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Volunteer of the Month – Hannah!

Hannah is a dedicated program volunteer who helps with two programs at GiGi's Playhouse Cincinnati--Destination Discovery and Teen Tastic. She is always ready and willing to jump in and assist with activities, and has brought a warm and welcoming presence to each program, forming connections with participants and their families....
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Visibility to Acceptance

Written by Fred Brushaber What do Hunger Games, PRIDE, Barbie dolls, and RuPaul’s Drag Race have in common? Visibility! The inclusion of minority actors, events, mainstream products, and entertainment with minority involvement is not derived from using minorities as props or stereotypically portrayed clowns.  When I was newly out of...
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Raising Izzy

Written by Dan Shelton My family’s journey to GiGi’s playhouse started in 2019 when prenatal testing indicated that there was a high likelihood that our baby had Down syndrome. When my wife Anna and I got the news I did what most people do, I googled it. Bad Idea…. The...
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Best of All — Journee

best of all (noun) \best of all\ is continual, measurable, celebrated and it never ends. It is a daily challenge to do a little better than you did the day before and it’s always celebrated. Possible manifestations: standing just one second longer, reading just one more word, learning just one...
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Celebrate World Down Syndrome Day!

Each year, World Down Syndrome Day occurs on March 21st, 3/21. This is done as the THIRD month on the TWENTY-FIRST day signifies the extra copy of the 21st chromosome that represents the genetic makeup of the Down syndrome diagnosis. While shout the worth of our friends that rock an extra chromosome...
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First Teen Tastic Turned “Swifty” Celebration!

At GiGi's Playhouse Cincinnati, moments of joy and growth are always celebrated. Recently, our first-ever Teen Tastic event unexpectedly transformed into an unforgettable Taylor Swift party! The atmosphere was electric as our teens immersed themselves in a range of activities, from crafting friendship bracelets to belting out Swifty hits in...
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Volunteers of the Month—Hannah & Julia!

Hannah and Julia are the left and right Twix of GiGi's Playhouse Cincinnati—they work SO great together! They have also both taken individual ownership of their volunteer roles here at the Playhouse. Most weeks you can catch the dynamic duo helping with various cleaning tasks or helping prep for programs,...
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Allie’s Vibrant Artwork Turned Mural

In September of 2023 GiGi's Playhouse Cincinnati celebrated a significant milestone—our first birthday! The occasion was marked by the unveiling of a spectacular mural that now adorns the Playhouse, a colorful depiction of the Cincinnati skyline. What makes this mural truly special is that it is an original creation by...
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A Little Extra Luck: GiGi’s Playhouse Cincinnati’s Inaugural Gala

Step into a world of celebration, inspiration, and acceptance as GiGi's Playhouse Cincinnati invites you to their inaugural "A Little Extra Luck" Gala. Set to take place on Saturday, March 16th at the Oasis Conference Center, this event promises an unforgettable night dedicated to celebrating the extra luck that comes...
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GiGi’s Playhouse on WLWT!

On Tuesday, January 23rd, the vibrant community of GiGi's Playhouse Cincinnati took center stage on WLWT News. The news segment featured an insightful interview with Board Vice-President Anna Shelton and participant Grace Ingle, shedding light on the mission of GiGi's Playhouse and the impactful programs it offers. The duo encouraged...
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Get to Know Kim Pohorence: Speech-Language Pathologist at GiGi’s Playhouse Cincinnati

Meet Kim! Kim Pohorence is a passionate Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) with a remarkable journey that intertwines professional expertise with a personal mission. Kim is not only a seasoned professional with five years of experience but also a proud parent of a child with Down syndrome. This unique combination has shaped...
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We’re excited to host our dueling pianos fundraiser in February!

After recently opening our doors, we're thrilled to host our annual fundraiser soon! This fun evening of DUELING PIANOS will take place on Saturday, February 18, 2023 at 6:00 p.m. at the Oasis Conference Center in Loveland. In addition to dueling pianos, the event will include dinner, dessert, an open...