By CHANTELLE DEROSE

Recorder News Staff

Come Saturday, Liberty ARC will be celebrating its 60th anniversary with a diamond-themed bash.

The chicken barbecue celebration, which will take place Saturday, Sept. 16, from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m., will be diamond themed since diamonds are the traditional gift for 60th anniversaries. It is being held at the Liberty campus, 43 Liberty Drive in the City of Amsterdam. The local band Crossroads will kick things off Saturday evening, and Skeeter Creek will also be performing later at 7 p.m.

“There’s going to be an awesome silent auction with lots of baskets that have been donated,” said Laurie Miedema, Director of Public Relations and Development at Liberty ARC. “There are some wine baskets and Ace Hardware is also donating a basket as well. It’s a whole array of cool stuff like that.”

A 14k yellow gold, half-carat diamond pendant necklace, donated by the local Segel’s Jewelers, will also be raffled off during the evening.

“It’s beautiful. It has a retail value of $1,500,” Miedema said. “So anyone who wants a great gift to give for the holidays might want to come buy some raffle tickets.”

Miedema said all of the proceeds from the event will go toward building a community sensory playground. The playground will also be for members of the community to use in addition to the individuals and families that Liberty supports.

“The best part about this is that we’re getting to celebrate 60 years of providing services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities here in Montgomery County,” Miedema said. “Liberty has been part of the community for a very long time and we wouldn’t be where we are without the help of the community.”

A limited amount of tickets are still available at $20 each and can be purchased at the front desk of Liberty or on libertyarc.org. Donations for the sensory playground can also be made by visiting Liberty’s official website.

“This means so much to everyone,” Miedema said. “It’s wonderful to be an integrated community and Amsterdam — and all of Montgomery County — has been great in supporting the programs that we do. This celebration isn’t just for us as an agency. It’s also for the community because we’ve all done this together.”