NAC fundraiser lights up the night |

NAC fundraiser lights up the night

Submitted by the National Ability Center

The National Ability Center’s (NAC) A Starry Night returns to Park City and the Silver Lake Lodge this Saturday for an evening of inspiration and fun. This year’s event will be a masquerade. The guests will have the opportunity to purchase masks made by the children who participated at the NAC’s Discovery Camps this summer.

"We’re excited to celebrate our successes of the last year with the Park City community at A Starry Night," said Dale Schoon, CEO of the NAC. "We have a lot to look forward to in the coming year, and we want everyone to come see the good we’re accomplishing."

Some of those who have had their lives impacted by the NAC’s programs will participate in the gala. David Dobson, a visually impaired cyclist, will be the keynote speaker. Joel Brown, who was recently featured on NPR, will provide the pre-event music while guests arrive and check out the incredible amount of silent auction items that have been provided by members of the community. The NAC All-Stars will sing a special number during the program, as well.

The gala will also include a live auction that includes trips to relax on the beach in Hawaii, float the Green River in Wyoming, and golf in Mesquite. Guests can bid to laugh their way through Los Angeles with tickets to the Ellen DeGeneres Show and the Tonight Show with Conan. Also up for grabs are dinners with the NAC’s Board of Directors and one on the ranch with the Equestrian Program staff. If music is more your thing, there is a suite to the upcoming Pearl Jam concert at the E Center. There are more than a dozen items in the live auction.

"We’re lucky to have such great community support with events like this," said Schoon. "Many of our participants can’t get the kind of support we offer anywhere else. They’re in a unique situation and we provide unique services, but we want to keep our programs as affordable as possible. A Starry Night helps us do that."

A VIP preview party will start at Silver Lake Lodge at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday night. The doors will open for the remaining guests at 6:30 p.m.

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The NAC is one of the largest in the country to provide recreational and sports opportunities to individuals with disabilities. It was also one of the first to be named both a chapter of Disabled Sports USA and a Paralympic Sport Club. Each year, the NAC provides thousands of lessons in programs including skiing, horseback riding, cycling, and archery.

For tickets to A Starry Night, call Jenn Atkin at (435) 649-3991.