The Messenger
A Newsletter From The Arc Dane County
Supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities for over 65 years

January 17, 2018

Nothing valuable can be lost by taking time. 
~Abraham Lincoln 
What's Happening at The Arc Dane County
2018 Winter Ball Success!

THANK YOU to everyone who attended this year's Winter Ball!  We had almost 400 people in attendance dancing the afternoon away.  And what an afternoon it was.  With a lot of dancing, smiles and fancy attire, the Arc Dane County's 2018 Winter Ball was a big success.

We must give an extra big THANK YOU to the Madison Concourse Hotel for all of their work in making the Winter Ball extra special for our attendees.  And of course, we need music to have dancing.  A big thank you to DJ Tim for donating his time and talents as our initiator of dancing!  And, thank you to all of our volunteers for being there to keep things running smoothly.

Professional photos, generously donated by photographer Debbie Borth are available.   If you had your photo taken, you received a slip of paper with the link and password.  Or you can email Debbie at
Click here to see the wonderful candid photos by Peggy Leemkuil. 
Registration is Still Open For Stoughton!
Our New Reality: Making Sense of Family Care & IRIS in the Transition Period and Beyond
We will share information on how we can work together to preserve, and advocate for outcomes and services we care about during the transition and moving forward.  In addition, we will
learn from other families and individuals who will share their personal experiences. 
  • Wednesday, January 17 - Rosemary Garfoot Public Library in Cross Plains, 6-7:30pm
  • Thursday, January 18 - Stoughton Public Library, 6-7:30pm
Madison School & Community Recreation (MSCR) Offers Adaptive Winter Activities
MSCR is excited and proud to present many new classes and winter programs for individuals who may or may not have disabilities.  These classes and sessions are designed so that friends and family members may participate together in recreational activities.  Ranging from ice skating, sledding, and fitness classes to sports outings, there are many options for enjoying fun in the winter in an inclusive environment.
There is still space in the UW Women's Hocky Game Trip on 1/28!
You can register online at or by calling (608)204-4581.
In This Issue
Upcoming  Events
The Arc National Events
Annual Fruit Sale Going On Now!
The Arc Dane County has been selling healthy, fresh fruit for the past 33 years.  It is our largest fundraiser of the year and helps us prepare financially for the year's programming, events, and advocacy activities. 

In the cold days of winter, we are all craving that beautiful citrus fruit that reminds us summer is just around the corner.  Don't miss your chance for Sweet California Navel Oranges and fresh Florida Indian River Red Grapefruit. Plus, you'll support these very worthwhile causes:
  • The Arc-Dane County - to help us continue our support of people with disabilities and their families.
  • Second Harvest Food Bank - to benefit families in need to nutritious food.  (Second Harvest receives donations of food from many sources, but very little fresh fruit.  As a result of your past contributions, we have given over 22 tons of fresh fruit to food banks)
You have until January 26, 2018 to place your order.   
Order pick-up will be February 24, 2018 (pick up locations and pricing listed under "More Information"). 

Future Planning
Do you have concerns and questions about caring for an individual with an intellectual and developmental disability?  Are you an aging caregiver or do you know one?  Do you have a plan in place for continued care?

The Arc's Center for Future Planning and The Arc Dane County are here to help with a new program that addresses Future Planning. 

Contact The Arc Dane County for information or to set up a meeting with our trained staff. or 608-831-1199

In The News

Are You a Member Yet?
Your membership in The Arc Dane County helps us continue to offer up to date advocacy, education, and social activities.

The Arc Dane County | (608) 833-1199
6602 Grand Teton Plaza | Madison, WI 53719