In-Person Program Suspension through 4/24/20

GiGi’s Playhouse Madison has suspended all in-person programs and will be closed to the public through April 24, 2020 following the Wisconsin “Safer at Home” order that is in place. While the Playhouse is physically closed, we are still working for our families and participants, planning new programs, and are checking our voicemail (608-709-1411) and email madison@gigisplayhouse.org.

NEW: Online programs are now available for GiGi’s At Home – LIVE and ON-DEMAND.

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GiGi’s Playhouse programs are now available to you at home!

GiGi’s At Home Live:

GiGi’s at Home Live is our way of bringing purposeful programs to you each and every day at a specific time. This allows you to interact with our volunteer program leaders and fellow participants engaging in purposeful activities designed for your loved one's age group.

GiGi’s At Home On Demand:

GiGi’s at Home On Demand is our way of bringing purposeful programs to you at a time that is convenient for you. You will have access to program recordings, lesson plans and activities to use when you are ready.

Welcome Kelly Antonson, our new Site Manager!

We are happy to announce that Kelly Antonson is joining GiGi’s Playhouse Madison as our Site Manager starting in March! Kelly will be joining, Julie Byrnes, Interim Executive Director, to serve our GiGi’s family and community.

Kelly has been volunteering for GiGi’s since early 2018; serving on our Gala committee, and for the past year on the Board of Directors as the Marketing Committee Chair. Kelly has a background in Brand Marketing and has been using her 10+ years of experience to support GiGi’s Playhouse by creating campaigns, gala marketing, and strengthening social media channels. She is passionate about growing the awareness of the Playhouse in our communities! Kelly was instrumental in securing the opportunity to collaborate with Adams Outdoor Advertising to create the first ever GiGi's outdoor advertising campaign featuring billboards that showcase our participants and GiGi’s Playhouse.

Kelly learned about GiGi’s Playhouse through her daughter’s all- star cheerleading gym which has several athletes that also participate in GiGi’s programs! Kelly is from Wisconsin, currently living in Cottage Grove with her husband and two children, and she graduated from UW-Madison with a business degree. She loves to practice yoga, Scuba Dive, read and watch whatever sport her two kids participate in. Kelly is excited to serve and meet all of our families and participants.

Volunteer Job Announcements:

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““Alone, we can do so little; together, we can do so much” – Helen Keller

Generation G Gala Volunteers 

Family members and believers, we are seeking a Gala Chairperson and Gala committee members with many different talents and time availability (starting in April and May and leading up to the gala on October 23, 2020). Can you volunteer your skills and help in one of the following areas: logistics and event planning, fundraising, marketing and public relations, graphic art design, administrative tasks, etc? Please contact us at madison@gigisplayhouse.org for more information. Thank you!

 

Do you love leading, teaching, and literacy or math? We need you! 

We are looking for a literacy co-coordinator/tutor trainer and a math coordinator/tutor trainer for our two tutor programs: one-on-one literacy and one-on-one math.

The literacy coordinator and the math coordinator train, mentor and coach future tutors, coordinate with volunteers and families, and ensure we are up to date and following our GiGi’s National curriculum. This is an ideal volunteer position for a recently retired educator or anyone who wants to continue inspiring the love of literacy and math which will in turn assist our children, teens and adults in reaching their “Best of All” and attaining more independence.
Please contact us at the Playhouse at madison@gigisplayhouse.org for more information.

THANK YOU!

Thank you to Amina Grace Memorial Fund for your continued support and for awarding us $5,000 for our one-on-one Amina Grace Speech and Language Program!

Thank you to the Innovating Worthy Projects Foundation for awarding us a grant of $7,500 for our Amina Grace Speech and Language Program!

And thank you to the Evjue Foundation for awarding us a $5,000 grant for our GiGi Prep Program!

Thank you to the Steve Stricker American Family Insurance Foundation for awarding us a $5,000 grant for our Math, Literacy and Amina Grace programs

Thank you to the Madison Area Down Syndrome Society for supporting our Amina Grace Program with $2,500

Thank you to the Endres Mfg. Company Foundation for awarding us a $5,000 grant for our Amina Grace Program!

Upcoming Events

  • March 21 – World Down Syndrome Day
  • October 23:Generation G Gala
    Please Save the Date and join us for our Generation G Gala on Friday, October 23, 2020 at the Marriott West. Tickets and sponsorships are available now. 

321 Dreamers and Believers Campaign

321 is a special number to us

Individuals with Down syndrome have a third copy of their 21st chromosome. Leading up to World Down Syndrome Day on 3/21, we are kicking off our 3-2-1 Dreamer and Believer Campaign with the goals of:

  • Increasing awareness and acceptance, and
  • Raising the crucial funds needed to continue offering FREE, purposeful, educational and therapeutic programs to children, adults, and families with Down syndrome.
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Meet our Dreamers

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Please see our website to learn about our Dreamers and how GiGi’s Playhouse has positively impacted their lives.

We need your help!

In order to sustain and grow our free, purposeful programs offerings, we are asking families, friends, co-workers, teachers, neighbors, community members and newcomers to help us achieve our dreams. Our programs are free to families, but it is not free to deliver over 600 program hours per month. We:

  • Pay rent and utilities
  • Purchase new program materials and electronic equipment for our students
  • Provide training and salary for staff

Here’s how you can help!

No donation is too small to support the Playhouse and you can choose any of the following options:

  • $21
  • $21 per month
  • $321
  • Other amount

Become a Believer!

Our 3-2-1 Dreamers and Believers Campaign will run through March 31, 2020. Please help us to achieve our goals.

Check out the programs GiGi's Playhouse Madison offers here!

GiGi's Playhouse Madison is a member of the Global Down Syndrome Association.

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