FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Director of Marketing & Communications
Springfield, Ore. — July 10, 2019 — The Arc Lane County will host Play Your Part, a virtual talent show to inspire children and youth of all abilities to share their unique talent with the greater community. The winner of the talent show will win a $100 gift card and will be announced at the Play Your Part Virtual Auction on August 21.
Children and youth 18 years and younger are invited to submit a home video showcasing their unique talent to The Arc Lane County during the month of July. All videos must be emailed to Sina Gilbert, The Arc Lane County event coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org. The video will be posted on the Arc Park Facebook page. Family, friends and community members will then be encouraged to like and share the videos. The video that receives the most “likes” on Facebook will be deemed the winner.
The winner of the talent show will be announced at the Play Your Part Virtual Auction on August 21 to benefit the building of the first phase of the Arc Park, a welcoming, accessible and inclusive play space to be built in Springfield. The winning video will also be broadcast at the event.
“Children and youth are living through a historic time, and as a result of the pandemic, many summer activities have been limited,” says Pam Ring, executive director of The Arc Lane County. “The Play Your Part Virtual Talent Show will give children an outlet to share their talent and give the entire community something to rally behind and support during this unique time.”
The Arc Park will provide people of all ages and all abilities the freedom and safety to explore, play, imagine and dream big together. The $2 million dollar project will be one of the only inclusive and fully accessible parks in the Pacific Northwest.
The park will include something for everyone to enjoy, including ADA-accessible play structures, an expansive stage for imaginative play and community events, smooth pathways for easy transitions for people who use wheelchairs, water and sand play areas, family-friendly restrooms, picnic areas and sensory areas with interactive activities.
The Arc is scheduled to break ground on the first phase of the Arc Park this fall. The first phase includes the Comcast Amphitheater, a two-story theater that will be accessible to people of all abilities. The amphitheater will also include an accessible turf that will create a great space for community events, such as plays, concerts and future talent shows.
The Arc Lane County, a grassroots nonprofit, provides services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families living in Lane County. The mission of The Arc is to advocate to enhance the dignity, expand the opportunities, and protect the rights of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. The Arc envisions a world in which all persons have the support they need for personal development, independence, and interdependence with family and friends, and inclusion in the community. Learn more about The Arc Lane County at www.arclane.org.