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Ladybug Wine Events Raise Record Amount

The Greater Richmond ARC (formerly the Association for Retarded Citizens) held its annual fundraising dinner and wine tasting events this Spring to benefit its Ladybug Fund, which supports therapy services for familie who can not afford them otherwise through its Infant and Child Development Services (ICDS) program.

More than 500 people attended the two Spring events, raising a record $133,000 to benefit the ARC. Among the more notable donations was a handmade, platinum diamond band from Stevens Jewelers that netted $4,500 in a raffle.

(PHOTO)Event sponsors Rob and Elizabeth Hazelton enjoy the ARC evening with Ladybug Fund co-founder and Board Chair Thom Horsey (middle.)

"We appreciate being part of the ARC effort. The chance to contribute to the Ladybug Fund, which benefits children, literally gives you goosebumps," said Don Stevens, owner of Stevens Jewelers and an ARC Board of Directors member.

In addition, Custom Kitchens, Inc. donated their design studio for a "unique evening" consisting of a food and wine tasting for 20 guests at their Design Studio on Horsepen Road, with food prepared by Chef Wes Holland of Any Occasion Catering and wine provided by Thom Horsey of Rodney Strong Wine Estates. This auction item was so popular that Custom Kitchens offered to repeat it, with a total of $7,000 raised for ARC.

"The owners of Custom Kitchens, Richard and David Hendrick, were happy to make a 'double donation' to such a worthy cause," said Meg Downs of Custom Kitchens. "Custom Kitchens is pleased to support the families of children with special needs through such a successful event."

(PHOTO) Gus and Eileen Remppies, longtime ARC supporters and sponsors for the event, enjoy the Ladybug Fund winetasting held at Plant Zero on May 2, 2009