and the Coali on for a DSP Living Wage have worked very hard advoca ng for higher salaries for DSPs. Although, there has not yet been any speciﬁca ons to when or how that money will be made available to agencies to pay DSPs, we will be sure to send out emails and news alerts when details emerge. Thank you to all those who made phone calls or wrote emails, le ers, and tweets. This was not an easy ba le, and could not have been possible without the collec ve advocacy from so many in the disability community. In the months to come, the NJDSP Coali on Steering Commi ee will be mee ng to begin advocacy plans for next year’s budget. The ﬁght will con nue to increase wages for DSPs.
EVENT HIGHLIGHTS Spring & Summer 2017
Silverball Gala - March 4 Big thanks to owner Rob Ilvento, manager Dan Toskaner, and the team at the Silverball Museum in Asbury Park, hosts of the annual Silverball Gala to beneﬁt au sm chari es in NJ. The event, featuring live music, open bar & buﬀet, and unlimited pinball, raised $12,000.
Bugsy Malone - May 21 The Broadcast Club performed Bugsy Malone to a sold-out audience at the Seaview Village Theater. This was the ﬁrst full-length musical performed by the group in many years. Next up: The Wizard of Oz, set for Sunday, April 21, 2018
Kach students show oﬀ their team poster.
Step Up for The Arc Walk & 5K - April 8 550 runners, walkers, sponsors, and volunteers ﬂocked to Asbury Park’s Conven on Hall for a day of live music, carnival games, and giveaways — plus free breakfast, BBQ lunch and ice cream! This year’s event ne ed $42,000 for The Arc. 2018 Walk: Sat. April 14 in Asbury Park.
The Arc-Anabel Golf Classic - June 19
Recrea on golf par cipants, Jimmy and Colleen, pictured with Jersey Mike’s founder Peter Cancro, joined more than 100 golfers for a day on the links. The event ne ed over $80,000, not coun ng the recordbreaking dona on from Cancro.
“Layers of Me” “Layers of Me” Middletown Middletown Art Art Center Center -- May May 25 25 -- June June 99
Layers of Me, Me, featuring featuring original original artwork artwork from from The The Arc’s Arc ’s“A “A Day Day of ofthe the Layers of Arts” Achievement Achievement Zone Zone program, program, was was mounted mounted at at the the Middletown Middletown Arts” Arts Center. Every Thursday a ernoon, the group joined their art art Arts Center. Every Thursday a ernoon, the group joined their instructor at Middletown Arts Arts Center to harness harness their their inner inner instructor at the the Middletown Center to Picasso. A A “Coﬀee-House” “Coﬀee-House” style style Meet Meet the the Ar Ar sts sts Recep Recep on on featured featured Picasso. live music provided by recent Kach graduates, Steven and Salvatore, live music provided by recent Kach graduates, Steven and Salvatore, refreshments, and and the the works works of of our our featured featured ar ar sts: sts: Andrew, Andrew, refreshments, Ma hew, hew, Bri Bri any, any, Tiﬀany, Tiﬀany, Gary, Gary, Olivia, Olivia, Erin, Erin, Tom, Tom, Bryan, Bryan, and and Sean. Sean. Ma
The Annual Mee ng - June 27 A Celebra on of the Arts was the theme of this year’s Annual Mee ng, highligh ng the talents of our par cipants. The event featured an art gallery and contest, cra and jewelry sales, desserts prepared by The Achievement Centers, and a musical ﬁnale from the recent produc on of Bugsy Malone.
Big Surprises Await at Winter Glow ’17 Friday, Dec. 1, 2017 * Eagle Oaks Country Club, Farmingdale &ƌŝĚĂǇ͕ĞĐ͘ϭ͕ϮϬϭϳΎĂŐůĞKĂŬƐŽƵŶƚƌǇůƵď͕&ĂƌŵŝŶŐĚĂůĞ With a theme of “Get Your Glow On,” The Arc’s biggest fundraiser of the year will have all the fun and excitement of past galas, with plenty of new twists to keep guests surprised and intrigued! Rob Ilvento, owner of the Silverball Museums in Asbury Park and Delray Beach, will be honored at the event, which will return for the second year to Eagle Oaks. “We are thrilled to recognize Rob for his long me support of the au s c and I/DD community, as both a business leader and dedicated father,” said Holly Flego, chair of this year’s event, which will feature a casino, live band, and celebrity auc oneer Nicholas Dawes of PBS’s An que Roadshow. New this year is the opportunity to take part in a once-in-a-life me cruise aboard a 125-foot luxury yacht, complete with a crew of seven, compliments of commi ee member Valerie Montecalvo, president and CEO of Bayshore Recycling Corp. Reserva ons are $250 per person, with discounts for served individuals and a chaperone. Corporate and individual sponsorships, underwri ng and ad journal opportuni es are available at www.arcofmonmouth.org/winterglow.
Mini-Golf Tourney to Benefit The Arc Wednesday, Nov. 8 * 200 Schultz Drive, Red Bank
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Entrepreneur and au sm advocate Rob Ilvento, owner of the Silverball Museums and Jersey Shore Fries, will be honored.
The he Arc of Monmout Monmouth outtth h Annual Awardss Tuesday, Oct. 10 * 7 pm * The Arc Center Join us as we honor these leaders in the ﬁeld of I/DD at The Arc’s Annual Awards: Employer of the Year Sean Mallory, Wawa of Neptune Wawa of Neptune was also selected by The Arc of New Jersey as statewide Employer of the Year. Outstanding Community Organiza on 17th Masonic District, Grand Lodge of NJ
Outstanding Member Organiza on The Circles Club — Celebra ng Their 25th Year Supported Employee of the Year Peter Kokinakos Served Individual of the Year Corbe Cory The Arc of Monmouth was selected as one of two chari es to beneﬁt from the 12th Annual Curchin Open Miniature Golf Tournament. Each year, The Curchin Group, LLC designs a nine-hole pu -pu golf course in their Red Bank accoun ng oﬃces, and donates the proceeds to area non-proﬁts. Admission is $20 for this fun-ﬁlled event, which has raised $155,000 for charity since 2005. Register online at curchin.com/register and support The Arc!
Direct Support Professional of the Year Tara DeSan s Administra ve Professional of the Year Peach Cowdrick, Residen al Services
The event will also feature dessert buﬀet provided by The Achievement Centers. RSVP at www.arcofmonmouth.org/annualawards.
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Published on Aug 28, 2017
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