After a two- year hiatus, Arc of Greater New Orleans played host to “Anything Goes,” a fundraiser the non-profit hosts to benefit its programs. The fundraiser, which was attended by over 200 community supporters, was held at Arc’s Sterling Hall in late November. This year’s theme focused on Broadway with tablescapes such as Wicked, Annie, Sister Act, Hair, Jersey Boys, A Chorus Line, the Wiz and Charlie & the Chocolate Factory. Ten of the 25 tables even competed in a Broadway lip-sync battle.
Arc’s InterAct NOLA theatre troupe, comprised of actors with intellectual disabilities and delays, shared a segment of their thought-provoking skit “Spread the Word to End the Word.” The skit features vignettes and songs that challenge audiences to take a stand and raise awareness of the dehumanizing and hurtful effects of the R-word (‘retarded). It encourages others to think before they speak!
The performance was followed by a delicious mean catered by long-time Arc supporters, Jeff & Terri Pohlmann of Today’s Catch. The generosity of many longtime community supporters provided Arc with funds necessary to continue its mission of supporting adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in a meaningful way.