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Gigi's Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Center set to open in Buffalo

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Sat, Jul 25th 2020 12:05 pm

Virtual grand-opening party at 10 a.m. Aug. 1

GiGi’s Playhouse, whose mission is to change the way the world views Down syndrome and send a global message of acceptance for all, is opening a location at 10 a.m. Aug. 1 at 326 Kenmore Ave., Buffalo.

This new location in Buffalo marks the 49th GiGi’s Playhouse within the U.S. and Mexico. GiGi’s Playhouse is the only international network of Down syndrome achievement centers. It offers educational, therapeutic and career development programs from prenatal diagnosis through adulthood. Cost is never a barrier to achievement at GiGi’s Playhouse, as programs are offered free to families.

A press release said, “The opening of GiGi’s Playhouse Buffalo will be life-changing for the families living with Down syndrome in the greater Western New York Community.”

The virtual grand opening celebration will be streamed online at gigisplayhouse.org/buffalo and via Facebook (@gigisplayhousebuffalo). This unique event will feature music and dancing, welcome messages from the community, special guest speakers, and a virtual tour of the facility where one can learn first-hand about the programs to be offered and the purposefulness of every space within the site.

GiGi’s Playhouse national founder and “Chief Belief Officer,” Nancy Gianni, and her daughter and namesake of the organization, GiGi Gianni, will be featured on the event.

“The way the Western New York Community has opened up and welcomed GiGi's Playhouse is truly a gift,” Nancy said.

“We were days away from our original grand-opening in March when the pandemic struck, and New York shut down,” said Will Mondschein, board president of GiGi’s Playhouse Buffalo. “We have reconfigured both the space and our programs to safeguard the health of our participants and volunteers and we’re ready to kick open our doors. We are ready to serve.”

GiGi’s Playhouse has more than 48 brick-and-mortar locations across the U.S. Every day, GiGi’s Playhouse changes lives by providing free, life-changing therapeutic, educational and career-training programs for individuals of all ages. From prenatal diagnosis to career skills, GiGi’s makes a lifetime commitment to families. The organization also helps advance a vital social impact goal by showing the world what individuals with Down syndrome can achieve as students, co-workers, volunteers, friends and valued members of their communities.

For more information, visit www.gigisplayhouse.org/buffalo.

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