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SMILE on Down Syndrome is excited to announce A Night of Stars and Style in conjunction with Eastland Mall in celebration of March’s Disability Awareness Month. A Night of Stars and Style, a benefit for SMILE on Down Syndrome, will be held Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 7:00pm at the Café Court at Eastland Mall. It will be a runway show pairing SMILE on Down Syndrome self-advocates with local celebrities to model fashions from Dillard’s. It will also include live music, a silent auction, food, and beverages.
WHAT: A Night of Stars and Style
WHEN: March 13, 2016 – 7:00pm
WHERE: Eastland Mall, Café Court – Evansville, IN
Ticket reservations are now live for this event! Adult tickets = $10, child tickets= $5, and self-advocate tickets (non-models with disabilities)= $5. Payment can be mailed to PO Box 994, Newburgh, IN 47629 or can be paid night of at the check-in table. Contact SMILE on Down Syndrome Executive Director Nikki Davis via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via text at (812) 449-4118 to confirm how many reservations at each rate you need. SMILE is not setting a limit on tickets. There is limited seating, though, which will be first come first served, but we will have plenty of standing room as well to accommodate everyone at this exciting, can’t miss Disability Awareness Month event!!! SMILE on Down Syndrome is also currently seeking program ad sponsors and silent donation items.
Current scheduled participating celebrities include: Lloyd Winnecke, Carol McClintock, Missy Mosby, Doros Hadjisavva, Kat Mykals, Jonathon Weaver, Jacob Taylor, Nancy Drake, Sherry Wright, Heidi Gara, JoBeth Bootz, Brian Bennett, Victoria-Rae Baxter, Kana Brown, Alex Schmitt, Katie Watts, Michelle Mercer, Chris Ryan, and Tate Fritchley. Additional celebrity participant names to be shared with our media friends as they are confirmed.
Funds raised at the A Night of Stars and Style event will be used to provide enrichment services, financial aid, and parent support services to families in the Tri-State area with a loved one with Down syndrome. SMILE on Down Syndrome has also expanded its services to individuals with autism and other cognitive disabilities, so funds raised at the event will be used to enrich the lives of those self-advocates as well!
For more information on Eastland Mall, please visit www.shopeastlandmall.com/, Like them on Facebook at /theeastlandmall or Follow them on Twitter at @theeastlandmall.
For more information on SMILE on Down Syndrome, please visit www.smileondownsyndrome.org, Like us on Facebook at /smilemileevansville or Follow us on Twitter at @SMILEonDs.
In honor of World Down Syndrome Day, the National Down Syndrome Congress and six other national Down syndrome organizations are promoting “Random Acts of Kindness” in the United States.
In collaboration with Down Syndrome Affiliates in Action, Global Down Syndrome Foundation, International Down Syndrome Coalition, International Mosaic Down Syndrome Association, Lumind Foundation, National Down Syndrome Society, we have created a toolkit for WDSD 2015 that you can use to share information about Down syndrome with your community, celebrate people with Down syndrome, and spread a little love and kindness in the name of Down syndrome!
It’s as easy as 1-2-3-4!
- On March 21st, wear a t-shirt that says something about Down syndrome (your NDSC Convention t-shirt is a great option!)
- Choose an act of kindness, like taking cookies to a fire station, or checking in on an elderly neighbor (we have a list of suggestions to help get you started!)
- Print a WDSD postcard (like the one above) and give it out or place it with your Random Act.
- Take pictures of the random act and post on your social media pages with the hashtag #WDSD15. We’ll have people on the receiving end of our kindness, and the whole world watching on Facebook and Twitter.
Let’s make this the biggest, best World Down Syndrome Day yet!
SMILE on Down Syndrome will be hosting its second annual dance recital on Wednesday, August 20th at 6pm in Johnson Hall at the Deaconess Health Science Building. The Deaconess Health Science Building is located at 600 Edgar St, Evansville, IN 47710. Instructor Natalie Robertson-Rascher will have her students performing dances from different decades and showing off the work they did in class during the months of July and August. The class was open to individuals with Down syndrome and/or autism. Family, friends, the public and media are invited to attend! These kids and adults have been working very hard to perfect their dances, and they look forward to performing for the crowd!
If you have any questions or would like to learn more about Down syndrome or SMILE on Down Syndrome programs and events, please do not hesitate to contact us for more information. We are here to bring bright hope for the future for those with Down syndrome, and we can only do it with help of wonderful community partners like you.
You are cordially invited to attend the SMILE on Down Syndrome 2013 ART SHOW & OPEN HOUSE Friday, May 17th 6:30-8pm Wired Coffee House (111 NW 4th St, Evansville)
Hosted by the SMILE on Down Syndrome L.I.F.E. Teen/Adult Group
Come browse artwork created by our friends with Down syndrome as well as our friends with Autism…and while you’re there, take a tour of our SMILE Center, an educational and play facility that aims to bring bright hope for the future!
For questions or for more information, feel free to contact SMILE on Down Syndrome Executive Director Nikki Davis at 812-449-4118
PLEASE SAVE THE DATE AND HELP SPREAD THE WORD!!! THIS IS THE FIRST INFORMATION THAT WE ARE SHARING ON THIS NEW SMILE ON DOWN SYNDROME EVENT, SO PLEASE DON’T HESITATE TO LET ME KNOW IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW WOULD BE INTERESTED IN HELPING SPONSOR THE EVENT AND/OR PARTICIPATING WITH YOUR SERVICE VEHICLE!!! WE ARE LOOKING FOR POLICE, FIRE, MEDICAL, MILITARY, LOGOED VEHICLES, ETC!
RSVP via facebook at: SMILE Trucks & Heroes
What: The 2013 SMILE ON DOWN SYNDROME TRUCKS & HEROES will be an opportunity for young and old alike to come check out some of the Tri-State area’s biggest and most fun trucks and working vehicles. It will also be an opportunity for the young and young at heart to meet up close some of our area’s finest police, fire, and military heroes.
How: The event will be free to attend, but a donation of non-perishable food items will be accepted to help stock area food pantries.
When: 9am-12pm on Saturday, July 13, 2013. The first hour will be siren-and-lights-free for our friends with sensory issues, including our guests who are on the autism spectrum.
Where: Parking Lot of the Deaconess Gateway Hospital, Newburgh, Indiana
Who: Everyone is welcome! This event is open to the public, and we look forward to seeing young and old alike enjoying the vehicles and meeting our local heroes.