As the weather turns cooler and the leaves begin to fall, the Arc of Smith County is in full swing preparing for its Seventh Annual Boo Ball, Black Cat & Boots. On Saturday, October 30, at Hollytree Country Club, the Arc will welcome guests to an evening of dining, cocktails, and dancing to the music of Gary P. Nunn. This spooktacular event will also feature exciting casino games and great silent and live auction items.
The Arc of Smith County serves more than 1,000 families impacted by a loved one with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. With the support of the community, the Arc is able to provide much needed respite for families and caregivers through both residential and day camps, and programs that offer recreational and social events. They also partner with local agencies to develop better programs in the areas of education, job training, advocacy, support, and public awareness.
Serving as co-chair’s for this year’s Boo Ball fundraiser are Beth Eck, Janece Swink, and Holley Howard.
Mrs. Eck is a member of the Arc Board of Directors and this is her second year serving as co-chair for Boo Ball. She received her bachelor of science degree in Elementary Education/Special Education from the University of Houston, and has performed postgraduate work at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina, and Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. Mrs. Eck is affiliated with the National Association for the Education of Young Children and the Southern Early Childhood Association. She has numerous certifications and experience in teaching those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Mrs. Eck and her husband, Dr. Merlin Eck, are the parents of one child and have lived in Tyler for seven years.
Mrs. Swink also serves on the Arc Board of Directors. She is a member of the Tyler Museum of Art and volunteers as a docent for the Historic Tyler Spring Homes Tour. Mrs. Swink is active in the Henderson Women’s Forum and also with the Varied Arts Study Club, where she serves as secretary/treasurer. Mrs. Swink earned her master’s degree in education and her master’s degree in counseling, both from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. She and her husband of 40 years, Ronnie, are the parents of Todd Swink and his wife, Alisa, and have two grandchildren, Jackson, 13, and Morgan, 9.
“Those who can, should give of their time, knowledge, and, if possible, monetary gifts to help their neighbors,” Mrs. Swink said. “We are all neighbors and friends on our journey!”
For more information on the Seventh Annual Boo Ball, Black Cat and Boots, please call the Arc of Smith County at 903-597-0995.