The Arc celebrates 'Arc'toberfest

Dec 31, 2012
Photo by: Donated photo The "Arc"toberfest best costume award went to Little Red Riding Hood and The Big Bad Wolf; The Reverend and Mrs. Ryan Snider of Plains United Methodist Church.

The Arc of Haywood County held the fourth annual “Arc”toberfest celebration on Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Gateway Club. This year, as in the past, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Hotel provided the key sponsorship of $1,500 for the event. The crowd of more than 150 people danced to the music of A Social Function band and enjoyed hors d’oeuvres prepared by the Gateway Club. “Arc”toberfest is a community inclusion and advocacy event to bring together individuals with developmental disabilities and other community members.

This year The Arc selected a king and queen for the event. Residents Shelly Balance and Billy West were crowned during the event. A prize was also given for the best costume. This award went to Little Red Riding Hood and The Big Bad Wolf, also known as the Rev. and Mrs. Ryan Snider, of Plains United Methodist Church.

“Everyone had a wonderful time. Many people dressed in Halloween costumes,” said Rhonda Schandevel, Arc fund raising chair. “We had everything from monsters to fairy tale characters.”

Sponsors for the event that contributed $500 were Creekwood Farms R.V. Park, HVO, Inc. and the Town of Waynesville. Other sponsors that contributed more than $250 were Carolina West Dental, Herbert Small, Webbco Inc., Senn Dunn Insurance, Davidson-Hollard-Whitesall CPA. Business and individual sponsorships between $100 and $250 were Waynesville Tire, Robin Blu, Cheek Insurance, Plains United Methodist Church Men, Plains United Methodist Church Women, Joe Sam Queen, The Architectural Studio and Rowan, Small and Associates.  Many other valued friends purchased tickets for the event and either attended or donated them to others.


“We wouldn’t be able to have the event if we didn’t have the support of Harrah’s and our other community partners,” said Schandevel.

“It is wonderful to have so many great sponsors. We also had great participation from the community for the event and really appreciate all of the businesses, agencies and individuals that joined us for ‘Arc’toberfest this year. We hope to have an even better event in 2013.”

“Arc”toberfest is one of two fund raising events that provide funding revenue to 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, visit

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