Events

You’re Invited to Join Us!

From a “Dine Out for Disabilities” night or an Advocacy Day in Richmond to an 8K Fun Run or our star-studded Hollywood Gala, there are numerous opportunities to get involved.  Amazing things happen when a community comes together.  We cordially and sincerely invite you to join us in supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families at any – or all – of these upcoming events.

 

Upcoming Special Events                    On-going Regular Events                    Past Special Events


 Upcoming Special Events

 

September, 2021

 

A Virtual Film Screening: Crip Camp

Followed by a discussion about the present state of equality for the disability community

 

Friday, September 17, 2021
6:30 p.m.
Free

 

 

 

Join us for the 2020 Sundance Film Festival acclaimed documentary, “Crip Camp”, followed by a panel discussion on the current state of disability equality.

 

From a summer camp experience of freedom and oneness came advocates who changed the world. During a time of civil unrest, of Vietnam war protests, and Woodstock, there was also an historic and heroic documentation of self-advocates being created. These individuals, with their own challenges, insisted on equal rights for themselves and for all those living a life of imposed limitations.

 

This documentary follows them from a memorable summer camp experience to decades later as they realize what’s important to them, and those like them. The messages within will move you and stick with you as you watch how these brave individuals sought out “a life like yours”.  The film is rated R for sexual references and some language.

 

Co-sponsored with Unity of Fairfax.

 

 

 

Opportunities Open Golf Tournament

Monday, September 20, 2021 – 7:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Raspberry Falls Golf & Hunt Club, Leesburg VA

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Presented by The Rotary Club of Dulles International Airport, and held at the Raspberry Falls Golf & Hunt Club, 41601 Raspberry Drive in Leesburg.  Since its inception, this event has raised more than $600,000 for local charities dedicated to helping make a positive difference in the lives of people with disabilities.

The event will begin with on-site registration opening at 7:15 a.m., followed by a 9:00 shotgun start.  Lunch begins at 2:00 p.m., and includes our program,  including the awards presentations, great raffle prizes, and a silent auction.

The Tournament supports The Arc of Northern Virginia, Every Citizen Has Opportunities (ECHO), ServiceSource and The Arc of Loudoun.

 

 

 

 

Dine Out at OPHDine Out for People with Disabilities

Thursday, September 23rd – 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

The Original Pancake House
7395 Lee Hwy, Falls Church, VA 22042

 

The Original Pancake House in Falls Church will host our first post-pandemic lock-down Dine Out event.  We love THIS pancake house for the good food and commitment to community service you’ve come to know and appreciate.  15% of proceeds for the entire day will be donated to The Arc of Northern Virginia. So take your family out for breakfast, invite your friends and coworkers to lunch, and support our mission all at the same time! time.

 

Throughout the year, local businesses help The Arc of Northern Virginia by hosting  fundraising events for our benefit. Each event is different and gives you a chance to enjoy a meal, meet our staff, members, and board of directors, all while supporting us.

 

 

 

October, 2021

 

 

Arctoberfest 2021Arctoberfest

 

We are sad to say that Arctoberfest will not be held this year.  While we have made great strides in the DMV and across the country in fighting the Coronavirus, we feel that a large, in-person gathering of this nature is just not yet appropriate for our community.  We’ll look forward to bringing back this beloved event in the fall of 2023.

 

 

 

 

November, 2021

 

 

2021 Annual MeetingThe Arc of Northern Virginia 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting

Thursday, November 18, 2021
Live, online via Zoom

On behalf of the Board of Directors, it is our pleasure and honor to invite you to join us for the 2021 Annual Meeting of the The Arc of Northern Virginia. The Annual Meeting is our opportunity to come together and recognize great achievements, dedicated volunteers and celebrate another year’s accomplishments. This is a great opportunity to learn more about what we do, who we are, and why we care about serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.

 

 

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 On-Going Events

 

Trust Presentations

Tia Marsili, Director of Trusts, will presents to families, siblings and adults with disabilities or others interested in learning about special needs trusts and other tools to consider when developing a plan for the future.

 

Workshops & Trainings

The Arc of Northern Virginia is an information and referral source for families and professionals. To keep families up-to-date on advocacy issues and provide information on disability issues we host and sponsor many educational seminars and workshops throughout the year.

 

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 Past Events

 

August, 2021

 

2021 Burke Lake 5k & 10k2021 Burke Lake 5K run

Held on Sunday, Aug 29th
Burke Lake Park, Fairfax Station VA

 

Again this year, Bishop’s Events presents the Burke Lake 5k and 10k run to benefit The Arc of Northern Virginia. Come out and enjoy these scenic 5k/10k courses through the trails of Burke Lake Park. Walkers and strollers are welcome to attend this event. Now offering a virtual run option for those who cannot make it on race day. You will receive a medal. Points count towards our Year-Long 5k, 10k, & Back of the Pack Series. Points will also count towards our Summer Series. Finisher’s medal, technical (Drifit) event shirt, and a chip-timed event.

 

 

 

 

May, 2021

 

 

2021 Team Challenge Registration Open

43rd Annual Corporate & Community Team Challenge

Held April 24 – May 2, 2021

 

The Arc of Northern Virginia’s Corporate and Community Team Challenge brings together companies and community to raise important funds to sustain and strengthen its vital programs, services, and advocacy for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Arc of Northern Virginia Corporate & Community Team Challenge is the premier corporate challenge foot race and the area’s only team-based race with teams of 5-7 runners.

 

Check out the album of photos on our Flickr page.

View the race results.

 

 

March, 2021

 

 

2021 Benefit Breakfast“A Life Like Yours” Virtual Benefit Breakfast

Presented on Thursday, March 25, 2021 

 

The Arc of Northern Virginia’s third annual “A Life Like Yours” Benefit Breakfast was presented as a virtual, online event again in 2021. The goal was to raise important funds to sustain and strengthen its vital programs, services, and advocacy for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

 

 

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November, 2020

 

A Virtual Wine Tasting EventA Virtual Wine Tasting Event

Helded on Friday, November 13, 2020

 

A chance to try a tasting flight of four exceptional wines from Walsh Family Wine, known for its delicious, authentic Virginia wines. This virtual wine tasting was led by Nate Walsh, a career winegrower dedicated to the production of premium wine right here in Virginia. The one-hour tasting allowed participants to taste four different four-ounce varietals from Walsh Family Wine. Then Nate conducted a bonus half-hour question and answer session to deepen wine knowledge further.

 

 

 

The Arc of Northern Virginia 2020 Annual Meeting

2020 Annual MeetingHeld on Thursday, November 5, 2020

On behalf of the Board of Directors, it is was our pleasure and honor to present the 2020 Annual Meeting of the The Arc of Northern Virginia. The Annual Meeting is our opportunity to come together and recognize great achievements, dedicated volunteers and celebrate another year’s accomplishments. We invite you to come celebrate the accomplishments of the last year alongside other members and friends of The Arc of Northern Virginia. This is a great opportunity to learn more about what we do, who we are, and why we care about serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.

 

 

Watch the Video

 

 

 

September, 2020

 

Dine Out for People with Disabilities

Dine Out at OPHHeld Thursday, September 24, 2020

The Original Pancake House in Falls Church hosted our second September Dine Out event.  We love THIS pancake house for the good food and commitment to community service you’ve come to know and appreciate.  15% of proceeds for the entire day will be donated to The Arc of Northern Virginia. So take your family out for breakfast, invite your friends and coworkers to lunch, and support our mission all at the same time! time.

Throughout the year, local businesses help The Arc of Northern Virginia by hosting  fundraising events for our benefit. Each event is different and gives you a chance to enjoy a meal, meet our staff, members, and board of directors, all while supporting us.

 

 

 

 

Team Challenge 2020

Results of the 42nd Annual Corporate & Community Team Challenge

 

Awards Ceremony held on  Sunday, September 13, 2020

 

 

 

 

Social distancing and a ban on large public gatherings didn’t stop us from presenting the 42st annual Corporate & Community Team Challenge. This year, the premier corporate challenge foot race and the area’s only team-based race with teams of 5-7 runners went virtual, and included more opportunities for individual runners and for walkers to particpate and compete as a team.

 

Check out the album of photos on our Flickr page.

Watch the awards ceremony on our YouTube channel.

 

 

 

 

June, 2020

 

virtual benefit breakfast

“A Life Like Yours” Virtual Benefit Breakfast

Friday, June 26, 2020 – Live on your computer or mobile device

 

The Arc of Northern Virginia’s second annual “A Life Like Yours” Benefit Breakfast was virtual, online event presented on Friday, June 26th. The goal was to raise important funds to sustain and strengthen its vital programs, services, and advocacy for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

 

March, 2020

 

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Wings For All 2020

Saturday, March 7, 2020 – Dulles International Airport

 

Wings for All is designed to alleviate some of the stress that families who have a child with a disability experience when traveling by air. The program provides families with the opportunity to practice entering the airport, obtain boarding passes, go through security and board a plane. Wings for All also gives airport, airline, Transportation Security Administration professionals and other personnel the opportunity to observe, interact and deliver their services in a structured, learning environment.

 

Check out the album of photos from Wings for All 2020.

 

 

December, 2019

 

Greater Merrifield Business Association Holiday Luncheon & Silent Auction

Wednesday, December 11, 2019  –  11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

 

The 2019 Greater Merrifield Business Association Holiday Luncheon and Silent Auction was held at Trio Grill! TRIO Grill is normally only open for dinner and opened specially for lunch for this event.  The Arc of Northern Virginia co-hosted this year’s Silent Auction.  Proceeds from the auction benefit The Arc of Northern Virginia’s programs and services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

 

 

November, 2019

 

Annual Meeting

annual meeting 2019

Thursday, November 21, 2019  –  7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

 

The Annual Meeting is our opportunity to come together and recognize great achievements, dedicated volunteers and celebrate another year’s accomplishments. It’s when we celebrate the accomplishments of the last year alongside other members and friends of The Arc of Northern Virginia. This is a great opportunity to learn more about what we do, who we are, and why we care about serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.

 

Check out the album of photos from the 2019 Annual Meeting.

 

 

October, 2019

 

Arctoberfest

arctoberfest

Saturday, October 26, 2019

 

Join us on Saturday, October 26th for a fun, family-friendly event for all ages and perfect for people with and without disabilities. In a fun Halloween atmosphere, you’ll enjoy music and dancing, food and drink, a Haunted House and Graveyard, and a fun photo booth. Plan your individual and group costume ideas now, so you’ll be ready to compete for great prizes in the costume contest.

 

Check out the album of photos from the 2019 Arctoberfest event.

 

 

 

Opportunities Open Golf Tournament

Monday, October 28, 2019 – 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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Presented by The Rotary Club of Dulles International Airport, and held at the River Creek Club, 43800 Olympic Blvd. in Leesburg.  Since its inception, this event has raised more than $500,000 for local charities dedicated to helping make a positive difference in the lives of people with disabilities.

The event will begin at 7:30 with registration and breakfast, followed by a 9:00 a.m. shotgun start.  The event will offer a fully stocked beverage and snack cart with non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages.  The lunch buffet will include our program,  including the awards presentations, great raffle prizes, and a silent auction.

The Tournament supports The Arc of Northern Virginia, Every Citizen Has Opportunities (ECHO), ServiceSource and The Arc of Loudoun.

 

 

 

 

September, 2019

Meet The Candidates Forums

candidates forumTuesday September 24, 2019 – 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Thursday September 26, 2019 – 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday October 1, 2019 – 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

 

Please join us throughout the year in meetings with the candidates for local Congressional Districts, Virginia General Assembly seats, and members of various County boards and Local councils.  These meetings are rare opportunities to hear the candidates speak and to ask them all your questions about the future of disability services and supports in Virginia.  Don’t miss this opportunity!  They will speak in detail about their beliefs, their plans for the future of our state, and their goals to help individuals with disabilities.

 

 

 

Dine Out for People with Disabilities

Dine Out at OPHThursday, September 26th – 7:00-3:00pm

The Original Pancake House in Falls Church hosts our second September Dine Out event.  We love THIS pancake house for the good food and commitment to community service you’ve come to know and appreciate.  15% of proceeds for the entire day will be donated to The Arc of Northern Virginia. So take your family out for breakfast, invite your friends and coworkers to lunch, and support our mission all at the same time! time.

Throughout the year, local businesses help The Arc of Northern Virginia by hosting  fundraising events for our benefit. Each event is different and gives you a chance to enjoy a meal, meet our staff, members, and board of directors, all while supporting us.

 

 

July, 2019

Dine Out for People with Disabilities

Clare & DonsThursday, July 18th – 6:00-9:00pm

Clare & Don’s Beach Shack hosts our next Dine Out event.  Join us in Falls Church for a rousing good time, featuring music by the popular band Big Tow.  You don’t want to miss the good food, cold drinks, and of course the fun and fellowship.  It’s a fun event, so invited your family, bring your friends, and support our mission all at the same time.

Throughout the year, local businesses help The Arc of Northern Virginia by hosting  fundraising events for our benefit. Each event is different and gives you a chance to enjoy a meal, meet our staff, members, and board of directors, all while supporting us.

 

 

 

May, 2019

 

Meet The Candidates Forums

candidates forum
Monday May 13, 2019 – 5:45 to 7:15 p.m.
Thursday May 16, 2019 – 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Monday, May 20, 2019 – 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

 

Please join us throughout the year in meetings with the candidates for local Congressional Districts, Virginia General Assembly seats, and members of various County boards and Local councils. These meetings are rare opportunities to hear the candidates speak and to ask them all your questions about the future of disability services and supports in Virginia. Don’t miss this opportunity! They will speak in detail about their beliefs, their plans for the future of our state, and their goals to help individuals with disabilities.

 

 

 

Semi Charmed benefit

Benefit Concert by SemiCharmed

Saturday, May 11, 2019 – Liberty Barbecue, Falls Church VA

SemiCharmed, formerly Quarter Mexican, is a group of 6 friends and musicians playing fun rock and pop music from 1980 to today. Started in 2007 by Gonzo’s Nose alumni Jon Discount, Kevin Schutt and Colleen Monaghan Wright.

 

Join us on Saturday evening, May 11 at Liberty Barbecue in Falls Church for great food, great tunes, and a great cause! All donations raised go to The Arc of Northern Virginia and our programs and services for people with disabilities and their families.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Team Challenge thumbnail photo

41st Annual Corporate & Community Team Challenge

Sunday, May 5, 2019 – Burke Lake Park

The Arc of Northern Virginia’s Corporate and Community Team Challenge brings together companies and community to raise important funds to sustain and strengthen its vital programs, services, and advocacy for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Arc of Northern Virginia Corporate & Community Team Challenge is the premier corporate challenge foot race and the area’s only team-based race with teams of 5-7 runners. Watch this space, details are coming soon!

Check out the album of photos from the 2018 Team Challenge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April, 2019

 

Movie Night with The Arc of Northern Virginia

Sunday, April 7, 2019 – University Mall Cinemas

INTELLIGENT LIVES stars three pioneering young American adults with intellectual disabilities – Micah, Naieer, and Naomie – who challenge perceptions of intelligence as they navigate high school, college, and the workforce. Academy Award-winning actor and narrator Chris Cooper contextualizes the lives of these central characters through the emotional personal story of his son Jesse, as the film unpacks the shameful and ongoing track record of intelligence testing in the U.S.

 

 

 

 

 

March, 2019

 

Benefit Breakfast

A Life Like Yours Benefit Breakfast

Friday, March 29, 2019 – Hilton McLean Tysons Corner

The Arc of Northern Virginia’s first annual “A Life Like Yours” Benefit Breakfast was held on Friday, March 29th to raise important funds to sustain and strengthen its vital programs, services, and advocacy for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Check out the album of photos from our first “A Life Like Yours Benefit Breakfast.

 

 

 

 

Wings for All

Wings For All

Saturday, March 30, 2019 – Dulles International Airport

Wings for All is designed to alleviate some of the stress that families who have a child with a disability experience when traveling by air. The program provides families with the opportunity to practice entering the airport, obtain boarding passes, go through security and board a plane. Wings for All also gives airport, airline, Transportation Security Administration professionals and other personnel the opportunity to observe, interact and deliver their services in a structured, learning environment.

Check out the album of photos from Wings for All 2019.

 

 

 

December, 2018

 

GMBA luncheon 2018

Greater Merrifield Business Association Holiday Luncheon & Silent Auction

Wednesday, December 19, 2018  –  11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

You are cordially invited to the 2018 Greater Merrifield Business Association Holiday Luncheon and Silent Auction at Trio Grill! TRIO Grill is normally only open for dinner and is opening specially for lunch for this event.  Don’t miss this rare opportunity to experience TRIO Grill during the day!  The Arc of Northern Virginia will be hosting this year’s Silent Auction.  All proceeds from the auction will benefit The Arc of Northern Virginia’s programs and supportive services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

 

 

November, 2018

Annual Meeting

Thursday, November 29, 2018  –  7:00-9:00 p.m.

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The Annual Meeting is our annual opportunity to come together and recognize great achievements, dedicated volunteers and celebrate another year’s accomplishments. Come celebrate the accomplishments of the last year alongside other members and friends of The Arc of Northern Virginia. This is a great opportunity to learn more about what we do, who we are, and why we care about serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.

In addition to the “State of The Arc of Northern Virginia” address, the evening also include the presentation of two prestigious awards, and the election of board members and officers.

 

Art for The Arc’s Sake – An inclusive art show and sale BY and FOR individuals with disabilities

Saturday, November 24  through Tuesday, November 27, 2018 –  10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. each day

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Art for The Arc’s Sake we will feature creations from artists with diverse abilities who are working independently, in studios, or other community-based programs around the metro area.  Come and meet some of the artists during the show, discover each person’s unique perspective, creative process, and how individual challenges are transcended through art.  You can anticipate seeing and experiencing exciting new works in a variety of media, live art demonstrations, entertainment and more!  You might even find the perfect holiday gift!

 

 

Shop for the Cause – A Kendra Scott Gives Back Party

Wednesday, November 14, 2018  –  5:00-7:00 p.m.

Kendra gives back party
Join us on Wednesday, November 14th from 5-7 pm at the Kendra Scott store in The Mosaic District in Merrifield for a Kendra Gives Back Party benefiting The Arc of Northern Virginia.  Kendra Scott will donate 20% of all purchases made during the party to The Arc, to support the programs and services provided to help individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities – of all ages – and their families.  Bring your friends along for a shopping event that gives back!

Can’t Attend in Person?
For those that are unable to attend but would still like to show your support, phone orders will be accepted on the day of our event.  Just call Kendra Scott – Mosaic District at (571) 253-7355, and be sure to mention The Arc of Northern Virginia when placing your order!  Phone orders to the store on the day of the event will qualify for the 20% donation – AND SHIPPING IS FREE!

 

 

 

The Arc of Northern Virginia Goes HOLLYWOOD

Saturday, November 3, 2018  –  6:00-11:00 p.m.

gala 2018
Mark your calendar and save the date!  You’ll want to be part of the red carpet action as The Arc of Northern Virginia presents our fall gala.

The gala venue is the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner, 7920 Jones Branch Drive, Tysons, VA.  The star-studded evening features a cocktail reception & silent auction, seated gourmet dinner, followed by our program and live auction, and ending with live music and dancing.

The Gala helps to raise important funds that make possible all of our programs, services, and advocacy education for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.  Please join us in making this year the most successful in The Arc of Northern Virginia’s history of serving our community.

 

October, 2018

Opportunities Open Golf Tournament

Monday, October 1, 2018 – 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

opportunities open golf outing
Presented by The Rotary Club of Dulles International Airport, and held at the River Creek Club, 43800 Olympic Blvd. in Leesburg.  Since its inception, this event has raised more than $500,000 for local charities dedicated to helping make a positive difference in the lives of people with disabilities.

The event will begin at 7:30 with registration and breakfast, followed by a 9:00 a.m. shotgun start.  The event will offer a fully stocked beverage and snack cart with non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages.  The lunch buffet will include our program,  including the awards presentations, great raffle prizes, and a silent auction.

The Tournament supports The Arc of Northern Virginia, Every Citizen Has Opportunities (ECHO), ServiceSource and The Arc of Loudoun at Paxton Campus.

 

 

 

 

September, 2018

 

Dine Out for People with Disabilities

Dine Out Pizzeria OrsoThursday, September 6th – 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Pizzeria Orso hosts the first of two Dine Out events this month.  Bring the family for a night out.  Treat yourself and your coworkers, book club members, social group, or poker buddies to LUNCH.  Dine in or carry out; doesn’t matter.  However you prefer to enjoy the crunchy crust, gooey-melty cheese, and fresh toppings, Pizzeria Orso will donate 15%  of the day’s sales to The Arc of Northern Virginia.

 

 

 

Dine Out for People with Disabilities

dine-out-pancakesThursday, September 27th – 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
The Original Pancake House in Falls Church hosts our second September Dine Out event.  No silly name-changes or marketing ploys at THIS pancake house, just the the good food and commitment to community service you’ve come to know and appreciate.  15% of proceeds for the entire day will be donated to The Arc of Northern Virginia. So take your family out for breakfast, invite your friends and coworkers to lunch, and support our mission all at the same time!

 

July, 2018

Dine Out for People with Disabilities

clare_&_donsThursday, July 19th – 6:00-9:00pm
Clare & Don’s Beach Shack hosts our next Dine Out event.  Join us in Falls Church for a rousing good time, featuring music by the popular band Big Tow.  You don’t want to miss the good food, cold drinks, and of course the fun and fellowship.  It’s a fun event, so invited your family, bring your friends, and support our mission all at the same time.

Throughout the year, local businesses help The Arc of Northern Virginia by hosting  fundraising events for our benefit. Each event is different and gives you a chance to enjoy a meal, meet our staff, members, and board of directors, all while supporting us.

 

June, 2018

Dine Out for People with Disabilities

crawfish-boilSaturday, June 9th – 1:00-4:00pm
Fair Winds Brewery hosts our next Dine Out event.  Join us in Lorton for a down-home Crawfish Boil, featuring  hot seafood, cold brew, and the fun and fellowship.  It’s a fun event, so invited your family, bring your friends, and support our mission all at the same time.

Throughout the year, local businesses help The Arc of Northern Virginia by hosting  fundraising events for our benefit. Each event is different and gives you a chance to enjoy a meal, meet our staff, members, and board of directors, all while supporting us.

 

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