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Dancing for Down Syndrome 2017

For a month leading up to the party, members of our community supported GiGi's through grassroots fundraising and inviting their networks to learn more about GiGi's. In all we raised over $24,000 for GiGi's Playhouse NYC!

Dancing for Down Syndrome 2016

We dream of a New York City in which individuals with Down syndrome are not only accepted but embraced and given opportunities to achieve their dreams. We are changing perceptions one story at a time! We had a great time celebrating the Down syndrome community of NYC at our annual fundraising and awareness campaign. Thank you to everyone who created a page and fundraised for the Playhouse!

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Dancing for Down Syndrome 2015

Thank you to our 2015 sponsors!

Safety Building Cleaning Corp. • Kids for Kids Foundation • Browne Supply Co.

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Thank you for Dancing for Down syndrome and being a champion for the future of our community. Together we are changing the way New York City perceives what individuals with Down syndrome can accomplish!
41 of individuals set up pages and shared stories of how Down syndrome has touched their lives. They then shared these stories with friends, family, and neighbors and invited them to support GiGi’s Playhouse- New York. Thanks to your efforts, and the generosity of our sponsors, we were able to raise over 30,000 dollars, money which will help sustain the Playhouse as a resource to our community!
For many families, GiGi’s Playhouse is a lifeline, and an essential resource throughout their child’s life and into adulthood. Our dream is to grow our Dancing for Down Syndrome campaign each year until all of New York City is buzzing with positivity about our vibrant community! Join us next year!

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Dancing for Down Syndrome 2014

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The Down syndrome community of New York City did something that has never been done before. A minuscule fraction of the 4 to 5 thousand families touched by Down syndrome estimated to live in the metropolitan area, shared their experiences of loving someone with Down syndrome on Playhouse supported web pages. Thirtyfive families posted their stories on the internet and emailed them to friends and acquaintances around the world. Neighborhoods were papered with flyers telling stories about the love of these special
individuals. Neighbors and colleagues were invited to sponsor these pioneering families to “Dance for Down syndrome” at a celebration hosted by New Song Community Church, in South Harlem on June 14th. There is no way to measure the impact of the hundreds of individuals touched by the personal stories that were shared on the Dancing for Down Syndrome family pages. Many of these stories expressed touchingly intimate details of what it’s like to love someone with Down syndrome and the power of being supported by the Playhouse community.

Measuring the sustainability of $35,000 raised by these individual fundraising efforts is as easy as elementary school mathematics. These few families sharing their stories in such a simple way, paid for our community center home and utilities for a full year! No matter how we measure our success, we can be proud that families who come to the Playhouse and experience the impact of our free classes, workshops, lectures, parties and events have taken the lead in supporting a sustainable community center for all New Yorkers touched by Down syndrome. Together we are redefining Down syndrome as a proud and joyful community of families working together; supporting our children and each other so that our loved ones can make a meaningful contribution to this great city. Because of our advocacy as a community, when New Yorkers brag about living in a city rich in diversity and inclusion, the images conjured will include the thousands of beautiful faces with the distinctive features of Down syndrome! We did it! Together. And this is just beginning!
Britt Sady, Executive Director