Over 1,000 Guests to Attend Third Annual My Possibilities Community Ball presented by Alliance Data on Saturday, April 30

Organization Holds Unique Fundraiser Themed, “Unlock the Possibilities” to Honor and Benefit Adults with Special Needs

PLANO, Texas, April 26, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Dancing shoes and good moves are required at the third annual My Possibilities Community Ball on Saturday, April 30 at the Embassy Suites Hotel - Frisco. A Plano-based non-profit, My Possibilities is dedicated to empowering adults with special needs through quality continued education.  The Community Ball will help raise funds for the organization’s clients, whom are lovingly referred to as Hugely Important People or HIPsters.

As a pioneering leader in continued education for adults with special needs, My Possibilities’ (MP) programs offer continued learning opportunities to adults who have aged out of the public school system. MP provides education in independent living skills, vocational training, social skills development, and a variety of enriching educational programs using computers, art, music and physical exercise which are all designed to stimulate the HIPsters’ cognitive and creative abilities.

The Community Ball begins at 6:00 p.m. and is open to the entire community and HIPsters alike. This event was not just created out of the desire to raise funds for the organization. The Community Ball is also an opportunity to celebrate the HIPsters and their accomplishments. Guests will have the pleasure of interacting first-hand with the HIPsters for whom they are raising money and advocating for, while witnessing the joy HIPsters exhibit and spread as they dance to live music provided by the Time Machine Band.

In addition to a formal dinner and dance, the event will host live and silent auctions. A few of the items to be included in the live auction are a 2015 Masters Tournament pin flag signed by tournament champion and fellow Dallasite, Jordan Spieth, a jewelry package from Helzberg Diamonds, and a pair of custom My Possibilities-inspired boots from Mandujano Western Boots. The silent auction, which will last throughout the evening, will include a cabin-stay near Lake Tahoe, various concert tickets to see Top 40 artists such as Rihanna and Selena Gomez, as well as artwork, jewelry and other objects of interest. There are also a few special surprises planned throughout the evening, and the Time Machine Band will close out the event this year with some Billboard favorites.

For the third year, Alliance Data is the Presenting Sponsor for the My Possibilities Community Ball – and many North Texas businesses, families and individuals have also joined together to make the My Possibilities Community Ball another success this year. In addition to Alliance Data, Berry Family Services has committed to be the HIPster sponsor for the evening while The Behavior Exchange has partnered with the event as a Community Sponsor.  Gold Sponsors underwriting the Ball include: Chase’s Place, GCATS, Mrs. Eugene McDermott, Liz & Tim McHugh, Bill & Joanne Parsons, and Debbie & Chuck Wilson. Smith Exploration, First Texas Homes, Frost Bank, John Baumgarten, Michelle & Jeff Hicks, Doreen & Joe Pielluci, and Charmaine & Larry Solomon are also participating as Silver Sponsors. Plano Profile is the Community Ball’s Publicity Sponsor. Special thanks also are in order for Accenture, who is hosting the Wine Pull, Jackson Durham, who is providing event décor, Novoworks Color Imaging for who is donating signage, and Voom Group who has graciously donated printing services. These supporters and many others believe in providing educational and life enriching opportunities for MP students. Their ongoing support shows the level of commitment that North Texans have for the special needs community.

“It is heart-warming to see the community rally around My Possibilities,” said Charmaine Solomon, one of the center’s founders and current chairman of the board. “We are so grateful to our friends from Alliance Data who have honored us by once again, serving as our Presenting Sponsor. Additionally, we deeply appreciate the ongoing support from Berry Family Services, as well as Men’s Warehouse, the Prom Closet from St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, and other organizations too numerous to mention.

“There is no way to thank all of the businesses, donors, concerned parents and volunteers that have spent countless hours working to make the My Possibilities Community Ball possible,” Solomon added. “With the support of our friends within the community, My Possibilities continues to grow and offer an unprecedented array of educational programs that have made a real difference in the lives of the adults with special needs that live in North Texas.”

Ticket prices start at $125, and can be purchased online at www.MyPossibilities.org/CommunityBall in advance of the event. HIPsters, from both MP and the community, have the opportunity to attend the Community Ball at a discounted rate. Proceeds from ticket sales and the fundraising activities will go to the organization’s operating expenses for the benefit of the HIPsters.  “With just under one week until the ball, there are already have more than 1,000 people attending,” said Michael Thomas, Executive Director of My Possibilities.  “The Community Ball is going to be a big event with entertainment and fun for all.  The HIPsters staff, volunteers and sponsors can hardly contain their excitement.  Purchase your ticket today, and help My Possibilities continue to make a marked impact in on adults with special needs living in North Texas.” 

To learn more about My Possibilities, contact Charmaine Solomon, Founder & Chairman of the Board, at (469) 631-1372 or by email at charmaine@mptx.org.  To reach Michael Thomas, the MP Executive Director, call 469-241-9100 or email him at director@mptx.org.  Additional information is also available on the website at www.mypossibilities.org.  For information regarding Alliance Data, contact Danielle Ricketts at danielle.ricketts@alliancedata.com, or visit www.alliancedata.com.

About My Possibilities:
My Possibilities is a Plano, Texas-based non-profit, charity - 501(c)(3), for adults with disabilities (Autism, Down Syndrome, Asperger’s, Prader-Willi, Head Injuries, etc.). Started in June 2008, this organization is the FIRST full-day, full-year program in Collin County for Texans who have "aged out" of secondary education. My Possibilities helps special needs adults build independence and vocational skills in a safe and nurturing environment.  To learn more, please go to www.mypossibilities.org.


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