GiGi and Mario Lopez at the GiGi's Gala 2017
Steve Harvey and Ford Foundation Donation
On the Set of ABC's Windy City Live
Stronger Together | Rotary Club Chicago
I was thrilled to be invited to the first of 2018, Rotary Club Chicago meeting on January 9th. The Rotary has no secret handshake, no secret policy, no official creed, no secret meeting or rituals. It is an open society of men and women who simply believe in helping others. Believe! My favorite word!! I…
The most wonderful time of the year
I could not be more grateful for all I have in my life! Franco Gianni and Romina Rose are home, all my kids under one roof!! Besides trips to the movies to see Star Wars, making holiday treats and just enjoying much needed time with close friends & all there is so be grateful for this time of year we…
Miracles always show up…but OUCH!
I think it is safe to say that if you know me, you know I do nothing small…”go big” is generally how I want to live. I have kicked off December with a serious bang! GiGi accidentally slammed the trunk on my face the other night! Paul blamed me for being distracted or as…
On the go in November!
Can we just start with a big ol WOO-HOO!? November was filled to the brim with awesome! It is December, I am home and while the work continues I am happy to have a little time to breath, after all, we accomplished in November! Let’s start back at the beginning of the month! I do not…
Down Syndrome Acceptance | One Mile at a Time
Woo-Hoo! GiGi and I had the most amazing time yesterday! It was so exciting to join the GiGi’s Playhouse Bradley Kankakee team to announce the donation of TWO GiGi’s Playhouse branded 53-foot trailers from Hoekstra Transportation. The trucks will be traveling Kankakee and the surrounding area spreading a message of acceptance and love. Steve Hoekstra,…
Inspiration in Mexico
Nancy, GiGi, and the team are spending the next few days at GiGi’s Playhouse Mexico! Catching up on the great work, being inspired and training on the new tools we have to help the impact of the GiGi’s Playhouse free purposeful programs be even greater! Nancy is bursting at the seems to share with us all…
San Diego Dance Party
“We had such a great time yesterday! It was amazing to see everyone come out to support us. Nancy and GiGi had a wonderful time and we were honored to have them there. “ GiGi also managed to fit in an impromptu workout on the beach in San Diego! Thank you Rachel Olson for letting…
How I Learn
We have an amazing team here from New York City shooting our “How I Learn” video! This video will highlight the unique learning strengths of individuals with Down syndrome. This will be for educators, therapists, parents, advocates, babysitters and anyone who wants to understand how our kids learn! Just yesterday I used a quote from…
A BUSY SUMMER OF MORE MIRACLES!
Hello from GiGi's Playhouse! GiGi and I literally just returned from PLAYHOUSE OPENING NUMBER 33 in Ft. Myers, Florida!!! Can you believe it? Who would have thought that my love for GiGi and wanting acceptance for “one child, one diagnosis and one community at time” would turn into 33 Playhouses in the US and Mexico! Serving more than 30,000 families with FREE programs that are 95% volunteer run!
- Who would have thought that in one year we would deliver more than 1,000 hours of FREE speech therapy!
- Who would have thought that Generation G would change from an idea to an everyday way of life!
- Who would have thought that the World Series Champion Chicago Cubs would see so much value in our kids?
- Who would have thought that all major media outlets would understand how our locations and FREE programs are building acceptance?
- Who would have thought that our 321 Days of Acceptance Campaign would quickly surpass 1 MILLION views in only its first 100 Days??
- Who would have thought that in the same year we are opening new brick & mortar Playhouses we would be launching our very first mobile Playhouse pilot??
- Who would have thought that we are adding our second full time Speech & Language Pathologist to the GiGi's Playhouse network in McHenry IL??
This is what belief is all about! FREE programs and global acceptance creating the change and miracles we all want to see in the world.
At the same time --- our programs are not free to us. And normally when a business works as hard as we do, you grow your profits. GiGi’s Playhouse growth is extraordinary but our profits are not measured in dollars but rather in the lives we are changing every day. I know our model of free educational, therapeutic and career programming would not fit into any fortune 500 CEO’s business plan! But you know who wins in this plan? The kids and the world! Not just the kids with Down syndrome, but the entire community starting with siblings!
So in case you couldn't tell: this is where the miracles come in! Generous donors, selfless volunteers and heroic families coming together to CHANGE THE WORLD! I never imagined I’d watch GiGi sit in an airport, writing her own speech to give at a Playhouse grand opening.
GiGi’s Playhouse needs to grow, because families want more programs to help their children. GiGi’s Playhouse needs more partners, to expand Generation G and show communities that people of all abilities are ALWAYS ACCEPTED in their businesses and schools. And with your continued support, we will keep helping. We will keep growing. We will keep accepting and loving.
Remember, GiGi doesn’t get a break from her diagnosis; no one does. People who are different don’t get to shed that differentness at the end of the day. They struggle constantly for acceptance, and that is why we’ll never stop fighting for them. Together we’re changing the world: one child, one diagnosis, and one community at a time!