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Register now! Free “I AM” sign available with Early Bird Incentives!

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The Step Up 4 Down Syndrome 2024 Walk website is now open for early registrations!
Registration Fees:
Walk Registration (Ages 6 & Up) – $20 (Walk Registration 6/1-6/30. Includes t-shirt. Price increases to $25 on 7/1.)
Kids Walk Registration (Ages 5 & Under) – $10 (Includes t-shirt until 9/15)
Individual with Down syndrome – free (Includes t-shirt until 9/15)
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Special Incentives – 10 Days Only! (June 1st – 10th):
Team Captains: Add 10 team members or raise $200 donations between June 1st and June 10th and get a free “I Am” sign!
Vendors and Community Partners: Become a sponsor with a Sponsorship level of $500 or higher between June 1st and June 10th and get a free “I Am” sign and a table space at the walk!
Thank you for supporting Broward Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization.

Thanks to our renewing Sponsor, Square Feet Contractors!

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Thank you to Square Feet Contractors Inc. for renewing your Silver Sponsorship of our Step Up 4 Down Syndrome Walk 2024! We appreciate your continued support of the Broward Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization!
Square Feet Contractors provides both consulting and construction services to Counties, Cities, Companies, Businesses and property owners that need to comply with Title I, Title II, Title III of the American Disabilities Act (ADA). Square Feet Construction makes the process of ADA compliance simple for our clients. Unlike many contractor firms, we offer both consulting and specialized ADA construction services under one roof, saving our clients time and money. This is a cost-effective, time-saving approach that you will not find anywhere else.
Square Feet has certified ADA Inspectors and over 13 years of ADA compliance experience, completing hundreds of projects throughout the country. Square Feet Contractors is based in the area of Miami Dade and Broward County and is available to serve business throughout Florida.
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Our first Sponsor for our upcoming Step Up 4 Down Syndrome 2024 Walk!

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A huge thank you to Black Diamond Housing Services for their Platinum Sponsorship again this year! We appreciate your extremely generous donation in support of the Step Up 4 Down Syndrome 2024 Walk, and the Broward Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization.
Black Diamond Housing Services includes temporary housing rentals, pet-friendly solutions, and help with furniture, housewares, and appliance rentals if needed. For more information, click here https://www.blackdiamondservices.com/about-us/

Thank you to the City of Southwest Ranches!

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We would like to thank the City of Southwest Ranches for holding a Wacky Socks Day fundraiser on World Down Syndrome Day, March 21st. The city employees made a donation to wear their wacky socks to work to show support for the Down syndrome community. We were presented with a check at the May Council meeting, and then given another $300 donation on the spot! We thank you for supporting our DS community and look forward to our partnership with the City of Southwest Ranches in the future!

Thank you, Enterprise Mobility Foundation for your generous grant!

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Thank you to the Enterprise Mobility Foundation for donating $1000.00 to the Broward Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization. This grant support will help us support our Mission!

The mission of the Enterprise Mobility Foundation is to strengthen the communities where Enterprise Mobility team members live and work by actively supporting a range of charitable causes such as the environment, health and human services, education, military and disaster relief. The Foundation has contributed more than half a billion dollars to thousands of local non-profits in the United States and made wide-reaching commitments — from global philanthropic initiatives to community focused projects.

End of 2023 Wrap Up!

By BGCDSO Families
What a year 2023 has been! Every year since Covid, we have gotten stronger as a community. Our membership has increased, our events have more members engaged, our fundraising efforts have increased, and we see the growth of each of our Down syndrome superstars!
This year has brought some new changes as well. Our office location moved from Coral Springs to Plantation in April. We are now more central for our members and have a larger office space to hold meetings and events. Our SU4DS Walk location changed within Markham Park, we put our heads together and planned every new detail to ensure its success, and it paid off! This has been one of our highest fundraising years!
We formed new partnerships with our Walk sponsors, who have been instrumental in adding ways to help BGCDSO grow. We’ve added a monthly Read-Along event, which allows our DS members to have a night together, and our Coffee and Conversation group, so our parents can have a couple of hours of adult conversation. Sharing moments and experiences give us hope that things are okay even when they are hard, and that we as a community, are not alone in this journey.
We are so appreciative of all our Members, Volunteers, our Group Coordinators, Community Members, Sponsors, and our Board and Staff for all the hard work and due diligence that is put into all you do to help support our organization! We truly could not be successful without you! We look forward to a Happy & Healthy 2024!

Welcome to A Special Miracle!

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We are happy and proud to partner with A Special Miracle in supporting new families and their loved ones with Down syndrome. A Special Miracle founders Tressa Rebek-Nagy & Marlena Roland along with our Children’s Group Coordinator, Patricia Garland, are excited to work together to continue visiting families of newborn babies with Down Syndrome and/or new families moving to our South Florida area! If you meet someone with a Down syndrome individual in their family, please share their information with us, so we can congratulate them and offer our support with private and government service information.

Thank you to our DS Training Sponsors!

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Thank you, Behavior Management Consultants, Shirley Lopez from Above The Clouds & Stars, and The Kar Collection for Sponsoring our DS Exceptional Educators Training Program! This training is offered only to teachers that educate students with Down syndrome. Our Sponsors make these large trainings possible for us to coordinate! We appreciate your support and generosity making sure our students are better understood and their needs are met at school.

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