The Arc of Butler’s 60th anniversary dinner and auction are next week on Feb. 15 at the El Dorado Civic Center. Neil Benson, one of the founders, will be honored as well as those attending will get to hear from Chris Burke, Corky of the ABC TV series "Life Goes."
The Headliners from Butler Community College will also perform and help serve the five-course gourmet dinner put on by Jay-Leen Catering. The dinner and auction are being held to help fund the programs of the Arc including Special Olympics, Circle of Friends, our after school activities and hopefully expand these programs throughout Butler County.
Circle of Friends (COF) began in January of 2007 with 27 students and now has more than 100 students involved in Butler County. This is a unique club whereas regular ed students are buddies with special ed students. These students have enjoyed performing in four variety shows. The members look forward to their events which are both educational and fun. Many of them spend time together at lunch time and at school events.
One regular ed student said this program truly touched her heart and encouraged them to keep the program going. Another student stated COF was fun and allowed him to learn about the different personalities of special ed students. The Arc would like to see this program expanded and for the variety show to happen again. There is a need for a full-time person to travel from school to school promoting COF, setting up field trips and organizing the variety show.
The following schools are involved with the COF program: Andover Central Middle School, Andover Central High, Douglas Sisk Middle School, El Dorado High, El Dorado Middle School, Wheatland, and Andover Cottonwood Elementary.
A few tickets are still available and may be obtained by calling 706-1135 or 320-6132.