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In partnership with families, the Greater Richmond ARC creates life-fulfilling opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

ARC partners with BB&T in Community-Building Effort

Richmond not-for-profit partners with long-time community supporter

The Greater Richmond ARC, which has been serving individuals with disabilities and their families for 55 years, recently partnered with BB&T in its philanthropic and team-building effort called the 'BB&T Lighthouse Project.' Area BB&T employees hosted a Buz & Ned's barbecue luncheon for approximately 260 ARC Day Support and ARC Industrial Services clients on Wednesday, September 16 at ARC's Westwood Avenue headquarters in north Richmond.

Each region in the BB&T footprint was given a budget to ensure their project has a meaningful impact on the community. Teams within the Central Virginia region voted on the project they wished to support, and they chose the Greater Richmond ARC (formerly known as the Association for Retarded Citizens) because of its community-focused services. After a series of discussions between BB&T and ARC staff, it was determined that a client and staff picnic would be most beneficial, and a lot of fun for everyone involved.

'We are very excited to have our longtime community friend, BB&T, as our partner in the BB&T Lighthouse Project,' said Marshall Butler, president of the Greater Richmond ARC. 'Time and again, our friends at BB&T have demonstrated our mutual commitment to 'creating a community of opportunity for all.' We had a fun-filled and meaningful picnic this past Wednesday afternoon .'

BB&T's Chief Executive Officer Kelly King is calling the BB&T Lighthouse Project the biggest philanthropic effort in BB&T's 137-year history. The BB&T Lighthouse Project is a companywide community service and team-building effort that exemplifies BB&T's mission of making the communities in which we work better places to live. BB&T has set aside about $3 million for employees to use to make a positive impact on the lives of people in need. BB&T is going to fill that need and demonstrate the caring heart of an organization made up of 30,000 employees committed to much more than their own self-interest.

In the light of the economy, it is more important than ever for BB&T to help the communities its serves beyond lending, financial counseling and all the financial products and services we provide. The BB&T Lighthouse Project just shines a light in 2009 on the ongoing commitment BB&T has always had to make a real difference in our communities.