Imagining a World with True Inclusion

We invite you to an evening of pure imagination! 

Our 7th annual gala has an updated whimsical theme and is named The Generation G Golden Ticket Gala. 

You can expect a magical evening of inspiration inspired by a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory theme that will include warm and whimsical decor and an engaging experiences – all with the goal of creating true acceptance in our world. 

Generation G means to be accepting, generous and kind. What better way to live this than by celebrating with us at our third major fundraising event of the year.

Our fundraising goal for this year’s gala is $120,000. This is about 1/3rd of our operating budget for the year and is the most important way we raise the funding needed to keep our life-changing programming free for our incredible families.

Our Playhouse community is on a huge growth trajectory. This year we are seeing about a 47% increase in participation hours and a 16% increase in volunteer hours to the previous year!

Every hour of programming helps build confidence and skills but also spreads acceptance. 

Our participants continually meet and exceed the goals we set for them while our volunteers can see how capable the Down syndrome community is, while helping our participants achieve their goals.

We are so inspired by our volunteers and families who all work together to live our mission of changing the way the world views Down syndrome and bringing a global message of acceptance for all.

We have multiple ways that make it easy for everyone to help us achieve our goals.

Would you like to enter a world of pure imagination on Friday, October 13th at Madison Marriott West?

All you need to do is purchase your ticket by clicking this link!

You will be welcomed into a whimsical and elegant world upon your arrival at the Madison Marriott West on Friday, October 13th. You can expect the evening to start with a complimentary cocktail hour featuring a Tito’s Handmade Vodka themed cocktail. You will then have the opportunity to participate in our popular wine and liquor pull and robust silent auction. Our sit-down dinner will be followed by inspiration from our guest speakers and will conclude with the always entertaining duo of Anita and Sadler during our fund-a-need presentation. At the end of the evening, we will dance to the tunes being spun by DJ Aaron Jai.

We may have some surprises up our sleeves too!

Do you have interesting ideas for items that could be donated to be used in our silent auction?

Submit your donation item via our online form.

We are currently collecting a variety of donations to be used individually or in a basket of assorted items.

We graciously welcome your support in any form. However, the following are some examples of items
we know auction well. Please note, all donations must be in brand new condition.

  • Art (handmade art, original paintings, framed prints, ceramics, jewelry, metalwork, etc.)
  • Bar, beer and wine accessories; and games
  • Beer, wine, & liquor
  • Club memberships
  • Designer purses and accessories
  • Experience activities
  • Entertainment activities
  • Gift cards
  • Hotel, Bed & Breakfast, or resort stays
  • Jewelry
  • Luxury or designer items
  • Restaurant gift certificates
  • Services (house cleaning, landscaping, lessons, massage, photography, painting,
    window cleaning, etc.)
  • Signed memorabilia
  • Spa or salon packages/gift cards
  • Sporting events (college or professional)
  • Sporting goods
  • Themed baskets featuring local goods
  • Tours
  • Technology (Amazon devices, Apple devices, cameras, earbuds/headphones,
    smart phones, wireless speakers, etc.)

To help inspire you, take a look at our in-kind donation letter. You can download this or share the link with your connections that could help!

Do you enjoy a good bottle of wine or have a favorite liquor?

We will need over 120 bottles of wine and liquor to stock our extremely popular wine and liquor pull! Last year we sold out in 45 minutes! If you can donate a bottle valued at $20 or more or cash to be put toward a bottle that we would purchase, please let us know by sending us an email to

Are you a part of an organization that could benefit form becoming a partner of GiGi’s Playhouse Madison?

Our sponsorship opportunities could be the perfect solution to an organization’s goals of community engagement or DEI initiatives. Visit our sponsorship page to learn about which level would be the perfect fit for your organization.

All the funds we raise will stay right here at the Madison playhouse and go directly to serving the Down syndrome community with free, educational, therapeutic and career development programming. We are grateful for all the continued support that allows us to continue to exceed expectations.

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