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Anchorage Petroleum Women’s Association “Cheers” to 60 years with 2018 nonprofit partner, The Arc of Anchorage


ANCHORAGE, Alaska – In 2018, the Anchorage Petroleum Women’s Association celebrates its 60th anniversary alongside its nonprofit partner for the year, The Arc of Anchorage, which celebrated this anniversary in 2017.

The Arc of Anchorage provides services to Alaskans who experience intellectual and developmental disabilities as well as dual diagnosis with behavioral health illnesses. The funds APWA raises throughout the year, during monthly events and the annual gala, will go exclusively towards The Arc of Anchorage Inclusion Scholarship Program that will enable individuals served by The Arc to attend classes, community outings and other opportunities such as specialized job skill trainings.

The anniversary celebration will pinnacle at the annual APWA’s nonprofit foundation Gala on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018. To celebrate, this year's gala, themed “Dapper and Diamonds,” has touches from the early years of the group, in the late-1950s and early-1960s. Tickets for the gala are now available to the public on the APWA website.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with The Arc of Anchorage as our nonprofit partner for 2017-2018,” said Linnea Ward, APWA president. “The organization touches the lives of so many individuals here in Anchorage, and with The Arc also recently celebrating their 60th anniversary, it is a perfect fit for both organizations this year.”

Today, The Arc serves over 350 individuals and their families, providing a wide range of services that covers their needs from birth to end of life. From housing, health care, employment and job training, life skills development, transportation, recreation, education, advocacy and more, The Arc of Anchorage meets the unique needs of every person enrolled for services.

Barbara Rodriguez-Rath, chief executive officer of The Arc of Anchorage, is grateful for this important community connection with APWA. “The Arc has been part of the community for six decades, just like APWA, and we are excited to celebrate and share the message working together toward an inclusive for future, not just for Anchorage, but for Alaska and beyond.”

The Anchorage Petroleum Women’s Association seeks to serve the Anchorage-area petroleum industry by providing its members with opportunities for social contact, personal growth, and community involvement. Women not associated with the petroleum industry are also welcome. Since 1958, the group has spearheaded numerous volunteer groups and fundraising events to support nonprofit organizations throughout Alaska.

For more information about the Anchorage Petroleum Women’s Association, visit Ancpwa.org. To learn more about the programs and services provided by The Arc of Anchorage, visit TheArcofAnchorage.org.

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