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.