Guardian Spring 2006 Volume 58, Number 2 A publication of The ARC of Essex County, a non-profit agency serving persons with mental retardation and their families since 1948. A Magical Tricky Tray F riday evening, February 3 was the annual Tricky Tray sponsored by The Candle Lighters. This year’s theme was Mardi Gras Magic, and the evening lived up to its name. The tables were beautifully decorated with Mardi Gras masks and strands of colorful beads. As usual, the event was completely sold out several weeks in advance, and over 500 people were there to Trish Colucci, former A wonderful array of prizes. chairperson of the event, win prizes and raffles and support announces the winning The Candle Lighters and The ARC of hours of work to make this a successful event. raffle ticket. Kudos to Peggy Romano, who headed the prize Essex County. There were over 350 prize baskets committee. We would also like to give special and gift certificates to tempt one’s interests, thanks to the Flatley family. Their youngest child whatever they might be. Throughout the evening, is a student in our Stepping Stones program and happy winners came to claim their prizes. There the older children have come to the event for were also opportunities to purchase ShopRite several years bringing friends and they all help raffle tickets to win gift cards for $200, $300 and us pull tickets and run prizes to the winners. $500. Three winners of the Fair Share raffle walked away with cash prizes of approximately We offer sincere appreciation to all of those $400, $600 and $1000. individuals and companies who contributed items for prizes. For the last two years, Village Many people remarked on both the quantity and Supermarkets have sold us the ShopRite Gift the quality of the prizes offered. Thanks must be Certificates for our ShopRite Raffle at half price, Marnie McNany, president given to the co-chairpersons, Kathleen Foley and so that we can augment our bottom line - a of The Candle Lighters, welcoming over 500 guests. Carol Negvesky, and all the Tricky Tray committee wonderful help. members, donors and volunteers who put in Volunteers of all ages helped us deliver over three hundred prizes to the winners. The 2005 ARC of New Jersey Awards Celebration The ARC of Essex County Appears on WABC TV’s “Viewpoint” S u n d a y, February 12 was a very exiting day for us. Ron Carr, President of The ARC of Essex County, Christine Hasenbein, a Stepping Stone mother and member of the ARC Essex Foundation Board of Trustees, and Roberta Zweifler, From left to right: Theodore Stieve, President of The Arc of New Jersey, Joseph Dimino, Director of Development, appeared on Executive Director of The ARC of Essex County, Vanessa Tyler, New Jersey Correspondent Channel 7’s “Viewpoint,” a program that for The News at Ten on Channel 11, Ron Carr, President of The ARC of Essex County, Tracey Hogan, Director of Human Resources at Ryan Beck, Tom Buffuto, Executive Director of focuses on cultural events and positive The Arc of New Jersey and Roberta Ruben Zweifler, Director of Development, The ARC community efforts in New York City, of Essex County Long Island and New Jersey. They were O n November 29, several hundred people, representing all nineteen Arcs in interviewed by Steve Bartelstein, an New Jersey, gathered to celebrate the best in individual, organizational Anchor of Eyewitness News. and corporate support for people with developmental disabilities in The group discussed their personal 2005. We are delighted to announce the winners that were nominated by The involvement with The ARC and how ARC of Essex County: people’s attitudes and the services Vanessa Tyler, WPIX – TV and The Tribune Foundation for the offered to those in the developmentally Community Media Excellence Award. Vanessa has been the emcee for the disabled community have improved last three annual Runs, as well as our Gala two years ago. She does everything over the years. They also discussed the she can to provide us with air time and free event publicity and has introduced Stepping Stones program and its need us to Carlos Austin of The Tribune Foundation, who has endorsed our request for a new building. There was a very for funds and included The ARC in its Tribune Foundation reception where friendly and congenial atmosphere in large cash gifts are presented. the television studio. Steve Bartelstein Also recognized that evening were extraordinary individuals, organizations took a particular interest in what was and businesses that supported our annual “Building Tomorrows” 5K Run/2 Mile said. He told us that when he was a Walk. These heroes gave it their all to ensure the success of this endeavor. young boy growing up in South Chicago, his mother’s job was to teach life skills Special mention was given to: to developmentally disabled consumers. • Ryan Beck for committing a substantial cash gift and becoming the As our conversation continued, Steve Grand Sponsor of the Run. and Christine discovered that Steve knew • Mark Conniff, one of our consumers, who lives in our Marmon Christine’s brother, who is the host of the Apartment Program. For the last two years Mark has distinguished television show “This Old House.” himself by bringing in well over the $5,000 in sponsorship money that The broadcast allowed us the opportunity has qualified him to win a top prize – a stay at the Spa at Grand Lake to introduce The ARC of Essex County to in Lebanon, Connecticut. 36,000 households in the Greater New We are thrilled to be associated with these folks and thank them so much for York Area. We are most grateful for that their friendship and support of The ARC of Essex County. opportunity. page 2 Get Ready for the Best 5K Run/2 Mile Walk Yet! O n Saturday, April 1, The ARC of stores, hotels and restaurants have Essex County will have its Eighth contributed. Annual “Building Tomorrows” 5K Run/2 Although, we have had several Mile Walk. For the first time in the Run’s teams involved in our event in past history, we have two Grand Sponsors – years, this year will have even more. Most Provident Bank and The Wine Library. of our corporate sponsors are working on Every year, support for this event grows and forming corporate teams and some are even grows and we are delighted to report paying the registration fees for their employees the trend is continuing. We have that participate. You, too, can put a team together. more sponsors than ever before. At this writing, more than $90,000 in Don’t be left out in the cold. Join us on Saturday, April 1 at sponsorships have been committed by various Brookdale Park. There are wonderful snacks thanks corporations, foundations, small businesses to Whole Foods, Applegate Farm and District 8 NJ and individuals. Particularly inspiring is the Free & Accepted Masons. Tranquil Therapeutic fact that almost all of the vendors that The Massage and Bodywork, Inc. will provide free ARC uses have offered support. Vanessa Tyler, massages. A clown and a DJ will make sure that our favorite news correspondent on WPIX News everyone is happy. at Ten on Channel Eleven, returns as our emcee The Race begins at 9:30 a.m. and registration is from 7:30 a.m. for the fourth year and will bring her cameraman with her. Get to 9:15 a.m. Only April Fools will be at home. ready to watch us on the news. We have more prizes than we have ever had for those participants in the Run or Walk that bring in their own sponsorship dollars. We have also made it easier for people to win those prizes. Go to www.firstgiving.com/arcnj and click on the “Get Started” button. Find The ARC of Essex County on the list of New Jersey Arcs. It only takes a few minutes to create your online Personal Fundraising Page. Then send the link to your page out to family, friends and colleagues. You could win a stay at Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic, a fabulous weekend at the Hilton Short Hills or a two-night stay at The Spa at Grand Lake in Lebanon, Connecticut. We also have dozens of other very special prizes that generous and caring corporations, Fantasize About Golf as You Shovel the Snow Y es, this is March have a wonderful morning, delicious lunch and then hustle ARC Essex Foundation and not ideal off to work until our cocktail hour begins at 6:15 p.m. It golf weather, but start is perfect for local business executives and retired golfers. thinking about our The later tee-off is ideal for those that come from New York, XVIII Golf Classic XVIII on Monday, September Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. We netted approximately $150,000 last year and, because 18, 2006, sponsored by Golf Classic XVIII The ARC Essex Foundation of the financial crunch in Trenton, we must work harder this year to increase the proceeds. If you would like us to at Rock Spring Club in West hold a spot for you or your foursome or if you can obtain a Orange. In the past, most golfing sponsorship for the event from your business relationships, spots were committed before the golf invitations were mailed family members, social contacts or employer, please contact out. As a result, we now have two tee-off times to satisfy the Roberta Zweifler at (973) 535-1181, ext. 1224. demand. One begins at 7:30 a.m. and the other at 12:45 p.m. The early tee-off is priced more favorably and allows you to In the meantime, please mark your calendars for a fun day! page 3 Home Assistance Program Holiday Party O n Wednesday, December 7, twenty-two families in the Home Assistance Program, as well as ARC staff including In- Home Respite Director Jayne Gaer, Program Assistant, Michael Suggs and case workers Margaret Johnson, Lorraine Harris and Marie Veix celebrated the holidays in grand style. The Home Assistance Program provides economically disadvantaged families whose parents are developmentally disabled and/or their children are developmentally disabled with guidance, support and navigation of local, state and federal social services in addition to assistance with daily living skills.The holiday party took place at the Knights of Columbus Lodge in Livingston and was catered by Mrs. Bettie Strickland and her students from East Orange High School’s home economics class. Gill St. Bernard’s party. school has a food drive and brings food bags for every family. es at the holiday ng themselv Family enjoyi The students from the Gill St. Bernard’s were on hand to help in The Hudson the serving of food, caretaking of children and to lend support in every way possible. The families enjoyed a visit from Santa The following individuals, groups, organizations and businesses (a.k.a. Associate Executive Director Al Ianacone) and a prayer made the day a special one. We thank them for their of thanks was given by Executive Director Joseph Dimino. In contributions of time, products and cash donations. addition to all the festivities, all families received gifts and food ARC Bergen/Passaic that were generously donated. Gill St. Bernard School in Gladstone Knights of Columbus #3533 Polo Ralph Lauren CGI-AMS Brookdale Christian School in Bloomfield Toys for Tots Adopt-A-Family Donors In addition to this group of wonderful donors, Sean and Mary O’Neill of Cedar Grove called The ARC and asked if they could purchase gifts for one of our families. They bought dolls for the Santa Claus. little girl, sweatshirts for the young boy and bed linens for their ddaugh ter Tessa with and her gran mother. We are grateful to have such wonderful, giving friends. Mary Wadge Avenues Visited by Cerebral Palsy of NJ The consumers at Avenues were visited by the staff and members of Cerebral Palsy of NJ who played instruments and love songs for those in the Avenues program. An enjoyable experience was had by all. Avenues participants with Cerebral Palsy staff member. page 4 Special Young Adults American Legion Makes The Special Young Adults received donated Christmas wreaths Donation to from Our Lady of Mount Carmel School. Special Young Adults T he Nutley Amer ican Legion Post #70 made a generous gift to our Special Young Adults program (SYA) in January. Tony Giansanti and Chad Gallagher of SYA accept the donation from American Legion Post g Adults and staff Chairman Harry Bottino and Commander Rich McClintick. Special Youn WANT TO MEET PEOPLE YOU CAN REALLY ADMIRE? Enrich your life! P lan to attend our Annual Meeting on Monday, June 19 at 7:30 p.m. at our administrative offices at 123 Naylon Avenue in Livingston. Every year we honor individuals and organizations that have gone the extra mile for The ARC of ers, Essex County. They may be your friends, neighbors, groups er of Preach from the Ord Special Young you have heard about – or possibly even you. There is an ster Arle ne Oswald, Nutley with Far right: Si el Church in abundance of wonderful people who have helped our Mount Carm Our Lady of aff Adults and st consumers in unique and distinctive ways. Join us as we celebrate their kindness. Nutley Rotary and Special Young Adults Work Together T he Nutley Rotary Club wanted to bring the entire township of Nutley together for one night to celebrate the wonders of the world and also to remember those who are suffering. The plan was to encourage all residents of Nutley to line every residential street with luminaries (candles that go in bags) on the evening of December 21, 2005. This effort was meant as a gesture of support for those serving in the military both at home and abroad, to symbolize hopes for peace in the world Car Donations Accepted and aspirations for joy in the winter holidays. When it’s time to buy a new car, consider donating your old Nutley’s Special Young Adults (SYA) along with Anne Rotonda, car to The ARC of Essex County. Although the IRS tax laws the Director of SYA, helped to assemble these “Winter Lights” on car donations have changed, there are still wonderful tax kits, which Nutley residents bought through the Rotary Club. benefits for the donor. So, if there is a new car in your future, It was a privilege for our Special Young Adults to be involved we would love to hear from you. Please contact Al Ianacone in this meaningful work and part of a community-wide at 973-535-1181, ext. 1239. undertaking. page 5 Books Worth Reading Candle Lighter Corner A O utism Spectrum n January 28, 2006, the Candle Lighters combined one Disorder (ASD) is of their Tricky Tray Wrap Nights with a Candle Lighter much more common than meeting. At that time, they presented the slate for 2006. We it was a generation ago congratulate the following: and yet we don’t know why. In the book, Making OFFICERS Peace with Autism, Susan Senator describes President.................................................Marnie McNany the frustrations and joys of raising Nathaniel, her 1st Vice President ............................... Ginny Jakimowicz first-born, and provides rich details about the 2nd Vice President ....................................Peggy Romano complex world of autism. The book is filled with Corresponding Secretary .................................Juliet Pratt solid, practical advice addressing such varied issues Recording Secretary ......................... Maureen Leonardis as preparing for an individual education plan (IEP), managing the specialists that work with your child and Treasurers ........................................ Susan & Paul Fuller even preparing for a successful beach vacation with your autistic child. She writes with honesty about the TRUSTEES differences she and her husband have on child-rearing techniques, difficult sibling interactions and the struggle Susan Amato Christine Hasenbein Christine Eibs Singer to find strategies to control Nat’s challenging behaviors. Judy Bellina Ellen Lev Ethel Smith Making Peace with Autism, by Susan Senator is a Lee Bergman Nancy Marion Cheryl Thomas book that every parent of an autistic or developmentally disabled child should read. It provides tremendous Kris Ferraro Maureen O’Brien Janice Vitiello insight into the mind of an autistic person and leaves Rose Fox Jill Perlmutter the reader with great compassion towards those that struggle with ASD. It is published by Trumpeter. Poetry from Family Fun Day Hirsch Lazar Silverman P ut Sunday, May 21 on your calendar. The H irsch Lazar Silverman, a life member of The ARC of Candle Lighters are having their Annual May Essex County and a clinical and forensic psychologist, Event. It will take place at the Hanover Manor professor, author and poet, has recently written In Search between 12:00 and 4:00 in the afternoon. Children of Lost Time, a book of poems. The book is dedicated to of all ages and their parents and grandparents are his daughter, Hyla, who is developmentally disabled welcome. This year is a special one as The Candle and a consumer at the Livingston Community Resource Lighters celebrate the 50th Birthday of Camp Hope program. Dr. Silverman has graciously permitted us to in East Hanover. print the poem of dedication to Hyla. The Annual Ad Journal that raises money for the Besieged by truth within, Stepping Stones Early Intervention Program, Camp Her mind walled in by shadows Hope, the Parent-to-Parent Program and Recreation Watching the Time of Man pass programs will be previewed. We hope that many Like quiet clouds, and guided of our advertisers will be present so that we can Patiently by life and God . . . personally thank them for their support. She gives us understanding. Get your dancing shoes on. There will be a DJ, a We congratulate Dr. Silverman on the publication of his buffet luncheon and special surprise treats. See latest work, and thank him for sharing this poem with you on May 21. us. page 6 Stepping Stones Mom to be Honored Employee by the Association of Fundraising Recognition Professionals Luncheon O H n April 18 at the Crystal Plaza, our own Christine Hasenbein will be anover Manor in honored by the New Jersey Chapter of AFP as Outstanding Philanthropist. East Hanover will Christine has been involved with The ARC of Essex County since 2000. Over the again be the location past five years, her commitment in terms of volunteerism, service, leadership of The ARC of Essex and philanthropic giving has grown. Christine and her husband Klaus are the County Employee largest individual donors in the history of the agency. We once asked Christine Recognition Luncheon. what made her so giving. She said that growing up in a home with five brothers After many years of and one bathroom taught her to share. December luncheons, last year it was decided The ARC of Essex County is delighted that the Awards Committee of the to change the time of year Association of Fundraising Professionals has chosen to honor Christine at their to the spring, to avoid the 2006 “Celebrating Excellence in Philanthropy” Dinner. possibility of bad winter weather. Positive feedback about the time change was received at Stepping Stones Holiday Party last year’s luncheon. This year’s date is Friday, May 12, 2006, T he annual Stepping Stones Family Holiday Party took place on Thursday, and we are looking forward to seeing ARC December 22, 2005. Santa Claus arrived with bells ringing and children employees at the Hanover Manor for an singing, anticipating with joy the gifts they would receive from Santa. After enjoyable afternoon. a half hour of holiday songs with “Music Mary” everyone gathered around Santa to hear their name called. Students and siblings alike unwrapped their presents in gleeful anticipation of what they would receive. As in years Employee News W past, Sax Macy Fromm conducted a toy drive and showered us with dozens e welcome the following new .N. of gifts. This year the children from F Brown Elementary School in Verona employees to The ARC of Essex also purchased gifts for our students to County: Olayiwola Adegbonmire receive from Santa. Desserts, juice – Program Aide; Roseline Aiyegbayo and coffee were the refreshments of – Technician; Kevin Alvarado – Asst. the day and a wonderful time was Program Manager; Manuel Burse – had by all. Counselor; Ludny Charles – Counselor; Eu Choo – Program Aide; Gary Closeil – Weekend Aide; Julia D’Attolico – Counselor; Aubrey Dorisme – Program Aide; Jason Dotson – Weekend Aide; Timothy Hall – Group Respite Worker; Barbra Harris – Program Aide; Blanche Henry – Counselor; Albert Hernandez with Santa. – Program Manager; Nieka Jones – Asst. udent Cianti Preschool st Program Manager; Rachael LaVecchia – Group Respite Worker; Rason Lighty – Technician; Mukoma Muriuki – Asst. Program Manager; Hong Ngo – Aide One-to-One; Evelyn Ngwa – Counselor; Rochelle Olin – Human Resources; el with udent Micha Preschool st Marion Siculietano – Substitute Adult Santa. Services; Shanay Strothers – Technician; and Sherri Tate – Weekend Aide. Congratulations and welcome to all! page 7 DIRECTIONS TO THE ARC OF MONMOUTH, 1158 WAYSIDE ROAD, TINTON FALLS, NEW JERSEY 07712 FROM NORTHERN NEW JERSEY via ROUTE 35 SOUTH: via ROUTE 18 SOUTH: via 33 and 34 via GARDEN STATE PARKWAY SOUTH: 1. Make right at Wyckoff Road West (Burger 1. Take Route 18 South to Exit 15B for 1. Route 33 will merge with Route 34. Follow 1. Take the Garden State Parkway South to King is on left, PNC Bank is on right). Wayside Road South. to Collingswood Circle. Exit 105. 2. Cross over Route 36 and past Monmouth 2. At trafﬁc light turn left onto Shafto/Wyckoff 2. At circle go 3/4 around following signs for 2. Bear right after the toll plaza. Mall. Proceed through trafﬁc light at Hope Road. Route #547 North, Eatontown. 3. Turn right at the ﬁrst trafﬁc light, onto Hope Road intersection. 3. At ﬁrst trafﬁc light; make a right onto 3. Following 1st trafﬁc light, make jughandle Road. Wayside Road. and cross over 33 onto 547 North. 3. Bear right and enter jughandle. Cross over 4. The Arc Center is the ﬁrst building on the 4. Continue on 547 for approximately 4.5 4. Go to the ﬁrst trafﬁc light and turn right Wyckoff/Shafto Road onto Wayside Road. left. miles. onto Wyckoff/Shafto Road. 4. The Arc Center is the ﬁrst building on the FROM WESTERN, CENTRAL NJ 5. Bear right and enter jughandle. Cross over left. 5. At the trafﬁc light immediately beyond via I-195: Wyckoff/Shafto Rd onto Wayside Road. overpass, make a right onto Wayside Road. 1. Take Interstate 195 to exit for Garden State 6. The Arc Center is the ﬁrst building on the 6. The Arc Center is the ﬁrst building on the Parkway North or Route 18 North. left. left. 2. Follow appropriate directions above. page 8 Federal Tax Benefits for Disability & the Law- Parents of Children with Items of Interest Learning Disabilities By Herbert D. Hinkle, Esq. & Ira M. Fingles, Esq. Year 2005 Tax Benefits for Parents of Children H with Learning Disabilities is a guide which provides ere are some helpful hints a brief summary of the most significant federal income for parents who are or tax benefits. Because tax laws are complex, and many tax might become involved with preparers often do not have occasion to use these unique special education due process tax benefits, families are at risk of losing refunds worth hearings. In most cases, parents many thousands of dollars. Tax decisions should not be will usually bear the burden of made simply on the basis of the information provided in proof. Hearing officers or judges this guide. Consult your tax advisor as well. Reference this in special education cases usually guide, which can be found at: http://www.schwablearning. rule in favor of the side with the org/articles.asp?r=1065 greatest credible evidence. The following are some helpful suggestions: • Secure a qualified independent evaluator/consultant. Have Fun with the • Ensure that all important communications are captured in Livingston Advisory writing. • Make sure that the student’s records accurately reflect the Committee for “whole student.” Disabilities • Don’t let emotions run out of control. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The Livingston Advisory Committee for Disabilities T invites all children with special needs to their he Individuals With Disabilities Act provides for the free activities and events. You do not have to be a education of children with disabilities between the ages of Livingston resident to participate 3 to 21. Children between the ages of 3 to 5 are entitled to free and the activities are free of appropriate preschool programs tailored to meet their individual charge. Parents must accompany needs. Children 3 and older are also entitled to receive related their children. services needed to benefit from an appropriate education program, which includes such things as: transportation, physical The Sports Program includes and occupational therapy, speech therapy and psychological basketball, softball, kickball, and soccer. services. When necessary, school districts must provide residential It meets every Wednesday through June 7, placements for students to benefit from special education. An 2006 from 3:30 - 4:30 PM (excluding extended school program during the summer months must be April 12th) at: Monmouth Court provided by the school district when it is needed to prevent a Community Center,25 Monmouth student from seriously regressing. School districts have no more than 90 days from the time a child is identified to conduct an Court, Livingston. Please evaluation, prepare an Individual Education Plan and begin contact Bob Gebroe providing services. for more information (973) 610-0748. There is information available to parents regarding special needs trusts and government benefits. These special needs trusts Consider attending the “Welcome to are necessary especially for individuals with a lifelong disability Spring Party” on Saturday, April 22nd who receive or are likely to receive assets either through personal from 12 to 2 at the Livingston Senior and injury litigation or from an inheritance. It is very important in Community Center, 204 Hillside Avenue. most cases to have the assets in trust so that the consumer is not There will be pizza, crafts, a DJ and a lot of disqualified from receiving government benefits. fun. For more detailed information on topics of interest to parents of children with disabilities, browse the website www.hinkle1.com. Call (973) 535-7925 for more information. page 9 We welcome Mr. Joseph Wachala As a new Life Member of The ARC of Essex County T R I BUT E S Tributes are a beautiful way to acknowledge those you care for, and at the same time, help those in need. To purchase a tribute, please call Bernice Engel at (973) 535-1181, ext. 1227. Tributes from November 8, 2005 – February 10, 2006 SPECIAL OCCASIONS: IN MEMORY OF: Brother of Eti Horn Mary Anne Bergamini with thanks Russell Bergman (Rusty) Roberta & Walter Zweifler for your help Dawn Bonelli Gay Keyes Rebecca Abrams Joanne Carver Roberta & Walter Zweifler Robert Berke in honor of his New Maria Covello Father of Elizabeth Krynska York Times fame Mark, Dot & Jim Conniff Roberta & Walter Zweifler Roberta & Walter Zweifler Cathy, Phil, Chris & Jack Cronin Ida & Palmo D’Uva Joshua Lowy In honor of the birth of Madeline Judy & Steven Elbaum Lee & Arthur Bergman Brooke Gat Lee & Arthur Bergman Jane Gilbert Tim O’Connell Heidi Kovacs Lee & Arthur Bergman Julie Anne & Barry Osherow in honor of their wonderful news Norma Millison William Raymond Roberta & Walter Zweifler Abby Rubin Roberta & Walter Zweifler Dr. Barbara Starr Ellen & Peter Zeman in honor of Arnold Rosenberg our friendship Margaret & John Waters Roberta & Walter Zweifler Gail & Mel Goldblatt Ron Berson Leo Rosmarin Maria Goldsmith Judy & Steven Elbaum SPEEDY RECOVERY: Ruth Skudera Father of Allen Costa Alexis Soled Lee Schobert Roberta & Walter Zweifler Susan & Alan Hammer Esther Bugbee Tom Mongelli Lee & Arthur Bergman Connie Vitale Roberta Ruben Zweifler Lee & Arthur Bergman William Connor, Jr. Arthur Willner Christine & Robert Briggs Roberta & Walter Zweifler Barry Halper Roberta & Walter Zweifler Essex County Makes Gift to The ARC O n December 15, Albert Ianacone, the Associate Director of The ARC of Essex County (on the left), received a $9,500 check from Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr., Essex County Executive. This gift was a Community Development Block Grant to help The ARC of Essex County continue to offer essential quality services to the developmentally disabled community. We are proud to be recognized for our good works. page 10 Planning for Your Future and Why do Businesses Give to Charity? the Future of C ompanies exist to make money, but they regularly The ARC of Essex County give a great deal of it away. PricewaterhouseCoopers surveyed 350 C.E.O.s of privately-held companies that were Food for thought: identified in the news media as the fastest growing American • When you establish a Special Needs Trust for businesses over the last five years. Nearly three-quarters of your child so that he/she is taken care of after these companies gave to charity. Many contributed locally, your demise, have you thought about who you which gives them the ability to easily monitor the benefits will designate to receive the remainder of the and success of their contribution. They did it to show civic trust once your son or daughter passes on? responsibility, for public relations opportunities, or because it was a “pet” cause of senior management. The fact that these It would be wonderful if you would consider leaving companies were good citizens brought them unexpected the remainder to The ARC of Essex County in benefits. It helped them attract and retain key employees, memory of the departed. You could stipulate that and charity events allowed them the opportunity to network it be an unrestricted gift or restrict the proceeds with other business leaders. As a result, participating in to a special program or project that is dear to your philanthropic activities helped them win new business and heart. We will honor and respect your wishes. strengthen pre-existing contacts. • Have you thought about a Succession Ownership Moral of the story: Do good to others and good comes Plan for your family-owned business? back to you. Here is an idea. Establish an Employee Stock Ownership Plan. Donate 51% of the Company’s equity to The ARC of Essex County. This gives the Tip for Individuals Who Want owner a sizeable charitable income tax deduction to Help The ARC of Essex – more than 51% because a controlling interest has been donated. (You can purchase “Second to County O Die” life insurance in the amount equal to the 51% n mid-November, the Senate Finance Committee passed that has been given to The ARC.) The remaining a new tax provision, which allows people 70 1/2 or older 49% is placed into a Family Limited Partnership. to withdraw money from their individual retirement accounts The limited partnership ownership interests are and donate to charities tax free. then gifted to the succession owners (usually the children or grandchildren of the owners). Because a minority interest has been transferred to the new owners, the value of the gift is much lower than 49% because it is a minority interest and lacks control. The ARC cannot hold stock in a privately- owned business and sells it to the company’s Employee Stock Ownership Plan. The Employee Stock Ownership plan stipulates that vested and retired employees must sell the company shares that were allocated to their account back to the To explore these and other company’s corporate treasury. Over time, the ESOP implodes and the family limited partners own charitable opportunities, 100% of the Company’s equity. The ARC of Essex please contact County, the former owners, the employees and the Roberta Ruben Zweifler, CFRE, new owners all benefit from this plan. Uncle Sam doesn’t. Director of Development Please consult your tax advisors to refine these two gifting (973) 535-1181 ext. 1224. techniques to fit your individual situation. page 11 Non-Profit Org US Postage PAID Permit #70 Livingston, NJ 123 Naylon Avenue Livingston, NJ 07039 Address Service Requested March is Mental Retardation Awareness Month www.arcessex.org A United Way Member Agency Black United Fund of New Jersey SAVE THE DATE Tuesday, March 14, 2006 The ARC Essex Foundation Board Meeting 5:30 p.m. CIT Group, Inc. Offices 1 CIT Drive, Livingston 123 Naylon Avenue Livingston, NJ 07039 Monday, March 20, 2006 The ARC of Essex County Board Meeting www.arcessex.org 6:00 p.m. 123 Naylon Avenue, Livingston A United Way Member Agency Saturday, April 1, 2006 The ARC of Essex County “Building Tomorrows” Registration: 7:30 – 9:15 a.m. 8th Annual 5K Run/2 Mile Walk EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT STAFF Race Start Time: 9:30 a.m. Brookdale Park, Bloomfield Joseph L. Dimino Awards Ceremony: 10:45 a.m. Contact Diane Yanosh at (973) 535-1181, ext. 1230 Executive Director Albert C. Ianacone Associate Executive Director Tuesday, May 9, 2006 The ARC Essex Foundation Board Meeting Linda C. Lucas 5:30 p.m. at the home of Judy Elbaum Associate Executive Director GUARDIAN STAFF Friday, May 12, 2006 Employee Recognition Luncheon Editor: 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Hanover Manor, East Hanover Roberta Ruben Zweifler, CFRE Director of Development Monday, May 15, 2006 The ARC of Essex County Board Meeting Editorial Staff: 6:00 p.m. 123 Naylon Avenue, Livingston Bernice Engel, Donor Manager Diane Yanosh, Event Coordinator Sunday, May 21, 2006 Candle Lighter Family Event Wendy Keyes, Development Associate 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Hanover Manor, East Hanover Graphic Design: Contact Diane Yanosh at (973) 535-1181, ext. 1230 Sarah Rudisill Monday, June 19, 2006 The ARC of Essex County Annual Meeting We Want to Keep 7:30 p.m. 123 Naylon Avenue, Livingston You Informed Please provide us with your updated e-mail address. This will allow us to Monday, September 18, 2006 Golf Classic XVIII communicate quickly and efficiently Sponsored by The ARC Essex Foundation when the need arises.Call Bernice Rock Spring Club, West Orange Engel at (973) 535-1181, ext. 1227 Contact Roberta Zweifler at (973) 535-1181, ext. 1224 or send it to her at email@example.com.