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It’s Ad Journal Time!

28 Mar

We are starting our annual Ad Journal Fundraising Campaign.  Just like last year, you are able to donate online.  If you would like to solicit donations from family and friends you can use this link to our donation page;  As always, we appreciate everything you do to support the Candle Lighters and the ARC of Essex County.  Thank you!


So Much Happening!

17 Mar

We had our March Candle Lighters meeting last night and there is so much going on!  Here’s how you can participate –

  • Thank You! – Our treasurer reported that because of your generosity The Candle Lighters were able to write a check to The Arc of Essex County for $35,000.  This money will be used for the underfunded programs at the Arc like Stepping Stones Early Intervention and Camp Hope.

The Arc’s New Look

7 Mar

This is taken from the Arc of Essex County press release dated March 3rd, 2011.  To see the logo in action you can go to the Candle Lighters Cafe Press Store.

Livingston, NJ, March 3, 2011 – The Arc of Essex County has unveiled a dynamic new logo as part of a nationwide campaign to heighten public awareness of the work done by The Arc to provide opportunities and supports for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).

The logo design, which incorporates the phrase, “Achieve With Us,” reflects the determination of The Arc to support and embrace people with I/DD and their families across their lifetimes and across diagnoses, among them Down syndrome, autism, and cerebral palsy.

“Our new brand identity represents a new day for The Arc of Essex County and the mission of The Arc.  The new logo is bringing the efforts of a strong and energetic organization front and center and is a bright reminder that we provide opportunity: opportunity for hope, opportunity for growth and opportunity for change,” said Bruce Bird, Ph.D., The Arc of Essex County president.

The color combination of orange and yellow is a standout among nonprofit organizations and its vibrancy will be closely associated with The Arc, just as pink is associated with awareness of breast cancer.

The Arc is the nation’s largest and leading organization for people with I/DD and their families. It has been an effective agent of change, forcefully advocating for legislation to improve the lives of people with I/DD in health care, education, employment, housing and other areas of life.

The Arc of Essex County, which was established in 1948, is a service provider as well as an advocate, and has the distinction of being one of the oldest of more than 700 Arc chapters in the United States. There are 20 chapters of The Arc in New Jersey, and The Arc of New Jersey is extremely active at the state level.

“We are proud and excited to introduce our new look to the community. The Arc of Essex County is a very important part of literally thousands of children and adults, and it’s because of the supports and services of The Arc that they are able to achieve individual goals and determine their life’s path,” said Linda Lucas, executive director of The Arc of Essex County. “The new logo eloquently expresses our deep, ongoing commitment to build on our 63-year legacy of making a meaningful difference every day.”

Still Time for the Fair Share Raffle

21 Oct

There is still time to get tickets for the Candle Lighters’ Fair Share Raffle on October 25th at the ARC of Essex County’s Golf Classic and your presence is not required to win.  You may purchase a book of 5 tickets for $100, or an individual ticket for $25.  To purchase tickets contact Judy Bellina at 973-535-1181, ext. 1230.

Golf Classic Postponed and Fair Share Raffle Extended

28 Sep

The ARC of Essex County had to postpone their annual Golf Classic yesterday due to rain.  The new date for the event is now Monday, October 25th, 2010.  For tickets and more information on the tournament go to the ARC’s website.

The Fair Share Raffle has also been extended to October 25th and you presence is not required to win.  You may purchase a book of 5 tickets for $100, or an individual ticket for $25.  For more information call 973-535-1181, ext. 1230