July 8, 2022

Dear Friends, 


It is our pleasure, as the President and the CEO of The Arc of Rensselaer County, to invite you to join the Honorary Committee for our largest fundraising event of 2022, our Fall Gala.  The event will be held at the Franklin Plaza in downtown Troy on Thursday, September 15. 


This year we will honor the memory of Henrietta Messier, a co-founder of this organization almost 70 years ago. Henrietta will long be remembered for her dedication to the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities here in Rensselaer County and beyond. She was indeed an inspiration to all those who knew her. Her energy, perseverance and powerful advocacy led to many creative programs aimed at enriching the lives of people with developmental disabilities by convincing governors and legislators, over the years, to change the way New York cared for those we serve.


 Be a part of this exciting moment when we kick off the first annual Henrietta Messier Award for people in our community who have exemplified the dedication and determination of Henrietta. This year, the first Henrietta Award will be presented to her family.  


As an Honorary Committee member, you will receive one admittance ticket for all individual levels and two for all couples levels. In addition, your name(s) will be included on the invitation, on our website, on our program and at our event. Simply choose what level is best for you on the enclosed response card and return the envelope to our office. You can also sign up by going to our website at www.renarc.org. A response is required by August 2, 2022 to ensure that your name will be listed on our invitation.  


The proceeds of this event will help provide needed funding for the programs and services we provide for the people and families we support. 




Edward O. Spain,                                                                 Donald J. Mullin, 

President of the Board                                                        Chief Executive Officer 


Honorary Committee

Testimonials and Success Stories

Fourteen years ago I met a very special young woman who changed my life forever. I grew up here, I learned about relationships and unconditional love. I always tell people that once you meet the people you will be supporting you will form a bond that lasts forever. I have learned the joy in assisting people to achieve the things in life that matter to them.

–Lisa Anderson, Director of Family Supports & Self-Direction
The Arc of Rensselaer County

Our Mission


The mission of The Arc of Rensselaer County is to advocate for the rights and safety of individuals of all ages who have an intellectual disability and/or a developmental disability or delay.


The Arc is a source of support, specialized knowledge, and available resources in assisting individuals and their families to meet their needs and goals.


The Arc works to influence societal attitudes and governmental policy so that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities will have access to the services, assistance, and opportunities they need for personal growth and development, and participation in the community.

The Arc of Rensselaer County
79 102nd Street, Troy, NY 12180-1125
(518) 274-3110

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