North Texas Disability Chamber to host 2nd annual awards reception at event1013

Richard Grady receiving an award at the inaugural reception. Photo by Scott and Nicole Endersby, Endersby Productions.
McKinney Mayor George Fuller, Plano-native Meryl K. Evans and Dallas Mavericks CEO Cynt Marshall will receive awards at the NTDC reception.

The North Texas Disability Chamber is gearing up for its second annual, adults-only awards reception on September 20 at event10103 in Downtown Plano.

The reception will highlight the chamber’s work and recognize community leaders for efforts to advance equity, access and disability inclusion in the region.

“We look forward to an evening of celebration when we honor the individuals that always strive to support access, equity and inclusion for individuals with disabilities,” said Jason Berry, CEO of Berry Family Services, the presenter of the event.

This year’s honorees include McKinney Mayor George Fuller, Meryl K. Evans and Dallas Mavericks CEO Cynt Marshall.

“We are delighted to recognize each of these leaders for their extensive contributions in public service, self-advocacy, and advancing intentional inclusion in North Texas,” said Dylan M. Rafaty, founder, president and chairman of the North Texas Disability Chamber.

Fuller will receive the 2023 Richard ‘Rick’ Grady Public Service Award, which recognizes an elected official who has made significant contributions to the greater community through advocacy and support for people with disabilities. Evans will be honored with the first-ever Meryl Evans Self-Advocacy Award for her steadfast commitment, determination and life-long advocacy efforts to promote inclusion of people with disabilities, according to a press release. Marshall will be honored with the first-ever Cynt Marshall Catalyst for Inclusion Award for commitment to inclusive leadership and extensive contributions by amplifying intentional inclusion, the release says.

The reception will take place at event1013 in Downtown Plano on September 20 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online for $75 each.

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