The Arc of Katy Announces Founder’s Award, Volunteers of Year honorees

The Arc of Katy today announced its 2020 honorees for the Ann Davis Founder’s Award and Volunteers of the Year. The honorees will be recognized April 3 at The Arc of Katy’s 2020 Gala Celebrating Hometown Heroes at the Omni Houston Westside.

Therese Lattal will be recognized as The Arc of Katy Ann Davis Founder’s Award recipient. Don and Sheryll Butler will be honored as the organization’s Volunteers of the Year.

“The Arc of Katy is proud to recognize Therese Lattal and the Butlers for the amazing contributions they have made to the quality and growth of our organization,” said Fred Shafer, president of The Arc of Katy. “As the need for our services continues to grow, we can meet those needs with first class programming thanks to the efforts of supporters like these.”

The Arc of Katy provides opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) to enable them to be included as respected and active members of the community throughout their lifetimes. 

“It’s such a blessing to work with the amazing individuals at The Arc of Katy,” said Lattal, who has supported the organization in a variety of roles during the past 15 years.

Lattal has served as a volunteer and as both an instructor and director for The Arc of Katy Day Program for adults and teens with I/DD.  In 2013, after hearing pleas from parents ‘to keep their children and adults moving’, Lattal started the Be Strong Program. She worked with Rhonda Johnstone (2019 Ann Davis Founder’s Award recipient) to develop an exercise program for participants in The Arc of Katy Day Program. The Be Strong Program now includes aquatics classes (both therapeutic and aerobic) and access to treadmills, stationary bikes, weights and various other muscle strengthening equipment. 

“Our goal is to improve our participants’ stamina, flexibility, balance and self-esteem,” said Lattal of the Be Strong Program. “It has been such a joy to see this program grow and to see individuals’  self-confidence and physical well-being improve.”

Over the past 15 years, Lattal has seen The Arc of Katy Day Program grow from eight participants to more than 50.

The Arc of Katy 2020 Volunteers of the Year, Don and Sheryll Butler, also became involved with the organization 15 years ago, when they started searching for an adult day program for their son Keith.

“The Arc of Katy was a great fit for us, and we had no idea how much it would change our lives,” Sheryll Butler said. “We are grateful for the experiences Keith has had at The Arc of Katy which gives participants the opportunity to socialize, learn, make new friends and be a part of their community. We are most amazed by the compassionate staff and the attention and care they give to all participants.”

The Butlers have volunteered for numerous events and projects with The Arc of Katy, such as the Color Run for a Cause, the Barn Dance, the Piccadilly Market and even “some labor-intensive moving of supplies”.

The Butlers and Lattal will be honored at The Arc of Katy Gala April 3 at the Omni Houston Westside. For more information about The Arc of Katy 2020 Gala and opportunities for sponsoring, underwriting, donating auction items or attending, please visit the event website here:  https://thearcofkaty.ejoinme.org/MyEvents/TheArcofKaty2020Gala/tabid/1110283/Default.aspx. The Gala is The Arc of Katy’s major fundraiser for the year. Funds generated from the Gala will support ongoing delivery of high quality, safe, affordable programs that provide skills development, social enrichment and community service activities for adults and teens with I/DD. As the Katy Area community and special needs programs in area schools grow, additional funding is needed to expand services and resources for more youth and adults with I/DD and their families.

            For more information, contact Margaret Laney at 832.541.3809.

The Arc of Katy is a 501(c)(3) under federal tax guidelines.  Our mission is to provide opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) that enable each person to be included as a respected and active member of their community throughout their lifetime.