Legendary music act The Pointer Sisters and Dallas-based Alliance Data shine charitable spotlight on special needs

DALLAS—On Monday, March 8, 2010, Alliance Data will host the 9th annual fundraiser, “A Special Evening with The Pointer Sisters” to benefit Special Care & Career Services (SCCS), a Dallas-based non-profit that strives to build independence for individuals with developmental disabilities. Headlining this year’s concert at the brand-new Winspear Opera House, Grammy-award winning music group The Pointer Sisters will perform pop classics from their repertoire that includes Jump (For My Love), I’m So Excited, and Neutron Dance, among others.

Alliance Data’s partnership with SCCS is truly multifaceted in that Alliance Data currently employs three SCCS clients, company associates regularly volunteer with SCCS, and Alliance Data also provides financial support to the non-profit. “SCCS is an organization where we can be a real partner,” said Alan Utay, executive vice president and general counsel at Alliance Data. “All our associates would agree the single most rewarding piece of this relationship is employing Special Care clients in our offices and realizing we truly are giving back to the community.”

Visit specialcarecareer.org to get your tickets before they’re gone. As a reader of this release, enter discount code ‘special’ to get a 15% discount on your ticket purchase.

Event details—
What: A Special Evening with The Pointer Sisters hosted by Alliance Data

Benefiting: Special Care & Career Services

When: Monday, March 8, 2010, 8:00 p.m.

Where: At the Winspear Opera House, AT&T Performing Arts Center, in Dallas

Why: A Special Evening hosted by Alliance Data is the 9th annual fundraising event
benefiting Special Care & Career Services. The event strives to raise awareness about the organization as well as funding to assist Special Care & Career Services in continuing its 46-year mission to build independence for children and adults with developmental disabilities. Also, did you know that each person with disabilities—such as SCCS clients—placed in a full-time job saves the federal government $47,000 per year in reduced need for social services?

About the concert: Over the past eight years A Special Evening has raised more than $1.5 million and allowed Special Care & Career Services to continually expand its award-winning programs. Proceeds from A Special Evening directly benefit two Special Care & Career Services’ initiatives: Supported Employment Services (SES), which helps capable people with cognitive disabilities (such as Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism, and others) train for, find, and keep good jobs; and the Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) program that provides specialists who work with babies and toddlers with developmental disabilities and delays to provide them a greater chance for success in school.

Public ticket info: Tickets range in price from $32.50 to $162.50. Purchase yours through specialcarecareer.org or attpac.org or by calling 214-880-0202, and use discount code ‘special’ to get a 15% discount just for reading this release.

For additional information regarding Alliance Data’s partnership with Special Care & Career Services, contact Shelley Whiddon at shelley.whiddon@alliancedata.com or 972-348-4310.