On October 1, 2020, hundreds of people from around the world came together to enjoy GiGi's NYC’s 2020 ‘i have a Voice’ Virtual Gala.

Our 2020 Gala program was very compelling as Frank Sawyer, Board President, conveyed the importance of fundraising to our organization and the commitment of GiGi's NYC to the community we serve. And thanks to the efforts of many, the event was a huge success, breaking all fundraising records for past Galas.

Al Roker hosted the event with his beloved style and flair. His passion for our mission and quick wit kept our viewers inspired... and laughing. Everyone enjoyed his good-natured ribbing with Chris Wragge, New York’s CBS2 News anchor and our honoree. It was especially moving to hear Al Roker and young Malik Jabbaar have a conversation about the teenager's role as GiGi's NYC 2020 Ambassador. Honoree Dr. Brian Skotko talked about his commitment to GiGi’s NYC mission and his sister who has Down syndrome. It was especially moving.

Our co-founders of GiGi's Playhouse NYC, Tracy Nixon and Debbie Morris, reflected on the past eight years since its founding and shared their vision for the future.

The entertainment by Alexis Morrast, and SuperYou the Musical’s book/music/lyrics writer & performer Lourds Lane along with Jessie Wagner and Militia Vox, was enjoyed by guests near and far.

In case you missed the event, you can watch on our Facebook page.

Please watch your email and stay connected to our social pages for details about our 2021 Gala on Thursday, October 21st.

Thank you!

The GiGi's NYC Team

Special Thank You To


Andrew & Debbie Morris


Eric & Becky Fogarty

Tracy Nixon


Adam Hait

Benno Ansbacher

johns crazy socks

Ruth Erickson
and Paul Goularte


Matt & Lauren Fogarty

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The Balla Family

David & Lauren Mazzullo


GiGi’s Playhouse NYC is the only organization in New York City solely dedicated to the development of individuals with Down syndrome of all ages, from birth through adulthood and at every phase of life. We provide therapeutic, educational, social, and creative arts programs and events year-round, at no cost to participants or their families. We empower our diverse participants to be included in the greater community, to be their whole selves as they truly belong, and to make the world a better place. GiGi’s NYC offers a supportive and nurturing environment that enables individuals, parents, expecting parents, and families to connect. With our migration to a more virtual world, GiGi’s NYC is at the forefront of innovating and delivering online programs for its growing community, all while being completely funded by our generous donors.

We hope you enjoy photos from our past Galas below.

2018 "i have a Voice" Gala