Timothy Shriver, Chairman and CEO of Special Olympics, will be honored by The Arc of Northern Virginia at its Mardi Gras in October gala to be held on Saturday, October 16, 2010 at the Hyatt Regency Reston (VA) Town Center. The Arc of NoVa is the area’s leading nonprofit membership organization representing and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.
Since taking the helm at Special Olympics organization in 1996, Mr. Shriver has helped transform the nearly 50-year-old organization into a national and international movement that focuses on respect, acceptance, and inclusion for individuals with intellectual disabilities.
“We are honoring Tim Shriver for his national and worldwide leadership and effectiveness in advancing the rights of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to live ‘a life like yours’ in their communities,” said Nancy Mercer, Co-Executive Director of The Arc of NoVa.
“The Arc of NoVa’s self-advocates led a successful effort to end Virginia’s official use of the “R word” – retardation – and now, with the support of Tim Shriver and millions of Special Olympics athletes, this and other initiatives are taking off nationwide,” added Alan Harbitter, Gala Chairman.
The Arc of NoVa’s work will be showcased and celebrated at its second Mardi Gras-themed gala on October 16, featuring authentic New Orleans cuisine, live auction, a costume parade, and the irresistible dance music of the world-renowned Rockin’ Dopsie and the Zydeco Twisters. Tickets, sponsorship, and an online auction of original Mardi Gras masks signed by celebrities are now available at: www.thearcofnova.org/gala2010.