A Celebration So Big, We Need Four Days!

This fall, we have several special events planned to celebrate the grand opening of our newest venue – The Multi-Assistance Center at Morgan’s Wonderland! The MAC will revolutionize healthcare for individuals with disabilities. We invite you to be part of this four-day celebration.

We kick off the celebration with a smaller, intimate, Visionary Dinner Reception on Friday, September 23rd.  The Visionary dinner includes a cocktail reception, a tour of The MAC, and an elegant, seated dinner. Those who attend the Visionary Dinner will also have seats to attend our larger gala gathering, “A New Day, An Inclusive Way!”

Everyone is invited to watch our television special about The MAC on KSAT-12, Friday, September 30th. KSAT has dedicated one hour of commercial-free airtime to allow us to showcase and share everything about The MAC.  

Our 13th annual gala is our largest annual fundraiser for Morgan’s Inclusion Initiative. This event will be held in the Morgan’s Wonderland Event Center on Saturday, October 1st. Famed actor Joe Mantegna will serve as the keynote speaker. Joe has made over 200 film and TV appearances.  He is probably best known for his roles in “The Godfather: Part III” and his current role in the hit TV series “Criminal Minds,” where he plays Special Agent David Rossi.

The day following the gala, Sunday, October 2nd, we invite the public to attend a grand opening celebration at The MAC.  The event is free and will offer the public a chance to hear from actor
Joe Mantegna, learn about The MAC, meet our community partners, and take a tour of The MAC. There will also be fun, family entertainment and a variety of items for purchase from local food trucks.

For more information and to learn how to attend or sponsor one of our events, please click on the Butterflies in the timeline below or
contact us at Gala@MorgansWonderland.com. We look forward to sharing our latest venture and celebrating our mission of inclusion.

Mark Your Calendars!

For more information regarding each event, including how to attend or sponsor, please click the respective butterlies above.

Meet The MAC!

The Multi-Assistance Center at Morgan’s Wonderland (The MAC) is at the center of our festivities.

Why is The MAC so special it requires four days of celebrations?

 The MAC will revolutionize health care for individuals with disabilities. The unique care model, community partnerships, and navigators
are a game-changer in caring for the overall health of individuals with disabilities.

All too often, individuals with special needs get fragmented, uncoordinated health and social services from providers spread all over the community.

 The MAC offers a unique, one-stop-shop model that provides medical and non-medical services for individuals with special needs of all ages.

Visionary Dinner Reception

Friday, September 23th | 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Be among the first guests to attend an event inside The MAC!

Our Visionary Dinner Reception will begin with a personalized tour of The MAC. Enjoy tasty hors d’oeuvres and bubbly champagne on each floor as you make your way through the building and learn about our community partners and the services offered at The MAC. After the tour, guests will enjoy an elegant dinner inside The MAC, prepared by Page Barteau Catering. Leslie Mouton will emcee the event with comments from Founder Gordon Hartman, and MAC CEO Allan Castro.

All Visionary Dinner purchases include reserved tables at the exclusive reception, reserved tables at our 13th Annual Gala “A New Day, An Inclusive Way” on Saturday, October 1st, and reserved seating at The MAC Grand Opening Celebration on Sunday, October 2nd. Proceeds benefit our umbrella nonprofit Morgan’s Inclusion Initiative, which supports and sustains all of our entities. See our sponsorship levels and benefits below.

 Valet service will be provided for our guests.  The dress for this event is cocktail attire

A Big Thank You To Our Generous Sponors

KSAT TV Program

Friday, September 30th | 7:00 pm

Set your DVR or tune in live to KSAT-12 on Saturday, September 30th at 7 pm for our commercial-free, hour-long television special- The MAC. During this television special, you will learn all about The MAC. Meet our community partners who made this collaborative idea possible.  Find out what The MAC is, why it was built, and how it will revolutionize care for individuals with special needs.

How To Tune In

Download the KSAT TV App on your phone, SmartTV, Roku, Amazon Fire, or Apple TV.

To download on Google Play, click HERE. To download on the Apple Store, click HERE.

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Encourage others to join the fun by tuning in live!

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Watch with family and friends on Saturday, September 30th at 7 pm

Use the app or stream live on KSAT+ HERE.

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Join us in-person at the Grand Opening of The MAC on Sunday, October 2nd from 1 pm - 5 pm.

Learn More HERE.

13th Annual Gala

Saturday, October 1st | 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

A New Day! An Inclusive Way!

Join us for our 13th annual gala, “A New Day, An Inclusive Way,” benefitting Morgan’s Inclusion Initiative. This year, the event will take place in the Morgan’s Wonderland Event Center. The evening will start at 5:30 pm with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres followed by a seated dinner by Page Barteau Catering. The evening, emceed by KENS 5 meteorologist, Bill Taylor, will include an array of entertainment, a Live Auction, and a keynote address by famed actor Joe Mantegna. Joe has made over 200 film and TV appearances.  He is probably best known for his roles in “The Godfather: Part III” and his current role in the hit TV series “Criminal Minds,”
where he plays Special Agent David Rossi.

Valet services will be provided for the event. The dress code is Festive Fun!
For outfit inspiration, we invite you to visit our Pinterest board.

Sponsor The Gala

We have several sponsorship levels at this year’s gala. Click the button below to see the benefits and recognition your company could receive.

Attend The Gala

We do have a select number of individual tickets to attend this year’s gala.  Click the button below to purchase yours today.  

A Big Thank You To Our Generous Sponors

The MAC Grand Opening Celebration

Sunday, October 2nd | 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

We are excited to offer the public a chance to see The MAC up close and in person!

Our Grand Opening Celebration is FREE and open to the public! It will include an opening ceremony emceed by our own Leslie Mouton and KSAT-12 meteorologist Adam Caskey. There will also be a Resource Fair where you can learn more about the service providers housed at The MAC (MACers), free tours of The MAC, and several food trucks. We will also have free, fresh bottled water stations and a complimentary souvenir cup.

The dress code is casual attire

A Big Thank You To Our Generous Sponors

Champion Sponsor

Luminary Sponsors

Vanguard Sponsor

Premier Sponsor

Innovator Sponsor

Advocate Sponsor

Benefactor Sponsors

Patron Sponsors

Adam Caskey

Adam's enthusiasm for the weather dates back to an early age, when he developed a natural curiosity for the inner workings of the atmosphere with a distinct interest in storms.

As he grew older, Adam’s interest in the weather blossomed, so he followed his passion all the way to the University of North Dakota where he learned from some of the best in the industry and earned a degree in Atmospheric Science.

From Fargo, North Dakota to the nation's capital to here in San Antonio, Adam has experienced and covered all sorts of severe weather conditions with temperatures ranging from 40 degrees below zero to scorchers well over 100 degrees.

While in Washington D.C., Adam earned the coveted "Certified Broadcast

Meteorologist” designation by the American Meteorological Association, and in 2017, The Washington Post deemed him one of the country’s coolest Meteorologists. When he’s not busy forecasting enthusiastically for KSAT-12, Adam can be found refining his hobby of making homemade thermometers from scratch. Adam takes pride in crafting and calibrating each and every accurate thermometer for his very popular “Thermometer Thursday” segment where he gives them away to loyal viewers and donates them to local charities.

A native Minnesotan who enjoys the outdoors and loves to fish, Adam now calls San Antonio home where he resides with his wife, Pam and their three kids who all love their frequent visits to Morgan’s Wonderland.

Joe Mantegna

Joe was awarded the Tony and Joseph Jefferson Award for his acclaimed performance as Richard Roma in David Mamet's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Glengarry Glen Ross. Some of Joe’s film and television highlights are; House of Games, Searching for Bobby Fisher, Godfather III, his Emmy and Golden Globe nominated role of Dean Martin in The Ratpack, his Emmy nominated role of Pipi Delana in “The Last Don,” and the voice of Fat Tony on The Simpsons. For two seasons Joe stared with Mary Steenburgen and Amber Tamblyn in the critically acclaimed CBS drama Joan of Arcadia, winner of the 2004 People Choice Award for best new drama as well as picking up three Emmy nominations. In 2008 Joe reprised his Emmy nominated role of Lou Manahan opposite Debra Messing in USA Network series The Starter Wife. Joe has also lent his voice to the Disney/Pixar film, CARS2 and continues his 26-year run as Fat Tony on The Simpsons. In April of 2011 Joe received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Joe lends much of his free time to several philanthropic endeavors. In May of 2012 Joe was appointed the National Spokesperson for The U.S. Army Museum, to lead the fundraising campaign to build the long-planned National Museum of the United States Army. He’s also an ambassador for the Gary Sinise Foundation, a charity that focuses on the needs of our most severely wounded veterans, as well as hosting the National Memorial Day Concert since 2006. His passions also include various autism related charities as well as being a long-time supporter of the Barbara Sinatra Center for Abused Children.

In 2014 Joe received the Lifetime Achievement award from the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce for his dedication to the community and craft of acting. Joe wrapped up his role as FBI Special Agent David Rossi in the fifteenth and final season of the Hit CBS Drama Criminal Minds in 2019.

Never one to slow down, Joe’s latest endeavor is an Amazon Prime Original series entitled “Forget Normal,” a touching look at the struggles of adults with autism. It was released in January of 2022 to rave reviews.

Joe resides in Los Angeles with his wife of over 40 years Arlene, and their two daughters Mia and Gia.

Bill Taylor

Bill Taylor is the weather chief for KENS 5 in San Antonio, Texas.

He grew up in northern New Jersey and first moved south when he was 19. For most of his life, he thought "down south" was Virginia. Then, he found out about southwest Louisiana and the Cajun life. Between crawfish boils and Mardi Gras, he squeezed in a degree in journalism from McNeese State University in Lake Charles.

Bill began his television career there, too, at NBC affiliate KPLC. Upon landing the weekend weather chair, he enrolled in the meteorology program at Mississippi State University. Then, it was on to Dixie and the state of Alabama. Following a four-year study of the skies over Montgomery, where he worked for WSFA-TV, he applied for a weekend weather position at KENS 5.

"I've been privileged to serve the viewers of South Texas since 1996. The most important thing I do is keep people ahead of severe, life-threatening weather situations. But that's only at 5400 Fredericksburg Road. THE MOST important thing I do is serve three girls as a dad," Bill says. "I enjoy EVERY SECOND I'm blessed to spend with Carissa, Kendall and Peyton. And, when we can, my beautiful wife Jamie and I really enjoy a round of golf and a good wine."

Allan Castro

Allan Castro, serves as Chief Executive Officer at The Multi-Assistance Center at Morgan’s Wonderland. Allan has been leading the planning and development of The Multi-Assistance Center at Morgan’s Wonderland since inception in 2018. Allan is a healthcare industry executive with 20 years of experience building, managing and growing health care centers, programs, products and teams that deliver results and provide value. Allan has worked at hospital systems, outpatient health centers, non-profit organizations and a national hospital association. This broad experience has allowed Allan to develop a wide-ranging health care and non-profit industry knowledge allowing him to assist healthcare and social services entities improve clinical and operational performance. Allan possess strong strategic, coalition-building, operational, analytical and interpersonal communication skills.

Gordon Hartman

Native San Antonian Gordon Hartman sold his highly successful homebuilding business in 2005 to pursue his and wife Maggie’s dream of helping children and adults with special needs. He then built Morgan’s Wonderland, the world’s first and only Ultra-Accessible™, fully-inclusive theme park and the home of Special Olympics Texas’ Summer Games. Gordon followed award-winning Morgan’s Wonderland with other ventures that now comprise Morgan’s Inclusion Initiative, an umbrella organization that strategically coordinates among all Morgan’s Wonderland-associated endeavors. These include Morgan’s Inspiration Island splash park, Morgan’s Wonderland Sports complex, new Morgan’s Wonderland Camp and the Multi-Assistance Center at Morgan’s Wonderland, or The MAC. Gordon’s inspiration for all that he’s accomplished is his 28-year-old daughter Morgan, who’s dealt with physical and cognitive special needs since birth. He continues to firmly believe, “Together, we ARE making a difference!”

Leslie Mouton

Leslie Mouton, a two-time Emmy-award-winning former TV news anchor and public speaker, is Director of Marketing and Social Media for 501 c(3) nonprofit Morgan's Inclusion Initiative.

A native of Lafayette, La., Mouton graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and started her journalism career in 1988 in Alexandria, La. After spending 21 years anchoring for KSAT 12, San Antonio's ABC-TV affiliate, she retired from broadcast journalism in June 2020 and joined Morgan's Inclusion Initiative in January 2021.

Mouton gained national attention after going public with her breast cancer battle in October 2000. At the age of 35, Mouton discovered a lump in her breast during a self-exam and learned it was a very aggressive form of breast cancer. She anchored a newscast without her wig to bring awareness and encourage other people battling breast cancer. At a time when cancer was still considered taboo, her actions gained the attention of ABC's "Good Morning America," "Weekend Today," and "Oprah." Newspapers worldwide and television programs "Inside Edition" and "Primetime" featured stories about her battle.

Mouton has received numerous awards, including The Congressional Action for Cancer Awareness Award and the Macy's Heart and Soul Award. She was named one of the Texas Jaycees' "Ten Most Outstanding Young Texans," and she was honored with official citations from both the City of San Antonio and Bexar County for her work in raising awareness about breast cancer.

Mouton is married to retired Air Force pilot Tony "Maddog" Mattox, and they have one daughter, Nicole Danielle Mattox.