Loquat field in Lubrano Park. Photo of Geoff Rushton | StateCollege.com
After two years of virtual Buddy Walk, the Center Region Down Syndrome Society (CRDSS) will bring the event back to Medlar Field in Lubrano Park on Saturday, October 8.
The event, held annually in October in honor of Down Syndrome Awareness Month, will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The biggest event of the year for the CRDSS, the fundraising walk celebrating people with Down syndrome brings together more than 100 volunteers and more than 600 participants. Throughout the day, guests will be able to participate in face painting, games, crafts, a benefit auction and more.
“Best of all will be the smiles, the hugs, and our community sharing our common goal of helping people with Down syndrome live their full lives,” board member Becky Brigman said in a statement. Press.
This will be the Center Region Down Syndrome Society’s 16th year to hold the Buddy Walk since the organization’s inception in 2003, and it expects record attendance in October.
The CRDSS is currently accepting registrations, donations and sponsorships through its website. The organization relies on donations from the Buddy Walk to fund much of its year-round work, which includes educational workshops, new family counseling, wellness and enrichment programs. , events for members and the performing arts group For Good Troupe.
“Those involved in our work will tell you all – it’s rewarding,” said Executive Director Lauren Smith. “The Buddy Walk is a fun day, but it’s also so important. Bringing our families together from across Pennsylvania is an amazing experience. We gain tremendous momentum when we’re together, sharing our common bond, beliefs, and mission. Everyone is invited to join us on the next Buddy Walk to be part of this camaraderie.