The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region Raises $130,000 at Gala


15th annual After d’Arc Gala featured a night of under-the-sea magic

The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region (The Arc NCR) announced today it netted more than $130,000 from its 15th annual After d’Arc Gala, “Seas the Day: An Under the Sea Themed Gala” on Saturday, April 6, 2019 at Maryland Golf & Country Clubs in Bel Air. The organization’s largest fundraiser of the year, “Seas the Day” raised funds to support the nonprofit’s mission to empower people with differing abilities to live, work and thrive in Harford and Cecil Counties.

Detra Miller, business banking team leader and administrative vice president of M&T Bank, the gala’s title sponsor, with her husband, Cory Miller

Attendees enjoyed dinner, themed cocktails, silent and live auctions and dancing to live music by The Real Geniuses and the MSE Reggae band. Special guests included mermaids from The Magic Continues, a Forest Hill-based character company that brought the evening’s under-the-sea theme to life.

The Arc NCR’s annual “Fund the Need” campaign raised $24,000 to purchase new homes and renovate The Arc NCR’s existing community living homes to make them more accessible for adults supported by the organization. Updates to existing homes include the addition of wheelchair ramps, accessible showers, raised floors and automatic doors. In some cases, carpets will be replaced with hardwood floors, making homes easier to navigate for those who depend upon wheelchairs for mobility.

Dennis Pink (back), Jack Guercio (left), Barry Jensen (center) and Shawn Kros (right), CEO of The Arc NCR

“’Seas the Day’ was a beautiful way for our community to come together in support of those with differing abilities,” says Shawn Kros, CEO of The Arc NCR. “Funds raised through the event will allow us to support more people in need of accessible housing.”

The Arc NCR thanks this year’s title sponsor M&T Bank; jewelry sponsor Saxon’s Diamond Centers; presenting sponsors Aberdeen Rotary Club, Harford Mutual Insurance Companies and Wais, Vogelstein, Forman & Offutt; fund the need sponsor, APGFCU; premier sponsors SIG, an Alera Group Company, Plaza Ford and Point Breeze Credit Union; web sponsor WEBIXI; and ambassador sponsors BB&T Bank, Dimensional Health Care Associates, Inc., Freedom Federal Credit Union, Harford County Government, Increditek, Jarrettsville Federal Savings & Loan Association, Jones Junction, MedStar Health, Morris & Ritchie Associates, PNC Bank, Shaffer, McLaughlin & Stover, LLC, The Steedman Law Group, Thompson Automotive, Water’s Edge Events Center and Wegmans.

Martha Barnett and Taylor Feiss of The Magic Continues

To learn more about The Arc NCR’s mission, upcoming events and ways to get involved, visit or call 410-836-7177.

About The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region
For sixty-six years, The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region has empowered people with differing abilities to live, work and thrive in the community by providing support services and advocacy to adults and children and their families in Harford and Cecil Counties. For more information, call 410-836-7177 or visit​​​​

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