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

Ladybug 2008 Sponsored by BB&T raises more than $96,000 

For the eighth year, the Greater Richmond ARC, in partnership with featured wineries, select Richmond restaurants and community sponsors, raised funds through the Ladybug Fund winetasting events to help young children with developmental disabilities and delays achieve to their fullest potential. Over $96,000 was raised at this year's events, ensuring scholarships will be available for ANY family who needs ARC's Infant and Child Development Services (ICDS). No family should be turned away from specialized pediatric rehabilitation when it can give them the best possible start to leading a fulfilling life.

Special thanks to our headline sponsors, BB&T, Dominion Due Diligence, Target, Stevens Jewelers' and UPS Freight, and all who generously contributed Ladybug's success in 2008: The Wilton Companies,Bill & Amy Horan, Hirschler Fleischer, Gus & Eileen Remppies, Dominion Resources, Dave & Judy Pahren,Baxter Perkinson & Associates, Trust Company ofVirginia, Thom & Karen Horsey, Susan & Robert Salsitz, Mr. & Mrs. Robert Hunt, Marshall Butler, Dr.Joe & April Niamtu, James River Air, Dr. Steven Fiore,Demis Stewart, Custom Kitchens, Inc., 3 North, Mark Foss Brown of Keller Williams Realty and Dr. Larry & Victoria Metzger.

Ladybug is named in honor of Mary Lindell "Ladybug" Horsey, beloved daughter of Thom and Karen Manning Horsey. Established in 2000 by Thom, Karen and Terry Izzo, former ARC ICDS director, the Ladybug wine events have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for therapy for children with special needs and their families.

Please feel free to email us with your comments or suggestions at and save the date for next year's Ladybug Winetasting and Silent Auction: Saturday, May 2, 2009 at Plant Zero.