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A Matter of Taste 2015

Event Closes with Campaign Announcement

Arc of Westchester's A Matter of Taste Draws Sold-Out Crowd for Second Year in a Row

The Annual Food And Wine Event Closes With An Important Campaign Announcement



HAWTHORNE, N.Y., October 22, 2015 – On Tuesday evening, The Arc of Westchester Foundation hosted its premiere fundraising event, serving food and wine to over 400 guests at the Westchester Country Club in Rye. Throughout the evening attendees dined on delicious foods from local restaurants and sipped on a wide array of excellent wines, spirits and beers. Excitement grew as word spread about an important announcement planned for later in the evening.

At the end of the live auction, bright Hollywood lights began to flash, celebratory music played and Campaign Co-Chairs Bill Healey and Laura Saggese took the stage to make the big announcement of the evening: the public launch of Arc of Westchester Foundation’s The Arc of a Life Campaign. This $6 million campaign has raised more than $3 million in donations and commitments, and it will now aim to generate an additional $3 million through public outreach.

“The Arc of Westchester Foundation board has formed a committee to raise additional funds to support the comprehensive, innovative program initiatives that allow us to keep our promise of providing quality services throughout the entire arc of a life,” said Healey. “Our goal is to raise $6 million and I’m pleased to announce that we have now reached the halfway mark!”

The Arc of a Life, The Campaign for Arc of Westchester was developed to help fill the gap between government funding and the actual cost of services. As a record number of individuals now turn to Arc of Westchester for support, that gap has widened.

“Staying ahead of shifting needs, demographics, funding resources and paradigms for providing services is an immense challenge at Arc of Westchester,” explained Nancy Patota, Executive Director for Arc of Westchester’s Foundation. “This Campaign was designed to off-set those challenges and maintain our status as the largest organization in Westchester County serving individuals of all ages with autism and other developmental disabilities. As an organization, we support the full arc of one’s life, and this Campaign has already launched several innovative programs that have helped us continue to provide outstanding support to the 2,000 individuals and their families who depend on us every day.”

In attendance were Ruedi and Alix Laager whose son Danny has Down syndrome and received all his early intervention services at Arc’s Children’s School for Early Development. The Laagers recently announced a transformational leadership gift to the Campaign.

“We believe in supporting Arc because it impacts the entire community and is a leading provider in services for people with disabilities,” explained Ruedi Laager. “Arc is an extremely well-run organization, and we can trust that when we give to Arc, our money is being properly utilized.”

Guests at A Matter of Taste agreed with Laager: supporting Arc of Westchester helps the entire community. Their generous contributions during the silent auction made for some competitive bidding on a number of “hot” items. During the live auction, which drew a standing-room only crowd, exciting back-and-forth bidding took place for some standout travel destinations like Tuscany, China and the Kentucky Derby.

In addition, Arc of Westchester recognized individuals and businesses who have made a significant impact through their extraordinary commitment to the organization and the people they serve. Westchester law firm Jackson Lewis and residents John M. and Katharine Wilson Conroy received the Business Partner Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award, respectively.

The guests’ generous participation throughout the evening and the public launch of the Campaign made this year’s A Matter of Taste event a great success.


About Arc of Westchester

Arc of Westchester is the oldest and largest agency in the county serving children, teens and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including individuals on the autism spectrum, and their families. Over 800 employees provide more than 2,000 individuals throughout the County with a broad range of innovative and effective programs and services designed to foster independence, productivity and participation in community life.

Our mission is to empower children, teens and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including individuals on the autism spectrum, to achieve their potential by strengthening families and encouraging personal choices, abilities and interests. Our vision is a world in which children, teens and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities including individuals on the autism spectrum enjoy fulfilled lives and an inspired future.

Arc of Westchester Foundation financially supports the innovative, award-winning programs and services that a record number of individuals rely on throughout their lives. As more and more individuals turn to Arc of Westchester for support, the Foundation provides key funding to fill the gap between government support and the actual cost of excellent services. The monetary contributions help to support Arc’s promise of providing excellent services to individuals throughout the entire arc of their lives.

Arc of Westchester is a chapter of NYSARC, Inc. and The Arc.



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Editor’s Note: The Arc is not an acronym; always refer to us as Arc of Westchester, not The ARC and never ARC. The Arc should be considered as a title or a phrase.



Regina Moore, Marketing Manager
Arc of Westchester
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