What We Have Achieved, Thanks to the Pro-Am
In 34 years, Tapemark Charity Pro-Am has given $650,937 to The Arc of Minnesota
Pam and Joe Gonnella’s daughter Sarah developed significant physical and intellectual disabilities from a case of encephalitis at the age of five. For 25 years after the accident, Pam and Joe cared for her at home. Last year, however, they had to find another option. “Joe and I are retired now,” she said. “We are physically unable to handle her care anymore; we need someone else to do that.”
Sarah now lives in a home with several adults with disabilities, receiving 24-hour staff support. This year, state legislators passed funding increases to help raise the staff’s wages. Pam expressed relief. “It’s crucial to have competent staff who can meet Sarah’s significant physical and medical needs. Much of her care involves reading her body language. This much-needed increase will encourage employees to stay and provide her quality care and support.”
The Arc Minnesota was a leader in The 5% Campaign, a statewide coalition of more than 120 agencies working to pass this increase. This success was one of many The Arc Minnesota has helped achieve at the State Capitol for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.
Through our Housing Access Services, we have also supported more than 1,000 Minnesotans with disabilities in achieving their goal of finding a place of their own. In addition, our Master Trust Program has helped increasing numbers of Minnesota families create financial plans that meet the future needs of their loved ones with disabilities.
Our achievements are not possible without the Tapemark Charity Pro-Am’s generous and consistent support. We are delighted to be a beneficiary of the tournament’s proceeds, and we thank the Tapemark staff, volunteers, and sponsors, who are so essential to our success.