Saturday night, Arc Thrift Stores will celebrate 50 years in Colorado and honor some special employees at its annual gala. The "Born to be me" gala will include a fashion show featuring Denver 7 news anchors and reporters Shannon Ogden, Katie La Salle, Connor Wist, and Nicole Brady.
Denver 7's Nicole Brady spoke to the three Arc employees being honored as this year's heroes. Myles King, Ryan Hawley and Nora Gift have overcome obstacles as adults with intellectual disabilities, to prove they can be outstanding employees. Their mothers tell Denver 7 having a job at Arc has given them a purpose.
"She can come home and share stories about what happened at work with her dad and brother and sister," said Marsha Gift.
Joan Hawley said her son Ryan has so much joy and drive now.
"He never complains about having to go to work," said Hawley.
Tree King said Arc has been a blessing for Myles and the whole family. Myles is one of Arc's Ambassadors, so in addition to working, he attends many community events to promote the mission.
"It's great to be part of this organization, helping others," said Myles.
Arc Thrift Stores employs nearly 300 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.