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September 2022

Thank you Associated Printing Productions, Inc.!

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Thank you to Associated Printing Productions, Inc. for once again supporting our Step Up for Down Syndrome Walk! They print our “I AM” signs that you see displayed along our Walk path at a discount, so that we can use more of our operating money throughout the year to support our Mission.

Serving South Florida businesses since 1991, APPi has a well-earned reputation  as a leader in high-end commercial printing services by providing our clients with award-winning print production, impeccable service, and competitive pricing.

Our mission is to ensure that your printed materials make a lasting impression on your customers, and help you achieve the results you’re looking for. Visit Commercial Printing, Packaging and Fulfillment Services in Miami ( for more information!

Thank you to Hooters!

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Thank you Hooters for your in-kind donation of water for our walkers and free Kid’s Meal coupons. Reps from Hooters will be distributing both waters and the coupons to our walkers at our upcoming Walk! We thank you for both volunteering and donating those items in support of our Step Up 4 Down Syndrome 2022 Walk!

To find directions to your local Hooters, visit their website at

Thank you Exceptional Theater Company!

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Thank you to Exceptional Theater Company our newest Bronze Sponsor! Daniela Roeder designs the “I AM” signs that you see placed along our walk route. She and the Exceptional Theater Company have been long time supporters of the Broward Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization and our Step Up 4 Down Syndrome Walk!

The mission of the Exceptional Theater Company is to energize and motivate children, teens, adults, and seniors with disabilities, and their families to achieve creative expression through involvement in the arts and community service, utilizing the power of theater.

The organization’s purpose is to work toward fulfillment of the vision of a fully inclusive accessible program that meets artistic needs of the special needs community. Through its work, ETC develops and promotes independence, dignity, and self-respect in order to create, and develop more fulfilling lives.

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In Memory of Ernest R. Fries…

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This is a special donation made by one of our long-time BGCDSO members, Desiree Fries, in memory of her father, Ernest R. Fries, who passed away recently. This is the first walk that he will miss. He has attended the last 16 walks in support of his grandson, Triston. We send our love and prayers to the Fries Family and a special thanks for their continued support of our Step Up 4 Down Syndrome 2022 Walk, which benefits our Broward Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization families.


Thank you to Lisa of L Creative Marketing!

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Thank you Lisa of L Creative Marketing for your long time support of the Broward Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization. Your dedication in helping up with our organization via our newsletters, our website, designing our SU4DS shirts and banners, and being available to answer questions, means the world to our organization! We appreciate all your help over the years!

Thank you Bang Energy!

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Thank you to Bang Energy for their in-kind donation of their energy drinks to pass out to our walkers, and for some of their merchandise and products to make a basket for our Step Up 4 Down Syndrome 2022 Walk raffle! We appreciate your support and look forward to trying your products!

Initially we focused on sports nutrition supplements but have rapidly expanded into the ready-to-drink muscle building and performance-enhancing beverage market. Bang Energy beverages, such as Redline Xtreme®,  Protein Rush®, Bang® and Redline Black Diamond™ are designed to radically improve performance, increase muscle and improve appearance. VPX currently has a staff of 167 employees in its 102,000 square-foot facility where every aspect of its products are created – from research and development to manufacturing to sales and marketing. The results have continued to be successful — Bang Energy’s beverages are now available in all 50 states through various distributors. In several states, its distributor network is vast, such as California which boasts a network of 15 direct store distributors as well as five in Texas and four in Georgia. Currently, its beverages can be found at many retailers, such as Quik Trip, 7-Eleven, Ralph’s and Chevron outlets. Bang Energy products are also sold in 37 countries worldwide.

Thank you HOTWORX 24 Hour Infrared Fitness Studio!

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Thank you to HOTWORX 24 Hour Infrared Fitness Studio for renewing your sponsorship AND upgrading to a Silver Sponsor of our Step Up 4 Down Syndrome 2023 Walk! We appreciate your support of the Broward Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization!

HOTWORX is a virtually instructed exercise program created for users to experience the many benefits of infrared heat absorption, while completing a 30-minute Isometric workout or 15-minute High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) session. As the infrared heat penetrates your body causing you to sweat, the isometric postures further accelerate detoxification by physically removing the toxins from your organs through muscle contraction.

Our patented sauna combines heat, infrared, and exercise– what we like to call “3D Training”– and makes HOTWORX a workout unlike any other fitness program available!

Thank you Paul Bange Roofing!

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Welcome, Paul Bange Roofing, one of our new Bronze Sponsors of this year’s Step Up 4 Down Syndrome 2022 Walk! We appreciate your support of the Broward Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization!

Paul Bange founded Paul Bange Roofing, Inc. over 30 years ago. He has a passion for building and a vision shaped by the belief that everyone deserves to live and work in the safest structure possible. Paul recognized that a solid, sound roof is critical to a structure’s integrity, so he and his family set out to provide the highest quality workmanship in the roofing business today. Paul still proudly applies those same principles three decades and thousands of roofing repair and replacement later. Additionally, to further expand on Paul’s vision, Paul Bange Roofing owns and operates all of their own equipment.

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Thank you I Can Living & Learning Center!

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Thank you to the I Can Living & Learning Center for their Bronze Sponsorship! This past June, they sponsored our Feelin’ Groovy 70’s Dance, where our Broward Gold Coast families and surrounding community had an amazing time! We thank you for your support of the Step Up 4 Down Syndrome 2022 Walk and the Broward Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization!

I Can Living and Learning Center’s Employment Program provides an opportunity for individuals with disabilities to secure suitable employment. The Employment Specialists help participants learn how to do the following: identify an employment goal, properly complete an employment application, prepare a resume, prepare for an interview, utilize appropriate job search methods and, most importantly, help maintain employment. We provide follow-up services and also provide post employment services to those with significant disabilities.