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Step Up for Down Syndrome


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Step Up for Down Syndrome 2017

It is hard to believe Step Up has come and gone already! The year has flown by, but thankfully not before we had the chance to share with the community and the world how awesome, talented, capable, and brilliant our loved ones with Down syndrome are! Step Up was the perfect afternoon to dispel the myths and truths of Down syndrome in such a festive & inclusive atmosphere.

Congratulations to all of our participants, teams and families who joined us on Saturday, October 21 at the Clovis Rodeo Grounds. We had over 63 teams, over 1,000 participants, over 100 volunteers, all join together and raise (unofficially) over $60,000 to help fund the vital programs and services provided by Down Syndrome Association of Central California.

Let’s start by giving a giant round of applause for all the incredible work our planning committee did to make this event such a success and fun for the entire family! Thank you Christie Vick, Urvi Wire, Deepali Desai, Guadalupe Avila, Jennifer Whiting, Terasa Reyes,

Thank you to the amazing event sponsors! Without their support, the event would not have been possible.

Official Start Line Sponsors: Lithia Nissan of Fresno, Lithia Hyundai of Fresno, Lithia Mazda of Fresno & Lithia Nissan of Clovis; Official 5K Pit Stop Sponsor: Valley Children’s Hospital; Sole Sponsor East Fresno Kiwanis Foundation; Corporate & Sprint Sponsors: Vocation Plus Connection’s, Dayka Hackett, Clovis Rodeo Association, J Quistad In Memory of Mel, Preferred Chiropractic Dr. Matthew Vinson, D.C.; Stroll Sponsors: Alert O Lite, Bay Area Industrial Filtration, Break the Barriers, Ben Lund, Central Valley Regional Center, Charlie, Abby & Lawson Vick, Clovis Police Department, M&M Screen printing, Nathan E Vick, DDS, Premier Auto Sales & Leasing, Riverpark Auto Center, Inc, STC Security, Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino; 321Sponsors: Costco, Les Schwab Tire Center-Clovis, Rosa Brothers Milk, Smart & Final, Sound Systems- Steve Albert, Starbucks, Sunmaid Raisins, Uncle Harry’s Bagels, VEI Logistics, Whole Foods

Thank you to the amazing volunteers who worked their tushies off! Thank you Delta Sigma Phi, NSSLHA, PINC, and all the other incredible individuals and groups who helped out!

Thank you & Great Job to the amazing performers from Break the Barriers & Blues Brothers from the Visalia Creative Center. You all are so talented and amazing!

And let’s not forget all of our amazing teams who fundraised for us!  a_ little_extraaa_with_estrella, Adaline’s Awesome A’s, Alexis Torres, Anthony’s Warriors, Batter-up for Louey, Clovis Fit Body Boot Camp, Cooper James, Dani Rocks!, Darling Clementine’s, Ej’s Squad, Emily Starr #1, Faith Lopez, Jacob Null, Kerman Pride, Lucas’ Lively Bunch, Noah’s Super Heroes, Rollin’ Olin, Super Paul, Super Wy, Team Alyson, Team Ari and the Dino Gang, Team Ava, Team Ava Lindsey, Team Baby Michael, Team Breezy, Team Brogan, Team Cambria, Team Chaos, Team Colten, Team CRS, Team CVRC, Team ds-connex, Team Emma Grace, Team Emme Ann, Team Everett, Team Felix, Team Fox, Team Gage, Team Jaime, Team Jaleena, Team Juliana, Team Julie, Team Kastle-Nator, Team Lawlipops, TEAM LEVI 201Y, Team Lori, Team Mariana, Team MBM, Team Mimi, Team Mitali, Team Mordecai and The M&M Crew, Team Oliver, Team Princess Breanne, Team Quorra, Team Sarah T, Team SJJJ, Teegan321, The Impossibles, Viviana Faith, Zimmerman

Congratulations to our award winners! Largest Fundraiser: Team Ava Fernandes who raised over $5,000.  In 2nd place was Team CRS and close behind in 3rd was Team Super Wy!

Great job to our first 4 teams who raised over $2,000: Team Ava, Team Lawlipops, Team Super Wy & Team Colten Blair who won a new iPad for their team captains!

Congratulations to our Largest Team – Team Juliana with over 50 walkers! 2nd place: Team Mitali followed by 3rd place Team CRS. Largest Team (Group/Business Division) was Clovis Fit Body! 2nd place went to Central Valley Regional Center.

We hope you had as much fun as we did and we look forward to an even more incredible event next year!

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