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Former Schuyler County resident, Steve Rondinaro shared his family's story via video message, thanking The Arc for all it does for people with disabilities and acknowledging all those who support The Arc.
More than 100 well-wishers were on hand Thursday evening at the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel as The Arc of Schuyler launched its Transformation 2020 project that will position it for future generations.
The $1.75 million in projects are being funded partially by grants, leaving $375,000 as the local share to be raised through donations.
"We've been working behind the scenes," said Arc Executive Director Jeannette Frank -- getting an early start before Thursday's official and symoblic kickoff. The result: the funds needed were down to $280,000, with more to be trimmed through an anonymous donation.
"Someone here," Frank told the assembled Arc backers, "has anonymously offered to match any donations, up to $30,000," received between now and the end of the year.
The Arc hopes to have one piece of its project -- an integrated Glen Co-Pack food production facility in The Arc's main building at 203 Twelfth St. -- ready by spring of 2019. That succeeds a segregated sheltered workshop -- marking part of a move to community/client integration being mandated by the federal and state governments.
Other pieces, Frank explained, include a job training program providing an avenue for clients and area residents to food-related industries.
And then there is the expansion of The Arc building at 203 Twelfth St., on the corner of South Porter Street. In keeping with the integration trend, the new facility will serve as a community meeting place and a site for training and educational events.
Those contributing to the campaign receive a butterfly pin signifying their involvement.