DSACK’s biannual New Parent Dinner is for DSACK parents who have a child with Down syndrome younger than 3 years old. DSACK treats new parents to a quaint dinner and opportunity to get to know other parents and DSACK staff. Parents go back to their families refreshed and encouraged by getting to know new friends who may be on a similar journey.
Because individuals with Down syndrome have three copies of chromosome 21, World Down Syndrome Day is celebrated on the 21st day of the third month. This day – recognized by the United Nations General Assembly – is an opportunity for the entire Down syndrome community to come together to celebrate those with Down syndrome, while also educating and spreading awareness.
Whether we go to Frankfort to raise awareness among our state’s legislators, observe the day closer to home with fun activities, or just wear our crazy socks, DSACK joins the celebration each year. Keep watch for announcements about how you can make a difference on this important day.
Our most important event of the year is a day set aside for loads of family fun on the second Saturday of September. DSACK’s Fall Family Fun Day and Walk is a carnival-like event complete with games for all ages, kid-friendly activities, inflatables, food trucks, live music and so much more. Not to mention, at the beginning of the day is our 1-mile fundraising walk that brings together 2,000 people to celebrate and ensure that DSACK continues to serve families, schools and communities.
Held at the Masterson Station Park fairgrounds in Lexington, this event is by far our largest fundraiser of the year, featuring as many as 100 teams that come together to raise the funds necessary to help DSACK offer its programs and events free of charge to families. It’s also our way of connecting with others who share the same experiences. It’s no longer one family going the course alone with uncertainty and fear; it’s more than 2,000 of us coming together to celebrate and ensure that DSACK continues to influence additional families, schools, employers and communities.
Each year in the spring, we come together for a night of glitz and glam to celebrate DSACK. Dubbed the Nothing Down About It Gala, this themed event features cocktails, dinner, and a live and silent auction. But more importantly, it offers the chance for our community and our friends to support the organization and all it has to offer throughout the year.
Through business sponsorships, community support of our live and silent auctions, and ticket sales, the Nothing Down About It Gala helps DSACK continue to offer all its programs and events free of charge to individuals with Down syndrome and their families. It represents our second largest fundraiser of the year!
DSACK's holiday party has become a family tradition for so many! Each year, Santa takes a break from his very busy schedule to celebrate with us on the second Saturday of December. The party also includes sweet treats, crafts, dancing and music. With 250 people attending each year, this is one of our most popular events!
The holiday season wouldn't be complete without celebrating with our DSACK community!
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