Circle of Friends

Spheres of Influence

In order to professionally and effectively provide programs and services for our community, Arc Herkimer continually seeks collaborations and partnerships. Among those historically critical support streams is the Circle of Friends, a special group who share a commitment to the mission of Arc Herkimer.

Specifically, funds raised through the Circle of Friends are directed to the Arc Herkimer Endowment Fund, which supports unfunded and underfunded programs and services for our community. These resources allow Arc Herkimer to maintain the highest professional standards and guarantee that those we serve are provided the quality care they deserve.

Creating the Circle

Becoming a Circle of Friends member requires a commitment that can be met over a five-year period. For example, a Director’s level membership of $2,500 can be attained through a $500 per year payment. Of course, a lump sum payment is also possible for any of the membership levels. A Circle of Friends member can be an individual, a couple, a family or a business.

Circle of Friends members make their annual payments by Dec. 31 of each year, beginning with the year in which the initial pledge is made. Arc Herkimer also accepts payments in the form of cash, stock or appreciated property, which meets the organization’s property requirements.

Being Part of the Circle

All Circle of Friends gifts are acknowledged, with the donor’s permission, in a number of ways.

Circle of Friends members are granted a special seven-year Arc Herkimer membership, are entitled to VIP status at all Arc Herkimer special events and also receive the following benefits.

Circle of Friends Membership Benefits

Inner Circle $10,000

  • Donor’s name inscribed on a Benefactor Stone (11.5 x 8 inches) placed at the base of the William H. Privett Giving Tree.
  • Gold Pin to recognize highest membership level.
  • Complimentary tickets for C of F member couple to VIP reception on the eve of the New York International Wine Auction.
  • Complimentary tickets for C of F member couple to Circle of Friends annual celebration event.
  • Opportunity to invite up to two guests to attend Circle of Friends annual celebration event and social gatherings (at cost). 
  • Public recognition of your contribution in Arc Herkimer, including listing in the annual report.
  • Special invitation to the New York International Wine Auction.
  • Invitations to the Arc Herkimer annual meeting, volunteer recognition luncheon, as well as Arc Herkimer lectures and educational presentations (all at no charge).

President’s Circle $5,000

  • Donor’s name inscribed on two separate gold leaves the William H. Privett Giving Tree.
  • Silver Pin to recognize membership level.
  • Complimentary tickets for C of F member couple to VIP reception on the eve of the New York International Wine Auction.
  • Complimentary tickets for C of F member couple to Circle of Friends annual celebration event.
  • Opportunity to invite up to two guests to attend Circle of Friends annual celebration event and social gatherings (at cost). 
  • Public recognition of your contribution in Arc Herkimer publications, including listing in the annual report.
  • Special invitation to the New York International Wine Auction.                                           

Director’s Circle $2,500

  • Donor’s name inscribed on one gold leaf on the William H. Privett Giving Tree.
  • Bronze Pin to recognize membership level.
  • Complimentary tickets for C of F member couple to Circle of Friends annual celebration event.
  • Opportunity to invite up to two guests to attend Circle of Friends annual celebration event and social gatherings (at cost). 
  • Invitation to VIP reception on the eve of the New York International Wine Auction, for a nominal fee (at cost).
  • Public recognition of your contribution in Arc Herkimer publications, including listing in the annual report.
  • Special invitation to the New York International Wine Auction.                                          

Circle of Friends member is defined as a couple, e.g. member and spouse or member and partner.

Circle of Friends members’ contributions support Arc Herkimer programs and services for the approximately 700 disabled individuals we serve. To fulfill our role as a trusted steward of the members’ monies and to ensure that Circle of Friends funds support those we serve, we occasionally require that members at some levels pay a fee to attend certain events.

Please note that your gift can also be dedicated to a special person in your life. If you have any questions or to join, please contact Robert Baber, Development Director, at email: rbaber@herkimerarc.org or via phone at 315-574-7353.

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