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From left, the Arc of Cumberland & Perry Counties officials: Adrienne Williams, public relations specialist; Anne Couldridge, director of development; John J.M. Reardon, executive director; Kelly Garrick, human resources administrator; and Amy Yordy, human resources assistant.

The Arc of Cumberland and Perry Counties has established a new foundation that will serve as the fundraising branch of the organization.

CPARC will hold its kick-off event for the foundation on Oct. 15, at the Thornwald Mansion in Carlisle from 1 to 4 p.m.

“The goal is reaching out to the community,” CPARC Executive Director John J.M. Reardon said. “The community in this area, and in Central PA as well, are very generous to us, but we want to reach even farther, reach people who aren’t as familiar with CPARC and what we are.”

The hope is that the new CPARC Foundation can do just that.

CPARC provides support, training and opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families, serving more than 2,000 people throughout Cumberland, Perry and Franklin counties.

The foundation was born from a need to help those without access to services they need. According to a news release from CPARC, there are about 14,000 people across the state with intellectual and developmental disabilities waiting to receive support, with about 250 in Cumberland and Perry counties.

That’s why CPARC is hoping its new foundation and October’s kick-off can be successful, so that it can expand its reach. Especially since one of the features of the event will be emphasizing people with intellectual disabilities n the community.

“The community probably doesn’t realize what amazing things people with IDD are doing,” said Anne Couldridge, director of development for CPARC, as well as a mother of a 16-year-old with autism. “We encourage them (the public) to come and find out.”

Attendees can taste beer and wine from local breweries and vineyards and take part in a silent auction or raffles.

Tickets are $50, with $20 of the purchase being tax deductible. More information can be found at cparc.org.

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