Self-Advocate Story Serves as Motivation for Upcoming Golf Outing

As we prepare for the upcoming National Achievement Center Golf Outing (August 13th), we are inspired by the story of Eugene, a self-advocate and avid golfer from Rockford, IL:

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Eugene Mund Playing Golf

“Eugene has been a participant of GiGi’s Playhouse since the beginning. He and his family have benefited greatly from the programs that GiGi’s has to offer. Eugene expressed that there are a lot of programs for the younger community but GiGi’s not only offers programs for the young but for adults too. Eugene said, “[GiGi’s] is needed in Rockford, it is my second home. I see some old friends and I meet new friends.” He expressed how he loves coming to the monthly program called Friday Friends, a night when adults come for a time of friendships and fun. Eugene never misses a Friday Friends event. Eugene not only attends programs at GiGi’s but he volunteers his time by having a Lemonade Stand to raise funds for GiGi’s. He raised $400.00! Eugene is excited to be heading down state for the Special Olympics State Golf Tournament on Sept. 14th in Decatur, IL. This is Eugene’s second year as a Gold Medalist for golfing. What an accomplishment for him! Tonya, Eugene’s sister, said that when Eugene attends GiGi’s programs he becomes his “own person”. Eugene doesn’t have to worry about anything but being himself at GiGi’s. We thank Eugene and his family for their love & support to GiGi’s Playhouse Rockford!” We believe in Eugene! Come show your support for all of our amazing individuals with Down syndrome on August 13th at the Bridges of Poplar Creek Country Club in Hoffman Estates, IL. See you there! http://gigisplayhouse.org/golf-event-inc 

My Uncle Mikey | Guest Blogger from GiGi’s Syracuse

My Uncle Mikey | Guest Blogger from GiGi’s Syracuse

Here’s an excerpt from a blog by our friends at GiGi’s Playhouse in Syracuse that we had to share. I struggle to think of the perfect way to start. There are so many things I could say. Let’s start with the beginning …. November 1, 1972, Michael Edward was born into a world that was not acceptingContinue Reading

V21 Vitamin Cookies HANDMADE – HEARTFELT – HOPE FILLED

V21 Vitamin Cookies HANDMADE – HEARTFELT – HOPE FILLED

Hugs+ Mugs Gift Shop and Café is a retail store that provides GiGi University graduates a live internship to provide them with individualized, hands on training to hone their skills and prepare them for fulfilling community based employment. Hugs+ Mugs offers the public to create their own custom made mugs and water bottles with theContinue Reading

Volunteers truly are the heart of every Playhouse.

Volunteers truly are the heart of every Playhouse.

Volunteers truly are the heart of every Playhouse.  Not only does GiGi’s Playhouse depend on Volunteers to assist with our programs, but each program is led by a volunteer educator or therapist and supported by a host family. Volunteers wear many “hats” in the Playhouse- answering phones and greeting guests, tutoring a young child orContinue Reading

GiGi U – Third Session off to a strong start!

GiGi U – Third Session off to a strong start!

GiGi U – Third Session off to a strong start! GiGi U is off and running – literally running!  Each day at GiGi U, fitness is a priority.  Our GiGi U students are quickly learning the importance of maintaining a physically active lifestyle as adults and reaping the benefits of developing these healthy new habits!Continue Reading

GiGi’s 1st Annual Golf Outing – August 13th

GiGi’s 1st Annual Golf Outing – August 13th

You’re Invited… Wednesday, August 13, 2014 Bridges of Poplar Creek Country Club 10:00am Shotgun Start Avid golf enthusiasts and individuals who care deeply about GiGi’s Playhouse programs and mission will tee up for charity on Wednesday, August 13th. The GiGi’s Playhouse National Achievement Center 1st Annual Golf Outing will take place at The Bridges ofContinue Reading

GiGi’s 5K Event A Success : Thank you

GiGi’s 5K Event A Success : Thank you

Chicago Region 5K Event a Success! sears center hoffman estates • sunday june 8, 2014 Thank you to all of our participants, sponsors, community partners, volunteers and attendees! We had an incredible day celebrating BELIEF & ACHIEVEMENT! We broke a world record for the longest conga line wearing decorated hats, we danced to awesome music and ourContinue Reading

Monthly Giving – GiGi’s most convenient way to give

Monthly Giving – GiGi’s most convenient way to give

  #GiGisBelieves | Monthly Giving GiGi’s most convenient way to give.   You can make a difference for less than the cost of a latte.  Your monthly gift to GiGi’s can literally change lives – More will learn to read and write, more will gain self-confidence, more will improve their motor skills and social skillsContinue Reading

GiGi’s Playhouse programs raise the bar #GiGisBestOfAll

GiGi’s Playhouse programs raise the bar #GiGisBestOfAll

Have you reached your “Best of All”??? GiGi’s Playhouse programs raise the bar   The GiGi’s Playhouse One-on-One Literacy Tutoring Program really does create success- right from the start!  It’s no different than every other GiGi’s Playhouse program…  At GiGi’s Playhouse, all 30 programs are educational or therapeutic in nature, and provided 100% FREE ofContinue Reading

Program Spotlight: Eight Playhouses offering LMNOP this summer

Program Spotlight: Eight Playhouses offering LMNOP this summer

First piloted at our Quad Cities Playhouse in the summer of 2012, Language, Music ‘N Our Peeps (LMNOP) has quickly become one of the most requested GiGi’s Playhouse programs! Led by a volunteer speech-language therapist and designed to facilitate language skill development through use of music and movement- LMNOP helps some of our youngest rockstarsContinue Reading