We had quite a week at the Playhouse and Hugs+Mugs.  The third class of GiGi U graduated Thursday evening. Hugs+Mugs mentors, Tim, Nicole, Kiera, Patrick, Brian and Christine, were on hand to show their support for the graduating class. Our Mentors remember how nervous they were when they were standing on the same stage just…

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GiGi University student Aubrey and Hugs + Mugs intern Brian accepted the Ice Bucket Challenge.  Joined by GiGi’s team members Sarah Rickaby and Jayne Drew, the foursome were caught on video paying it forward. The participants not only challenged some of their friends, but also two of GiGi’s other 16 playhouse Locations. Will GiGi’s Playhouse…

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I’d like to introduce you to a few of our interns at Hugs + Mugs, Matt, Chris, Patrick and Nicole. Nicole is a mentor and from the 1st class of GiGi U and the boys are all interns from the 2nd class,  they graduated in May.  They were so very busy this week getting everything…

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This past Wednesday (8/13/14) we held our 1st Annual Golf Outing to benefit GiGi’s Playhouse, Inc. With 18 sponsors, 25 volunteers and over 100 golfers in attendance, it was a day to remember! We began the day with registration and a putting contest with our very own Special Olympic Silver Medalist, Matt! Matt successfully out-putted…

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This week we have our first guest Blogger – Aubrey S.   Aubrey is currently a student at GiGi U.  She is very anxious to graduate in a few weeks and join our crew at Hugs + Mugs as an Intern.    Here’s what Aubrey had to say about GiGi U and Hugs + Mugs –…

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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: “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…

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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 accepting…

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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 the…

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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 or…

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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!…

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