Courtney is Best of All

Courtney is Sweet as Honey…

...And Proud To BEE Apart Of GiGi's: Courtney Hall is Best of All! Having fun at Trunk or Treat at the Playhouse Courtney Hall, 35, is one of the kindest individuals to have graced the doors of GiGi’s Playhouse Orange County. She first visited with her mother, Sharon, in early...
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Quiet Warrior For All 12 Months Of The Year- April

April Chavez: A Mother, Caretaker, Friend, Cook, Housekeeper, and Warrior for GiGi's Playhouse April with her son, Alex April Chavez, the devoted mother (and warrior) of Alex, who has Translocation (Mosaic) Down syndrome, has exemplified extraordinary parenting for the past 32 years. Residing in San Diego, April’s commitment to her...
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Empowering Arts is a 10 on the Musical Scale of Kindness

The Generous Contributions of Empowering Art with GiGi's Playhouse Over the past year and a half, GiGi’s Playhouse Orange County has been privileged to receive the enthusiastic support of Empowering Arts, an organization founded by Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA) high school student artists committed to positively impacting...
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Dancing Her Wonderful Way Into Our 321 Hearts

Participant (and Dancing Queen) Best of All: Jessica Jessica dancing her way into the hearts of the 2024 GiGi's Playhouse OC Gala guests On a quiet day at GiGi’s Playhouse Orange County, Jessica, a gentle yet cautious 35-year-old, arrived with her mother for a tour. This was their first visit,...
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Turning Pages: Brenda Bolla’s Magical Legacy on 1:1 Literacy at GiGi’s Playhouse Orange County

Literacy Volunteer Best of All Brenda and Charlie from the 1:1 Literacy program In the realm of community service and volunteerism, there are individuals whose dedication and passion leave an indelible mark on the organizations they serve. Brenda Bolla stands as a prime example of such a steadfast advocate for...
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Beautiful Amy Making Fantastic Friends at GiGi’s

Best of All: Fantastic Friends For over a year now, Amy Keran has been an active participant in our GiGiFIT and Fantastic Friends program. On her first visit, she arrived with her parents, initially hesitant about this new environment and unfamiliar faces. Despite her initial reluctance, Amy, known for her...
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A Tribute To My Dad, John

As you may be aware, over the past 16 months, I have been the primary caregiver for my father, John, who has bravely fought against lung cancer. On Good Friday, he peacefully passed away, surrounded by his beloved children and grandchildren.  Upon relocating from Scottsdale in 2022, my father eagerly...

Leaps & Bounds Best of All: Tsubaki

Tsubaki (5) and her parents recently made the move from the East Coast to Irvine, California, where they were active participants in the New York City GiGi’s Playhouse location. Now, Orange County is delighted to welcome the Yamazaki family as part of our community. Tsubaki enthusiastically engages in our Leaps...
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Perspective: by Maddie Garza, 1:1 Literacy Tutor

Today, we are embarking on the journey of recognizing that letters have names and sounds that, when put together, can create words. Rhett has shown an immense love for learning in the most unconventional ways. As someone who works professionally in the pediatric neurodiverse community, I could not love this...

Kid’s Club Best of All: Elisa and her brothers

Elisa, alongside her brothers Jacobo and Rodrigo, epitomizes the essence of family values at GiGi’s Playhouse Orange County. The mission of GiGi’s Playhouse revolves around "transforming lives through the consistent provision of free educational, therapeutic-based, and career development programs for individuals with Down syndrome, their families, and the broader community."...
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Amy Ghalwash: A FANTASTIC FRIEND (and volunteer, mother, wife, daughter, sister…)

Charlie Horner and Amy Ghalwash during the Fantastic Friends program at GiGi's Playhouse on Wednesday nights. Amy Ghalwash epitomizes the spirit of volunteerism at GiGi's Playhouse Orange County, having dedicated herself to its mission since its inception. From helping with the Grand Opening to contributing her efforts to the Gala...

All in the Family: Jack and his mom, Katie

Jack Gresko is the heart and soul of our Teen Tastic program. Sometimes walking into the Playhouse in a Chewbacca costume and sometimes shoeless, you never know what fabulous presentation Jack will wear to participate in that night’s program. Jack started with GiGi’s Playhouse in Hoffman Estates, Illinois as a...