Record Breaking Night for GiGi’s Playhouse 2017 “I have a Voice” Gala:

850 Believers Changing the World for Individuals with Down syndrome

Joined by Mario Lopez of Extra TV, Rob Johnson of CBS2 News, the Chicago Chapter of the NFL Retired Players Association, 7th Heaven and more, GiGi’s Playhouse broke new records at the 2017 “I have a Voice” Chicagoland Gala. Through the amazing support and belief of 850 guests; more than $600,000 was raised for life-changing therapeutic and educational programs such as one-on-one literacy and math tutoring, speech therapy, fitness, career training; and also the critical Generation G campaign for global acceptance.

Founder, “Chief Belief Officer” and GiGi’s Mom Nancy Gianni spoke emotionally and inspirationally about the many challenges facing families who have children with Down syndrome, as well as the challenges of delivering a free-program business model. “My heart is full with the incredible amount of love, energy and support I felt in the room for GiGi’s Playhouse,” says Nancy Gianni, GiGi’s Playhouse Founder and Chief Belief Officer. “From Mario (Lopez) taking time out of his schedule to join us in celebrating the achievements our organization has made since we met him 4 years ago on the set of EXTRA, to the generosity of our guests, donating their time and money, our dream of helping GiGi’s Playhouse achieve its mission of breaking down barriers and creating a national movement of acceptance for all continues to grow beyond my wildest dreams.” View Nancy’s full remarks and a photo recap of the gala below.

GiGi’s Playhouse particularly thanks 2017 co-chairs Maria Pradd, Todd Harper and Amanda Rooney for their leadership and oversight.

GiGi’s Playhouse is always incredibly grateful to all of the 2017 gala sponsors whose generosity will help thousands of families and help us send our global message of acceptance for all.

Founder Nancy Gianni's 2017 Gala Remarks (Opening by Mario Lopez)

Thank you to our 2017 Sponsors

Global Sponsor

The Manley Family

Ms. Kim Duchossois

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