All Aboard The Arc 2013

Thank you letter and recap of the May 18, 2013 All Aboard The Arc event- click here.

All Aboard The Arc is a statewide fundraising event, which is based on advocating, and celebrating the positive strides human service providers such as ourselves, have made through the years, for individuals with disabilities.  Each year the event is held at a different, central location where all of the Massachusetts Arc’s, participants, supporters, and sponsors are invited for a motivational day of celebration.  Each attendee dedicates themselves to raise money for their bus ticket to the event.  This is done through personal and/or team goals.  At the event there are speakers and entertainment.

This year All Aboard The Arc! will take place on Saturday, May 18, 2013 and the Center of Hope’s local Send off will take place on the corner of Main Street and Central Street, next to Savers Bank, from 9 – 11 a.m.  This local send off is free and open to the public for those to join us with the Worcester Sharks mascot Finz to celebrate the achievements and contributions of our self advocates. The Ride-A-Thon will bring our fundraising participants to Hynes Convention Center where all of the event participants from the 17 chapters of the Massachusetts Arc’s will gather for entertainment and celebration.

This year we welcome Gabbie Rae, a young, enthusiastic Rock/Pop Recording Artist who was born in New England, raised in Myrtle Beach and who now calls both Atlanta & Los Angeles home.  She has been working professionally since age 7 and loves to listen to and perform all styles of music.  In 2011 she released “Don’t Look Down” her Official Anti-Bullying Music Video and works hard every day to end bullying specifically against those with special needs.  She is an Ambassador for – helping to make a difference each day.  More video of Gabbie at AATA

Our headliner entertainment is the band Flame.  Flame, is a group oftalented musicians from upstate New York who happen to have disabilities.  Flame averages 70 paid performances per year, including concerts in 16 different states, and in Europe.  The band performs for national and statewide conventions, corporate conferences, civic events, schools, dances and private parties.  Flame’s song list contains over 100 classic hits – rock, country, and blues – from the past five decades. Click here for

They are a phenomenon that connects with people of all ages and backgrounds like no other, from singing children to dancing executives.  Parents of children with special needs are often overcome with emotion watching Flame, because they see that it’s possible to have their own child achieve great things.

Flame has released four CDs; their last CD, which was released in May of 2011, was composed of original works.  Recent events have catapulted Flame into the national spotlight – performances at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the House of Blues, both in Cleveland, Ohio; a feature story in “People” magazine; and a segment on ABC TV’s “Good Morning America.”

Watch a video and “meet the band.”

For more information, click the links below or visit the All Aboard The Arc website.

To watch last years All Aboard The Arc you tube video click here.

Become a Rider

Pledge Sheet Form

Local & Statewide Sponsorship Levels

History of The Arc

Current Partnerships





to learn more about their Family and Friends benefits package read pg3 of our Fall Newsletter.  For your Family and Friends verification form click here.