EVERY STEP COUNTS
GiGi’s Playhouse is very excited to announce that registration for our 2013 Chicagoland Regional 5K fundraiser is now open! Recruit your family, friends and co-workers to participate individually or form a team and support GiGi’s Playhouse! E-mail and Facebook everyone you know to build the biggest walking, running or dashing team that you can.
Whether you run for a friend, family member, or all kids with Down syndrome, you can make a difference with each step. We run, walk, and dash one day a year to ensure that GiGi’s Playhouse can continue to provide over two dozen educational and therapeutic programs the other 364 days. With your support, GiGi’s Playhouse is able to critical raise funds for all of our core programs like literacy and math, as well as foster greater awareness and acceptance in our many communities.
June 21, 2013
1:30 pm Shotgun Start
NEW LOCATION (with Driving Range!)
Orchard Valley Golf Course in Aurora
GiGi’s Playhouse Fox Valley
4024 Fox Valley Center Dr
Aurora, IL 60504
630-778-PLAY (7529) • Fax: 630-978-7455
GiGi’s Playhouse Fox Valley is nestled in the heart of the Fox Valley region serving Aurora, Naperville and the surrounding communities. We offer 29 programs that are educational or therapeutic in nature serving individuals from birth through adults, their families and the community.
GiGi’s Playhouse Fox Valley is committed to partnering with local businesses and organizations to further the overall mission of awareness of the potential for people with Down syndrome within the Fox Valley community. Our success of offering quality programs and running a cost efficient playhouse depends greatly on our volunteers and donations- both in-kind and cash. If you’re interested in learning more about us, volunteering or sponsoring some of our programs (all of which are offered free to families), e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
In recognition of World Down Syndrome Day, our friends at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora, IL donated tickets for our teens from GiGi’s Playhouse Fox Valley to see “Fiddler on the Roof”. After the show, the group also had the opportunity to meet most of the cast and crew and learn about careers in theater. GiGi’s Playhouse [...]Read More
Sarah Bak, 13, has a smile that is absolutely contagious when she is on the ice. Bak recently competed in the Special Olympic state games and skated away with a Gold medal. Skating seems to come naturally to this active teen, who also happens to have Down syndrome. The first time she went skating, her [...]Read More
All eyes are on Kathryn Smith as the 21 year old commands the attention of the room during her educational presentation to a group of her peers. She is a dynamic example that individuals with Down syndrome can do anything! Through a program launched by ComEd and eight community organizations to educate adults with special needs about energy efficiency, Smith is a ComEd [...]Read More
When teacher Kim Griffin heard that her husband’s company, Reebie Allied, was planning a special donation of Build-A-Bears for a non profit organization, she naturally shared her enthusiasm about GiGi’s Playhouses. Griffin has been touched by teaching children with Down syndrome over the years and several of her students attend programs at GiGi’s Playhouse Fox Valley. Her [...]Read More
Peter ten Brink is an emerging actor in the film industry who has worked alongside the likes of John Corbett (Sex and the City and My Big Fat Greek Wedding). He also happens to have Down syndrome. Peter, along with his long-time acting coach, Sarah Rose Graber, joined our Teen Tastic group to share their [...]Read More
The Fox Valley Playhouse is excited for the return of two of our favorite groups! We let the dogs out when our furry friends from the Fox Valley Therapy Dog Club return to our Playhouse on October 20th from 12:30-1:30 PM for our Canine Connections group. This group is open to individuals of all ages to experience interaction [...]Read More
October 2012: Once again, the talented Stephanie Clay is offering a special dance class weekly, on Sundays from 4:00-4:45 PM at the Fox Valley Playhouse for 1st through 4th graders. This class will meet each week in preparation of performing at the Youth Summit on November 17th where the GiGi’s dance troope will show off [...]Read More
Tour de GiGi’s, 5th Annual Charity Bike Ride returns on September 23, 2012. This wonderful event includes 21, 42 and 63 mile routes through the beautiful countryside of Plainfield and Yorkville starting at the Oswego East High School. With a cost of only $30 per person, bring your cycling friends for a scenic ride. Proceeds [...]Read More
Back to School! We’re gearing up for back to school season here at the Fox Valley location. New programs are in development and many of our programs are returning for the school year. Stay tuned for more details! Literacy Training Do you have a few hours each month to help a child learn to read? [...]Read More
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