The Arc of the Quad Cities Area is igniting a passion for inclusion at the Virtual Catalyst Awards & On-Line Auction.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, The Arc of the Quad Cities is turning the Catalyst Awards event into an online, virtual event. Although this may seem a very creative solution to a modern problem, this isn’t the first time that The Arc has had a virtual event. In fact, The Arc had a Phantom Ball in the 1960s where no refreshments were served, no music was heard, and no drinks were poured. The invitation asked attendees to an evening “in your own home,” or on Cloud 9. The cost to attend – whatever it is worth for you not to go. No dress recommendations were made except for “no tie.”

Following in line with that tradition they will be recognizing our honorable slate of honorees through a variety of outlets including their Facebook Live event on Friday April 24 starting at 5:30 p.m.

Community Partner – IA/IL Center for Independent Living

Business Partner – Group O

Lifetime Advocate Award – Mark & Vinnie Smith from Hand in Hand

Lifetime Service Award – Knights of Columbus, IA Quad Cities

“Attendees” can participate in an on-line auction at


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