Volunteer Spotlight

Brenna Mazzara, Ballet InstructorBallet Theatre of Maryland  We are thrilled to spotlight Brenna Mazzara, our dedicated volunteer ballet instructor associated with the Ballet Theatre of Maryland. Brenna’s commitment to creating an inclusive and empowering environment through ballet is commendable. Her engaging sessions foster self-expression and movement, providing participants with joy and accomplishment. Brenna’s ability to connect…

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Ready…Set….Race for Acceptance! 🏃

Join Us for the GiGiFIT Acceptance Challenge: Supporting Inclusivity and Wellness with GiGi’s Playhouse Annapolis! Join us at Quiet Waters Park on April 6th for the GiGiFIT Acceptance Challenge hosted by GiGi’s Playhouse Annapolis! This event is not only a celebration of fitness and inclusivity but also a vital fundraiser that directly impacts our ability…

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Volunteer Spotlight Spreading Smiles: Karleigh and GiGi’s Playhouse Birthday Cards 

Ever wondered about the person behind GiGi’s Playhouse Birthday Cards? Meet Karleigh—a joyful volunteer making a difference one birthday card at a time. Her journey with GiGi’s Playhouse began with a love for shared experiences and family support, driving her to discover the inclusive community at GiGi’s Playhouse.  Karleigh, the creative force behind GiGi’s Playhouse Birthday…

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Celebrating Achievements at GiGi’s Playhouse Annapolis 

GiGi’s Playhouse Annapolis is thrilled to extend sincere congratulations to Miryanna, Alex, Jakob, Stephany, Cassidy, and Elizabeth for successfully completing the GiGi U Program! Their dedication and hard work throughout this semester have been truly commendable, and we couldn’t be prouder of their achievements.  A special acknowledgment goes out to our exceptional volunteers, whose countless…

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Best of All – The August Family

Todd August, Olivia’s dad, celebrated his retirement this past month by asking his co-workers and company partners to donate to GiGi’s Playhouse Annapolis. He shared handouts about GiGi’s Playhouse Annapolis with many of his colleagues and helped spread the word about the organization. What an amazing way to celebrate such a monumental life moment! GiGi’s…

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Volunteer Spotlight – Amanda Lane

WOW – Amanda has been a part of the GiGi’s Playhouse Annapolis family for 3 years now. She is currently the program leader for Playhouse Pals and Kids Club, a Saturday class for ages 5 to 12 years that supports the development of social skills and language through peer to peer interaction in a casual…

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Volunteer Spotlight – Claire

GiGi’s Playhouse Annapolis is honored to introduce a volunteer who has gone above and beyond for our Playhouse. Claire started volunteering with us last year and has been a literacy tutor for the past two sessions. She also is on the 2023 Youth Board and created a pop up basketball program in December at Archbishop…

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In Loving Memory of Howard (GiGi’s Jolly Santa)

For the past 4 years, Santa has visited GiGi’s Playhouse Annapolis to spread holiday cheer. This Santa was the real Santa – one with a sack full of stuffed animals, a real beard, and a naughty or nice list. The participants loved seeing Santa and he always seemed to know their names just like the…

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Volunteer Spotlight – Lynne Markowitz

This month – we are recognizing someone who has gone above and beyond for GiGi’s Playhouse Annapolis.  Lynne Markowitz started volunteering at GiGi’s about two years ago after retiring from Anne Arundel County Public Schools where she worked in the Special Education department. She was involved with a variety of specialized programs in Anne Arundel…

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A Note From a GiGi’s Playhouse Annapolis Self-Advocate

Dear GiGi’s Playhouse Annapolis, I am a dancer, Disney lover, Olympic swimmer and….. I happen to have Down syndrome. I have been a part of Gigi’s Playhouse since the beginning in 2017. You are probably thinking, “that is a long time, Alicia!” You’re right, but it feels like just yesterday we were cutting the ribbon…

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