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Albany Advocacy Resource Center hosting annual spring fundraiser

Your Stay, Your Way: Charleston, South Carolina theme for upcoming benefit

“Poppies to Possibilities,” painted by clients of the Albany Advocacy Resource Center Adult Day Program at its Center for the Blind and created with the help of Ann Monk, is one of the items expected to be up for auction at a fundraiser the agency is hosting next week. (Special photo)

“Poppies to Possibilities,” painted by clients of the Albany Advocacy Resource Center Adult Day Program at its Center for the Blind and created with the help of Ann Monk, is one of the items expected to be up for auction at a fundraiser the agency is hosting next week. (Special photo)

ALBANY — The Albany Advocacy Resource Center has chosen a Charleston, S.C., theme for its upcoming annual fundraiser next week.

“Your Stay, Your Way: Charleston, South Carolina” is currently set for 6:30-9:30 p.m., with wine tasting to begin at 6 p.m., on May 22 at the Nelson Tift Building at 226 W. Broad Ave. It is expected to be an evening including live music, a silent auction, barbecue, optional Palmetto State microbrew and a wine tasting.

“We usually focus it (the spring fundraiser) on one thing, such as the Special Olympics. (This time) we are focusing it on the 1,200 different people we have,” said Laura Calhoun, development director for Albany ARC. “Most people don’t know that we serve 1,200 people in a 14-county region.

“We serve Pre-K to old age, and those with physical, mental or developmental disabilities.”

There are three ticket price levels — $25, $75 and $100. The $25 ticket pays for dinner and the silent auction. The $75 ticket pays for that plus a chance to win the trip to Charleston, and the $100 will pay for what the $75 ticket does plus the microbrew and wine tasting.

Some of the items up for auction will include original artwork, jewelry, a beach weekend in Florida, gift certificates to various places, a bicycle and an overnight stay and dinner at Merry Acres Inn. One guest will be leaving the event with a $2,000 customized stay at Charleston Place Hotel via a reverse raffle.

Dinner is being provided by Riverfront Bar-B-Q and the music will be performed by Jose Tongol and his band.

“There will be a good mix of everything,” Calhoun said. ” … It will be a very laid back and fun event.”

Among the things the funds raised might go toward is travel expenses for the Special Olympics team, trips to Chehaw for the agency’s clients and an autism camp offered by Albany ARC, Calhoun said.

The event usually has a theme each year. Last year, it was Mexi-Cali, and next year is expected to be a Master’s party.

“Each year we try to do something different to keep people coming back,” Calhoun said.

With the raffle, an individual does not have to be present to win, Calhoun said. Tickets can be purchased online at www.albanyarc.org, at the Albany ARC office at 2616 Pointe North Blvd. and at the door. The $75 and $100 tickets purchased ahead of time will be mailed out, and the $25 tickets reserved in advance will be available upon check-in at the door.

The attire for the fundraiser will be casual, Calhoun said, and there will also be a cash bar. Roughly 250-300 people expected to attend.

Those seeking more information on the event may call Calhoun at (229) 347-3910, or Lou Lee at (229) 888-6852.