More than a party: United Ability’s Vino & Van Gogh Wine and Art event on August 22 is life-changing. Tickets limited.

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Lucas Teske at United Ability. Photo courtesy of Amy Teske

This year’s United Ability’s Vino & Van Gogh Wine and Art fundraiser is more than a party for event co-chair Amy Teske. It is an opportunity to give back and say thanks to a special organization.

Organized and hosted by United Ability’s Junior Board, Vino & Van Gogh will be held on Thursday, August 22nd at 6:00 pm, at the Haven. Tickets can be purchased – HERE.

The Teske Family United Ability Story

Teske Family. Photo courtesy of Amy Teske

A little more than four years ago, Amy Teske gave birth to three boys, 26 weeks into her pregnancy. Soon, Amy noticed, her son Lucas was different from his brothers when they were in the NICU. He wasn’t advancing developmentally like the other boys.

The family tried to provide Lucas early intervention services but were unable to receive assistance where they were living.

That all changed when the Teske’s moved to the Birmingham area at about the time of Lucas’s first birthday.

“When we got to town, we met with a United Ability Early Intervention service coordinator,” said Amy. She listened to us and said, I don’t want to delay his treatment any longer.”

The coordinator quickly set up times for physical and occupational therapists to meet in the Teske family’s home. Working with Lucas, within a month, he sat up for the first time independently after his first birthday. Months later, by Christmas, he had pulled himself up to stand.

Lucas Teske at United Ability. Photo courtesy of Amy Teske

By his 2nd birthday, Lucas, who by then had been diagnosed with cerebral palsy began to walk.

“As a family, they (United Ability) held our hand,” Amy said. “They led and pointed us in the right direction. They connected us with companies to buy braces for him and went beyond his physical needs – they supported our family emotionally and mentally.”

Why It Matters

Vino & Van Gogh matters to Amy Teske because all proceeds from this special fundraiser support United Ability’s life-changing services and give children and adults living with disabilities – and their families – HOPE. This includes scholarships at United Ability’s Hand in Hand Early Learning Program – a childcare program, where children who have delays in one or more areas of development attend class, side by side with typically developing children in a compassionate, nurturing, and loving learning environment.

Details about Vino & Van Gogh

Vino & Van Gogh in 2018. Photo courtesy of United Ability

Vino & Van Gogh is presented by the Zuriel Technology Group and will be held on August 22, 2019 at Haven.

Guests will enjoy wine tastings, local craft beers, heavy hors-d’oeuvres, live music, and a silent auction featuring art from some of the areas most talented artists and craftsman.

Vino & Van Gogh in 2018. Photo courtesy of United Ability

Silent Auctions items of note:

  • Original artwork by Vicki Denaburg, Sarah Henderson, Ashton Watson, Ellen Derr, and Susan Rheuby
  • Sights to See: Atlanta package includes passes to Atlanta Movie Tours, Center for Puppetry Arts, Georgia Aquarium, and World of Coca-Cola
  • Wine tasting party hosted in your home for up to 12 people with Wine International
  • Escape packages to Northwest Florida and Wind Creek- Montgomery
  • Items for kids and even pets

Premium Drawing will feature 3 items – each with a limited number of tickets available:

Vino & Van Gogh in 2018. Photo courtesy of United Ability

Diamonds Direct Hoop Earrings (2.86 carat total weight)

SEC Football Championship Fan Experience (includes 2 tickets to game, overnight accommodations, and tickets to exclusive Coaches’ luncheon and Legends Dinner)

7 Night Stay at the winner’s choice of any Wyndham Worldwide Property

Can’t Attend the Event?

Photo courtesy of United Ability

This year, you can begin to bid remotely on silent auction items starting August 19:

All you need to do is visit and click the Bid Now button. Browse auction items or click Start Bidding to follow instructions to register an account. A credit card is required to register but will not be charged if no items are won or donations made.

Purchase Tickets Today

More importantly, attend Vino & Van Gogh in person. Purchase a ticket today at:

Sponsored by:

Birmingham, United Ability

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Pat Byington
Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.
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