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Thank you Katy Community!

What else can we say to the wonderful Katy community that supported The Arc of Katy 2018 Gala!

Your support means more than you'll ever know. The 2018 Annual Gala will go down as the best we've had in numerous ways (i.e., tickets sold, attendance, auction items purchased, etc.); and, your support comes at a time when the organization needed it the most.

Following the flooding from Harvey, we've gone through several big changes which have greatly impacted our operations. For starters, the location we used previously was flooded...so, we had to search for a new location. The good news is we found what we needed - a great new location, at 5819 Tenth Street in Katy. However, the new location comes with expenses we haven't had to incur before - leased space, lease insurance, the physical relocation to the new location, sprucing up the leased space, etc.

There are those who may say, 'wow, the Gala is a case of opportunity meeting need - what a coincidence!' But, I'm not one of those. I'm sure your support of our annual Gala - coming at the critical time we needed it - was no coincidence!

Katy is a wonderful community that loves and cares for its neighbors.

You are invited to participate in The Arc of Katy’s Inaugural TopGolf Tournament presented by The Arc of Katy Board of Directors, Monday, July 31, 2017 from 5 pm to 8 pm at TopGolf Houston – Katy at 1030 Memorial Brook Boulevard, Houston, TX 77084. We hope to have your support as it will be the key to the success of this inaugural event.

Funds raised in the TopGolf tournament will help sustain and enhance programs of The Arc of Katy that create opportunities for individuals in our community with cognitive, intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). The Arc of Katy is a non-profit organization that provides quality, affordable programs for individuals with I/DD who live in the Katy and surrounding communities including a day program for adults during the school year, summer camp program for teens and adults, and other social and community volunteer service programs for individuals with I/DD and their families. These programs provide our participants with life skills development, entertainment, volunteer engagement and social experiences that help them to continue to grow in mind, body and spirit and to be respected, participating members of our community.

The TopGolf Tournament also provides an opportunity for our community to come together with The Arc of Katy participant golfers for an evening of fun and friendship.

Event sponsors will be recognized at the event for the difference they are making for youth and adults with I/DD.

Please consider participating by forming a team of 6, or sign up as an individual, becoming a sponsor, or donating to our Raffle at this Inaugural TopGolf Tournament.


If you would like additional information or want to speak to someone about The Arc of Katy or the TopGolf Tournament, you can contact us at thearcofkaty@gmail.com or telephone (402) 677-0455.

We look forward to seeing you at TopGolf from 5 pm to 8 pm on July 31st.

Kristie Ondracek
2017 Fundraising Committee Chair

The Board of Directors of The Arc of Katy Invites you to attend The 2017 Annual General Membership Meeting of The Arc of Katy Thursday, 25th of May 2017 Reception, Refreshments: 6:30 to 7 p.m. Program: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Cornerstone Evangelical Presbyterian Church 1351 South Mason Road Katy, TX 77450


  • Call to order
  • Presentation of The Flag, The Pledge of Allegiance
  • Welcome Remarks by The Arc of Katy Program Participants
  • Election of Directors of the Board of The Arc of Katy
  • State of the The Arc of Katy Presentation by the Board of Directors
  • Special Guest Speakers
  • Special Plans for Special People – Kerri Graham, Graham & Theander
  • Specialize Telecommunications Assistance Program —Detra Stewart, CEO-Disability Specialist, Assistive Technology Unlimited
  • Greenlight Session – Q&A and Discussion for Members with the Board of Directors

Motion for Vote at The 2017 Annual General Membership Meeting of The Arc of Katy: Re-election of the following individuals to serve a three-year term to expire end of May 2020 on the Board of Directors for The Arc of Katy: Dennis Combrink, Don Elder, Ida Faye Elder, Carolyn Kares.

Note: Other current Members of the Board of Directors who will continue to serve until their terms expire are: Margaret Laney, Interim President/Vice President; David Brown, Treasurer; Donna Bode, Secretary; Amy Campbell, Ellen Candito, Sherry Ahart-Davies, Denise Hester, Vicki Knowles, Margaret Lawton, Jimmy Moran, Kristie Ondracek, Fred Shafer and Andy Wohlgemuth.

For additional information on The Arc of Katy Annual General Meeting, please contact Margaret Laney at laney.margaret@gmail.com or Ann Ferner at annf.arcofkaty@gmail.com.

Your 2016-2017 Membership expires on May 31, 2017. Participants in the day program, summer camp, and socials of The Arc of Katy must renew membership to continue participation beyond that date. CLICK HERE if you would like to renew your membership or become a member. You can return the attached membership form and payment by mail to the address below, turn in at the Annual General Membership Meeting or submit your registration and membership online through our website http://thearcofkaty.org/membership where you can now use PayPal for your tax deductible membership donation.

Color for a Cause is a fun 5k color run event hosted by James E. Taylor High School National Honor Society and Future Business Leaders of America benefiting The Arc of Katy. The event is Saturday, April 22, 2017, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at James E. Taylor High School, 20700 Kingland Blvd., Katy High School 77450. Proceeds will benefit The Arc of Katy, a local non-profit organization that works to create opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

We encourage you to support The Arc of Katy with us by participating in Color for a Cause! The event to be held at James E. Taylor High School is open to participants of all ages. The run will not be timed; it’s all for fun. In addition to the 5k route, there will be a shorter track available for those not able to participate in the 5k distance. Also, running is completely optional; participants are welcome to walk, stroll or even skip the whole way!

We hope to see you there! To complete the online registration visit: colorforacause.weebly.com

The Houston Council of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority announced a successful service year supporting The Arc of Katy at its Founder’s Day luncheon April 30

color checkPHOTO: Ann Ferner, representing The Arc of Katy, receives check representing Houston Council of Beta Sigma Phi’s donation total prior to funds raised at luncheon, from Kerry Bost, 2015-2016 Council President

Celebrating 85 years, the international social and cultural sorority’s Houston Council held its Founder’s Day luncheon April 30 at Braeburn Country Club in Houston.

The fourteen Beta Sigma Phi chapters in the Houston Council supported The Arc of Katy by giving of their time to help with Arc socials and craft projects, donating needed supplies and equipment for its Day and Summer Camps and raising needed funds.

Prior to the luncheon the council had raised $11,114 and generous members raised the total to $12,000 for the year. The Houston Council also announced at the luncheon that The Arc of Katy was again selected by its members as the council service project for the 2016-2017 sorority year.

Beta Sigma Phi Sorority is an international women’s social and cultural organization open to women of all ages. Sorority members enjoy the opportunity to make friends, attend socials and cultural programs and serving their community. For membership opportunities, visit www.betasigmaphihouston.org.

The Arc of Katy is accepting applications for a part-time day program instructor and a part-time admin assistant. The Day Program provides organized activity to these community members who are unable to secure a job or have other meaningful activities.


Getting ready for The Arc of Katy Annual General Membership Meeting? Curious about what bylaws govern the organization's activity? See bylaws as amended in May 2014 here.

On May 12 at the Annual General Membership Meeting of The Arc of Katy, the Nominating Committee of the Board of Directors will present a slate of candidates from the community for election to three-year terms as members of the Board.

View the report from the Nominating Committee.

The Triumph Gala is The Arc of Katy’s largest fundraiser and bridges the gap between day camp expenses not covered by tuition, and supports other social programs for participants. It is a celebration of the triumphs of our client population and our supporters, themed around the historic arches erected throughout the world as monuments to great accomplishments. In addition to the recognition of our Gala honorees, Suzanne and Gary Winkler, the special evening offered fine dining, a silent auction and a spirited live auction.


Programs & Events

Monthly Board of Directors Meeting
October 09, 2018

Halloween Dance w/DJ
October 13, 2018

Bingo/ Pizza Party
November 10, 2018

Arc of Katy Barn Dance
November 11, 2018

Christmas Dance w/DJ
December 08, 2018

New Year's Dance w/DJ
January 12, 2019

Arc of Katy Socials


Our socials are held at the Katy Family YMCA, 1100 South Peek Road at Westheimer Parkway, Katy, Texas 77450 from 7 - 9 p.m.

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Adult Activity Day Camps


The Adult Day Activity Camp serves adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in a safe and fun environment.

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Summer Program

summer camp

We offer three annual Summer Program sessions that give campers and their families flexibility for camp and other summertime activities.

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A tremendous benefit

Having a child with special needs is like being in a fraternity you didn’t elect to join. I am very happy and proud to be a part of the fraternity/community that is The Arc of Katy.

Jane Dooley, mother of Megan Scholfield

Distinct pleasure

I've had the distinct pleasure of watching The Arc of Katy grow from a small group of parents to a community of family, friends and professionals all with a common interest.

Mary McDonald

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