UE Charity Spotlight: GiGi’s Playhouse

 

For nearly 15 years, GiGi’s Playhouse has risen as an invaluable resource for individuals with Down syndrome, their families, and the community at large. The initiative offers a variety of programs aimed at educational activities, therapeutic sessions, and career building seminars — all free of charge. This impressive display of selflessness has allowed the Playhouse to serve over 40,000 individuals daily.

UE.co recently announced its Champion-Level sponsorship of the San Diego Donut Run (set for May 20, 2018), the proceeds of which will benefit GiGi’s Playhouse of San Diego. We are proud to work alongside such an esteemed company, which has enjoyed a rich history of progressive community outreach — both in San Diego and abroad.

 

A Vision of Change

GiGi’s Playhouse was founded in 2003 by Nancy Gianni, following the birth of Gianni’s daughter, GiGi. Just hours after GiGi was born, doctors determined that she had Down syndrome. From this moment on, Gianni grew weary of the enduring negative connotations surrounding Down syndrome, and she quickly became determined to end unfounded stereotypes and boost the self-esteem of those living with the condition.

Following a trip to a support group meeting, Gianni’s plan became clear: she would create a place where kids and adults with Down syndrome could connect, hone crucial life skills, and ultimately celebrate their diagnosis as a gift — not a flaw. This vision came to fruition following a period of fundraising enacted by Gianni and her husband. The first GiGi’s playhouse center opened its doors just months later, setting in motion a full-fledged movement of objective, compassionate outreach to those who may need it.

 

An Unstoppable Ascent

Today, GiGi’s Playhouse occupies 37 locations spanning the United States and Mexico — with 200 inquiries to begin additional locations in other parts of the world. The company’s Generation G Campaign for global acceptance gives participating families the opportunity to foster lasting acceptance through daily activity and social engagement, which subsequently gives their loved ones with Down syndrome the confidence to take on new responsibilities, forge new relationships, and most importantly embrace and enjoy life just like anyone else. The company’s San Diego location is no different — in fact, the city recently proclaimed April 7th 2018 as GiGi’s Playhouse Day.

Join us at the San Diego Donut Run! For more information on the run, and Gigi’s Playhouse as a whole, visit https://gigisplayhouse.org/sandiego/san-diego-donut-run/.

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