DSSW Parade of Stars: 3, 2, 1 Blast Off!

Sat October 9, 2021 Directions
Riverside Park - 720 N. Nims, Wichita, KS

3, 2, 1, Blast Off!

We're excited about this new year into new journeys, new spaces and new programs and services for the organization. We're blasting off and look forward to celebrating every participant and individual served. The Parade of Stars: Down Syndrome Awareness Day of Giving is the largest awareness and advocacy event in Wichita in support of the Down Syndrome Society of Wichita. This event (formerly known as the Buddy Walk) is a one-mile parade route, along with our annual (and largest) day of giving AND largest opportunity for volunteers to show their support!  This year's opportunity will allow participants to choose which best fits their comfort level (onsite or virtual). With your support through this event, the organization can continue to not only keep their doors open, but continue serving individuals in our community who need it most through effective programs and services.

Who is the Down Syndrome Society of Wichita?

The Down Syndrome Society of Wichita serves individuals with Down syndrome and their community including medical professionals, educators, supporters and of course families! While the name ends with Wichita, the serving area stretches across the lower one-third portion of Kansas - including Hutchinson, Garden City,Dodge City and Liberal. Families are empowered through relevant learning series, connectivity, community support, resources, tools and valuable programs and services to impact lives. Just a few highlighted programs include:

  • Summer of Discovery Learning and Exploration Program
  • Artist Workshops
  • Monthly Learning Series
  • Connection Groups
  • New Parent Outreach
  • Explore ICT Adult Life Skills

Your help is vital in ensuring our doors remain open.

While the past year has been challenging in many ways,  that doesn’t negate the need. We still have families who need access to learning series workshops to provide better care. We still have adults with Down syndrome who need art workshops to creatively express themselves. Parents still need a core group for bonding and growth opportunities. New parents still need access to books and resources to begin their journey. Summer programming is still important for siblings to engage in memorable summer learning experiences together. Expansion of services is still needed in order to provide value to those we serve, while filling missing needs in our community. Funds raised stay local and go directly to support the work of the organization.

Dates to Remember

September 6 - Last day to register with shirt 

September 6 - Pathway sign submission deadline

September 30 - Online registration closes 

October 2 - Packet pick-up drive through

October 3 - Packet pick-up drive through

October 4 - Final day of packet pick-up drive through

October 4 - Final turn in for money to count toward team total

All sales are final. No refunds.

Each year, we celebrate the individuals we serve with their individualized pathway sign as we take the 1-mile path. 

Pathway signs will be due no later than Sept. 6th. There will be a direct link added here for submission.

Walk Contact Info

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Printable Pledge/Donation Form

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Printable Registration Form

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Riverside Park - 720 N. Nims, Wichita, KS


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