GiGi's Playhouse Hosts Star-Studded Gala Raising Nearly a Half Million Dollars
GiGi's Playhouse, the first ever Down syndrome achievement center hosted its annual national "i have a voice" gala on Saturday, February 26th, at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel in Schaumburg, IL. This high-energy, inclusive, black tie affair was co-hosted by the organization's namesake, GiGi Gianni, a 19 year old with Down syndrome, and model/actress and leading disability awareness advocate Amanda Booth. Amanda has been featured on the cover of Vogue Magazine with Micah, her son with Down syndrome. She currently appears in the popular Channing Tatum movie, "Dog."As they do every year, the 475 attendees received the "red carpet treatment" at this one-of-kind fundraiser, featuring live music from the Barrington School of Rock. The "i have a voice" gala - the organization's prestigious national fundraising event - benefits GiGi's Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Centers - a fast-growing network of 60 playhouses and startups in the U.S. and Mexico, serving families in 81 countries. GiGi's Playhouse provides purposeful and FREE programs that help people with Down syndrome learn, thrive, and live their best lives, without putting an additional financial burden on families who benefit from its services. As they do every year, the 475 attendees received the "red carpet treatment" at this one-of-kind fundraiser, featuring live music from the Barrington School of Rock. Then during the dinner program, this year's Gen G Award was presented to Jaimie Rios of Accurate Personnel. The evening concluded as guests danced the night away to live music from the lively and talented band, 7th Heaven, and enjoyed a late-night pizza party!