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The Greater Richmond ARC literally took their winning contest slogan "Always Responding with Compassion" to the streets on Saturday, October 1 in Richmond.

The Richmond ARC chapter joined other statewide groups in a march from Mayo Island to the State Capitol grounds to publicize the need for additional funds for those with mental retardation and other related developmental disabilities. The event was organized and hosted by the Virginia State ARC.

"There are people in the community whose needs are unmet, and this event brings attention to it, " explained Marshall Butler, president of Greater Richmond ARC, saying there are currently over 1,000 people on the state's urgent care waiting list.

The Greater Richmond ARC members wore T-shirts that read, "Always Responding with Compassion", the grand prize winner in a citywide "What Is ARC?" contest held earlier this year by the organization, and later featured prominently on a Midlothian Turnpike billboard. Its creator, retiree Rick Wilkinson of Richmond, also participated in the ARC March along with Honorable Mention winner Page S. Hudgins of Midlothian and members of her family.

The ARC March drew participants from 23 Virginia ARC chapters to publicize the need for additional state funds.

"In the local Richmond area alone, we have identified 565 adults and school age children who are waiting for our services, and another 1,182 infants and toddlers who are eligible for early intervention services," Butler explained. "We currently serve 1,272 individuals, and while the support from the General Assembly and the localities is much appreciated, we could serve so many more with additional funding."

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