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10th Annual A Special Evening with Willie Nelson

Roy Atwood


Roy Atwood to be Honored as Milton P. Levy, Jr.,  Outstanding Volunteer Award Recipient

Award will be presented at the 10th Annual A Special Evening with Willie Nelson hosted by Alliance Data on Tuesday, April 26



 Cathy Packard, CEO, LaunchAbility®, [formerly Special Care & Career Services] today announced Roy T. Atwood, a long-time board member, former president of the board and tireless supporter, as the recipient of the Milton P. Levy, Jr., Outstanding Volunteer Award.

          The award will be presented on Tuesday, April 26 as part of the 10th Annual A Special Evening with Willie Nelson hosted by Alliance Data benefitting LaunchAbility at the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas.

          Since 2002 LaunchAbility has named an individual as the recipient of the Milton P. Levy, Jr., Outstanding Volunteer Award. This award is presented to someone who has shown leadership in the community in support of LaunchAbility’s mission to build independence for children and adults with disabilities.

          A litigation attorney with the law firm of Jones Day, Atwood has served on the LaunchAbility Board of Trustees since 2001 and as President of the Board from 2006 through 2008.

          “Roy epitomizes the spirit of the Milton P. Levy, Jr Outstanding Volunteer Award by being extraordinarily successful in a very demanding job, yet still making time for his family and his community,” Packard said. “Outside of the office he volunteers for the Boy Scouts, his church, has served on City Boards in addition to serving on the Board of LaunchAbility.” According to Packard, Atwood has served as the leader of Strategic Planning for the agency since 2003 and led the agency through its biggest growth period. His two years as Board President were marked by record-setting growth for LaunchAbility.


           “Along with his leadership and counsel to the agency, Roy championed LaunchAbility’s cause at his own firm and encouraged Jones Day to hire an employee with disabilities,” added Packard. “This employee has been with the firm for more than three years and according to Roy, she is a shining example of how one hire can change the lives of everyone she comes in contact with at the firm.”

          Past award recipients include Randy Lewis, Ruth Altshuler, Todd Wagner, Robert G. Pollock, Nancy Ann Hunt, Robert L. Blumenthal, Ruth Golman, Jim Hanophy, MS, CRC. and former LaunchAbility presidents of the Board of Trustees.

         Sponsorships and underwriting for the 10th Annual A Special Evening with Willie Nelson hosted by Alliance Data are available and begin at $500 for a party of two. Tickets for the concert are open to the public and range from $45 to $175 and can be purchased by visiting the web site at .

          Laura Johnson and Wendy Messmann are the event chairs. Laura and Ellison Hurt, along with Stacey and Nicholas McCord, are honorary chairs.

          For more information contact Deborah Montonen, CFRE, at (972) 991-6777 ext. 7121  Fax: 972-991-6361 or visit  Address: 4350 Sigma, Suite 100, Dallas, TX 75244-4416.


Important Facts: Over the past 10 years A Special Evening has raised nearly $2 million and allowed LaunchAbility® to continually expand our programs. We are setting new growth records every year and we continue to gain state and national recognition for our innovative programming and training. The proceeds from A Special Evening directly benefit LaunchAbility’s Supported Employment (SE), Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) programs, Child Care Champions™ and LaunchAbility’s newest program The LaunchAbility Academy located at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

Our ECI program provides teams of therapists and specialists to work with babies and toddlers with developmental disabilities and delays to give them a greater chance for success in school.


SE helps capable people with cognitive disabilities (such as Down syndrome, Cerebral palsy and Autism) train for, find and keep good jobs.


Child Care Champions™ supports and provides training to child care professionals in their vital roles as they engage with children of all types of abilities.


Officially launched November 1, 2010, The LaunchAbility Academy located at UT Southwestern Medical Center is a ground-breaking training program that gives adults with disabilities the opportunity to build careers in healthcare. This groundbreaking program is a collaborative effort with LaunchAbility, Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) and UT Southwestern Medical Center.

Joyce Brooks

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