Rock Island, IL – The Arc of the Quad Cities Area has a passion for inclusion and we share that passion with honorees who have championed tirelessly for the dignity, independence, and full societal participation of all people with disabilities. The Arc has created an event that will recognize the contributions of individuals and organizations that share our passion for inclusion called the Catalyst Awards, Dinner, & Auction. The theme of the event is “Igniting a Passion for Inclusion” and will take place Thursday, April 11th starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Camden Centre in Milan, Illinois.


The Arc will be presenting the Evelyn Colberg Memorial Award to Mary Vande Voorde a retired employee who started The Arc’s Holiday Choir and saw that the tradition of people with disabilities joining in music at the holidays was kept for over 20 years.  The Evelyn Colberg Memorial Award is named on behalf of a dedicated volunteer and founding member of The Arc of the Quad Cities Area.


We will be recognizing the work of the Kiwanis Club of Rock Island for their work establishing an Aktion Club for adults with disabilities which is hosted at The Arc. Aktion Club members benefit from the club’s organized pursuits and community service programs. For this reason, The Arc will be presenting the Kiwanis Club of Rock Island with the Community Partner of the Year Award.


The Arc will be presenting the Community Advocate of the Year Award to the Access to Waves program of the Backwater Gamblers because they have advocated for equal participation in water sports for people with disabilities by offering opportunities for achievement through adaptive waterskiing. Access To Waves provides an important outlet for people with disabilities pursuing their interest in water-sports in a fun and inclusive environment.


Finally, The Arc will be honoring Honeywell, Inc. of Rock Island with the Business Partner of the Year Award for investing in people with disabilities by offering employment opportunities and supporting their financial, and personal goals.


We invite you to join us at Catalyst Awards on Thursday, April 11th at the Camden Centre in Milan, Illinois starting at 5:30 p.m. to help us honor our distinguished honorees. Guests will enjoy a delicious dinner, cash bar, silent and live auction bidding, and music by the Black Hawk Jazz Band as we recognize our Catalyst Award honorees.


For more information about The Arc’s Catalyst Awards go to for ticketing, and to view our online auction site featuring donated items from local business, venues, and unique finds from in and around the Quad Cities including a one week stay at a home with an indoor pool on beautiful Marco Island.


The attire for this is event is considered “semiformal” or “dressy casual.”

Ignite your passion for inclusion at the Catalyst Awards!

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