How Brad Jessen, Board President, found GiGi’s Playhouse

I came to find GiGi’s Playhouse through my daughter Madison (15 years old at that time), who was looking to expand on her volunteerism with those in our community who have special needs. She had and continues to spend every year as a dedicated participant in a high school program...

A Great Night’s Sleep is Possible!

We enjoyed this beneficial blog from GiGi's Playhouse Hoffman Estates and think you will also.   A Great Night’s Sleep is Possible! By hjaffry | January 3, 2019 | 0  Sleep is important for any child, but for your little one with Down syndrome, it’s especially important!  Sleep is actually a vital process for brain...

Literacy Program Experience

We hear about a literacy tutor's first experience at the Playhouse below! First, Please join us in wishing Angela Rosenberg, our Founding President and current Literacy Program Coordinator, all the best in all her future adventures as she steps down.   Thank you, Angela, for ALL your hours of work making...

Cooper’s Big Game

You may have seen our Facebook post sharing the NBC-2 story about Cooper’s Big Game.  Since then, we got to talk with Cooper’s father, Billy Griffin, and Riverdale Raiders Football Coach, James Delgado more about this special event. Cooper has Down syndrome and participates in programming at GiGi’s Playhouse of Fort Myers.  His adorable...

I have a Voice Gala 2018 : Our Best of All

Our 2018 “i have a Voice” Gala is a time for us all to CELEBRATE!  With one month until our biggest event of the year, our committee members are working harder than ever to assure this year’s event will be the best yet.  It’s a great time for us all to...

#GenerationG: A True Story of Miracles, Hope, and Unconditional acceptance

#GenerationG: A True Story of Miracles, Hope, and Unconditional Acceptance   There were tears, "ah ha" moments, laugh out loads, and smiles while reading Nancy Gianni's new book #Generation G: A True Story of Miracles, Hope, and Unconditional Acceptance. Truthfully, I didn't want to read it.  Really had to talk myself...

One year and counting

On July 29, 2017, GiGi’s Playhouse Down syndrome Achievement Center of Fort Myers officially opened its doors.  After years of dedication, hard work, and fundraising the dream finally came true.  Participants and their families as well as our volunteers have made supportive connections, found strength for personal growth, and have...

From Down syndrome to Up Syndrome

by Kristie Sammons, Site Coordinator                                                                                          ...

When the Student becomes the Teacher

Literacy in Action: Our tutors use various techniques in our one-on-one literacy tutoring classes. Here we see Vernazia (tutor) and Hope (student) using her dolls as a teaching tool. "I encouraged Hope to teach her dolls some of the skills she has learned so far, and she just loved it,...

The Making of a Playhouse

by Clare Cronin About one year ago, we were completing permits needed to make GiGi's Playhouse of Fort Myers more than just sketches and dreams. It was finally becoming reality for the Board and others who had been working so hard to bring GiGi's to our community. We had learned...

It’s More Than Just a Desk.

A desk.  Actually there are two, but they are NOT just desks.  These are TEAMWORK.    Yesterday, a Board member spotted these second-hand desks for sale and emailed another Board member.  They consulted others and decided they’d fill a need for space for Literacy program materials.   But...the desks were...

Unveiling our Thanks

Did you guess where we are in the Playhouse from this "Hidden Pictures" swatch on Facebook? Ta da!   This plaque was installed in the TEEN AREA of our Playhouse to honor Jack and Antionette Valenti. Their family has generously donated to the playhouse and has even continued to support...