A Year of Growth, Programs, and Inclusivity
GiGi’s Playhouse Fargo marked the one-year anniversary of reopening our doors, ushering in an exciting chapter of growth and opportunity. We reintroduced 23 all-encompassing education, therapy, social engagement and physical fitness programs tailored to benefit individuals with Down syndrome of all ages, as well as their families. In the past year, our vibrant community expanded to include 14 new families, while we orchestrated over 350 distinct programs. The heartwarming dedication of over 4,000 volunteer hours ensured that our offerings remained dynamic, engaging, and, most importantly, accessible to all, free of charge.
Essentia’s Olive Branch
This year, GiGi’s Playhouse Fargo undertook a groundbreaking initiative by creating and helping launch the “Essentia Olive Branch.” This partnership has allowed us to extend our reach and impact even further, providing vital resources, support, and opportunities to individuals with a prenatal or birth Down syndrome diagnosis and their families. “Essentia’s Olive Branch” is a testament to the power of collaboration, and we are proud to have taken this significant step forward.
Best of All Moments
Most Successful Acceptance Walk: Our annual GiGiFIT Acceptance Challenge Walk & Fest saw unprecedented success this year, thanks in large part to your ongoing support. With the dedication of our community and donors like you, we raised vital funds and awareness for our mission. The impact of this event continues to ripple through the lives of those we serve, empowering individuals with Down syndrome to step into their full potential.
Teen Participant’s Remarkable Journey: We witnessed an inspiring transformation within one of our teen, participants this year. Their growing confidence and resilience led to an incredible milestone: they were invited to speak at our gala. It was a moment of great pride for our organization, demonstrating the real impact we have on individuals’ lives. This experience not only benefited the teen but also inspired our community and reinforced the importance of our mission.
Chamber Choice Awards: Nonprofit of the Year: We are thrilled to share the incredible news that GiGi’s Playhouse Fargo has been voted this year’s Chamber Choice Awards Nonprofit of the Year. This recognition is a testament to the dedication of our volunteers, staff, and supporters, and it underscores the significance of our work within the community. It also serves as a powerful reminder that together, we can make a lasting impact.
As we look forward to the future, we remain steadfast in our mission to change the way the world views Down syndrome and to continue providing essential programs and resources to individuals of all ages. We are excited about what lies ahead and are grateful to have you by our side on this journey.
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