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STARability Celebrates STAR Participants With an Afternoon on the Red Carpet

STARability Foundation honored its participants during an awards ceremony on Nov. 9. The event, called Afternoon on the Red Carpet, was an opportunity to recognize STARs ahead of STARability’s 5th Annual STAR Gala: Night on the Red Carpet in February. The awards ceremony was recorded and will be featured at the STAR Gala.

The afternoon event was sponsored by Stofft Cooney Architects and also included lunch, dancing and photo opportunities for participants and their families. STARs were presented awards ranging from Most Spirited to Best Smile.

“We are honored we could offer an event to make our STARs feel special,” said Karen Govern, CEO of STARability Foundation. “We strive to get to know all we can about our participants and develop unique bonds with them. The look on the faces of our participants as they received their personalized, meaningful awards and the pride beaming from their families was truly priceless.”

The STAR Gala, STARability’s largest benefit event of the year, will be held Saturday, Feb. 11, 2023, at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples at 5:30 p.m. The fundraising event will feature cocktails, dinner, live entertainment and a variety of exclusive live and silent auctions. Proceeds from the event support hundreds of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families throughout the community. For more information about STARability’s 2023 STAR Gala, visit

Photos courtesy: Glenn Christopher of GChristopherPhotos