The Arc of Katy celebrates 30th birthday with festive parking lot parade and more

The Arc of Katy celebrated our 30th anniversary with a parking lot parade and Facebook Live event that were huge successes.

“We are so thankful for all the support for our hugely successful 30th Anniversary celebration,” said Fred Shafer, president of The Arc of Katy. “During these times, when it’s easy to get down, the caring Katy community and our participants’ families really showed how to adapt and rally together to help us celebrate this milestone.”

The drive-through, parking lot parade featured 36 vehicles, many decorated specifically to celebrate the milestone with The Arc of Katy, which provides quality programs for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Additionally, the City of Katy provided a couple of motorcycles to lead off the parade as well as a police car and a Fire Truck. Contributing to the parade fun were a Katy ISD police car and Katy ISD Officer Teddy Cop Luis Santiago. The Katy Area Chamber also participated in the parade, as did several custom cars, including a 2014 Lotus Evora S and a 2016 Polaris Slingshot.

“Our participants had a blast both being in the parade and seeing all the fun vehicles,” Shafer said. “And our Facebook Live event that broadcast the parade was a big success too. Although this was not a fundraiser, one kind gentleman drove up at the end of the parade and provided a $2,000 donation!”

The donations didn’t stop there. All told, The Arc of Katy received in excess of $4,400 in much-needed support as a result of the celebration. In addition to the monetary donations, The Arc of Katy received donations of cookies from Ooh La La Dessert Boutique and gift cards from Chick fil-A. These were given away in goody bags to parade participants.

The Arc of Katy also received video birthday wishes from Texas State Rep. Gina Calanni, City of Katy Mayor Bill Hastings, Katy Area Chamber President/CEO Matthew Ferraro and The Arc of Texas Chief Executive Officer Jennifer Martinez. These videos were broadcast during the Facebook Live event.

“We are so blessed to have the support of the wonderful Katy community,” Shafer said. “Our participants truly enjoyed celebrating our 30th Anniversary. What a day it was!”

For more information about, or to make a donation to, The Arc of Katy, go to: www.thearcofkaty.org.