Please scroll down for information on The 27th Annual Gardner Johnson Memorial Golf Tournament or The Arc Quinebaug Valley's 2014 Giving Appeal

  The Arc Rubber Duckie Race                           Duck Race dump 2013 


The 17th Annual Arc Rubber Duckie Race will be held Sunday, August 10, 2014 in Rotary Park in downtown Putnam, in conjunction with Putnam's Annual Car Show.

Duck Race raffle tickets have arrived! You can contact any employee or member of the Arc Quinebaug Valley for tickets, or call the Development Department at 860-774-2827.  You may also email Sarah Sansom at for more information.  

 For information on how You can be involved in this year's race, click here for our Race Information Packet or contact Sarah Sansom at or at 860-774-2827.

The Arc's annual Rubber Duckie Race is one of the agency's most successful fundraisers, raising more than $27,000 in 2013. Just as important as the money raised, is the community awareness that comes as a direct result of all the publicity and the event itself for our programs and services. All proceeds from the race go directly to the services that support individuals with intellectual, developmental, and other life-affecting disabilities here in Northeastern Connecticut. We are very grateful to the business community for their support. All of the 50 + prizes are donated by our community supporters.

The race is held on the Quinebaug River in Putnam at Rotary Park. The ducks are made of rubber like the ones kids play with in the bathtub. Each duck has a number on the front which corresponds to a number on a ticket. A large pay loader truck is filled with the sold ducks that are then dumped into the river from the bridge on Bridge St. The ducks float down a raceway constructed of foam barriers. About 200 yards down they cross the finish line and are retrieved one at a time by the Mayor of Putnam and bagged in numbered bags. The ducks are then brought up to the shore where they are matched with the corresponding prize.

We have games and activities for the kids as well so join us for a fun-filled day with something for everyone in the family.

For more information about the race, the prizes or to adopt as many ducks as you like for $5.00 each call The Arc's Development Office at 860-774-2827 or email Sarah Sansom at You can also check out our event on Facebook: Click Here 


The Arc's 2014 Giving Appeal is underway!

The theme of this year's Giving Appeal is "A Life of Our Own - A Life  Like Yours."  All Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz had to do was click her heels together and return to her safe and loving home, where her Auntie Em, family, and friends were waiting for her. For families whose children were born with life-affecting disabilities and placed in large institutional settings, there is no yellow brick road to guide their sons and daughters back home. There is, however, The Arc of Quinebaug Valley.  We are moving forward in acquiring a new residential home which will provide a safe and nurturing environment for those who will live there. They will be reunited with family and become active members of their community, as they were meant to be.  

We have also created a new vocational initiative for those seeking a positive and fulfilling work experience. Project Redemption is a bottle and can redemption and recycling business that provides valued, paying jobs for individuals with disabilities. Education, socialization, and a chance to help the community are all integral components of the program. 

Willie and Fran Bousquet of Putnam serve as the General Chairpersons for The Arc Quinebaug Valley 2014 Giving Appeal. 

You can help us reach our goal of $25,000 by partnering with The Arc Quinebaug Valley. Your investment will directly provide critical services and resources. The Arc Quinebaug Valley maintains a high degree of excellence in the delivery of these services but we need your help. Make a difference in someone’s life and help others achieve "A Life of Our Own- A Life Like Yours."  Take the next step; a gift of any size is meaningful and is tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

For more information, read our Appeal brochure by clicking here and read our Appeal letter by clicking here.  You may also contact Sarah Sansom at 860-774-2827 or at for more information. 


For a list of our 2013 supporters, click here.

 For a list of our 2012 supporters, click here.


Thank You for Your Support In Making The Arc Quinebaug Valley's Golf Tournament a Great Success this Year! 

The Arc Quinebaug Valley Golf Tournament


The Arc Quinebaug Valley would like to extend a heartfelt Thank You to everyone who made this year's 27th Annual Gardner Johnson Memorial Golf Tournament a great success!  

                 The Arc Quinebaug Valley's Gardner Johnson Memorial Golf Tournament offers prizes for the top finishing teams, as well as other contests throughout the play—closest to the pin, betting hole and skins. This year's tournament featured a chance to sink a hole in one on a designated hole and win a new car!

Our raffle each year offers more chances to win some great prizes donated by generous local and regional businesses.   

 The Golf Tournament is a major fundraiser for The Arc Quinebaug Valley and is well known in the community. Proceeds directly benefit The Arc Quinebaug Valley programs. We would like to express our gratitude to our community of players, volunteers, staff, participants, donors, and sponsors for supporting our success!  

We have a variety of sponsorship levels to suit any business need. Participation in the tournament ensures presence in The Arc’s extensive advertising campaign prior to and at the tournament.

To stay informed about next year's golf tournament or to ask about future sponsorship, contact Sandi Riemann at or at 860-774-2827.  You can also follow The Arc Quinebaug Valley on Facebook for regular updates on our events, programs and news: click here.