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The Arc Southern Maryland will hold its 16thAnnual Pat Collins Golf Classic on June 15that Chesapeake Hills Golf Course. Registration begins at7:30 a.m.with an8:30 a.m.shotgun start. The tournament includes a chance at a hole-in-one prize of $10,000, sponsored by The Gott Company, a continental breakfast, a lunch catered by Adam’s Ribs, door prizes and raffles.

The tournament is held in honor of Pat Collins, a former board president for The Arc. Collins worked tirelessly for years to help individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) in Southern Maryland. “The Arc Southern Maryland sponsors this tournament as a living memorial to my father,” said John Collins, son of Pat Collins. He continued, “Those who serve as sponsors, players and supporters allow The Arc to carry on the mission to which my father was committed.”

“Our annual golf tournament continues to be our most successful fundraiser each year thanks to the support of our community. We are so grateful to our supporters for enabling us to continue to create opportunities for people with diverse abilities,” said Terry Z. Long, CEO of The Arc Southern Maryland. “Last year, we were proud to add a team of the individuals we support, making this a truly inclusive event,” said Long.

Tournament proceeds will be used to support The Arc’s services, including their residential program which provides safe and supportive housing for people with I/DD, their vocational program which helps people with I/DD to obtain and retain jobs, and their transition programs which provide essential skills and hands-on career exploration for high school students to be successful as they transition into careers or continued education.

The Arc Southern Maryland would like to recognize the sponsors that have already offered their support through this event –The Gott Company, Community Bank of the Chesapeake, PSA Insurance & Financial Services, Scott Mellinger, ALCO Pharmacy, SMECO, & Dr. Amin of Lexington Park Family Dentistry.

To register or become a sponsor for the event, visit The Arc’s website atwww.arcsomd.org/golf2018.

About The Arc:The Arc Southern Maryland is a non-profit organization affiliated at the state level with The Arc of Maryland and at the national level with The Arc of the United States, which is the world’s largest grass roots organization of, and for, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), including Down syndrome, autism, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, cerebral palsy and other diagnoses. Since 1975, The Arc Southern Maryland has provided quality support and programs aimed at creating opportunities for independence and personal success for people with different abilities in inclusive communities.For information about The Arc of Southern Maryland’s programs and services or to make a donation, visitwww.arcsomd.orgor call (410) 535-2413.

Editor’s Note:The Arc is not an acronym; always refer to us as The Arc Southern Maryland, not The ARC and never ARC. The Arc should be considered as a title or a phrase.

The Arc Southern Maryland will host its 16thAnnual Pat Collins Golf Classic, named in honor of Pat Collins, a former board president. Collins dedicated his life to making a difference in the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The tournament will be held on June 15that Chesapeake Hills Golf Course in Lusby. Registration begins at7:30 amand tournament will begin at8:30 am.Proceeds will support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. Sponsorship opportunities are available, ranging from tee sponsor to admiral level sponsorship. Registration is $150 per individual player. For sponsorship opportunities or to register, visitwww.arcsomd.org/golf2018.