ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ  – On Friday, December 3 over 200 people enjoyed The Arc of Monmouth’s 44th Annual Winter Glow Ball.

This year the agency honored Steve “Biddy” Bidgood, regional partner of the Salt Creek Grille in Rumson and Princeton.  Mr. Bidgood is a recognized leader in the food industry. His success is largely due to his enduring passion for the world of food and beverage, and his genuine love for the community he serves. He supports many local non-profit organizations throughout the year including The Arc of Monmouth.

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From the left are Patricia Micale, Carol Stillwell, Mollie Giamanco, Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno, Arleen Fina

Keeping with tradition, the ball was held at the Shore Casino in Atlantic Highlands.  Guests enjoyed an elaborate cocktail hour, followed by dinner and dancing.  In addition, a thrilling live auction and silent auction took place.

This event could not take place without the commitment of the Executive Committee to the event.  Affectionately known as “The Tuesday Group” because they meet every Tuesday to plan the ball are:  Chairperson Anita Roselle, Long Branch; Francine Acquaviva, Holmdel; Joan Colondrillo, Brigantine; Stacey Cooper, Long Branch; Arleen Fina, Oceanport; Holly Flego, Red Bank; Mollie Giamanco, Red Bank; Fran Golden, Colts Neck; Carol Lame, Monmouth Beach; Michele Manzella, Freehold; Janice Marra, Rumson; Joan Mitchell, Holmdel; Krista Olsen-Dibsie, Colts Neck; and Denise Puma, Morganville.  Also thanks goes to Tindra Lanfrank of Fair Haven, a former member of the committee who helped out with this year’s event.

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Honoree Steve "Biddy" Bidgood, Anita Roselle, Neil Fleischman, Tim McCune

Held every year, the Winter Glow Ball is the largest fundraiser for The Arc of Monmouth.  This year gross proceeds totaled over $240,000 for the agency.  “The Arc of Monmouth is grateful to Mrs. Roselle and her committee for all of their hard work and support,” said Executive Director Mary Scott.

The Arc of Monmouth serves more than 2,000 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families with education, vocational training, residential services, health care, supported employment, recreation, social services and advocacy.