Inspiration and celebration were the hallmarks of the evening Saturday, March 10 as , a nonprofit organization serving individuals with special needs and their families, held its 24th Annual “Dare to Dream” Gala at the Crowne Plaza Ravinia in Dunwoody.
More than 500 guests enjoyed dinner, dancing to the music of Atlanta Beat and the chance to bid on a host of items in silent and live auctions. “Metamorphosis” was the Gala theme, reflecting enAble’s mission to transform the lives of the persons the organization serves, providing opportunities for them to live as fulfilled, productive members of their communities.
The guest of honor at this year’s event was the first-ever enAble of Georgia Foundation Special Education Teacher of the Year, Lauree Lau, who is a special education teacher at in Roswell. The annual award was created so that enAble might be able to recognize the dedication and unique contributions of special education teachers throughout Atlanta.
, received the Dare to Dream Community Ambassador Award during the evening’s program. The Tex Crossin Award for outstanding volunteer was presented to Carl and Peggy Farris. The annual Inspiration Award is traditionally presented to one person served by enAble, but this year three individuals were honored: Joseph Parks, RoseBarry Trammell and David Lumpkin.
Ken and Natalie Aitken served as Host Committee Chairs for the second year. Presenting sponsors for the 24th Annual Gala were InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG); Matt Dillon and Dillon Production Services; The AT-PAC Group; Crowne Plaza Ravinia; Diamond Limousine and The Bank of North Georgia, a division of Synovus Bank.
Proceeds from the event will go to benefit enAble’s residential and day services programs.