T. Boone Pickens, Emmitt Smith, Roger Staubach in a lively conversation benefiting LaunchAbility
by Sharon Adams    Thu, Sep 9, 2010, 10:38 AM

This year marks the fourth year for Expanding Worlds luncheon benefiting LaunchAbility and it’s going to be an exciting event, featuring three Texas icons on one stage:  T. Boone Pickens, Emmitt Smith and Roger Staubach engaged in a lively conversation about the past, present and future, moderated by Scott Murray of Murray Media.

          Slated for Tuesday, October 26 at 11:30 a.m. at The Fairmont Dallas, George Kelly and Geoffrey Miller, Luncheon Co-Chairs and Cathy Packard, CEO, LaunchAbility, will be joined by Honorary Co-Chairs Ruth and Kenneth Altshuler and Honorary Chair Emeritus, Ebby Halliday.

          This annual fundraising event directly benefits LaunchAbility’s programs that inspire hope, confidence and independence for adults and children with disabilities. For nearly 50 years, LaunchAbility, formerly Special Care & Career Services, has been expanding worlds for children and adults with disabilities by providing services to help them reach their maximum potential.

          Luncheon sponsorships begin at $500. A limited number of individual tickets will be available. For details, contact Deborah Montonen

 (972) 991-6777 ext. 7121 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  or visit the web site at: http://www.LaunchAbility.org

          Past events included:
2009 Panel – Elaine Agather, Linda Pitts Custard, Geraldine “Tincy” Miller and moderator, the late Paul M. Bass, Jr.;
*  2008 Panel – Ruth Altshuler, Ebby Halliday, Caroline Rose Hunt and moderator, Scott Murray;

*  2007 Speaker – Mayor Tom Leppert.

 LaunchAbility Programs:



This program expands worlds for children from birth to age three with developmental disabilities and delays such as autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, spina bifida, impaired vision, and speech delay. Our staff of physical, speech and occupational therapists as well as social workers, early intervention specialists and a dietitian provide therapies and other supports to help improve children’s abilities at the age when they are most able to adapt.



Launched in 1982 as one of the first programs of its kind in Texas, our Supported Employment inspires hope, confidence and independence in adults with developmental disabilities by focusing on expanding their abilities so that they have the best opportunity to achieve independence through employment. 


CHILD CARE CHAMPIONS ™ - Our Newest Program!

This innovative program, a collaborative effort with LaunchAbility, Brookhaven College and Childcare Group, is improving the quality of child care across Dallas County by teaching child care workers how to identify and effectively interact with babies and toddlers with both typical and atypical development.


For more information about LaunchAbility visit www.LaunchAbility.org or call us 972.991.6777.         


T. Boone Pickens









Emmitt Smith
















Roger Staubach













Geoffrey Miller and George Kelly, Luncheon Co-Chairs











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