Over 180 people gathered “down on the farm” to participate in the The Arc North Florida’s Annual Awards Banquet to celebrate 31 years of operation. This year’s event was held at McCulley Farms in Jasper on Sept. 13 in their totally new and unique recreational banquet barn. Guests arrived dressed as farmers and cowhands and had the opportunity to kick the sawdust on the floor as they made their way to their seats located around the large wooden dance floor.
The festivities were held to celebrate the successes of The Arc’s many clients and to recognize the individuals and local businesses that provide support to the organization. The audience was treated to a special performance by The Arc Singers, accompanied by Dick Grillo, and the group sang a variety of old favorites like Old McDonald Had a Farm. The members of the group also danced to Boot, Scootin’ Boogie which was sung by lead singer, Tammy Truluck. Dinner for this year’s banquet included top notch barbecue cooked up by Arc supporters, Wyman Clark and Bobby Cason.
According to Janet Sampson, The Arc’s Development Assistant, “Based on the smiles on the faces throughout the night, everyone had a wonderful time. We always say this, but everyone said that this year was the best event we’ve ever had. We really appreciate all of the volunteers and table sponsors for their support.”
Nominated awards were given to the clients, individuals and area business people in the following categories:
One individual from each Adult Day Training Center was presented an award to recognize the great strides they have made towards reaching their personal goals and increasing their self-advocacy. The recipients were James Drury from the Suwannee County program and Joe Gibbons representing Hamilton County.
Danny Miley of Live Oak was given The Freedom Award for the great advances in self-advocacy in independence and community living he has made.