Monday, November 26, 2007
The account of how I stumbled onto the project, Down But Never Out is covered fully in the November/December issue of Celebrate Life. I had thought that I could simply hotlink you to the magazine's website but I learned from the editor that my story didn't make the cut to the web -- so write me if you just must see the whole thing. Part of the story can be found within the News & Info section of www.charlieredner.com
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Sunday, November 11, 2007 -- a day to remember! There were celebrities: John C. McGinley, star of SCRUBS and national DS Buddy Walk spokesman; William Petersen, star of CSI; and the stand-in for the late Seabiscuit from the movie of the same name. The Grand Marshal, Rosario Marin, former U.S. Treasurer led the Walk. There was a dance troop from Japan, "Love Junx" and a fabulous singers whose name I'll pass along as soon as I get it. Mark Wallengren of KOST handled MC duties and kept the program moving. And perhaps best of all, a young, new musical talent in the making, Alexander Arntzen who wrote the words and music to a song produced just for this year's DSALA Buddy Walk, appropriately called, "I'll Walk With You." Not too embarrassed to tell you that I shed a tear when I first heard it and probably will next time too. It's got a real emotional tug. The record was produced by Michael Woodrum, arranged by Bill Brendle, and sung magnificently live on stage by Jessica Purse. Held at Santa Anita Park it was truly a day I'll always remember. Naturally we walked and hopefully raised a lot of money for the Down Syndrome Society of Los Angeles. As my custom, a salute to the major sponsors: Santa Anita Park, U.S. Air Force, Nestle, SCRUBS, Farmer John, KOST FM 103.5, Arrowhead, Ralphs, Sound Moves, gv creative, and Excellent Entertainment. Also a major "well done" to DSALA executive director, Gail Williamson who seemed to be everywhere at the same time ensuring at that the program went off as planned, and it did. Can't wait for Number 14 next year.
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
The 7th Annual Tucson Buddy Walk sponsored by SANDS, Southern Arizona Network for Down Syndrome took place Saturday, October 27 at Reid Park (22nd & Country Club). Wrapped around the Walk which took place at 3:30 were some terrific entertainers: Lance Holm, magician; Marc Frederick, break dancer; and the Siglo 21 Players, a dance group from Hermosillo, Mexico. All the performers were children with Down syndrome and they were good! My friend from Rio Rico, Marie Scholnick and I met with the teacher from Hermosillo who invited us to visit with her. Marie wants to start a dance troop for Down children in Rio Rico. There were 17 information booths from advocacy groups including my new friends from the Down Connection. There also were many games for the children. It lasted until sundown and we were all sorry that the day had to end. Since it was a fund raiser, let's hope that they exceeded their goal. Hats off to the big sponsors: Desert Diamond Casino, Westin La Paloma, Diversified Building Supply, American Family Insurance, Tucson Fire Fighters Association, and Lennar/US Homes.
Monday, October 29, 2007
Fun day for the kiddies -- Friday, October 26, spent the day holding down the fort for the Down Syndrome Connection's information table during Arizona's Division of Developmental Disabilities Annual Fall Festival. Held at the Community Resources Center (29th & Swan) in Tucson, this party brought families of children with many different disabilities together for an afternoon of fun. Costumed toddlers walked, strolled, and crawled around collecting goodies, playing games, and having their pictures taken. Some fifteen State employee volunteers dressed as Dalmations supervised the event.