The Arc of Butler is determined to see opportunities for those with special needs in Butler County are met.

The Arc of Butler is determined to see opportunities for those with special needs in Butler County are met.

One popular event sponsored by The Arc of Butler is “Friday Fun Night.”

Friday night has always been a night when teens and young adults look forward to socializing with each other. “Friday Fun Night” affords individuals with disabilities the same opportunity to get together with their friends.

On Friday nights during the school year, these high school students and other special needs young adults gather at the Andover High School stadium for fun, fellowship and a wonderful meal. Supervising the participants are a staff of two certified special education teachers, two to four special education paraeducators, screened volunteers and attendant care personnel. The Arc of Butler feels it is important staff is highly trained, assuring families their family member is in a safe and secure environment.

Each Fun Night event has a theme with activities and a meal. Popular events have been Bingo Night; a runway fashion show with actual beauty contest winners in attendance; and Super Hero Night where participants dressed as their favorite Super Heroes and Super Hero games were played. An admission fee of $10 is charged to assist in covering the cost of the meal and staff.

The Arc of Butler has a strong belief no special individual should be turned away from an activity due to lack of funds. Therefore, The Arc works to cover costs for those who cannot afford it, whether it is for Friday Fun Night, Special Olympics or any of their other events.

Friday Fun Night has been so popular there have been a number of requests to create similar social groups at different locations in Butler County. The Arc not only wishes to add another group for teens and young adults in El Dorado, but groups for adults of all ages in different Butler locations. A plan for the expansion of The Arc’s activities also includes a parents group for those of infants and toddlers with special needs. This group would not only provide information and support, but the opportunity for parents with similar interests and needs to meet. Activities to assist siblings and qualified care for the little ones with special needs, would also be provided.

To help raise funds for these programs, an event “Have A Heart for The Arc” will be held as a fundraiser and in celebration of the organizations 60 years of service for individuals with intellectual and related disabilities in Butler County.

It will be held Feb. 15 at the El Dorado Civic Center. The celebrative fundraiser will consist of a five-course meal with stuffed prime rib as the entree, wine, beautiful décor, a performance by the Butler Community College Headliners and Sierra Scott as emcee.

A special guest appearance will be made by television star Chris Burke. Burke is also well known as “Corky,” the brother with Down’s Syndrome in the ’80s tv show “Life Goes On.” The evening will end with the auction of some special items.

Tickets to “Have a Heart for the Arc” are $75 each. Anyone interested in tickets to the event or wishing to make a donation, can contact The Arc of Butler at or call Nancy Olson, executive director, at 316-706-1135.

For more information on The Arc of Butler, visit their Web site at Information on the national organization can be obtained by going to