GiGi’s Playhouse hosts annual fundraiser for Down Syndrome Awareness Month

Published: Oct. 5, 2018 at 5:27 AM CDT
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GiGi's Playhouse in Madison is one of 37 Down Syndrome Achievement Centers in the U.S. and Mexico. They offer free therapeutic, educational and even career training opportunities for children, families and adults. Although the programs are free for participants they are not free for GiGi's to put on. They rely on donations and support from the community.

"It's a tremendous facility here in the community, especially for people with kids with Down Syndrome or adults," Bill Henry Board President said.

GiGi’s Playhouse is where over 190 children, families and adults with Down syndrome. Jessica Schuster and her two-and-a-half year-old son Jacob have been coming to GiGi's playhouse since he was a baby. When she found out that the programs were free Jessica said, "I couldn't believe it."

Jacob participates in the music classes as well as the communication classes. "I have already seen him progress in this ability to use sign language, which then I had to work to catch up, but the programs have really helped," Jessica said.

The programs that GiGi's offers is, "above and beyond what schools can offer and even therapy can offer," Jessica said.

To keep the facility up and running it does cost money and Bill said that with money they raise this year they hope to further the career training opportunities by creating GiGi's U. "If we get donations like cleaning supplies and art supplies that are on our wish list then we have more money to keep up the facility," Bill said.

October is National Down Syndrome Awareness month and if you'd like to help GiGi's you can still purchase a ticket to attend their annual Gala fundraiser on Friday Oct. 12, the theme is roaring 20's, If you are interested in attending or want to donate,

If you wish to help by donating an item from GiGi's wish list, you can find the list