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GiGi's Playhouse


Lizz Maxwell, Site Coordinator

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GiGi's Playhouse Celebrates World Down Syndrome Day!

Lakewood, OH (March 14, 2017) – GiGi's Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Center is hosting a celebration on March 21, 2017 in honor of World Down Syndrome Day. The event will take place from 6-8pm at the Playhouse at 15316 Detroit Ave in Lakewood and will include music and refreshments, including gelato from The Sweet Spot in conjunction with their "Hello Spring Free Scoop Day". Participants are invited to help "break in" new donations to the Playhouse donated by the Leprechaun Foundation.

World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD) is observed on March 21 every year and is a global awareness day that has been officially observed by the United Nations since 2012. According to its website, Down Syndrome International encourages friends from all over the world to choose their own activities and events on WDSD to help spread awareness and acceptance of individuals with Down syndrome. The date for WDSD was selected to signify Down syndrome: the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome.

GiGi's Playhouse Cleveland is a Down syndrome achievement center in Lakewood, Ohio. The mission of the Playhouse is to change the way the world views Down syndrome through national campaigns, educational programs, and by empowering individuals with Down syndrome, their families and the community. GiGi's Playhouse is the ONLY nationwide network of Down syndrome achievement centers; changing lives through free, results-driven programs for individuals of all ages, families and communities. GiGi's Playhouse is an inspirational and dedicated place for families to celebrate their child and benefit from free programs that unleash joy, confidence and continuous improvement. Playhouses empower children and adults to achieve their "Best of All" and to pursue their dreams. Founded in 2003 by GiGi's Mom, Nancy Gianni, in Hoffman Estates, IL, the organization now includes 31 community Playhouses including the first global Playhouse location in Mexico. Last year, over 26,000 individuals with Down syndrome benefited from free programs and positive empowerment. For more information, go to: or contact Lizz Maxwell at 216-529-3333 or

GiGi's Playhouse is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization funded solely by donations..
15316 Detroit Ave. | Lakewood, OH 44107 | 216.529.3333 |

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