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The Arc NCR celebrates with 15th annual After d’Arc Gala

Ande Kolp, the executive director of The Arc Maryland, and Marc Kolp were on hand for The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region’s 15th annual After d’Arc Gala. (Photo by The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region)

Ande Kolp, the executive director of The Arc Maryland, and Marc Kolp were on hand for The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region’s 15th annual After d’Arc Gala. (Photo by The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region)

Bruce McMillin, vice president with EN Engineering, and Kathy McMillin pose for a photo during the After d’Arc Gala. (Photo by The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region)

Bruce McMillin, vice president with EN Engineering, and Kathy McMillin pose for a photo during the After d’Arc Gala. (Photo by The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region)

From left, Jack Guercio, Dennis Pink and Barry Jensen get a photo with Shawn Kros CEO of The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region. (Photo by The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region)

From left, Jack Guercio, Dennis Pink and Barry Jensen get a photo with Shawn Kros CEO of The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region. (Photo by The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region)

Detra Miller, business banking team leader and administrative vice president of M&T Bank, attended the the After d’Arc Gala with her husband, Cory Miller. M&T Bank was title sponsor for the annual event. (Photo by The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region)

Detra Miller, business banking team leader and administrative vice president of M&T Bank, attended the the After d’Arc Gala with her husband, Cory Miller. M&T Bank was title sponsor for the annual event. (Photo by The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region)

Detra Miller, far left, business banking team leader and administrative vice president of M&T Bank, and her husband, Cory Miller, spend time with “mermaids” Martha Barnett and Taylor Feiss of The Magic Continues during the 15th annual After d’Arc Gala. (Photo by The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region)

Detra Miller, far left, business banking team leader and administrative vice president of M&T Bank, and her husband, Cory Miller, spend time with “mermaids” Martha Barnett and Taylor Feiss of The Magic Continues during the 15th annual After d’Arc Gala. (Photo by The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region)

Lyle Sheldon, president and CEO of University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health, and Donna Sheldon enjoy their time at the 15th annual After d’Arc Gala. (Photo by The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region)

Lyle Sheldon, president and CEO of University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health, and Donna Sheldon enjoy their time at the 15th annual After d’Arc Gala. (Photo by The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region)

Fred Anderson, a partner with Thompson Automotive, and his wife Brenda Anderson attended the 15th annual After d’Arc Gala. (Photo by The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region)

Fred Anderson, a partner with Thompson Automotive, and his wife Brenda Anderson attended the 15th annual After d’Arc Gala. (Photo by The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region)

“Mermaids” Martha Barnett, left, and Taylor Feiss of The Magic Continues helped bring the under-the-sea theme alive at the 15th annual After d’Arc Gala. (Photo by The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region)

“Mermaids” Martha Barnett, left, and Taylor Feiss of The Magic Continues helped bring the under-the-sea theme alive at the 15th annual After d’Arc Gala. (Photo by The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region)

James Fielder, secretary of the Maryland Higher Education Commission, and Patti Fielder enjoy a night out at the Maryland Golf & Country Club in Bel Air. (Photo by The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region)

James Fielder, secretary of the Maryland Higher Education Commission, and Patti Fielder enjoy a night out at the Maryland Golf & Country Club in Bel Air. (Photo by The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region)

Harford County Council President Patrick Vincenti gets a photo with his legislative aide, Samantha Harris, during the 15th annual After d’Arc Gala. (Photo by The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region)

Harford County Council President Patrick Vincenti gets a photo with his legislative aide, Samantha Harris, during the 15th annual After d’Arc Gala. (Photo by The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region)

Tom Walls, president of Plaza Ford, and his wife, Sharon Walls, enjoy the festivities at the 15th annual After d’Arc Gala. (Photo by The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region)

Tom Walls, president of Plaza Ford, and his wife, Sharon Walls, enjoy the festivities at the 15th annual After d’Arc Gala. (Photo by The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region)

•  Shawn Kros, left, the CEO of The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region, poses with Sean Parks at the 15th annual After d’Arc Gala. (Photo by The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region)

• Shawn Kros, left, the CEO of The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region, poses with Sean Parks at the 15th annual After d’Arc Gala. (Photo by The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region)

Steve Linkous, president and CEO of Harford Mutual Insurance Companies, attended the 15th annual After d’Arc Gala with his wife, Sandy Linkous. (Photo by The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region)

Steve Linkous, president and CEO of Harford Mutual Insurance Companies, attended the 15th annual After d’Arc Gala with his wife, Sandy Linkous. (Photo by The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region)

Steve Linkous, president and CEO of Harford Mutual Insurance Companies, places a bet at the roulette table as Sue Manning, a business development specialist with Freedom Federal Credit Union, and Kathy Rink await the outcome. (Photo by The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region)

Steve Linkous, president and CEO of Harford Mutual Insurance Companies, places a bet at the roulette table as Sue Manning, a business development specialist with Freedom Federal Credit Union, and Kathy Rink await the outcome. (Photo by The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region)

Shelby Anderson, left, a vocational trainer with The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region, and Ashley Wines enjoy the evening’s festivities at the Maryland Golf & Country Club in Bel Air. (Photo by The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region)

Shelby Anderson, left, a vocational trainer with The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region, and Ashley Wines enjoy the evening’s festivities at the Maryland Golf & Country Club in Bel Air. (Photo by The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region)

Gina Shaffer, founder of Shaffer, McLauchlin & Stover LLC and Kathy Wise, founder of Streetwise Self Defense & Personal Training, dance to live music at the 15th annual After d’Arc Gala. (Photo by The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region)

Gina Shaffer, founder of Shaffer, McLauchlin & Stover LLC and Kathy Wise, founder of Streetwise Self Defense & Personal Training, dance to live music at the 15th annual After d’Arc Gala. (Photo by The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region)

The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region raised more than $130,000 at the 15th annual After d’Arc Gala, “Seas the Day: An Under the Sea Themed Gala” April 6 at the Maryland Golf & Country Club in Bel Air.

The organization’s largest fundraiser of the year, “Seas the Day” raised money to support the nonprofit’s mission to empower people with differing abilities to live, work and thrive in Harford and Cecil counties.

A crowd of nearly 400 guests enjoyed dinner, themed cocktails, silent and live auctions and dancing to live music by The Real Geniuses and the MSE Reggae band. Special guests included mermaids from The Magic Continues, a Forest Hill-based character company that brought the evening’s under-the-sea theme to life.

The Arc NCR’s annual “Fund the Need” campaign raised $24,000 to purchase new homes and renovate The Arc NCR’s existing community living homes to make them more accessible for adults supported by the organization. Updates to existing homes include the addition of wheelchair ramps, accessible showers, raised floors and automatic doors. In some cases, carpets will be replaced with hardwood floors, making homes easier to navigate for those who depend upon wheelchairs for mobility.

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