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Step Up for Down Syndrome

That’s a Wrap for Step Up for Down Syndrome 2016

By Jennifer Whiting

I don’t know about you but I think this was one of the most fun years yet for Step Up for Down Syndrome! We don’t have numbers yet but everyone did an incredible job gathering teams and donations! Thank you so much for coming out and celebrating with us!

Three cheers for our award winners this year! These awards were decided by totals on October 1, 2016. Congratulations to our following 2016 winners:

  • Largest Team: Business Division, Central Valley Regional Center
  • Largest Team: Individual Division, Top Gun Gage, close behind with 1 walker separating each team was Team Nevaeh and Team Mitali.
  • Largest Team: School Division, Kerman Pride followed by Roosevelt Preschool
  • Largest Fundraisers: Team Ava Fernandes, raising over $7,000, followed by Team Super Wy and Team Lawlipops
  • Best Spirit: Team Noah’s Skywalkers

Hopefully everyone got a chance to enjoy the INCREDIBLE entertainment by The Blues Brothers from The Creative Center-Visalia, the rocking tunes from our DJ Steve Albert & Sound Systems, the death-defying and awe inspiring performances by Break the Barriers and the entertaining chatter of our emcees, Dr Michael Allshouse and Brandon Gruber.  And thank you Parker from the Fresno Grizzlies and George from Valley Children’s Hospital, so glad they were able to stop by to enjoy the fun!

And let’s not forget our wonderful exhibitors; Lithia Nissan Hyundai of Fresno, Valley Children’s Hospital, Patch Farms, Fresno State Wayfinders, Clovis Infant Toddler Intervention Program, Central Valley Regional Center, The FRIENDS Program, ARC Fresno/Madera Counties, Disability Rights California, Thrivent Financial, Handmade Hope, The Creative Center Visalia, LARCS (OMG their jellies are good!), Kona Shaved Ice, Resources for Independence Central Valley, Best Buddies… so many wonderful booths full of information and wonderful take homes!  Choo Choo! Thank you to Dayka Hackett LLC for making it possible to bring in a new feature to the event this year, All Aboard Trains Visalia!

Thank you to the incredible volunteers who made the day possible… Fresno Police Officers Association (awesome job grilling), our wonderful face-painters from Hair Today, Nails Tomorrow, our volunteer Princesses Elsa and Ana (Katelyn & Shannon), the many members of NSSHLA, the brothers of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, volunteers from local high schools, photographers Steven Smith, R & R Photography, Karen Melrose Photography, Chandel & James Perkins, and DSACC interns Urvi Wire and Amanda Stanford.

Let’s give a huge shout out of all to our wonderful donors and sponsors, their support is invaluable and we are so grateful for their continued support; Lithia Nissan Hyundai of Fresno, Annonymous donation in Loving Memory of Grecia Mendoza, East Fresno Kiwanis, Clovis Rodeo Association, Valley Children’s Hospital, Preferred Chiropractic, Vocation Plus Connections,  J. Quistad in Memory of Mel, Beacon Associates, Nathan E Vick DDS, DeMera DeMera Cameron, Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino, Valley Type & Design, Cart Additions, M&M Screen-printing, Dayka Hackett LLC, Sound Systems, Thad & Sharon Vick, John & Barbara Geisler, STC Security, The Creative Center-Visalia, The Market, Watson Ag, Bimbo foods, Pepsi Beverages Company, Producers Dairy, JD Foods, Starbucks and Uncle Harry’s Bagels.

And lastly, let’s have a standing ovation for our wonderful committee this year; Christie Vick, Kim Wellendorf, Guadalupe Avila, Cara & Scott Houlding and DSACC Staff Cindy Volpa and Jennifer Whiting.

Photos are not ready yet but we will have tons in the next newsletter for you to enjoy and like always, photos will be available shortly on our Shutterfly Share site, www.dsacc.shutterfly.com.

We will also be posting our top 10 largest teams and top 10 fundraisers on this page shortly- stay tuned and thank you for your patience as we wrap up the admin side of things!

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