Sponsors Wanted!
There is still time for your company or organization to be a sponsor of the feel-good event of the season! Align your organization with one of the most supportive and loving communities in the valley. Become a sponsor of our 22nd Sharing Walk for Down syndrome before the deadline of April 15, 2022.
Sponsorships start at $500 and some of the benefits include…
  • recognition on our website, social media platforms, the scoreboard and signage at the Sharing Walk and a complimentary exhibitor booth (a $200 value)
The deadline for sponsorship is April 15, 2022. To learn more, click here:

Arizona Gives Day- April 5 & 6

Arizona Gives Day is quickly approaching and happens April 5-6,2022. We are offering some exciting prizes this year for donors on these two days only:

  • For all donations we receive at $100 or more, donors will be sent Michael Johnson or Jenny White notecard pack and/or artwork. Jenny and Michael are artists with Down syndrome who create whimsical art celebrating animals and nature.
  • The top donor will receive a special “Family” collage frame (with space for (5) 4×6 photos) with a professional family photography session by 98KPHOTO (offer valid until Dec. 31, 2022). The package includes 15 digital downloads and is a $330 value.
  • Sharing Walk Team Donations over $100 will be eligible for prizes on these two days only. Help a team and win a prize!

Fundraising Teams for the 2022 Sharing Walk

We have had so much generosity from our families and community supporting our teams this year. More than 30 teams were created! Team fundraising has generated over $12,000 as of the time this newsletter was published. We are so grateful to all who created a team and are helping us raise money to support people with Down syndrome in our community.

As of today, Team Mighty Quinn is in the lead as the top fundraiser.
There is still time to create a team. The fundraising winner will be announced on April 20, 2022 at approximately 12 pm.
1. Go to our website.
2. Enter your Campaign Details
3. Click on “Submit Campaign” at the bottom of the page
To share your campaign on Facebook and other sites, you can copy the link from the browser on your team page, and post it with a message on your social media sites.
The top donor will receive a $200 AMEX gift card and will lead the Sharing Walk as the Grand Marshal.

Sharing Down Syndrome Merchandise

Visit the Sharing Down Syndrome Arizona online store through Bonfire for all Sharing gear.

Sharing Walk 2022 merchandise and World Down Syndrome Day merchandise (See The Ability, Not the Disability) is available in a variety of styles and sizes. Plus, the items are shipped directly to your home.
To use the QR Code, follow these easy steps:
  1. Open the camera icon on your I-phone
  2. Put your smart phone over the QR code – like you are taking a photo of it.
  3. When you see the yellow link for Bonfire, touch that and you will go directly to our online store.
You are able to pay online with a credit card and make donations to our organization through Bonfire, too. We will be using this service more and more for future merchandise endeavors.

A fun opportunity for teens and up in the West Valley

Shine is a special event for high school students and adults with developmental disabilities. There will be dancing, refreshments and more!
WHEN: Thursday, April 21st
6:30 – 8:00 pm
WHERE:
CCV Peoria Campus
7007 W Happy Valley Rd
Peoria, AZ 85383
COST:
There is no cost to attend this event; however, registration is recommended for all high school and adults with disabilities to attend SHINE. Walk -Up registration will be available! LINK TO REGISTER: Shine Dance

Spring Fling Dance Party was a big success!

The “Special Needs Spring Fling” held from 6:30-8pm on March 25 was a big hit! Approximately 200 people attended and enjoyed dancing, a soda bar, a photo booth and fun!
We were happy to promote this event and appreciate all the hard work Jamie Mead and her team put forth to make it a memorable evening. Thanks to all who helped with this event and attended.

World Down Syndrome Day – 2022

We had an amazing turnout at
the Gilbert Water Towercelebrating World Down Syndrome Day.
The tower was lit up in blue and yellow from March 19-21, 2022.
Our staff welcomed families and friends on Saturday, March 19 from 6-7pm and gave out some Easter and Spring themed crafts and yellow and blue glow lights. A special thanks to the City of Gilbert for celebrating and honoring people with Down syndrome year after year.

From our Executive Director, Gina Johnson

This month, Gina has much to share with our families and she wrote a special blog. To go to the blog, please click here:

Reminders:

You can make donations to our organization through AmazonSmile.
You can select our organization as your charity of choice when you sign up for Fry’s Rewards.
If you have not filed your 2021 taxes yet, you can select our organization and receive the Arizona Charitable Tax Credit, getting a dollar for dollar tax credit when you file your state return; for joint filers, give $800, get $800; for individual filers, give $400, get $400.