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Connecting Point of Park Cities (CPPC) welcomed football great, Coach Gene Stallings, as the featured speaker of its third annual fundraiser, Emerald City Connects, on April 13, 2016, at the Belo Mansion. Event co-chairs were Jan and Scott Osborn, WFAA Good Morning Texas Host Carrie McClure emceed and Coleman Jones, vice president of Howdy Homemade, gave the invocation. The evening included a silent and live auction and entertainment by the Emerald City Band who had guests on their feet and out on the dance floor. Stallings’ coaching legacy has impacted thousands of athletes and millions of fans. His career in football spans more than 40 years and four teams, most notably as the head coach of the 1992 National Championship-winning Alabama Crimson Tide. Prior to his arrival at Alabama, Stallings worked with the NFL’s St. Louis Cardinals and Dallas Cowboys, and his alma mater Texas A&M. Off the field, he is an avid philanthropist and highly awarded supporter of special needs individuals. He has used his influence to bring awareness to the struggles of those with disabilities. Through his writing, speaking, and philanthropic efforts, Stallings has helped better the lives of those in the special needs community. CPPC Executive Director Jamie Reynolds presented restaurateur and special needs advocate Tom Landis with the inaugural Ryan Albers Lifetime Achievement Award, which was created to honor an individual who is a champion for the special needs community by impacting, influencing and advancing awareness of individuals with disabilities. Landis was honored for his achievements and commitment to enhancing the lives of those with special needs.
Funds from the evening will assist CPPC in continuing to build and expand its all-inclusive day programs for adults with disabilities, which are already close to capacity due to the lack of opportunities for adults with disabilities in the community. Connecting Point of Park Cities (CPPC) is an organization committed to providing an all-inclusive day program for adults with disabilities through a wide range of educational, vocational, social and recreational initiatives. CPPC is gaining widespread recognition as a preeminent center for adults with disabilities. CPPC strives to provide the highest quality programming by identifying and realizing opportunities for change and improvement that go beyond, rather than duplicate, other similar organizations. CPPC partners with local education agencies, businesses and recreational centers to encourage substantial community volunteerism. For more information, visit https://www.mycppc.org.