TINTON FALLS – December 13, 2011 – The 45th Anniversary Winter Glow Ball, a benefit for The Arc of Monmouth, was held on Friday, December 2 at the Shore Casino in Atlantic Highlands.  Over $240,000 was raised for services and supports for individuals with Autism, Down syndrome and other intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The annual black tie affair honored Eric Hinds of Holmdel, co-founder of Hope For Children Foundation New Jersey, which has raised over one million dollars for local non-profits including The Arc of Monmouth.   This past January, he was sworn into the Holmdel Township Committee.

One of the evening’s highlights was performance artist Tim Decker, who painted two of his famous “speed portraits” – large scale paintings completed in less than 5 minutes each.  His portraits of Salvador Dali and The Statue of Liberty sold for over $3,500 at the event’s live auction.  This year’s highest earning auction item was a private jet trip and foursome at Robert Trent Jones golf course in Virginia, courtesy of Metropolitan Aviation.

Ball Chairman Anita Roselle commented, “despite the persistently shaky economy, we feel blessed to witness the outpouring of support from sponsors and attendees.  We were particularly thrilled to have Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno and Senator Joe Kyrillos in attendance”.

The Arc of Monmouth wishes to thank the following lead sponsors: The Anabel Foundation (Millennium Sponsor); Shore Point Distributors and Eileen Scott (Arc Angel Sponsors); and Mr. & Mrs. Peter Cancro, Mr. & Mrs. Steven Pesce and Ms. Carol Stillwell (Angel Sponsors).

The Arc is now planning its 2012 events, including its annual “Step up for The Arc” Walk & 5K (May), The  Edward M. Rosell Memorial Arc Golf Classic (June) and SCRABBLE by the SEA (September).  Please call the Development Office at 732-493-1919 or visit www.arcofmonmouth.org for more information.

The Arc of Monmouth is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, annually serving more than 1,400 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities with education, vocational training, residential services, health care, supported employment, recreation, individual and family supports, self-directed services and advocacy. 

To learn more about The Arc of Monmouth please call 732-493-1919 or visit www.arcofmonmouth.org.