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LARC prepares for April 26 Appreciation Dinner

Ads, donations, and attendance welcome

information provided by LARC

LANSING, Ill. (February 18, 2019) – LARC, a not-for-profit organization serving individuals with special needs, will host its Annual Appreciation Dinner on Friday, April 26, to recognize several employees, clients, and volunteers for their accomplishments this past year. The event will be held from 6:00–10:00pm at the Serbian Social Center in Lansing.

The event typically draws more than 300 guests and features dinner, complimentary cocktails, music and dancing, raffles, and a silent auction. All proceeds will support more than 100 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in programs that promote job training and employment, daily life skills enrichment, senior care, 24-hour residential services, and special recreation.

During an April 2018 tour, Margarita Pericolosi (far right) demonstrates to Mayor Patty Eidam (tan coat) the process she goes through to assemble specialty shipping boxes for BMW. LARC collaborates with several local businesses to provide work and a paycheck for their clients. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

Friends of LARC are invited to help in any of three ways:

  1. By sponsoring an ad in their Commemorative Ad Book
  2. By donating an item, certificate or gift basket to the auction and raffle
  3. By attending the dinner

Ad sizes range from business card to full page, and range in price from $50 to $500. Popular gift items include wine, coffee or movie baskets, gift cards, spa packages, sports memorabilia, gift certificates, sporting event or theatre tickets, autographed items, and jewelry.

“The Annual Appreciation Dinner is a huge part of our fundraising efforts, and it’s always a fantastic time,” said Ernie Gonzalez, Executive Director. “We’re very grateful for those individuals and businesses in our community who support this event and help LARC to promote quality, dignity, and choice for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.”

For more information about the event, sponsoring an ad, or donating an item, please contact the LARC Development Office at 708-474-1540. Information can also be found at

About LARC

LARC is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) charitable organization, dedicated to providing individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities with opportunities to work, live, and participate in their community. Originally formed in 1956 as a school for children diagnosed with mental retardation (The Lansing School of Special Education), LARC has grown to provide day training, work activities, and senior programs to approximately 100 adults with developmental disabilities from across the Chicagoland area.

LARC is located at 19043 Wentworth Avenue in Lansing, Illinois.

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