Special Olympics gold medalist heads to Mid-South | Arts & Culture
Loretta Claiborne will be the guest speaker for The Arc Mid-South’s 16th Annual “Achieve Beyond Expectation” Benefit Gala, designated to raise funds for the agency’s crucial work for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). On Saturday, October 15th at Hilton Memphis, The Arc Mid-South will roll out the red carpet for the event as the agency welcomes Claiborne to the Mid-South to testify how she “Achieves Beyond Expectation.”
Claiborne was born partially blind and was unable to talk or walk until the age of four. As a world-class runner who has completed more than 26 marathons, Claiborne has achieved great success despite having an intellectual disability. She is an American global speaker who currently serves on the Special Olympics Board of Directors, and the recipient of the 1996 Arthur Ashe ESPY Courage Award. In 2000, Claiborne’s life was the subject of “The Loretta Claiborne Story," a Disney made for TV movie. “The Arc’s mission is always in the limelight of our premier fundraising event,” shares Executive Director, Carlene Leaper. “It’s pizzazz with a purpose, and we are honored to have this year’s headliner share her experience with a disability. Ms. Claiborne is also a member of The Arc. This connection is sure to give her gala presentation special resonance."
The 16th Annual “Achieve Beyond Expectation” Benefit Gala is presented by FedEx, Nike and MLGW. In addition to Claiborne, the evening will include a cocktail reception, gourmet dinner, and community award ceremony. There will be great attention on the live and silent “Fund-A-Need” auctions, which benefit The Arc’s summer camp and monthly retreat program. Mid-South socialites in attendance include the evening’s moderator, WMC-TV’s Kym Clark, R&B Sensation Will Graves & Soul, and jazz guitarist Charlton Johnson.
Purchase tickets now by calling 901-327-2473 or by visiting www.thearcmidsouth.org. If you’d like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with the Executive Director, Carlene Leaper, please call Tamara Jones at 901-327-2473, ext 406 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About The Arc Mid-South
Based in Memphis, The Arc Mid-South is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to achieve their full potential. The Arc Mid-South is a local chapter of The Arc, the largest and oldest human rights organization serving more than 1 million people with I/DD and their families. The Arc is not an acronym; always refer to us as The Arc, not The ARC and never ARC. The Arc should be considered as a title or a phrase. In addition, for purposes of brevity, after the initial phrasing: intellectual and developmental disabilities you will note the abbreviation I/DD.