We hope you enjoyed GiGi's NYC 2021 Gala at the Edison Rooftop in the heart of Times Square. More than 200 guests joined us IN-PERSON as we celebrated the many successes of our community, and recognized those who CONNECT by giving their time, talent and treasure to ensure those with Down syndrome ACHIEVE. The live stream of the event was equally as popular, and enjoyed by a virtual audience near and far.
We are proud to announce that our 2021 Gala honorees, Société Générale along with Sharon Hart Fanelli, Account Director, CUSHMAN & WAKEFIELD, committed to continue their exemplary work, facilitating CONNECT TO ACHIEVE, on behalf of those with Down syndrome. THANK YOU!
L. Adé Williams, Creator and Co-host of The Harlem Connection radio show The L.A.W., hosted the event with style and flair. His passion for our mission and quick wit kept our guests and viewers engaged.
Board Co-Presidents Jane Providenti and Yamira Siu Jabbaar shared their personal stories of how GiGi’s NYC has impacted their lives, and the lives of their sons Troy and Malik. It was wonderful seeing and hearing from our co-founders of GiGi's NYC, Tracy Nixon and Debbie Morris, about their vision and the growth of our community over the past nine years. The incredibly talented Lourds Lane, along with Brie Cassil and Jessie Wagner were fantastic as they performed WE ARE AWAKE and STRONGER NOW from Broadway bound SuperYou. Auctioneer LJ Ganser kept the audience bidding with his usual good humor. Thank you for being a part of this very special and important evening.
The surprise highlight of the evening was when the GiGi’s NYC Community Chorus’ video played ‘THIS IS ME', from The Greatest Showman, conducted by Broadway’s Laurie Gamache. During the video, GiGi’s NYC participant, Laura Lyle brought down the house when she got up to dance and sing in front of the onscreen video, and encouraged community members to do the same. Before long, the stage was filled by people with Down syndrome, singing “THIS IS ME!” The singers inspired the in-person and virtual audience with their unbridled enthusiasm and confidence. The guests were standing and singing, and capturing the moment by cellphones. The unity and inspiration created and shared by everyone in that room was spellbinding. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house.
Thank you to everyone who supported us. Your involvement and generosity are critical to GiGi’s NYC mission and make it possible for us to provide life-changing programs at no cost to those who need them most.
If you or someone you know wants to make a donation but wasn't able to join us at the Gala, please share this link, https://gigisplayhouse.org/newyork/gala/, and scroll down to click DONATE. All donations are needed and appreciated.
In case you missed our Gala, it will be posted with our videos at, https://www.youtube.com/user/gigisplayhousenyc/videos. Please share this link with your friends and family, and with anyone who would like to learn more about GiGi's NYC.
Sharon Hart Fanelli
National Account Director
Cushman & Wakefield
Join GiGi's NYC at our 2021 Gala on Thursday 10•21•21 in the heart of Times Square, at The Edison Rooftop, for a night you will always remember. For those who are unable to join us IN-PERSON, you can join us via LIVESTREAM at 7:15pm ET by clicking on the link above. We will celebrate the many successes of our community, and recognize those who CONNECT by giving their time, talent and treasure to ensure those with Down syndrome ACHIEVE. Our 2021 Gala honorees, Sharon Hart Fanelli, Account Director, Cushman & Wakefield, along with Société Générale, commit to continue their exemplary work, facilitating CONNECT TO ACHIEVE, on behalf of those with Down syndrome.
GiGi’s NYC serves over 1,000 people with Down syndrome and their families, almost 10% of the NYC Down syndrome population. We are the only organization in New York City solely dedicated to the development of individuals with Down syndrome, from birth through adulthood and at every phase of life.
Achievements by those with Down syndrome support their belonging as their whole selves to the broader community, improving the world and making it a better place to live, work and prosper. We look forward to seeing you at our 2021 Gala as you support the achievements of our diverse community and the connections that make the possibilities endless.
Please note: Edison Ballroom requires all
guests and event staff be fully vaccinated for our
GiGi's NYC In-Person 2021 Gala.
To attend our Gala you must provide:
(1) Proof of COVID-19 Complete Vaccination
(2) Government Issued Identification.
Please bring proof and ID with you to the Gala.
Special Thank You To
Andrew & Debbie Morris
Eric & Becky Fogarty
and Paul Goularte
Matt & Lauren Fogarty
The Balla Family
David & Lauren Mazzullo
We hope you enjoy photos and videos from our past Galas below.
2018 "i have a Voice" Gala