Kiara – Volunteer Spotlight


David and Kiara

Delilah and Freya

Kiara is an inspiring volunteer who has led fiercely for many years as Gala Committee Chair. She has led the way through hundreds of volunteer hours over the years to make this event possible and successful for us. Kiara’s strengths are being well-organized, enthusiastic, a clear communicator, thoughtful, and driven. These strengths have been extremely handy in her work as the Gala Committee Chair, which has led to great success every single year of this event. Kiara has a gift for being able to examine every single detail of this massive event, and then systematically problem solving while finding solutions, as well as collaborating with all the volunteer Gala Committee members, staff, and board members to create a clear vision for what the big picture will look like for each year’s Gala. This is an amazing feat to balance every single year of the Gala!!!

When reviewing 2020’s Gala results, we raised over half a million dollars which was a record for us at GiGi’s Playhouse Twin Cities, and at the same time we had record attendance. This was all due to the hard work of the entire Gala Committee through the leadership of Kiara.

& now looking ahead to 2021’s Gala on February 20th, 7pm, we have a massive pivot that has been needed for this year – a virtual Gala. Kiara is excited to see how all the pieces are coming together after many months of planning – committee members overseeing all the logistics and details, families and individuals signing up to attend, people & organizations donating and sponsoring this year’s Gala. We have a great start, but we still need your help now – please register for the Gala and consider contributing towards this year’s event. All the details can be found: HERE

We are honored to have Kiara and her phenomenal leadership for our Gala once again for 2021! Thank you Kiara for your dedication and service to our community over many years! We are also honored to have Kiara’s husband David, who has been actively involved as a volunteer GiGi’s Board member, and their three daughters, Freya, Delilah and Mabel, be part of our GiGi’s Playhouse Twin Cities community.  Thank you to your entire family!

Thank you also to the entire Gala Committee for your hard work, time, and innovation, especially this year, to make our event outstanding once again!

Interested in signing up to attend our Virtual Gala “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” this year on February 20th at 7pm? Sign up: HERE

Are you interested in volunteering virtually at GiGi’s Playhouse Twin Cities?

The first step is to sign up: HERE

Are you interested in getting a family member involved with our GiGi’s Playhouse Twin Cities Programming?

The first step is to sign up for our Local newsletter: HERE

Then, check out our Local calendar: HERE 

Details and more information about our Local programs can be found: HERE


  1. Mary Dunn on February 11, 2021 at 12:47 pm

    I am amazed to see what the mothers who had the drive and commitment to get Gigi’s started in the very beginning have accomplished. They did this while still balancing home, jobs and learning all they could about raising a child with Down syndrome. Their dedication to build a Twin Cities chapter to support children and families is to be commended. I have seen many examples of how my granddaughter has benefitted from the many programs she has participated in. As Kiara’s mother, I can’t begin to describe how proud I am of all she has accomplished working with Gigi’s.

    • twincities on February 11, 2021 at 3:18 pm

      Thank you so much Mary! We agree – we’re amazed by Kiara every single day. Kiara and all our parents should be commended.

  2. Betsy Dunn on February 11, 2021 at 6:31 pm

    Kiara has a way of bringing people together, and making any gathering into an event that you don’t want to miss! She is an inspiration, amazing mom, sister and partner. She deserves this recognition and will continue to be a light for those who need it. Congrats on your amazing results, and your ability to inspire and lead those around you! I’m looking forward to the virtual gala and excited to see this years gala come to life!

    • twincities on February 13, 2021 at 8:49 am

      Thanks so much Betsy! We totally agree that Kiara has a way of bringing people together, and making any gathering into an event that you don’t want to miss — and she inspires us all! Thanks for attending our virtual gala — and we’re excited to see it all come to life too.

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