The 20th anniversary Step Up for Down Syndrome walk held Saturday, October 8th at Millennium Park was our highest earning walk in history! More than $150,000 was raised – far exceeding the initial goal of $125,000. This year, you set many records with 17 teams raising more than $1,000, four teams raising more than $10,000, and not one but two teams raising more than $15,000! Thank you to all of our hardworking families who shared Down syndrome with our community!
We were also joined by Lt. Governor Brian Calley, who served as Grand Marshal. Calley was selected for the honor because of his work as a strong advocate for people with special needs, including his work in insurance and special education reform and leadership on the Mental Health and Wellness Commission, the 298 Workgroup, and MI Hidden Talent Tour. Calley also presented DSAWM with a State of Michigan proclamation signed by himself and Gov. Rick Snyder, officially recognizing October as Down Syndrome Awareness Month.
Click here to view pictures from 2016 Step Up for Down Syndrome.
This Step Up for Down Syndrome was special for another reason – This was a wonderful way to say goodbye to Millennium Park! Mark your calendars because Step Up for Down Syndrome is going through some WILD changes in 2017! Join us as we kick off Down Syndrome Awareness Month Saturday, September 30th, 2017 at John Ball Park & Zoo! This new location has ample parking, is easily accessible by public transportation, and allows our registered walkers to enjoy the zoo after the walk. We can’t wait to see you there!
2016 Step Up Sponsors
Dan Vos Construction, Jandernoa Foundation, Hobart
Die Cad Group, King Milling Company, Spectrum Health Foundation
B&B Truck Equipment, Bethany Christian Services Global, EPS Security, Lakewood Construction, Inc., Steel Systems, Inc.
D&D Building, Land & Company, Hadley, Reeve’s Plastics
IN KIND DONATIONS
Celebration Entertainment, Costco Wholesale, Engelsma’s Apple Barn, EverKept, Fifth Third River Bank Run, Glitter Booth, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Ludwick’s Bakery, SpartanNash, Trader Joe’s