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In the spring of 1958, a group of dedicated parents and other concerned community members came together in Stanly County, committed to finding and creating resources for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families. This group’s vision for compassionate care and access to community resources served as the foundation for all that Monarch has become.

Now, 60 years later, Monarch serves nearly 30,000 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental illness and substance use disorders through innovative services and programs. Join Monarch as we celebrate our 60th Anniversary year!

60th Anniversary Events Schedule

Monarch’s Statewide Day of Celebration
Friday, April 27
Monarch locations across North Carolina will host special events for the people we support, families, and staff as we mark the 60th Anniversary Day with this statewide celebration! Contact the Monarch location closest to you for information on local activities and watch this page for listings of events across the state. For more information, contact Laurie Weaver, Senior Director of Philanthropy, at (704) 986-1536 or [email protected].

Click here for a complete list of events statewide.

Monarch’s “60 Who Shine” (Statewide)
May 15 to July 1
As we celebrate this 60th Anniversary, Monarch will recognize “60 Who Shine!” These staff members from across North Carolina will be recognized for their dedication, leadership and many contributions to Monarch. The “60 Who Shine” will be nominated by their peers and supervisors for this honor. Details about nominations and the selection process will be available in late April.

Monarch Staff Giving Campaign (Statewide)
September 1 to October 15
Monarch employees from across North Carolina will come together to support Monarch programs and services in this first-ever annual staff giving campaign. Campaign details and information will be available in August.

Monarch’s 60th Anniversary Time Capsule (Statewide, Albemarle)
November 1 to December 15
As Monarch’s 60th Anniversary year concludes, we’ll assemble a time capsule to be opened on Monarch’s 75th Anniversary in 2033! Stay tuned for details on how to make suggestions on what should be included in the time capsule and voting on its contents!

Past Events

60 Days of Giveaways (Statewide)
January 1 to March 1
Monarch kicks off this anniversary year with 60 Days of Giveaways for our dedicated staff of more than 1800 employees. Each and every day, Monarch staff members provide compassionate care for the people we support and we’re celebrating them as we begin our anniversary year!

Youth Crisis Center Open House (Charlotte)
Wednesday, January 31
Monarch commemorates the opening of the Youth Crisis Center with a community open house. The Center is the first of its kind in North Carolina and is dedicated to providing life-changing service and support for young people ages 6 to 17 who are experiencing a mental health crisis.

Support Inclusion Saturday (Statewide)
Saturday, March 24
Monarch’s heritage is one of inclusion and the Support Inclusion Saturday campaign aims to celebrate businesses and organizations around the state who embody inclusion by providing employment or volunteer opportunities to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Visit www.inclusionsaturday.org to check out participating organizations and events taking place around North Carolina.

NAMIWalks North Carolina (Raleigh)
Saturday, April 14
Monarch joins forces with other community providers and concerned citizens at NAMIWalks North Carolina, an annual event dedicated to raising awareness of mental illness and celebrating recovery, while raising support for mental health services here in North Carolina. Want to join the Monarch Trailblazers Team? Contact Yesenia Mueller, Senior Community Outreach Coordinator, at (906) 282-4301 or via email at [email protected].

Monarch’s 10th Anniversary Dreams Take Flight Golf Tournament (Albermarle)
Friday, April 20
Join community leaders, Monarch supporters and families and friends for our annual Dreams Take Flight Golf Tournament. The tournament raises support for Monarch programs and services across North Carolina! For details and sponsorship opportunities, click here.

For additional information on Monarch’s 60th Anniversary, contact Laurie Weaver, Senior Director of Philanthropy, at (704) 986-1536 or [email protected].