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A Hole in One for Individuals with Down Syndrome: New Records, Helicopters and More at GiGi’s Playhouse 4th Annual Golf Outing

Press Release – Hoffman Estates, IL, September 8, 2017: For the very first time, GiGi’s Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Centers hosted its annual charity golf outing at the prestigious Wynstone Golf Club in Barrington IL, attracting more than 130 players and corporate partners; all uniting to change the world. Records were broken and more than $130,000 was raised in support of free, purposeful programs for individuals with Down syndrome and their families.

Led by 2017 co-chairs and executive board members Paul Gianni and Tim Boundy: corporate executives, generous partners and guests enjoyed memorable experiences on and off the golf course, including a new charity “golf ball drop” from a live helicopter; serving as a fundraising opportunity at the end of play. GiGi’s Playhouse namesake and global ambassador GiGi Gianni kicked off the day of event ceremonies with a beautiful live rendition of the National Anthem. Founder Nancy Gianni and adult mentor Farzin Sharyari, an inspirational adult with Down syndrome, each delivered impassioned speeches to guests before and after play, focusing on the importance of kindness, generosity and acceptance for all; a vision GiGi’s Playhouse lives out daily through its Generation G campaign.

Funds raised during the day of event were generously matched by guests of honor Vince and Pat Foglia. All donations will empower more individuals with Down syndrome and their families through free, purposeful programs including speech & language therapy, 1-on-1 literacy and math tutoring, career skills training, fitness programming, and more.

GiGi’s Playhouse 2017 golf outing fostered many new corporate partnerships that will continue helping individuals with Down syndrome for years to come. Notable new corporate partners included Hewlett Packard, Accenture, Thermos, and Aspire Healthy Energy Drink. GiGi’s Playhouse is incredibly grateful to Mr. Bill Schrack for donating and piloting the first annual Helicopter Ball Drop. GiGi’s Playhouse also thanks Ms. Kim Duchossois, Joe Barton and Nationwide Rail Services, Wi-Tronix, Wickstrom Auto Group, Accurate Personnel, Comprehensive Marketing, Industrial Source, Rocco and Gina Armocida and Troy and Cindy Cowdrey for their belief and generous support.

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