Arctoberfest draws community support

By Denise Coleman | Dec 09, 2013
Photo by: Donated photo Linda Letourneau and Tim Coleman were crowned queen and “The King” of Arctoberfest. The event provides funding to support the programs and services of The Arc of Haywood County, serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

For the fifth year running, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Hotel provided the key sponsorship of $1,500 for The Arc of Haywood County’s “Arc”toberfest, held in October at the Gateway Club in Waynesville.

“We are pleased to be able to work with organizations that make huge impacts on the lives of people," said Jo Blaylock, Harrah’s vice president of human and external relations. "Arc of Haywood County impacts those individuals and families that many fail to recognize or simply overlook. It is a privilege to support organizations and those who make such a significant difference in someone’s life.”

Arctoberfest is a community inclusion and advocacy event to bring together individuals with developmental disabilities and other community members and also a fundraiser for The Arc of Haywood County. This year, the crowd of more than 100 people danced to the music of A Social Function and enjoyed hors d’oeuvres prepared by the Gateway Club.

The King and Queen of Arctoberfest — Arc residents Linda Letourneau and Tim Coleman — were also crowned during the event. The best costume award went to Deah and Joe Branson.

“Everyone had a wonderful time. Many people dressed in Halloween costumes. We had everything from monsters to cartoon characters," said Arc fundraising chair Rhonda Schandevel. "We wouldn’t be able to have the event if we didn’t have the support of Harrah’s and our other community partners. It is wonderful to have so many great sponsors.”

Other high-level sponsors included the Town of Waynesville and Gary Small Sr.

Arctoberfest provides funding revenue to help support the programs and services of The Arc of Haywood County. The Arc provides residential, employment and community services and advocacy for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. To learn more about The Arc, a United Way agency, or future Arctoberfests, visit www.arcofhaywood.org.

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