2021 Vine & Dine
New Date, Same Mission!
We take the safety and health of our guests, staff and community very seriously. After careful consideration, we are postponing the 13th Annual Vine & Dine until February 24, 2022. This was not an easy decision. However, given the ongoing COVID-19 concerns, we felt it necessary.
All sponsorships and table sales will be honored for the rescheduled February date.
We remain excited to host you in person next year when it is safe for us to do so.
Ability Connection will host its 13th annual Vine & Dine event at The Hall on Dragon. This “can’t-miss-event” is the launch to Ability Connection’s critical New Beginning campaign to raise funds to serve even more people with disabilities. The 2022 Vine and Dine event will be an inspired evening full of surprise and delights throughout the evening including unique food stations, a 360 photo booth, live music, a live auction and a conversation with Annemarie Carrigan. Annemarie is a young millennial woman with Down Syndrome living independently in Dallas. She is a graduate of Highland Park High School and the University of Central Missouri’s Thrive Program and currently has her dream job working for Dupree Miller & Associates.
Co Chairs ~ Kara Sewell & Kimber Westphall Clonts
We are thrilled to co-chair Ability Connection’s Vine & Dine to raise funds for their mission of enriching the lives of people with disabilities…one person at a time. Your support will go directly to providing essential care, training, and residential services for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities.
My Aunt Penny had an intellectual disability. Penny could not speak; growing up I watched my grandmother strive to ensure she was treated with dignity and respect. Having a voice is important for everyone. It's a privilege to support Ability Connection as they work to help men and women with disabilities live full and meaningful lives. - Kara Sewell
I've always had a heart for the special needs community, as I've been positively impacted by several individuals throughout my life. I'm excited to be part of this event to shine a light on the mission of Ability Connection and all the lives they enhance and influence each day! - Kimber Westphall Clonts
A Conversation with Annemarie Carrigan
Annemarie Carrigan is a young millennial woman with Down Syndrome living independently in Dallas, TX. Annemarie graduated from Highland Park High School in 2014. She studied journalism at the University of Central Missouri’s Thrive Program. Annemarie is the lead cast member in the 2019 documentary Normie. In addition to her acting career, she actively speaks on behalf of the differently-abled community and has her 'dream job' in editorial support at Dupree Miller & Associates.
Founded in 1953, Ability Connection is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that serves over 700 Texans with all types of intellectual or other developmental disabilities.