A Special Evening with Dionne Warwick presented by Alliance Data
by Sharon Adams    Wed, Mar 28, 2007, 04:46 PM

Join us for an evening of favorites with musical icon Dionne Warwick

Her luminous voice will fill the Meyerson Symphony Center

at A Special Evening with Dionne Warwick hosted by Alliance Data benefiting Special Care & Career Services

warwick_dionne_1_v2.JpgDon’t miss the legendary Dionne Warwick perform at the upcoming A Special Evening with Dionne Warwick hosted by Alliance Data. This songstress will bring an entourage of musicians and fill the stage with energy as she sings your favorite tunes. Her luminous voice will be complemented with strings and other beautiful instruments that will make the evening truly magical.

On April 1st, sponsors will join co-chairs Nicole Kapioltas and Angie Hubach, along with honorary chairs Anne and Steve Stodghill, and kick-off the evening with a pre-concert reception. The Meyerson’s lobby will be transformed into an orchestration of sensory and culinary delights – a fresh, fun elegant venue in which you will enjoy tasting savory food offerings, sipping refreshing wine and mingling with friends.

Just before the concert begins, experience a fervor that will surround the live auction of an original work of art, created especially for this event, by artist Deanna Kienast. The live auction will follow the presentation of the Milton P. Levy, Jr. Outstanding Volunteer Award to Jim Hanophy, MS, CRC. This award is given annually to an individual who has exhibited leadership in supporting the mission of building independence for children and adults with disabilities, in the community.

Jim is volunteer Executive Director of Special Needs Assistance Partners, and Program Specialist in charge of the new outcomes-based payment system for supported employment launched this year by the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services. Past recipients include Robert G. Pollock, Nancy Ann Hunt, Robert L. Blumenthal and former Presidents of the Board of Trustees of this evening’s beneficiary, Special Care & Career Services (SCCS).

Co-chairs Nicole Kapioltas and Angie Hubach are honored to be aligned with such a valuable community agency.

“Angie and I became involved with SCCS because we believe in the valuable services that the agency provides to children and young adults with cognitive disabilities and developmental delays,” Nicole said. “The agency has done an amazing job of working with and developing young adults with cognitive disabilities, and transforming them into vibrant, capable individuals that can find and hold good jobs within the community. And, seeing the smile of an individual who realizes his or her true value is beautiful.”

Angie’s interest in the agency and the Special Evening event also stems from her commitment to and passion for working with children and families. As a Child and Family Therapist employed by Early Childhood Intervention (ECI), she serves families with children who have developmental delays. "I know first hand through my work with ECI the world of opportunity and hope that SCCS provides to these individuals and to their families,” Angie said. “We strive for the same goals, to help our clients lead fulfilling, independent lives. There is great joy in seeing these dreams realized."

Dallas-based Alliance Data has come on board again as host sponsor as A Special Evening celebrates its sixth year as the major fundraiser for Special Care & Career Services, a Dallas United Way Agency. Past featured entertainers include: Tony Bennett, Ray Charles, k.d. lang, Tom Jones and the Doobie Brothers.

“Angie and I are truly appreciative of the continued generous support received from our Host Sponsor, Alliance Data,” Nicole said. “We would also like to recognize the efforts of the SCCS Board, SCCS staff, our fabulous event committee and our illustrious honorary chairs, Anne and Steve Stodghill. And, we would be remiss if we didn’t also thank 98.7 KLUV, The Dallas Morning News, Amegy Bank of Texas, AMS Production Group, Just Brakes, La Quinta Corporation, Park Place Motorcars of Dallas, Mr. L. Frank Pitts, Mr. and Mrs. George Ellison Hurt III and Marinelle and Kip Sowden.”

With the generosity of all supporters, SCCS can continue to provide valuable services to its clients and families, and in turn positively impact their lives and the community.

The concert is open to the public. Tickets begin at $50 and are available at

www.ticketweb.com. Or, contact Susan Spradlin, Director of Development (SCCS) for sponsor opportunities at (972) 991-6777 ext. 121, This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or www.specialcarecareer.org

Dallas-based Alliance Data, host sponsor :
Alliance Data (NYSE: ADS) is a leading provider of transaction services, credit services and marketing services, managing over 105 million consumer relationships for some of North America's most recognizable companies. Alliance Data creates and manages customized solutions that change consumer behavior and that enable its clients to build stronger, mutually beneficial relationships with their customers. The company is an active corporate citizen through its "Neighbor of Choice" Program and is committed to initiatives that support education, health and welfare and civic enrichment. For more information about the company, visit its website,
http://www.AllianceData.com.

Special Care & Career Services:

Special Care & Career Services (SCCS) has always been on the forefront in developing programs that promote the inclusion of persons with disabilities in all aspects of the community – where we live, work, and play.

The SCCS mission is to provide services to children and adults with developmental disabilities so that they can lead fulfilling lives in their communities. To that end they provide education, therapy and training to help their clients reach their full potential.

Chartered in 1963, services include Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) for children birth to 3 years old and Supported Employment Services for adults. Both are regarded as model programs by the community.

The ECI program is recognized as a “Best Practices” study site by the Early Childhood Intervention Services Division of the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services.

Through the Supported Employment Services program, adults with mental retardation, traumatic brain injury and other cognitive disabilities participate in comprehensive employment services to obtain and keep jobs in the local community.

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