Location in the Works Little Rock, AR
3 for 21
In recognition of World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD) on March 21 and as a startup campaign for GiGi's Playhouse – Little Rock, we are initiating our “3 for 21” fundraising campaign. The date for WDSD is the 21st day of the 3rd month, selected to signify the uniqueness of the triplication of the 21st chromosome which causes Down syndrome. We are asking 3 of our Facebook friends to donate $21 to the startup campaign, then asking them to offer the same opportunity to 3 of their friends and so on and so on. Your single donation of $21 or whatever amount your heart feels you can contribute can be made directly to GiGi’s Playhouse – Little Rock. Dreams come true every day at GiGi's Playhouse. Confidence grows from the diverse programs and positive vibes. Together we can change perception and help our individuals achieve their greatest potential
Save the Date
Every day we celebrate the achievements of individuals with Down syndrome through FREE purposeful programs and the Generation G campaigns. With that said, programs are not free to for GiGi’s to deliver. To continue changing perceptions and enriching the quality of many more lives, we need funding for programs and campaigns that will affect generations to come.
We are EXCITED to announce that GiGi's Playhouse will host its annual Kentucky Derby Winner’s Circle Celebration on Tuesday May 8, 2018 at Next Level Events in Little Rock AR. Post time is 6:00 PM. This is our largest and most important fundraiser of the year, and it’s key to expanding our voice in the world.
First Walk a Success!
WOW! Way to go Arkansas! What a great turn out for our first walk to support GiGi's Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Center Little Rock. Children, families, volunteers, sponsors and friends crossed the finish line together in support of individuals with Down syndrome. Guests enjoyed games thanks to Special Olympics, a petting zoo courtesy of Cockrills Country Critters, dancing to music by DJ Hollywood with Arkansas Best DJ, tattoos and photo fun thanks to Girl Scouts out of Cabot, and delicious food thanks to Damon Bivins at Centennial Bank.
A special thank you to Bob Whitehouse with Little Rock Sign for donating our step and repeat banner, Johnny Hewitt with CDI Contractors LLC for supplying table and chairs, Bubba Wood with Arkansas Portable Toilets for donated restrooms, and Maumelle Parks and Rec for the use of Lake Willastein and their amazing stage. Thank you to our generous sponsors BuddyTalk, Arkansas Superior Select and Arkansas Down Syndrome Association.
We were also blessed to welcome a 10 week old new baby with Down syndrome and her courageous parents to our community. Seeing our community come together to support a common vision will continue to be the driving force behind bringing our very own GiGi's Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Center here to Arkansas.
Location in the Works Little Rock, AR
“Believe in yourself, believe in others and believe in miracles. Thank you for being a part of this miracle.”
Nancy Gianni, Founder of GiGi’s Playhouse
Target opening: Fall 2018
Location: Little Rock, Arkansas
Status: Planning and Fundraising
Contact: Tricia Ambeau at email@example.com
The time has finally come Arkansas! The buzz is true, Arkansas is officially in the planning and fundraising stages to build our very own GiGi’s Playhouse. We currently have an amazing team coordinating efforts to make this vision a reality. We will be able to offer a physical location where children and adults with Down syndrome can achieve their best and reach their fullest potential. We will offer targeted programming for our entire Down syndrome community. We will offer social, therapeutic and educational programs such as tutoring, sibling groups, fitness classes, music classes, cooking classes and more. Through GiGi’s Playhouse and GiGi’s University, we want to empower individuals with Down syndrome to overcome obstacles, reach their goals, and be the best they can be!
GiGi’s Playhouse is a Down Syndrome Achievement Center that provides support and services from pre-natal through adulthood. GiGi’s Playhouse offers programs focused on building skills in children of all ages, while GiGi University offers programs focused on building skills in young adults and adults. GiGi’s uses research-based curriculum that works toward improving each individual’s literacy, math, motor skills, self-esteem, and vocational skills.
Our team will not slow down until GiGi’s Playhouse Little Rock is up and running. GiGi’s will be a daily reminder that Down syndrome is to be celebrated and embraced. Our mission is to serve our kids, empower our parents, grandparents and siblings. GiGi’s will be a place to believe, a place for comfort and support and a place to focus on purposeful progression. We will be dedicated to our community from childhood through career skills. We will make a life time commitment to our families and everything will be free.
We offer all programs to families for free, so any donation helps. GiGi’s Playhouse is a 501c3 non-profit charitable organization. All monetary donations are tax deductible. Additionally, as we get closer to opening the Playhouse, we will have a list of specific items that we would love to have donated, such as furniture, toys, therapy supplies, construction services, and educational materials. We will continue to update the site and will share that list in the coming months. Thank you for your support!
Upcoming Events: Check this webpage and follow us on Facebook to find details of upcoming events and fundraisers. Facebook Page link here.
Volunteers: GiGi's wouldn't be able to run without volunteers! Opening and running a successful playhouse requires the time and dedication of many, including family members, friends, therapists, and members of the community. We are looking for volunteers to do a variety of tasks, including cleaning toys, providing one-on-one tutoring, leading programs, and a number of other jobs that help to support the playhouse. If you are interested, we would love to get to know you and have you volunteer alongside us. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.