Hugs+Mugs has been busy preparing for Gigi Fest – All of our mentors and interns have been spending their time making and packaging our V-21 Cookies and testing our G-21 Gluten free version – working hard to guarantee a Gigi Fest debut.  But whats really been keeping us busy are our brand new items.  …

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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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Last week Hugs + Mugs was fortunate enough to be part of a young girls annual Birthday tradition.   The young girls name is Olivia. Olivia’s birthday is in January, every year she and her grandma plan an entire day to themselves. They could schedule their day closer to her actual birthday but January is COLD,…

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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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  After 11 months of working at GiGi’s Playhouse, I’m still amazed by something every single day. That “something” is usually just a moment—a magical moment—where a child or young adult with Down syndrome accomplishes something wonderful that we would take for granted. It could be a firm handshake, baby steps (literally), jumping jacks, or…

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