Arc in the Park raises disability awareness while drawing a crowd

posted on 2017-05-28 6:12 pm

We had an amaizing day today at Ballard Park! Thank you to all the volunteers that made this day such a success! We met some new freinds..had a good time...and we were able to celebrate our abilities with over 300 ppl!

Excerpt from the Daily Journal:

The Arc of Northeast Mississippi members celebrated Saturday at the Oren Dunn Museum while sounds of Elvis Presley carried through the grounds.

Their annual event, ‘Arc in the Park,’ attracted a crowd to raise awareness and offer resources to those with disabilities.

David Neilson, Arc in the Park volunteer, said he hopes people learn something that will benefit them for the rest of their lives at the event.

“I hope that a lot of kids have a lot of fun,” Neilson said.

Cheryl Falzone, the Arc of Northeast Mississippi’s director, said the event was off to a great start early Saturday.

“It’s wonderful, we just opened the gates and we’re filling up already,” Falzone said.

She said everyone was enjoying the entertainment provided by Elvis tribute artist Jack Curtis and Proximity Rule was soon to follow.

“We’re out here celebrating our abilities today,” Falzone said.

Beth Anne Ellzey, an Arc advisory board member, said she was present to show support for the organization.

She also said the public is “amazing” by providing resources for those with disabilities.

Ellzey hopes people are able to gain awareness and acceptance at the event.

As “Elvis” performed on stage, children were visiting a petting zoo, riding a pony around the ground and even watching a tortoise meander through the grass.

There were several organizations and businesses present to show support for the cause.

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