The Arc of Ulster-Greene infuses its mission within the local Kingston community by hosting three community events that raised awareness and support of those locally affected by autism and other developmental disabilities.
On April 18, 2015, The Arc of Ulster-Greene kicked off the festivities with its inaugural Wine & Dine event held at Frank Guido’s Little Italy in midtown Kingston. Sponsored by Stone Ridge Wine & Spirits, proprietor Tim Sweeney treated dinner guests by thoughtfully pairing each of the dinner’s four-courses with fine wines from around the world. The night was capped off by an exclusive auction featuring a private, wine-paired dinner for eight, donated by Frank Guido’s Little Italy and a case of fine wine. Stone Ridge Wine & Spirits graciously donated all the wine and Little Italy expertly prepared the food. The event raised $12,000 to support programs and services offered by The Arc of Ulster-Greene.
One hundred and twenty-five people came out to applaud The Arc of Ulster-Greene and their honorees at the 34th Annual Humanitarian Awards Dinner on May 1, 2015, raising over $20,000. This year’s Humanitarian of the Year was Marc Brandt, Executive Director of NYSARC, Inc (retired). Other award winners were U.S. Congressman Chris Gibson who received the Heart of Gold Award, Helen "Sis" Gonyea of Kingston who was the recipient of the Jack Deyo Award for her strong advocy, Ollie's Bargain Outlet of Kingston as Employer of the Year and Camille Perconti of Marlboro as The Arc of Ulster-Greene’s Employee of the Year. Alvin David Burrowes of Kingston, who recently purchased his first home with the support of The Arc of Ulster-Greene, won the Personal Achievement Award.
ASK (Arts Society of Kingston) opened their doors for First Saturday, on May 2, 2015, with a new exhibition in the front room entitled “Expressions: Light & Life”, featuring work by participants of The Arc of Ulster-Greene’s Art Program under the direction of landscape artist and curator, Linda Puiatti. The artwork will remain at the downtown Kingston gallery until May 30, 2015 and is available for sale.
The Arc of Ulster-Greene recently announced a rebranding campaign that includes a name change (formerly Ulster-Greene ARC) and a vibrant, new logo, which aligns them with The Arc of the United States – the national umbrella organization comprised of over 700 chapters across the country. The Arc of Ulster-Greene’s Board of Directors recently approved this change, helping the 59-year-old agency remove the stereotype associated with the antiquated acronym “ARC.”
Date: May 15, 2015
Ulster-Greene ARC becomes The Arc of Ulster-Greene. New look will strengthen the organization’s brand, aligning it with a powerful national presence.
Ulster-Greene ARC is proud to announce the beginning of a rebranding process, starting with a new name, The Arc of Ulster-Greene, and a vibrant, new logo that is shared with The Arc of the United States – the national umbrella organization comprised of over 700 chapters across the country. The Arc of Ulster-Greene’s Board of Directors recently approved this change, helping the 59-year-old agency remove the stereotype associated with the antiquated acronym “ARC.” Throughout this process, The Arc of Ulster-Greene will continue to provide their exceptional programs and supports to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) in Ulster and Greene counties.
“I am excited to introduce the new face of our organization to the community,” said John McHugh, executive director of The Arc of Ulster-Greene. “We feel that ‘ARC‘(Association for Retarded Citizens) is an acronym for an outdated title that no longer reflects the sensibility of who our organization is today. We will now refer to ourselves as The Arc of Ulster-Greene and ‘The Arc’ will symbolize the support we provide throughout a person’s life.”
The dynamic new logo will unite The Arc of Ulster-Greene with affiliated chapters across the country under the banner “Achieve With Us” – a call to move forward and take the road leading to progress, inclusion and respect. The logo design reflects the energy and determination of The Arc, the country’s largest family-based organization. We advocate for and support people and their families throughout their lifetimes and across diagnoses, including Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down syndrome and other intellectual and developmental disabilities.
The Arc of Ulster-Greene’s decision to rebrand began when both the administration and the organization’s self-advocates championed for a change. Initially, the self-advocates – a group of individuals affected by I/DD who speak or act on their own behalf as well as for others with disabilities – created a petition to officially change the name of Ulster-Greene ARC as they felt the “ARC” acronym did not accurately reflect who they are.
“This is very important. The new name will let people see us in a different way,” explained Theo Radice, president of The Arc of Ulster-Greene’s Renegades Self-Advocacy Group. “Our name and logo now joins us with seven million people who are supported by different chapters of The Arc across the country.”
Petition author Tina Amodeo reiterated that, "It's not right for anyone to be labeled retarded. I'm excited about the new name. It's great because I wanted this to be done nationally and for us to be positively recognized by the community. I am proud to be a part of The Arc of Ulster-Greene."
Over the last six decades, The Arc of the United States has been on the frontlines advocating for legislation to improve the lives of people with I/DD in health care, education, employment, housing and more.
“Our new brand identity represents a new day for The Arc of Ulster-Greene,” said McHugh. “We work tirelessly to support people with varying degrees of abilities, providing them the opportunity to live full, satisfying and self-determined lives as valued and contributing members of their communities.”
Date: May 7, 2015
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Guild of Awesomeness
05-28-2015 6:30 pm
Albany Avenue Building
Expressions: Light & Life (Part I)
05-30-2015 5:00 pm
Art Society of Kingston
06-22-2015 6:00 pm
Albany Avenue Building
2015 Roy A. Gonyea, Jr. Fall Golf Classic
09-21-2015 10:00 am
Wiltwyck Country Club