Friday, February 13, 2015

Shane and Wyatt Down Syndrome Foundation Dinner and Fundraiser

On March 21, 2015 the SWDSF will be hosting our third dinner and fundraiser at the South River Portuguese Club.  The food, as always, will be cater by the Ria Mar Restaurant.  This event is a fundraiser that raises money so that we may continue to provide support and resources to individuals with Down syndrome.  The money also helps us to advocate for issue related not just to Down syndrome but for all causes related to special needs or children that may be hospitalized.  Over this past year, we have continued to purchases iPads and have given 10 to children who needed them, we gave away over 30 4-DVD sets to help children and families learn sign language, we were able to provide a gift to almost 150 kids over the holidays and have support others in various ways.  We continue to advocate and Shane and Wyatt have thrown out first pitches, flipped the coin at football games, been honorary captains and will do even more in 2015.  We will be hosting the first ever Down Syndrome Awareness Day with the Somerset Patriots on June 7th and are working on other events as well. We also have supported Make A Wish, as both Shane and Wyatt are Wish Kids, The Buddy Walk of South Plainfield NJ and The Janet Weis Children's Hospital.

We are only able to do this with your support.  This March 21st, will be our third fundraiser and last year was a super event.  They get bigger each year and are a ton of fun.  Last year we had over 250 people attend and I hope we have even more this year.  Sara Weir, President of the National Down Syndrome Society will be our guest and I promise you will enjoy what she has to say as she speaks to the exciting future for Shane, Wyatt and so many others.  Individuals with Down syndrome are today working in jobs they love, get married, attend college, are self advocates and some even work in Washington DC on such bills like The Able Act.

We not only hope you attend our event in person, but we also need your help with gifts for our raffle. Nearly all the past gifts have been donated to the event.  We are looking for themed gift baskets, tickets to events / shows / sporting events, gift cards, dinners, one of a kind experiences, hotel stays, sign or autographed memorabilia or just about anything.  No donation is to big or to small.  We need your help.  Please consider a donation.

Below is the link to purchase tickets or to make an on line donation.  Individuals with Down syndrome are free.  Come out for a fun time, good food, sangria, dancing, raffle and to meet new or to see old friends.  Please contact me with any questions, to make a donation or to help.

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