Leo’s Letter: $73,800

It’s a big number. But I’ll get back to that in a moment.

By now, you probably know that we cancelled our 65th Anniversary Celebration. We made the call – just days before a State of Emergency was declared – to protect our guests and their families, many of whom are members of “vulnerable” populations, from the spread of COVID-19.

This event is the biggest single source of revenue for The Arc of Massachusetts, and the cancellation is having a serious negative impact on the funding that sustains our advocacy, outreach, and education. In fact, a conservative estimate shows that we anticipate a shortfall of at least $73,800 from lower auction bidding, reduced fund-a-need, and sponsorships. For a very small nonprofit like The Arc of Massachusetts such a loss can be disastrous, so you can image it was a very difficult choice.

But difficult choices are all too familiar for families with loved ones who have disabilities. And no matter what, the people we fight for each and every day are depending on us – all of us – to continue our crucial work.

That’s why we are asking you to step up and help us fill the gap.

Make a gift to the annual fund.

Bid on great items in the online auction when it opens on March 23.

Participate in the fund-a-need appeal.

Ask your friends to join you in contributing to programs and advocacy that help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and autism.

Let’s not let the thousands of people in Massachusetts who count on us to advocate for them down.

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