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Grant Thornton Announced as Recipient of the Alliance Data Corporate Champion Award by Special Care Print E-mail
by Sharon Adams    Wed, Feb 18, 2009, 10:50 AM

Grant Thornton Announced as Recipient of the Alliance Data Corporate Champion Award by Special Care & Career Services

Award to be presented at A Special Evening with Bonnie Raitt on March 9th 

Tickets are on sale now. Sponsorships and underwriting available. 
Tickets and Contact info. scroll down. 








           “You’ve heard the saying, ‘Don’t listen to what they say, watch what they do,’ and that’s exactly why Grant Thornton is chosen as the recipient of the Alliance Data Corporate Champion Award,” said Cathy Packard, executive director, Special Care & Career Services (SCCS).
          For the past 45 years, it has been Special Care & Career Services’
mission to provide services to children and adults with developmental disabilities so they can lead fulfilling lives in their communities and businesses play a crucial role in that mission.
           “One of the first corporations to come on board in support of our agency and its annual fundraiser, A Special Evening, was Alliance Data.
It is in their honor the Alliance Data Corporate Champion (ADCC) Award was created, to recognize their years of outstanding multi-dimensional support - for their generous financial support as well as their long-time commitment to SCCS through volunteer hours and employment of our Supported Employment clients.”
          It is in this spirit that Special Care & Career Services has named Grant Thornton LLP as the first-ever recipient of the Alliance Data Corporate Champion Award, in honor of their employment of SCCS client, Elizabeth Harber as well as for its generous multi-faceted support of the agency through financial contributions, volunteerism and advocacy.

Recently, Grant Thornton added yet another level to its support of SCCS.  Valuing the importance of Elizabeth to the company and the importance of SCCS’ continuing support visits to ensure that she remains stable in her job, Grant Thornton  made the decision to pay the fees for Elizabeth’s  ongoing support.  This support includes regular visits by SCCS staff and volunteer Raquel Foster.  SCCS attributes the high job retention rate their clients enjoy to these regular visits.  As proof, 56% of SCCS clients have been on the job more than five years.

          ”We hired Elizabeth because it was the right thing to do.  Special Care worked closely with us to understand Grant Thornton’s hiring need and then matched Elizabeth’s unique skills, interests, and preferences with that need.  It was a perfect fit on both sides and today Elizabeth is a very special member of the Dallas office Grant Thornton family.  At the time of her hire, we could not have anticipated how exciting it would be for all of us to watch Elizabeth blossom in her role the extraordinary impact she would have on staff morale, and the positive recognition we have received in the community,” said Lou Grabowsky, Central Regional Managing Partner of Grant Thornton.   “The small monthly investment we make in her continuing support is well worth it.  And, our positive experience with Elizabeth has paved the way for our firm to hire individuals with special needs in several other offices.”

 About Grant Thornton LLP

The people in the independent firms of Grant Thornton International Ltd provide personalized attention and the highest quality service to public and private clients in more than 100 countries. Grant Thornton LLP is the U.S. member firm of Grant Thornton International Ltd, one of the six global audit, tax and advisory organizations. Grant Thornton International Ltd and its member firms are not a worldwide partnership, as each member firm is a separate and distinct legal entity. In the U.S., visit Grant Thornton LLP at


Special Care & Career Services

Chartered in 1963, Special Care & Career Services’ (SCCS) mission is to help children and adults with developmental disabilities achieve their maximum potential and lead fulfilling lives within our community.
              To this end, they offer two age specific programs regarded as models for innovation by the community:  Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) which provides therapies and services to babies zero to three years old who exhibit any delay or disability and Supported Employment Services (SES) which matches adults with intellectual disabilities (such as Down syndrome, Autism spectrum disorders and Traumatic Brain Injury) to good jobs in the community that fit their abilities and meet the needs of the employer.  


Sponsor Information: Contact         Cathy Packard. phone (972) 991-6777 ext. 112, email             This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , website

Tickets:  Open to the public for the concert only. Tickets start at $50 can be purchased at                                           or call 1.800.595.4TIX (4849)

                                      • Orchestra - $225 & $175
                                      • Orchestra Terrace - $175
                                      • Dress Circle box seat - $150
                                      • Dress Circle - $125 & $100
                                      • Grand Tier box - $75
                                      • Grand Tier - $75 & $50


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BonnieRaitt_performanceLowRes.jpgBonnie Raitt is a singer, songwriter and guitarist whose unique style blends blues, R&B, rock and pop. After 20 years as a cult favorite, she broke through to the top in the early ‘90s with her Grammy award winning albums, Nick of Time and Luck of the Draw, which featured hits such as, "Something To Talk About" and "I Can't Make You Love Me."
                             With nine Grammys under her belt and a long history of social activism, she tours regularly incorporating many benefit concerts into her schedule. In fact, Raitt has been on tour for the better part of the last three years, in support of her latest studio album, Souls Alike, which debuted at #19 on the Billboard 200 in September 2005 and has earned widespread critical acclaim and the Bonnie Raitt and Friends live CD/DVD released in August 2006.


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