The Arc looking for auction items for annual event

Published 2:49 pm Saturday, March 7, 2015

The Arc Mower County’s mission is to promote and protect the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.

To help achieve this goal, The Arc Mower County will hold its annual fundraiser, the Taste of Mower County, on Sunday, April 19, at the Holiday Inn in Austin.

You will enjoy unlimited tastings of signature items from Mower County’s finest chefs. Be a part of this unique event by making a gift to our silent and/or live auctions. Contributors will be highlighted at the event and in the event program.

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Here are some suggestions: Frequent flyer miles, vacation packages, behind the scenes tours, fine wine and champagne, restaurant gift certificates, gifts for the young and young at heart or spa treatments.

Rose sale extended

The 20th annual Rose Sale has been extended to Wednesday, March 25.

Pick-Up and Delivery Day is Tuesday, March 31. Volunteers are needed to help. Email for more information.

Let someone know that you care and support the work of The Arc Mower County by supporting our sale. Contact The Arc office at 507-433-8994 or order online at

Where promise lives, hope blossoms. All proceeds benefit children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities including Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism and epilepsy. One in 10 families has a member with a disability. Your participation in Arc’s Rose Sale provides critical funding for programs and services.

Help, give

We are excited to announce every donation you make to The Arc Mower County on from March 1 to 31 will be doubled, up to $100,000.

This is how. During Otto Bremer Foundation’s March Millions for Southeastern Minnesota, the Otto Bremer Foundation will match a dollar for every dollar given to us on, up to $100,000, until their $1 million matching gift runs out.

That means your impact on The Arc Mower County can be bigger than ever if you plan your donation to us this March. Also, one donation will be randomly selected each day in March to have a $1,000 Bremer Boost added to it. You can increase our chances of getting an additional $1,000 and help us reach our $10,000 goal by making a donation to us.

Go to, search for: Arc Mower County and enter the amount you wish to give and the other requested information.

Upcoming Events

•Spring Formal Dinner and Dance, 4:30 to 8 p.m., April 10, Mower County Senior Center. Dinner and Dance is $15 per member/staff.

Dance only, $4 for members. This event is a semi-formal event and everyone is asked to dress accordingly. Dinner catered By Hy-Vee. Prizes, grand march, coronation of king and queen and photo booth. Register by April 7.

•Group Music Therapy for Youth, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 16, The Arc Mower County. There is no charge to attend, pre-registration is required.

Registration deadline is April 14. Calling The Arc Mower County at 507 433-8994 or email This group is for children aged 12-18 and will focus on skills development involving socialization, communication, attention, and executive function training. We’ll be working on skills such as social interactions with peers, making decisions, planning, and organizing, while playing fun music games middle school and high school kids will enjoy. The activities involve anything from interacting with partners, to playing many kinds of percussion instruments with the whole group. Class instructed by Jenny M. Kruse, MA, NMT, MT-BC.