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Jim Hanophy, Melinda Knowles, Maggie Kipp, Steve Kemble. Photo; Daniel Driensky Photography

On Thursday, November 14, supporters will gather for the 12th Annual Vine & Dine, benefiting Ability Connection, a nonprofit dedicated to enriching the lives of children and adults with intellectual and physical disabilities. Co-Chairs Maggie Kipp and Melinda Knowles will lead the can’t-miss event, which will include an inspired dinner and auction. The evening will celebrate Ability Connection’s 66 years in the community and honor DeeDee and Jim Lee whose longstanding years of service to the nonprofit and its members is unmatched.

Held at the prestigious Brook Hollow Golf Club, located at 8301 Harry Hines Boulevard in. Dallas, the evening begins at 6:00 p.m. Steve Kemble, named America's Sassiest Lifestyle Guru, will be emceeing the evening and bringing his dose of sass. Texas Winds Musical Outreach, a group which enriches the lives of isolated seniors, hospital patients, veterans and at-risk children through live musical programs, will be providing the beautiful, uplifting sounds for the evening.  In addition to a delectable dinner and wine, attendees will also enjoy both a live and silent auction.

Individual tickets and underwriting packages are available ranging from $500 to $50,000. To purchase tickets or become an underwriter at the upcoming “Vine & Dine”, visit or call 214-351-2500.


The mission of Ability Connection is to enrich the lives of children and adults with intellectual and physical disabilities through comprehensive, life changing care, training and supports. Headquartered in Dallas, the nonprofit also has offices in Austin, Fort Worth, Waco and Wichita Falls, as well as a new training facility in Southlake and group homes in Dallas, Garland, Richardson and throughout the rest of the state.

The nonprofit offers a variety of services, designed to address the individual choices and priorities. These include residential services, community supports through Medicaid waiver programs, on-site training centers with tiered levels of support to address the needs of our clientele and employment support services. For each person served, Ability Connection learns what the members’ goals and choices are, facilitate the supports and services needed and then measure their success and satisfaction

Ability Connected started as United Cerebral Palsy in 1954 and has been in existence for 66 years. The nonprofit provides “world class services” by focusing on compassion, respect and results. To learn more about Ability Connection, donate or become an ambassador, visit or call 214-351-2500.


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