The Arc of Chester County’s recent Bubble Walk & Fun Day raised over $116,000 for individuals with disabilities and their families supported by The Arc.
This event was back in person this year after a two-year break due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nearly 300 attendees came out on Sunday, May 15, to West Goshen Community Park to enjoy the beautiful day full of carnival games, face painting, bingo, dance performances, a DJ, dancing and of course BUBBLES.
At 11:30 am walkers set out on a one-mile walk around the park and then enjoyed a delicious picnic while checking out the fire truck from Goshen Fire Company, a police car from the West Goshen Police, a live pet adoption from the Brandywine Valley SPCA and much more!
Many sponsors were able to renew their partnership again this year, including CTDI, Arthur Hall Insurance, Farason Automation, CCDSIG, WSFS and dozens of other.
“It was inspiring to see the show of support continue to grow this year with new sponsors, teams, and walkers. It really emphasized the collective power of community,” said Paul Cardell, Board Member and Chair of the Bubble Walk & Fun Day for The Arc of Chester County.
“We are humbled and incredibly grateful for the overwhelming community support,” said Jeanne Meikrantz, Chief Executive Officer of The Arc of Chester County. With the support of CTDI and the rest of the generous sponsors and loyal supporters, we can continue providing vital and essential programs and services to those we support and rely on us.”
Many of the walkers formed fundraising teams to raise additional dollars for The Arc. Peer-to-peer fundraising solicited donations from family and friends and generated an additional $25,000+ to the grand total raised.
“Our family supports The Arc, as the advocacy and care they provide spans generations. The Arc was first introduced to our family many years ago to my grandparents who were matched with respite care and employment resources as they cared for a dear aunt with a disability.
“Years later, we were reconnected with The Arc of Chester County when our daughter was born with a rare disease. Our daughter Maggie attended the inclusive pre-school program for three years. During that time, we came to know The Arc as a hidden gem in our community. The number of services and support provided to our family and countless others is remarkable and often takes place behind the scenes within our community.
“We decided to create Team Radio to highlight the good work that The Arc does to try and give back in a small way. There are many unknowns as you raise a child with a disability, but the advocacy and support of The Arc is a constant.
“We have been blessed by The Arc and blessed by a community of family and friends who have teamed up with us to support our mission to highlight the good work they do. The Bubble Walk is a special day to celebrate what is possible when a community comes together,” shared parent, team leader, and event volunteer, Nicole Radio.
The Arc provides a lifetime continuum of services in Chester County and the surrounding area to 3,000+ individuals and families a year.
The Arc of Chester County’s programs and services include Advocacy, Children’s Early Learning, Family Support Services, Comprehensive Employment and Agency with Choice. The nonprofit is celebrating its 70th anniversary.
For more information on The Arc or to donate, please visit www.arcofchestercounty.org.
The Arc of Chester County has upcoming events planned with Iron Hill, West Chester and Iron Hill, Media on June 1, 8 and 15, 2022. For more information click HERE.
You can see more Bubble Walk & Fun Day photos at the Arc of Chester County Facebook page.