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We are Blessed

By Laura Nacamuli  “I want people to know this. Please don’t limit me. Just give me the chance, and I will show you what I can do.” With those words (greeted by a robust round of applause), my daughter Alexa concluded her speech delivered at the 31st National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) Annual Gala, for…

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Born to be Mine- Adopting Matthew

by Leanne Pennetto (Matthew’s Mom) When people find out that I adopted a child with Down syndrome, they usually have the same reaction: “That was so nice of you!” …or something along those lines. I understand where they are coming from, and I’m sure I would say the same thing to someone else if I…

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Smiling Because of GiGi’s Playhouse

by Maureen Madden-Desatnik, Vice-President Board of Managers My first introduction to GiGi’s Playhouse was through a good friend and fellow board member Kim Kirwan.  I would see her wear her sweatshirt around town and eventually asked her about it.  I was immediately intrigued and interested in more information. She later invited my husband and I to the inaugural GiGi’s Playhouse…

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Meet Our Program Leaders

Our Volunteers: that is what makes GiGi’s Playhouse special from other organizations.  The dedication they bring as program leaders, with their very hands on approach working with our families and participants creates such a warm and welcoming environment that we are consistently welcoming more and more families all the time to our growing community.  Each…

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Seeing the best side of people

Seeing the best side of people By Carole Kuzian The Mets. The Devils. Stub Hub gift cards. Special Olympics soccer and basketball. And, of course, the rock band Kiss. These are just a few of Joseph’s interests. He loves any type of musical or sporting event on a grand scale. Thanks to GiGi’s Playhouse, Joseph…

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THE JOURNEY CONTINUES: A Visit to the Hillsborough Playhouse

What a surprise:  March came in like a lamb, at a balmy 55 degrees.  Marilee and I were off for a two-hour drive to the “new” Hillsborough GiGi’s Playhouse in New Jersey.  We were also bringing along a custom-made “Building Blocks” purple martin birdhouse for their March 24th Gala event. Actually, this was our second visit to…

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Jessica’s Love

by Pete Strahan (Jessica’s Dad) My family is in a very elite group. Not just because we have a child with Down syndrome, but because of the manner in which we found out that she has Down syndrome. We are a part of a very small percentage to receive a birth diagnosis. This means that…

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Finding GiGi’s Playhouse

by Carol Tyukody (Jason’s Mom) The atmosphere was festive. Decorations in place.  Food just right.  And the D.J.’s tunes had everyone on their feet.  All our friends and family were gathered at the Hillsborough Firehouse for a rockin’ party to mark a very special occasion: our Jason’s 40th birthday! There I stood among the festivities……

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8 Hours of Community Service

8 Hours of Community Service by Christy Bouziotis 8 hours of community service. That’s what my twin 13-year-old boys needed to fulfill a Boy Scout requirement. We had been searching for just the right thing to do. I had made a few calls to some charity organizations, but no one was calling me back. I…

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It happened at GiGi’s Playhouse Hillsborough in 2017…

A life changed Jason is one of our active adult participants. He never misses a Friday Friends, is always ready to represent GiGi’s Playhouse Hillsborough in the community and has had great success in our literacy tutoring. Just before his 39th birthday he read his first complete sentence, now 41 he has 200 site words.…

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