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2019 Gala

February 2, 2019 6pm - Midnight
A Blacktie event with a Rockin' Edge

Volunteer

GiGi’s Playhouse is a volunteer-run organization and we rely on the skill and dedication of volunteers of various levels of expertise to keep our programs vibrant, educational, fun and free.

GiGi’s Playhouse Welcomes Nancy Binger as our new National Program Director! 

Dear Hoffman Families, 

My name is Nancy Binger and I recently started as the National Program Director at the Hoffman Estates location. Three and a half years ago my life was dramatically changed when I received a prenatal diagnosis that I was going to have a son with Down syndrome. After three months of living in a dark cloud full of fear and anger, I decided just weeks before my son was born that I would be a brave mama and take on this unexpected path with courage and hope. After Cody was born I quickly learned that, although a different path, it was not a bad path and even better, it was actually a wonderful path. I am totally obsessed with my little boy and could not imagine life without him. He is the gift I didn’t know I needed and one I am beyond grateful I received. 

 

I have spent the last 22 years working in Higher Education most recently at Judson University in Elgin, for 17 years. In my final years as a Vice President at Judson I had the honor of creating a fully inclusive college experience for students with intellectual disabilities. Because of Cody, my heart was softened to the concept that college could be for more than just the typical student and I put this desire into action. Watching parents and students being blessed with something that once seemed unattainable to them was truly amazing. I learned so much about acceptance and inclusivity and what it took to serve this population of students as I created this program.  

 

I was introduced to GiGi’s Playhouse when Cody was really young and he has attended LMNOP since he was one years old. He learned so many songs and signs and he is quite the performer because of it! And once again, Cody has opened new doors and led me to another adventure as I now am employed full-time at Gigi’s. I am so excited about this opportunity and look forward to meeting all the families, volunteers, supporters and especially the wonderful kids and adults with Down syndrome who bring so much joy and love into our community. 

 

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