The Arc recognizes employees with Puttin’ on the Ritz themed Employee Appreciation Night

The Arc of the Ozarks held its annual Employee Appreciation Night on Friday, March 8th and honored 307 employees for their years of service and special achievements.

The night’s theme was Putting on the Ritz – a classic 20’s theme. Employees dressed in Gatsby attire including flapper dresses, feathers and suspenders. The crowd was entertained by the Wings of Swing Big Band throughout the evening.

Some highlights of the evening included an awards ceremony in which The Arc recognized employees of the year; Dan Springston - Monett Division, Marcel Johnson - Joplin Division and Angie Perryman of the Springfield Division. Employees that have been with the organization for one, five, ten, fifteen and twenty years were also recognized.

The evening featured casino style table games, a costume contest and a fun photo booth. A silent film starting Assistant Director of our Monett Division Victor Marchlawski and Ross Tracy, Director of Residential Services entertained the crowd.

“While the purpose of this event is to honor employees, who have met milestones and who have gone above and beyond, we feel the events gives us a chance to show our appreciation to all of our employees,” said Executive Administrative Assistant and coordinator of the event, Missy Young. “The Employee Relations Committee that represents all departments throughout the agency works hard to provide an event everyone can enjoy.”

Hunt & Fish Outdoor Show draws crowd to support No Limits Summer Camp Program for children with disabilities

From turkey calls, sitting in a Spyder, and learning to cook in a Dutch oven, it was an outdoorsmen's paradise at the 11th Annual Hunt & Fish Outdoor Show at the Springfield Expo Center held on February 9th and 10th.

There were over 100 booth exhibits inside the Hunt & Fish Outdoor Show, including a bounce house and RONZO the Clown for the kids.

The annual show is put on to raise funds for our Education & Recreation No Limits Summer Camp Program. This program provides children and young adults with a summer of fun and therapeutic activities.

When the doors opened each day, outdoor enthusiasts from all over were able to enjoy seminars given by experts such as Matt Drury of Drury Outdoors and Shawn Luchtel of Heartland Bowhunter, a pop-up archery tournament, moonshine samples and more.

On Saturday evening, a banquet hosted by Quest Hunt Co. awarding the top 20 deer harvested in four states was held at the Old Glass Place. Directly following the banquet, country music artist, Heath Sanders, took the stage.

Sponsors for the event included: Central Bank and Central Trust, J.W. Terrill, Eco Solutions, Midwest Archery, Earth Outdoor Store, Hufft Land Services, Eagle Pro Land Co., Rapid Roberts, Fish Tails, Coleman Factory Outlet, Shock Effect, Pinnacle Sign Group, Renewal by Anderson, Tractor Barn and O’Bannon Bank.

 “Each year, we try to incorporate new elements into the show. We had great feedback from vendors and guests and are excited to start the planning for next year”, stated Danielle Wise, Director of Development.

Mark your calendars for next year’s show happening on February 8th and 9th.

Direct Support Staff Once Again Defeat Management Staff in the Second Annual Arc Gives Basketball Game

Four teams came together for a game of hoops on Friday, January 18 to build employee morale and raise funds for The Arc Gives Employee Campaign. The Semi-Pro themed game was heated with intense competition. The event played out inside the Pythian building’s gym, where teams made of direct support staff went head to head with management staff.

This was the second year the event was held by The Arc Gives employee campaign. Next year, the committee is looking at a tournament style basketball game. Tickets were sold for $5 and attendees were invited to purchase concessions from the Aktion Club. During half-time, the audience was entertained by a dance put together by our Education and Recreation Department.

Overall, the employee campaign raised just under $31,000 to be split between ISL Start -Up Fund and our Education and Recreation department.

In the end, the Direct Support Team once again defeated the Management team in a score of 69-68.

Residential Spreading Holiday Cheer

Once again, our Residential Department spread the holiday cheer to make our client’s Christmas season more jolly.

On December 7th,  several members of the Residential team showed up early to the Christ Episcopal Church to help set-up for the annual Residential Christmas Party for clients. This was the fourth year the church donated the space for the occasion.

The room was filled with Christmas decorations such as a Christmas tree adorn with lights, tablecloths of red and green and centerpieces. There was even Christmas music playing throughout the space to set the festive mood. This event would not be made possible without many generous donors. The food, gifts and decorations are all contributions from community members and businesses.

The Residential Department has been doing this party for years. The Residential clients come and have a delicious meal, see Santa Claus and receive gifts. One very special gift that was given were photos of each of the clients with Santa Claus from the previous year.

There was no shortage of Christmas spirit and joy at this event. Thank you to those that donated to help make this happen!

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