Step Up for The Arc Awards Breakfast Recognized Top Fundraisers

GARWOOD — The 5th Annual Step Up for The Arc raised $42,000 to help The Arc of Union County continue programs and services serving more than 1,000 children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities enabling them and their families to enjoy a productive and enhanced life.

On Dec. 15 the top fundraising teams were recognized at an awards breakfast at The Westwood in Garwood. More than 50 teams representing families, friends and companies rallied together and by utilizing tools including FirstGiving, surpassed everyone’s expectations.


Many fundraisers did not accept prizes, so The Arc of Union County was able to utilize more of the funds raised directly on programs and services.

Mary Downs, Innovation Energy Conservation; Dan Coven, CBS Outdoor; Lucy Nico; Lynn Lott; Ed Markano; Aida & Albert Colon-Liptak; Jean Quinn, The Provident Bank; Theresa Richardson, WithumSmith+Brown; Janet Miller and Mike Kaufman, Cox Printers; Diane Hennessy; Khadijah Green; and Shannon Bolivar. Not pictured: Tricia Russell, Verison, and Ted Calefati of Trinitas.

This year’s “Step Up for The Arc” was made possible by sponsors: The Provident Bank; Applebee’s of Union; Hinkle, Fingles & Prior; Mars;The Freemasons of NJ; and Sam’s Club of Linden.

For information about The Arc’s 47th Annual Candlelight Ball fundraising event and related sponsorship opportunities, contact Natalie Krauser McCarthy at 1-973-315-0020 or

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