This week, staff writer Maggie Westerman talks with Mary Murphy Fox, Ph.D., about A Night at the Races, a benefit for the Arc of NEPA.

Residence: Tunkhannock

Professional Background:
Special-education advocate and retired special-education director

Title: Publicity co-chairwoman

Q:What organization does this event benefit, and how will the proceeds be used?

A: The event benefits the Arc of NEPA. All proceeds will go directly to providing programming and activities for people with intellectual disabilities and autism, educating school-age children about how students with disabilities are more alike than different, and supporting our day programs and group homes.

Q: What will be on hand at the event?

A: There will be plenty of food, including desserts donated by the Arc Auxiliary and generous businesses in the area. There will also be door prizes, raffle baskets and a 50/50 drawing. Soft drinks and water will be included in the ticket price, and there will be a cash bar for wine and beer. State Rep. Bridget Kosierowski will be the evening’s hostess.

Q: What inspired you to have this event?

A: I have been on the committee for this event ever since I became an auxiliary board member. This is the one fundraiser that brings a lot of our community together, and all generations attend. It is exciting to see entire families sitting at a table. The guests enjoy contributing to the Arc Auxiliary while having an enjoyable evening at a low cost.

Q: How many years has this event been a tradition?

A: This will be the seventh year for the Night at the Races. The event has become a tradition and is very successful because of the number of people from Lackawanna County, as well as neighboring counties, who attend.

Q: Why is community support crucial for this cause?

A: Community support is important for the continuation of quality programming for individuals with intellectual disabilities and autism, as each year we notice that our state and federal funding dollars do not go as far as they used to.

If you go

What: Arc Auxiliary Night at the Races

When: Friday, Nov. 8, 6 to 10 p.m.

Where: St. Mary’s Center, 320 Mifflin Ave., Scranton

Details: Admission is a $10 donation. Tickets are available from Arc Auxiliary members and at the door. Contact Eileen Rempe at 570-346-4010 for more information.