EVENT DATE: Oct 12, 2014
Francisco Esteller wrote -
Thanks so much for visiting our campaign site for Gigi's Playhouse in Chicago! Sue, Suski, and Paco all individually signed up for the 2014 Chicago Marathon, and after some chatting and excitement (and worry) about training, we decided to add some motivation by banding together to raise money for a very worthy cause. We learned about Gigi's and their endeavor after falling in love with a sweet family whom has a little sweetheart with Down Syndrome. Their little girl is so beautiful and loving, and we couldn't be more proud to run for this cause. So, these two guys and one gal have a goal of raising 3 G's for Gigi's! Feel free to periodically check in for updates and pictures of our training! Please read below for more information about Gigi's Playhouse:
GiGi’s Playhouse is a one-of-a-kind achievement center for individuals with Down syndrome, their families, and the community. GiGi’s Playhouse offers more than 25 therapeutic and educational programs that advance literacy, math skills, motor skills and more; all of which are free of charge.
Programs are created by professional therapists and teachers who generously donate their time and expertise. All programs are based on best practices for Down syndrome learning styles, and customized to ensure individual success. GiGi’s Playhouse actually serves infants through adults. GiGi’s Playhouse is headquartered in Hoffman Estates, IL; with 16 locations throughout the United States and Mexico, with more opening soon.
GiGi’s Playhouse makes a difference every day. Our unique points of difference empower individuals and their parents to achieve their greatest potential with confidence, independence, and joy. We have a “place”: we will never let location be a barrier to success. We have “programs”: we will never let curriculum be a boundary to achievement. Most importantly, programs are free. We will never let cost deter our families from participation or impede the achievement of our children and adults.
Established in 2008 (and re-established in Chicago’s Northcenter Neighborhood in 2010), GiGi’s Playhouse Chicago is the model for an “urban storefront” location for all GiGi’s Playhouses.
Currently, the GiGI's - Chicago serves 227 families and is reaching out to an estimated 500 people with Down syndrome living within a 5-mile radius of its location. Catering to both children and adults with Down syndrome, GiGi’s Playhouse Chicago reaches out to the nation’s third-largest city, as well as many people living in the close-in “shoulder suburbs” of Chicago such as Park Ridge and Evanston.
GiGi’s Playhouse Chicago is committed to partnering with local businesses and organizations to further their overall mission: awareness, education, and celebration of individuals with Down syndrome within the Chicago community. If you’re interested in learning more about GiGi’s Chicago or volunteering in or sponsoring programs (free to families), e-mail Chicago@gigisplayhouse.org.