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The Arc of Natrona County came into existence in 1964 as an informal parent organization for children with disabilities. Formally incorporated in 1977, the mission remains;
"The Arc is committed to securing for all people with cognitive, intellectual and developmental disabilities the opportunity to choose and realize their goals of where and how they learn, live, work and play. The Arc is further committed to reducing the incidence and limiting the consequence of developmental disabilities through education, research, advocacy and the support of families, friends and community."
For as long as I can remember my mom has been dedicated to several charity organizations, one of those big hearts that never tires of giving time, attention, and resources to those in need. She took special interest in the Arc, serving on the board and as an officer, over the course of many years. For this much needed and respected organization, and in thanks to her, we donated a one week stay at Fleur de Lys Villa for the Arc's charity auction hosted early this year.
The winning bid went to Mark and Lesley Vigneri, who brought six friends for a week of rest and relation. Mark, who serves on the board and just so happens to be an old friend from school, and Lesley, who serves as the Arc's secretary, enjoyed a week of picture perfect weather; days spent at the beach, adventures on the water, and nights out enjoying several of Provo's best restaurants.
We all got together for dinner their final night at the legendary Blue Hills establishment, Da Conch Shack. Fabulous local faire, uppity island music, and toes in the sand as you do the conga line! We had a great time getting caught up and hearing about their week. These philanthropists deserved an incredible vacation and we were so thrilled to hear they got one that exceeded their expectations!
To learn more about the Arc, please see the many programs they offer here. To learn more about the wonderful people that the Arc assists, please see this amazing youtube video below about Carly and her breakthrough in autism;