Events

The Arc Stevens County holds two fund-raising events each year – a Spring Rose sale and a Fall Noon Luncheon / Bake Sale. Local community members and groups participate with crafts and bake sale items.

Regional Fitness Center memberships (University of Minnesota – Morris) and summer camp scholarships for The Arc Stevens County members are funded by these events.

Other events include a spring picnic for members, staff and families; and a Christmas program presented by the non–denominational religion classes with a party following.

Dates and/or results for our most recent events are as follows:

(Click on an event heading to see a photo gallery from previous years).

  • Rose Sale –
  • 2018 Rose Sale
  • The Arc Stevens County’s 21st annual Rose Sale was held Tuesday, April 17th! The roses arrived on Monday around noon to the DAC Carwash garage, which is a perfect location — controlled heat, plenty of space, clean, and with limited sunlight. We had time to deliver the Floral Shop orders in the afternoon which gave us a little more lee-way to get the other deliveries made on time. We are grateful to volunteers who helped deliver the roses very quickly. The cost of a dozen roses will again be $20.00. The colors are red and lollipop (mixed colors). We thank everyone who orders roses and/or assists in any way to support our fundraising effort. Our small chapter has the largest sales in the state on a per capita basis. We couldn’t do that without our dedicated volunteers!
  • 2017 Rose Sale Results
  • The 2017 Rose Sale was held on Tuesday, April 11, 2017. We used the DAC Carwash Garage as our headquarters for distributing roses, which means we enjoyed controlled heat, plenty of space, clean, and limited sunlight.
  • We are grateful to the volunteers who helped deliver the roses so efficiently.
  • They include:
    • Chuck Spohr
    • Loren Woodke
    • Cheryl Higgins
    • Deb Brunko
    • Paul Bankord
    • Kelly Schmidgall
    • Carole Johnson
    • Dennis Johnson
    • John Luetmer
    • Chris Hopkins
    • Steve VanKampen, and
    • Liz Harris
  • Nicole Wenz, a D.A.C. staff member, and several D.A.C. clients coordinated the sales staff at Willie’s Supervalu. Margaret Kearnes and Verna Zeiher assisted at the garage. Verna Zeiher had the huge job of tabulating all the income. We are especially grateful to Willies SuperValu for providing space and a table for the in-store part of the Rose Sale and to Mark Raths for setting it up.
  • A total of 610 dozen roses were ordered this year and sold before 1:00 p.m. Expenses will include roses, delivery, advertising and promotion, which have not been tabulated yet. Net income will be somewhere in the range of $6,500. Final results will be presented when we have all the figures.
  • Thank you to everyone who assisted with the Rose Sale and a huge thank you to Mark and Michelle Raths who do such a superb job of coordinating the sale and to Kelly Schmidgall for helping deliver pre-sale envelopes.
  • Proceeds from the rose sale go toward RFC memberships and/or summer camperships up to $200 per client. In 2017, 38 individuals received a total of $6,655 in camperships and/or RFC memberships.
  • Spring Picnic –
  • The Arc Stevens County’s Spring picnic is a celebration for our clients, staff, members and families, followed by our Arc Stevens County board meeting. Our 2018 Spring Picnic was held May 7th.
  • To get an idea of how much fun we have, check out our picnic gallery to view photos from a previous years’ picnic.
  • Noon Luncheon/Bake Sale –
  • The 2018 Noon Luncheon/Bake Sale will be held on October 17, 2018. We hope to see you there!
  • Results for 2017 Noon Luncheon/Bake Sale
  • Arc Stevens County’s annual Fall Noon Luncheon/Bake Sale was held Wednesday, October 18th, 2017, at the American Legion in Morris. Arc Stevens County is grateful to all of the contributors, helpers, and attendees.

Total results were:

Income

Meals and Donations
$2,191.00
Bake Sale and Donations 3,040.00
Quilt Raffle 208.00
Car Wash 103.00
Total $5,542.00

Expenses

Groceries (Willie's)
$135.53
Morris Trib./Hancock Record 70.70
Chokio Review 26.40
Legion 75.00
Total $307.63
  • Net Profit: $5,234.37
  • A huge thank you to the women of the Apostolic Christian Churches for coordinating the Bake Sale and to Verna Zeiher for coordinating the Noon Luncheon. Thank you, too, to all of the volunteers who worked so hard pricing and placing donations, as well as those who worked setting up and taking down the dining room and kitchen. This is truly a community effort.
  • The winner of the quilt raffle was Carol Voorhees.
  • The proceeds from this event go directly to people with developmental disabilities living in Stevens County in the form of Regional Fitness Center memberships and/or summer camperships/trips. Your contributions are greatly appreciated.
  • Christmas Program
  • The Arc Stevens County Christmas Program for 2017 was held on Sunday, December 3rd at the Assumption Church in Morris. The program featured a Christmas Pageant and familiar carols. Community members, parents, staff and friends were in attendance. Lunch was served by the Swan Lake 4-H club following the program.
  • This event is open to the public.