More than 400 people attended the eighth annual After dArc "Night With The Stars" Gala on March 31 at the Maryland Golf and Country Clubs in Bel Air to benefit The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region.
Scott Garceau, WJZ-FM 105.7, The Fan, and Kristy Breslin, WJZ-TV, were the Masters of Ceremonies as guests received star treatment, surprises, spectacular auction packages and live entertainment by the Klassix. The event raised more than $115,000 to help support adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities living in Harford, Cecil and Kent counties. The Arc NCR joined chapters throughout the country to promote awareness with March being declared Disabilities Awareness Month.
The event included a "Hollywood-Style" menu with appearances from Marilyn Monroe, Katherine Hepburn, Dean Martin and Oscar himself. Guests followed a "Rodeo Drive" sign that directed them to a silent auction room featuring more than 80 items from various community donors.
Aimee O'Neill worked the live auction which included: Four Grandstand Tickets to the 2012 "Macy's Thanksgiving Day Paradein NYC" including transportation and hotel stay; "The Escape To Italy" Package with a one week stay in a condo in Vasto Italy; "An Unrivaled Dining Experience" at Bonefish Grille; a "Fish With the Pros" Ocean City Fishing Charter Package for six people; and a "Body Language" Painting Package donated by master makeup artist and body painter, Jen Seidel.
Local business and community support played a key role in the event with Smyth Jewelers returning as the headline sponsor and major community raffle sponsor for the "A Night With The Stars Key Raffle" won by Paul Muddiman of Morris & Ritchie Associates & Geo-Technology Associates.