Arc of Stanly: 50 Years and Still Going Strong

In June, the committee planned a picnic at City Lake Park for friends and families of Arc of Stanly that was catered by Greene’s Catering and entertainment was provided by steel drum band The Silvertones led by Jim Boyce. “302 plates were served that day-so we had wonderful participation” says Jackie McGowan, Arc of Stanly employee and planning committee member. Butterflies were raised from caterpillars and then released at the picnic to signify the celebration’s title “New Beginnings”.

The volunteer planning committee was comprised of board members and staff. Angela Barbee, Brenda Hinson, Jackie McGowen, Martha Lowder, Mary Medlin, Melissa Griffin, Pat Pope, Penny Townsend, Sandy Hendrick, and Suzanne Surratt who organized the events for the year. The event would not be possible without the support of donors Margaret Snyder, Steve Surratt, Bank of Stanly, E.J. Snyder Family Foundation, and First Citizens Bank.

Arc of Stanly is a nonprofit organization providing support and resources to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental illness and substance abuse issues in 38 counties across North Carolina. They are a charter member of the national organization known as The Arc. For more information, please call 1-800-230-7525 or online at