I. Rice & Company raises $101,150 at golf tournament

September 22, 2016 – Egg Harbor Township, NJ – The 8h Annual I. Rice & Company Golfing for Good Tournament was held on Thursday, September 15, 2016 at Linwood Country Club. The tournament raised $101,150 to benefit The Arc of Atlantic County’s Recreational Program and Case Management Services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Approximately 140 golfers, including many athletes from The Arc’s golf program, participated in the tournament.

This year’s tournament was once again presented by I. Rice & Company, a nationally known Philadelphia-based manufacturer of fountain syrups, bakery fillings, and ice cream toppings.  Cape Bank Charitable Foundation was also a presenting sponsor of the event.

“Without the amazing support from our business partners and sponsors, this exciting event would have never grown as it has over the last 5 years,” said Steve Kuhl, President and CEO of I Rice & Company, “Our Company has never been more committed to continue this great endeavor in support of The Arc of Atlantic County.”

The I. Rice & Company Golfing for Good Tournament began in 2009, when The Arc was approached by local Margate resident, Irv Singer who thought he could raise $10,000 through a golf tournament for The Arc.  That first year, they more than doubled that goal and the tournament has continued to be successful each year, raising more than $513,000 for The Arc of Atlantic County.

“When our case management funding was cut we knew we had to find a way to continue this valuable service. Thanks to the money raised from the I. Rice & Company Golfing for Good tournament we can continue to offer case management support to assist people in obtaining and accessing services that sustain and improve their health and well-being.” said Scott Hennis, The Arc’s Chief Operating Officer. “The Arc’s Recreation Program continues to be one of our most popular services among the people we support, providing more than 300 people with recreational opportunities. The money raised will help us expand recreational opportunities so that more people can participate in this worthwhile service”.

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Linwood, NJ – The 8th Annual I. Rice and Company Golfing for Good Tournament took place on September 15th at the Linwood Country Club. The event raised $101,150 to benefit The Arc of Atlantic County. The annual golf tournament has raised $513,150 to date. Presenting the check is (left to right) Scott Hennis, COO of The Arc of Atlantic County, Pat Jones, CEO of The Arc, Jill Lemon, CFO of The Arc, Joe DiMedio, COO of I. Rice and Company, Steve Kuhl, President and CEO of I. Rice and Company, and Irv Singer, event organizer and manager of The Arc thrift stores.

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Community garden helps The Arc of Atlantic County Consumers grow

gardenParticipants in The Arc of Atlantic County’s Adult Training program gathered on a hot and sunny day to do some gardening in Atlantic City. Despite the heat, spirits were high as fresh herbs and vegetables were harvested from the community garden located next to the Hamilton Memorial United Methodist Church on Arctic Avenue. There was an abundance of potatoes, carrots and kale. The garden is already producing amazing results, not only because of the healthy food being grown, but also the opportunity for career training, volunteerism and personal growth that it brings to The Arc’s participating consumers.

The garden offers participants the chance to gain the skills needed to plant and grow healthy food, and even ways to prepare it. Volunteers keep the beds clear of weeds and also learn when vegetables are ripe for picking. That day, they gathered baskets of vegetables and took a “smell tour” of the garden to identify the many herbs being grown.

The garden is the result of support from the church, AtlantiCare’s Growing Green initiative, and Cookie Till’s A Work in Progress foundation. The community garden is thriving thanks to the participating partners who have come together to create and support this special place. Surrounded by flowers and herbs, the garden has become an urban oasis that shows how local organizations can have a big impact on the community.

According to Laura Engelmann, manager Community Health and Wellness, AtlantiCare, working with the volunteers is very rewarding. “Our organization is dedicated to promoting healthy lifestyles,” Engelmann said. “The volunteers learn about growing their own food and how delicious fresh picked vegetables can be.”

The Arc of Atlantic County is dedicated to providing opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) by keeping them connected to their community. Working in the garden has allowed participants to discover the joys of gardening and healthy eating while developing skills that can help them find employment.

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The Arc volunteer Michael Chanese shows off the rainbow carrots he picked in the community garden.