JARC Drive-in Movie Fundraiser Raises Close to $400,000 to Benefit the Needs of Individuals with Developmental Disabilities  

JARC Drive-in Movie Fundraiser Raises Close to $400,000 to Benefit the Needs of Individuals with Developmental Disabilities  

More than 75 families in attendance to watch feature films, Despicable Me and Groundhog Day

Nearly $400,000 was raised at JARC’s annual fundraising event to benefit individuals with developmental disabilities. The first-ever drive-in movie event for the organization had more than 75 families in attendance during the two feature films, Despicable Me and Groundhog Day, which ran from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Kids, teens, couples, and parents at the event,

safely watched the movies in their vehicles during each showing per social distancing requirements. JARC is a metro Detroit based non-profit agency serving individuals with developmental disabilities in 80 locations, including 24-hour care in group homes, independent living settings for adults, and respite services for children, teens, and young adults.

“We want to thank our supporters and sponsors for helping to make the event so successful,” said Shaindle Braunstein, CEO of JARC. “JARC and their supporters will always be there for the people that need them no matter what is going on in the world, even a pandemic.”

Many of those in attendance were supporters, family members, and friends

of the JARC community as well as the individuals JARC serves. The funds raised at the event will go toward JARC’s general expenses, including:

  • Transportation needs
  • Home maintenance
  • Meals for individuals living in JARC homes
  • Staff training
  • And providing additional support to ensure JARC’s mission of enriching the lives of people with disabilities.

             

The event was kicked off with a few e-introductions shown on the movie screen: a brief video highlighting other community agencies, an introduction from JARC’s President of the Board of Directors, Howard Luckoff, and JARC CEO Shaindle Braunstein, followed by a 2:30-minute video highlighting the individuals and staff members of the JARC community. In addition to JARC and its supporters, the generous presenting sponsor for this year’s event was Stretch Zone.

For more information about JARC and the individuals they serve,

please visit www.jarc.org.

About JARC:

JARC serves individuals with developmental disabilities in 80 locations, including 24-hour care in group homes, independent living settings for adults, and respite services for children, teens, and young adults. Their mission is to enrich the lives of people with disabilities through gentle and loving support, valued relationships, and engagement with the community, in accordance with Jewish values. For more information, visit https://www.jarc.org/

 *Photos courtesy of JARC

 

 

 

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