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Last chance to attend the gala!

It’s hard to believe it’s that time again but it is.  The 21st Annual Spring Gala, our primary fundraiser is this weekend on April 29, 2017. We’re honoring our former Executive Director Marilynne Serie who is our Champion Who Cares for 2017.

We’d love to see you there and if you’d like to attend, please register now. If you are unable to attend, the registration form also has an option to make a donation in lieu of attending.

If you are unable to attend but would like to support us in other ways, we are offering online bidding for several items. Click on the links to check them out.

It will be an entertaining evening and we would love to see you there! Did I mention the wonderful trip raffle? Only 300 tickets will be sold! Winner gets to choose one of three trips which include airfare! Click for more information. You can also buy tickets at the center.

Press Release

Achievement Center of Texas ACT

For Immediate Release

The Achievement Center of Texas (ACT)  21st Annual Spring Gala, An Evening at the Prancing Giraffe

The 21st Annual Spring Gala of the Achievement Center of Texas will be held on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at the Renaissance Dallas/Richardson Hotel, 900 East Lookout Drive, Richardson, Texas 75082

The affair will include dinner, dancing, music by Ken Savage and The Best Kept Secret, a casino, silent and live auction.  We will honor our past Executive Director of 30 years, Marilynne Serie.  Flapper Era or Cocktail Attire.

Achievement Center of Texas is a non-profit learning center for children and adults with disabilities, celebrating their 40th year of service to Dallas and Collin Counties, Texas.  For additional information about the Achievement Center visit

For reservations visit or contact:
Roberta Clark


Andrew Mlcak


The 2017 Special Arts Festival is Saturday!

2017 Special Arts FestivalCome one, come all!  The 2017 Special Arts Festival is this Saturday from 9:30 to 2:00 at Springcreek Church, 2660 Belt Line Rd., Garland, TX, across the street from the center.

Admission is free and there activities designed to explore your inner arts!  30 live performances including our staff and students.

Come meet John Bramblitt and Kadie Lynn of America’s Got Talent, and be inspired by Lisa Smith among many other great artists and performers.

Save the Date for the 21st Annual Spring Gala

2017 Save the Date Gala CalendarYes, it’s that time again!  The 21st Annual Spring Gala is April 29, 2017. We will be going back in time to a  “Roaring 20’s, Speakeasy” we’re calling the “Prancing Giraffe.

It’s going to be an evening of fun with surprises built in, including Live entertainment by Ken Savage and “The Best Kept Secret.” Our raffle this year will be a little different and details are forthcoming.

There are three major components, not necessarily in the order shown, to a successful event:

  1. Volunteers
  2. Sponsors and Donors
  3. Attendees


I mention volunteers first because they are the first “feet on the ground” making it happen.  It begins with our volunteer board getting things rolling and finishes with our volunteer team.  Staff members are a key part of event night. Many may not know that our staff members volunteer their time to be at the event to provide key support during check-in, check-out, live and silent auction. There are many things to do and roles to fill.

Board members are also critical event volunteers.  You’ll see them throughout the evening and will be hearing from them before the event as they reach out for community support.

If you would like to volunteer for our gala committee, please visit our Volunteer page. We continue updating this page as volunteer needs are identified so if you don’t see something suitable, check back later or tell us how you can help using the “Other” field. If you have questions, gala contact information is shown at the bottom of the volunteer page.

Sponsors and Donors

The spring gala is our main fundraiser. The funds raised for this event are essential to keep our doors open and support programs and tuition for economically stressed families.

We welcome and appreciate your support.  Our area is growing and many new companies are moving to Texas.  If you know of or work for a company looking for a cause, please send them our way. If your company has an employee matching program, we would love to be on your list.

If you would like a tour of the center, please call Andrew Mlcak at (972) 414-7700 to schedule.  He’ll be happy to answer your questions and explain why Achievement Center of Texas is a worthy cause.

Donations from people who are unable to attend are always welcome.  You’ll miss the fun but support the cause.

Visit our sponsor page for more information.


Last but not least, if we are to have a fun evening we must have attendees.  Tickets are $125 per person and tables are $1,200 for 10 people. Live music, dancing, trip raffle, silent and live auctions, casino and more.  Visit our registration page for tickets.

I look forward to seeing you on April 29, 2017 at the Richardson/North Dallas Renaissance Hotel!

Roberta Clark
Gala Chair