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Dana Carvey delivers all-time best impersonations for special evening in Dallas

Dana Carvey delivers best impersonations for special evening in Dallas

Dana Carvey, launchability
Dana Carvey Photo by Kristina Bowman
Regina Montoya, Dana Carvey, Paul Coggins, Launchability
Regina Montoya, Dana Carvey, Paul Coggins  Photo by Kristina Bowman
Caroline Rose Hunt and Family, launchability
Caroline Rose Hunt and family  Photo by Kristina Bowman
	 Don and Ellen Winspear, launchability
Don Winspear, Ellen Winspear Photo by Kristina Bowman
Anne and Steve Stodghill, Launchability
Anne Stodghill, Steve Stodghill  Photo by Kristina Bowman
Kyle and Meredith Liner, Sharon and Jim Herrin, launchability
Kyle Liner, Meredith Liner, Sharon Herrin, Jim Herrin  Photo by Kristina Bowman
Garrett Shipman, Dana Beckman, Danielle Ricketts, Jana Parker, Launchability
Garrett Shipman, Dana Beckman, Danielle Ricketts, Jana Parker  Photo by Kristina Bowman
Laura, Roy, Emily, Rebecca Pendergrass, Launchability
Laura Pendergrass, Roy Pendergrass, Rebecca Pendergrass, Emily Pendergrass Photo by Kristina Bowman
Ellison, Laura, George and Henry Hurt, Launchability
Ellison Hurt, Laura Hurt, George Hurt, Henry Hurt  Photo by Kristina Bowman
Ambassador Kathryn and Craig Hall, Launchability
Ambassador Kathryn Hall, Craig Hall  Photo by Kristina Bowman
John and Karen Wald, Susan Kelly, Jennifer Burleson, Launchability
John Wald, Karen Wald, Susan Kelly, Jennifer Burleson Photo by Kristina Bowman
Kathryn Parsons and Stacey McCord, Launchability
Kathryn Parsons, Stacey McCord Photo by Kristina Bowman
Nicole and Chad Cook, Launchability
Nicole Cook, Chad Cook  Photo by Kristina Bowman
Chris and Robin Collins, Launchability
Chris Collins, Robin Collins  Photo by Kristina Bowman
Mary Blake and Chuck Meadows, Launchability
Chuck Meadows, Mary Blake Meadows Photo by Kristina Bowman
Bill and Linda Custard, Launchability
Bill Custard, Linda Custard  Photo by Kristina Bowman
Dana Carvey, launchability
Regina Montoya, Dana Carvey, Paul Coggins, Launchability
Caroline Rose Hunt and Family, launchability
	 Don and Ellen Winspear, launchability
Anne and Steve Stodghill, Launchability
Kyle and Meredith Liner, Sharon and Jim Herrin, launchability
Garrett Shipman, Dana Beckman, Danielle Ricketts, Jana Parker, Launchability
Laura, Roy, Emily, Rebecca Pendergrass, Launchability
Ellison, Laura, George and Henry Hurt, Launchability
Ambassador Kathryn and Craig Hall, Launchability
John and Karen Wald, Susan Kelly, Jennifer Burleson, Launchability
Kathryn Parsons and Stacey McCord, Launchability
Nicole and Chad Cook, Launchability
Chris and Robin Collins, Launchability
Mary Blake and Chuck Meadows, Launchability
Bill and Linda Custard, Launchability

More than 1,500 smiling LaunchAbility supporters attended the 14th annual A Special Evening at the Meyerson Symphony Center, and everyone had high hopes that this year’s guest, Dana Carvey, would deliver a show filled with his greatest hits.

We are happy to report the Saturday Night Live alum did not disappoint.

The evening began with a VIP reception, during which co-chairs Regina Montoya and Paul Coggins and honorary chairs Ambassador Kathryn and Craig Hall welcomed donors and sponsors, including Mary Blake and Chuck Meadows, Linda and Bill Custard, Nicole and Chad Cook, Anne and Steve Stodghill, Caroline Rose Hunt, and Ellen and Don Winspear.

Master of ceremonies Jody Dean of KLUV kicked off the program by announcing this year’s honorees. For the first time, LaunchAbility recognized two couples as co-recipients of the Milton P. Levy Jr. Outstanding Volunteer Award, the organization’s highest honor for individuals.

Laura and Ellison Hurt and Stacey and Nicholas McCord received their leadership award from Karen Wald of sponsor Alliance Data. Scott Moore of PricewaterhouseCoopers accepted the Alliance Data Corporate Champion Award from Kathryn Parsons for the firm’s longtime partnership with LaunchAbility.

The evening also featured a moving speech by Daniel Fiaccone, who shared how he has greatly benefited from LaunchAbility’s Supported Employment program.

When Carvey finally took the stage, he amused the crowd with his perfect impersonations of George Bush and Ross Perot. He even brought back Garth from Wayne’s World and some of his well-known SNL characters. The charitable comedian continued to delight with a post-show meet-and-greet, during which he posed for photos with attendees.

Since its inception, A Special Evening has raised more than $5 million for LaunchAbility, which uses the funds to continually expand its programs and grow each year that champion for people with disabilities by providing services to help them reach their maximum potential.