Gigi’s Playhouse supporters get “Down with the 815”

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LOVES PARK, Ill. (WTVO) ─ Supporters of non-profit Gigi’s Playhouse Rockford get “Down with the 815.”

Nearly two dozen restaurants and pubs have come together to raise money for Gigi’s Playhouse Rockford. Gigi’s offers free educational and career development programs for people with Down syndrome.

Thursday night Casey’s Pub in Loves Park, 7307 N. Alpine Rd., hosted a guest bartender night. Proceeds from a special dinner and tips went to Gigi’s Playhouse.

Organizers say events like this lead to a more inclusive community.

“Places, like the playhouse, give opportunities to individuals with Down syndrome to learn, to grow, to achieve, to be their best,” said Gigi’s Playhouse Rockford Executive Director Karen Carlson. “15, 20, 25 years ago they wouldn’t of had those opportunities. So, we’re really proud to be part of the community and to be part of the solution in helping to change the way the world sees Down syndrome.”

October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month.

Gigi’s Playhouse has another, similar event, scheduled for November 6th at Onyx Bar and Grill in Machesney Park, 1001 West Lane Rd.. You can find more information about the event here.

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