The Arc of McLennan County newsletter

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Fall 2017           
A Message from the Executive Director:
     TFNB, Your Bank for Life, chose The Arc of McLennan County as its sixth and final Charity Champion for the 2017 season.  The announcement was made at the Baylor vs Iowa State football game at McLane Stadium.  Be looking for the TV and print ads featuring The Arc.  We are grateful to TFNB for this award and for raising community awareness about The Arc, its programs, and its needs.

     The 2017 Iceman's Challenge Gravel Adventure Cycling Event will be held December 2, 2017, at the historic Talbert Ranch in China Spring.  This year's event, which draws some 150 cycling enthusiasts from Texas and surrounding states, will benefit The Arc of McLennan County.  We are grateful to event organizer, Don Ickles, and his team for selecting The Arc as this year's beneficiary.  For sponsorship and event information, please visit
     Special thanks to Brent and Cindy Mattson for their substantial donation that provided a fun-filled camp for our summer campers.  Thank you, Brent and Cindy, for your amazing generosity!  Also, our thanks to the Kiwanis Club of Waco, Austin Avenue United Methodist Church, and the Heart of Texas Electric Cooperative for their significant donations to our summer camp.

     Thank you Eddie and Sharron Odom for your generous donation to provide new decorations for the 2018 Boots on the Brazos fundraising event scheduled for March 24, 2018 at the Waco Convention Center.

     We are also grateful that The Arc will continue to receive United Way funding in 2018!  Our thanks for United Way's continued support and for all who give to the local campaign.

     As you can see, The Arc has much for which to be grateful.  We are privileged to live in such a caring and supportive community.  Thanks for all that you do for people with intellectual and development disabilities, and happy holidays to you all.

-Tom Pearson


Please join us for The Arc's Annual Meeting and Christmas Party on Thursday, December 7th, at 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall at Austin Avenue United Methodist Church.  Finger foods, punch and coffee will be served along with assorted desserts.  Singing will be provided by the Heart of Texas Self Advocates and consumers from The Opportunity Center.  Santa will be here with his bag of 'goodies'.  So please mark your calendars for this special event.
After School Program
Our After School Program runs Monday through Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., based on the Waco and Midway ISD calendars.  Check our website for information and to download an application for this program.  
Summer Camp

We survived another exciting 8-week summer day camp with 40 campers.  Support from the community was great.  Brent and Cindy Mattson honored us with a very generous donation. We received a grant from the Cooper Foundation for a wheel chair accessible bus which came in very handy for our camp and those campers in wheel chairs. 
The Opportunity Center
Christmas Party 'Open House'
December 19th - 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Friends and family are invited to come
and shop from the wonderful product collection
that the consumers have crafted.

*Sincere Thanks to Thomas Coutee and American Welding Society,
Student Chapter, TSTC, for helping with the sign at
The Opportunity Center.

Feel free to stop by and visit or check us out on Facebook.


Cindy and Leon Jackson

Friend of The Arc
Reece Flood

Arc Benefactor
Tom and Cathy Pearson

Austin Avenue United Methodist Church - Cake Auction
Frito-Lay North America
Heart of Texas Electric Cooperative
Stephen Heyde
Pat Hyland
Olivia and Charles Johnson

Kiwanis Club of Waco
Brent and Cindy Mattson
Eddie and Sharon Odom
Lee and Bob Perkins
Kevin Riess
Johnny Siepert
David and Paula Storey
Craig and Wendy Sustala
Alvin and Bernice Sykora
West Plumbing


In Honor of
Stephen Heyde:  Northwest Waco Rotary Club
In Memory of:
Ray Perez:
Tom and Cathy Pearson
Ovida Williams

 Vicky Hunt:
Barbara and Jerry Powell 
Tony Vonasek:
Conrad and Lynnette Engelholm
Texas Meter & Device Company
Ovida Williams
Kenneth and Carol Young

(All meetings held at Austin Avenue United
Methodist Church Fellowship Hall)

Monday, 13th - Best Buddies - 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, 14th
- Sewing Class - 10:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 21st - Self Advocate Meeting - 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 28th - Board Meeting - 5:30 p.m.

Monday, 4th - Best Buddies - 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, 7th - Annual Meeting/Christmas Party - 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, 12th - Sewing Class - 10:00 p.m.
Friday, 22nd - Last Day of After School Program
Return Dates:  WISD - 1-4-2018
MISD - 1-9-2018


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