One Step Forward Celebration 2023

Presented by Air Products

Date: Thursday, May 18, 2023
Time: 5:30 PM

Location: DeSales University Conference Center
2755 Station Avenue | Center Valley, PA 18034

Please join us for the 2023 One Step Forward Celebration Awards, Presented by Air Products at DeSales University, on Thursday, May 18,  2023, from 5:30 – 8:00 PM.

The One Step Forward Celebration is an annual awards gala to celebrate the accomplishments, triumphs, and victories of local children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), their families, and inclusive local businesses that support people with IDD in the Lehigh Valley.

To learn more about the awards and nominate someone for a One Step Forward Celebration Award, please visit  Award categories are the Allen D. Advocacy Award, One Step Forward Award, Dedicated Family Award, Distinguished Family Award, Distinguished Service Award, and Business Recognition Award. Nominations are due by February 17, 2023.

You can also purchase tickets, sponsorships, and program advertisements or make a donation toward the 2023 One Step Forward Celebration.  To register, please visit:

Questions? Need additional information? Please contact Lori Gallagher, Director of Events and Marketing at: or at 610-849-8076 Ext. 314.

A key component of the One Step Forward Celebration every year is the silent auction, which opens online in advance of the event and continues through dinner.  This auction helps to raise thousands of dollars for The Arc’s Advocacy Department and features many incredible items that are donated by the Board of Directors, The Arc staff, local companies and organizations, and community members.  If you would like to donate an item to our online silent auction, please download the form below.  

New this year, the event will also feature a Wine Wall!  Participating guests will have the opportunity to take home a mystery bottle of wine!  Please download the form below if you want to donate a bottle for this event.  The Wine Wall promises to be fun for all!