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Our last day at the first playhouse

Yesterday was the last day of programming in the first playhouse we called home. As we prepare to move this weekend to our new home, I can’t help but look back on all that we have accomplished as GiGi’s Playhouse Hillsborough since our doors opened in January 2015.

In 2 years and 8 months, over 300 families have become a part of the GiGi’s family. They have participated in our 25 different programs, and 2,000 volunteer hours have been donated to run the programs.

As we fund raise the money needed to prepare and open our new playhouse, the comments that have come with the donations show the impact GiGi’s Playhouse Hillsborough has had on our families lives.

  • An inspiration beyond WORDS!!!
  • GiGi’s is a great organization that does wonderful things each day! We are happy to support you any way we can! We look forward to volunteering again once we are back up in Hillsborough in September.
  • GiGi’s Playhouse is an important part of my beautiful grandson’s life.
  • Happy to support such an inspiring effort!
  • I am so happy that (participant) found GiGi’s.  It is such an important part of her life.  You do such a marvelous job….
  • I am so happy to donate to GiGi’s because it is such a great place and we all love how much it has done for you.
  • Thank you for all the great things you do.
  • Thank you for loving and caring about our children so passionately.
  • Their programs have grown so much, they need and deserve a bigger place; let’s all do what we can to help them.
  • What a great organization with tremendous success in such a relatively short time.

On behalf of the Board of Managers and myself, your words have meant the world to us. To hear (and read) the impact we have had on the lives of the participants, their family members and the volunteers is amazing. Thank you for your support and encouragement, and we look forward to the next chapter in our adventure together.

I hope to see all of you at the Grand Opening on Sunday, September 24, from 2- 4PM at our new location- 450 Amwell Road, Suite H!

321 days of acceptance | 100 days

Have you been following along of Facebook the past 100 Days? On World Down Syndrome Day, March 21st, 2017, GiGi’s Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Centers launched “321 Days of Acceptance”, a pioneering social media campaign introducing the world to somebody with Down syndrome every single day for 321 straight days. In addition to the visual introduction,… Continue Reading

Two years down, and many more to come!

In celebration of our 2nd Anniversary Board President Erin Morris shares her thoughts and feelings about the last two year. Has it really been 2 years since GiGi’s Playhouse Hillsborough opened its doors? I can hardly believe it. I can remember the morning so clearly, waiting with anticipation to see who would turn up for our… Continue Reading

It happened at GiGi’s Playhouse in 2016…

Thank you for your belief in the mission and vision of GiGi’s Playhouse Hillsborough. It is because of you that achievements, friendships and memories are made every day at GiGi’s. In 2016, individuals with Down syndrome walked through the Playhouse doors over 1,000 times. A new family came to the Playhouse in February with 8-month twin boys:… Continue Reading

#GivingTuesday

Once Black Friday and Cyber Monday have passed America will celebrate on November 29, #GivingTuesday. For anyone not familiar with #GivingTuesday, it is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media. It kicks off the spirit of the holiday season by encouraging everyone to donate to the communities and causes they… Continue Reading

A Message From the Site Coordinator

January 5, 2015; My first official day as the Site Coordinator at GiGi’s Playhouse Hillsborough. The week was a hectic buzz of everyone getting ready for the official Grand Opening which was six days after my start date. In the weeks and months that have followed the Playhouse opening I learned more than I ever… Continue Reading

Lace Up Your Running Shoes!

Registration is officially open for the 3rd Annual HRC Fitness Charity 5K & 1 Mile Walk benefiting GiGi’s Playhouse Hillsborough! Held on Sunday, October 2, registration is $25 for the 5K and 1 Mile walk now through the end of July, and increases to $30 on August 1. After the race is the Dash for… Continue Reading

Thank You Volunteers!

by Liz Kepniss, Site Coordinator When I think of all that we do at GiGi’s Playhouse Hillsborough, I can’t help but think about all the good that our volunteers contribute to our programs and daily operations. Our interns Caryn & Chris help with community outreach, write thank you letters and yes even help clean and organize… Continue Reading