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Harvest of Hope Charity Ball 2011

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

CH_logo2011Join AIDS-Related Community Services for the re-launch of our annual Charity Ball on Saturday, November 5, 2011! Formerly a Valentine’s event, this re-branded and revitalized gala is now known as the “Harvest of Hope” Charity Ball. With a new time of year and a new venue–the elegant, fairytale-esque Whitby Castle in Rye, NY–this event promises to be even bigger and better than before!

Some traditions endure: the Ball features a cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvre, silent auction, a gourmet three-course dinner, dancing (this time to the music of Superior Sounds), and the Hearts for ARCS Awards. This year’s recipients are the MAC AIDS Fund, the philanthropic arm of MAC Cosmetics, and Hudson Valley businessmen Patrick McKenna and James Svetz. By “royal decree” there will be new surprises and delights too!
7:00 pm
Cocktail hour with unlimited wine, beer and Renaissance cocktails (cash bar also available on premises)
Silent auction opens
8:00 pm
Hearts for ARCS Award presentions: the MAC AIDS Fund, and Patrick McKenna & James Svetz
Gourmet dinner (vegetarian options are available)
9:30 pm
Gallant Knights & Fair Maidens Live Auction – 6 dashing knights and lovely ladies auction themselves off to raise additional funds for ARCS
Dancing to the music of Superior Sounds
Desserts from
10:15 pm
Silent auction closes
Auction check-out


Tickets are $150 per person and include admission, dinner, and unlimited wine, beer and special cocktails all night. $65 of your ticket will go towards ARCS’ programs and services for clients affected by HIV/AIDS.
SPECIAL TABLE PRICE: Reserve a table of 10 before October 22, 2011 and get $25 off each ticket! Gather your guest list and buy a table for just $1,250.

To purchase tickets, go to and look for the PayPal button.

All tickets are will-call and will be held at the registration table that evening. We will mail you an official thank-you letter for tax purposes. If you wish to sit with a particular individual or party, please call us at (914) 785-8283 or email
Whitby Castle is located at 330 Boston Post Road, Rye, NY on the grounds of the Rye Country Club.

Traveling over hill and dale to reach the Ball? Stay in royal comfort at the Hyatt Summerfield Suites in White Plains for just $119 with free transportation to and from Whitby Castle. The Hyatt is an all-suites hotel with a full kitchen, sitting area and complimentary breakfast on Sunday morning. Make it a full Westchester weekend and live like kings and queens! Simply call 1-800-517-8548 and mention ARCS’ Harvest of Hope Charity Ball to reserve your suite, and be sure to visit to view photos and read more about your deluxe suite. Hyatt Summerfield Suites is located at 101 Corporate Park Drive, White Plains, NY 10604.

'Harvest of Hope Charity Ball' Honors Chill Wine Bar, MAC AIDS Fund

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011


AIDS-Related Community Services (ARCS) announced today that it will honor the M•A•C AIDS Fund, the philanthropic arm of M•A•C Cosmetics, along with Hudson Valley restaurateurs Patrick McKenna and Jim Svetz for their consistent support for local residents with HIV/AIDS at its upcoming “Harvest of Hope” gala on November 5, 2011.

A committee of ARCS volunteers selected the M•A•C AIDS Fund as a recipient of the “Hearts for ARCS” Award due to the Fund’s long-standing history of grants to support nutrition programs for HIV-positive clients and prevention education for those at high risk of new HIV infections. Since 2004, ARCS has received more than $67,000 from M•A•C. 100% of sales of the company’s VIVA GLAM products benefit HIV/AIDS service organizations, and M•A•C encourages its employees to volunteer with agencies on World AIDS Day. “We’re doubly excited to hand out this award because of our ongoing relationship with local M•A•C counters in our region, in White Plains and Poughkeepsie,” said ARCS Board Secretary Audrey Rabinowitz. “Their employees gave our clients makeovers through their M•A•C Good Spirits program throughout the year, which made these women very happy. They felt empowered and strong just by having someone pamper them for an afternoon. We are honored to present an award to M•A•C for all they have done for ARCS’ clients.”

A second Hearts for ARCS award will go to two local businessmen, Patrick McKenna and Jim Svetz. The pair owns two restaurants in the Mid-Hudson region: Cafeteria in New Paltz, and Chill Wine Bar in Beacon. “Jim and Patrick have been loyal donors and corporate partners for the past three years,” said Jeff Kraus, ARCS’ Executive Director. “They were among the first to sign up for our Dining Out for Life event and have been involved in every fundraiser we’ve held since 2009.” Both men serve on volunteer committees for ARCS. “They are a true example of successful business owners who give back to their community,” Kraus concluded. Chill Wine Bar will also host ARCS’ Volunteer Appreciation Holiday Party on December 8th.

The Hearts for ARCS Awards will be handed out at the Harvest of Hope Charity Ball on Saturday, November 5, 2011 at Whitby Castle in Rye, NY. The event includes a gourmet dinner, live and silent auctions, entertainment and dancing. Tickets to the formal gala are $150 per person and are available at Previous recipients of the Hearts for ARCS Awards include the Keith Haring Foundation, NYS Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Bedford Hills businesswoman Marcy Furman.

For more information on the Harvest of Hope Charity Ball, call (914) 785-8283 or visit

Special Events News for 2011

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

Happy New Year! We are excited to unveil a completely revised schedule of special events for 2011. Long-time ARCS supporters may have noticed that ARCS did not hold its annual Hudson Valley AIDS Walk this fall; instead, we’re bringing you a variety of smaller events for the remainder of this year.

A Fresh Step for the AIDS Walk
ARCS’ signature community event, the Hudson Valley AIDS Walk, has been moved to the springtime! The next Walk is scheduled for Saturday, May 7, 2011 along the Walkway Over the Hudson in Poughkeepsie—or Highland. (Actually, it’s both, since the Walkway connects Dutchess and Ulster counties, symbolizing what we do here at ARCS.) The newly-revised AIDS Walk will feature a variety of walk routes for those looking for more of a challenge, plus a special ceremony at the Walkway’s center. A volunteer organizing committee is already hard at work on plans (in addition to creating our Halloween Spooktacular as a fill-in for this fall). Keep your eyes and ears open for more details on the new Hudson Valley AIDS Walk!

Raise Your Fork, Raise Funds for ARCS
We’re also thrilled to announce that ARCS will be participating once again in Dining Out for Life, an international HIV/AIDS fundraising event on Thursday, April 28, 2011. Restaurants in Dutchess, Orange, and Ulster counties will be donating 25% to 50% of your meal costs to ARCS, so the more diners they have (and the more you eat and drink), the more funds we raise! Ambassadors will be on hand in each participating restaurant to inform diners about ARCS’ services and to sign you up for special raffles and prize giveaways! Dining Out for Life is sponsored by Subaru of the Mid-Hudson in Wappingers Falls, Dutchess County Tourism, and Mark your calendars now and get ready to dine for life!

Charity Ball Moves to the Fall
Our final switch-up involves our long-running Charity Ball, formerly the “Hearts for ARCS” Valentine’s Ball. With such a heavy spring line-up, we’ve moved our annual gala to harvest time instead. Get ready to dance, dine and bid on fine auction items on November 5, 2011—and we’re moving to a new location too! The next Charity Ball will be held at Whitby Castle in Rye, a fairytale castle on Long Island Sound. This elegant event will still feature our silent auction, energetic dancing, live entertainment, delicious cuisine and our honorary award ceremony.

Get involved! Each of these three special events requires months of planning by a team of volunteers. Join one of our organizing committees by contacting J. Dewey at (914) 785-8326 or