A Special Evening Indeed

LaunchAbility fans gather for big reveal: R&B legend to headline A Special Evening 2014

LaunchAbility's big reveal: R&B legend to headline A Special Evening

Kyle and Meredith Liner
Kyle Liner, Meredith Liner Photo by Lara Bierner
Mike and Piper Wyatt
Mike Wyatt, Piper Wyatt Photo by Lara Bierner
Lynn and Allan McBee
Lynn McBee, Allan McBee Photo by Lara Bierner
Anne and Steve Stodghill
Anne Stodghill, Steve Stodghill Photo by Lara Bierner
LaunchAbility Staff:  Alice Wiggins, Christie Lee; Kathryn Parsons, CEO; Deborah Montonen, Yvette Lee, Julia Nicol
Alice Wiggins, Christie Lee, Kathryn Parsons, Deborah Montonen, Yvette Lee, Julia Nicol Photo by Lara Bierner
Kristen and Ladd Sanger
Kristen Sanger, Ladd Sanger Photo by Lara Bierner
Suzzane and Steve Everbach
Steve Everbach, Suzzane Everbach Photo by Lara Bierner
Chris Lamance, Lori Barber
Chris Lamance, Lori Barber Photo by Lara Bierner
Mary Gill, Holly Deason
Mary Gill, Holly Deason Photo by Lara Bierner
Cher and Ray LaDieu
Cher LaDieu, Ray LaDieu Photo by Lara Bierner
Danielle Rickets and Aimee Fisher, both of Alliance Data
Danielle Rickets, Aimee Fisher Photo by Lara Bierner
30	Holly Deason, Kathryn Parsons
Holly Deason, Kathyn Parsons Photo by Lara Bierner
Kyle and Meredith Liner
Mike and Piper Wyatt
Lynn and Allan McBee
Anne and Steve Stodghill
LaunchAbility Staff:  Alice Wiggins, Christie Lee; Kathryn Parsons, CEO; Deborah Montonen, Yvette Lee, Julia Nicol
Kristen and Ladd Sanger
Suzzane and Steve Everbach
Chris Lamance, Lori Barber
Mary Gill, Holly Deason
Cher and Ray LaDieu
Danielle Rickets and Aimee Fisher, both of Alliance Data
30	Holly Deason, Kathryn Parsons

LaunchAbility has quite the reputation for bringing some very big names to Dallas to perform for its annual A Special Evening concert series. Supporters recently gathered at the home of Holly and Doug Deason to learn the identity of the superstar entertainer in 2014.

Lynn and Allan McBee, Anne and Steve Stodghill, Mary Gill, Lori Barber, Meredith and Kyle Liner, and Cher and Ray LaDieu mixed and mingled in anticipation of the big reveal. Finally, 2014 A Special Evening co-chairs Piper and Mike Wyatt broke the suspense: R&B legend and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Smokey Robinson will headline the spring concert at the Meyerson Symphony Center, hosted by Alliance Data.

“Piper and I have been involved with A Special Evening from the beginning and are honored to have the opportunity to serve as co-chairs this year,” said Mike Wyatt, who is also the president of LaunchAbility's community advisory board.

“We have been so impressed with the work of LaunchAbility, which helps children and adults with developmental disabilities gain the independence and confidence they need to lead fulfilling lives. We want to see the continued success of this organization and invite the community to join us for an extraordinary night on March 31.”

Past Special Evening entertainers include legends such as Tony Bennett, Ray Charles, k.d. Lang, Tom Jones, The Doobie Brothers, Dionne Warwick, Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons, Bonnie Raitt, The Pointer Sisters, Willie Nelson, Kenny Loggins and Vince Gill