DSSW Parade of Stars: 21 Strong!

Sat October 10, 2020 Directions

Adult (13 and over) - ONSITE

$15 11:00AM CDT - 2:00PM CDT Price increases after September 4, 2020 at 11:59pm CDT

Child (4-12) - ONSITE

$10 11:00AM CDT - 2:00PM CDT Price increases after September 4, 2020 at 11:59pm CDT

Individual with Down Syndrome - ONSITE

$0 11:00AM CDT - 2:00PM CDT Registration closes on September 4, 2020 at 11:59pm CDT and re-opens on September 5, 2020 at 12:00am CDT

Child (0-3) - Free - NO T-shirt included - ONSITE

$0 11:00AM CDT - 2:00PM CDT Registration ends October 1, 2020 at 11:59pm CDT

Adult (13 and over) - VIRTUAL

$15 Price increases after September 4, 2020 at 11:59pm CDT

Parade of Stars - Child (4-12) - VIRTUAL

$10 Price increases after September 4, 2020 at 11:59pm CDT

Individual with Down Syndrome - VIRTUAL

$0 Registration closes on September 4, 2020 at 11:59pm CDT and re-opens on September 5, 2020 at 12:00am CDT
Riverside Park - 720 N. Nims, Wichita, KS

​What is This Event?

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! The parade route is followed by refreshments for all, a community vendor fair for families to get connected with valuable community resources, and fun activities for all ages! Due to the current global pandemic, we've added a virtual option that you can register for and participate in right from your home! You may also transfer between onsite and virtual options up to September 25th! 

*NEW* Virtual Option

If you register virtual, you will receive event shirts and finisher medals! You will receive a link to upload your virtual walk pictures to be shared on our social media outlets!

What does 21 Strong mean?

21 – it’s a celebration of the people who are at the core of our organization – our stars!
21 – this is the organization’s largest fundraiser. Without this event, our work doesn’t get done. Help us reach our goals by each team member raising $21 for the cause! 21 – advocates help create awareness! Try registering at least 21 team members to join the fun.
21 – 2020 has been challenging, but we are organizing and planning for a strong 2021!

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

What Adjustments Should I Expect?

  • DS Swag Stop - While the event shirts will only be available for additional purchasing onsite, we have added swag you can purchase like commemorative signs and doggie tees for your fur babies!
  • Entertainment and Games - This year's games area will look different. We will not have bounce houses and heavily-populated games. Instead,we've created two new obstacle routes which will serve up a TON of fun! They'll be jam-packed with excitement, while maintaining social distancing and appropriate spacing in the large park. You'll have access to the animal farm, along with live entertainment on the stage featuring Baby Yoga in the Park and a Line Dance off! 
  • Pre-packaged Refreshments - all refreshments will be pre-packaged this year, in order to minimize handling and maintain safety.
  • Monthly Challenges - We've added new monthly challenges to get your team in the spirit! Each month, you have an opportunity to be highlighted for participating in fun social media challenges!

What does this support?

Since last year’s walk, we’ve welcomed nine new babies and additional families to our group to provide needed support. We’ve completed the outline for expansion of our adult exploration and life skills program. We’ve developed plans for an after-school respite care to provide assistance to active parents who need options for care. We’ve scoped out new office space to expand and provide additional programs and services so we become a true center for development and learning for families. We completed our consensus building retreat and assessment for our next steps as an organization. All of this is progress - but much of it has been halted in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

With the turn of events in March, our organization made the hard decision to halt all face-to-face activities in order to place our highest priority on the health and safety of those we serve. With this decision, came tremendous loss surrounding the Do the Du event and the canceled Jokers and Jazz Bash. We continue to feel the effects of these losses. Our organization is not a chain and operates off donor contributions, which remain in our local communities. This decision was necessary, but has had a major impact on our operations.

Your help is vital in ensuring our doors remain open.

While the loss is evident, 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

August 1  - Lip Sync Challenge opens (for individuals with Down syndrome, only)

September 1 - Lip Sync Challenge submission deadline

September 4 - Early bird registration closes - registration increases by $5 on Sept. 5th

September 4 - Pathway sign submission deadline

October 1 - Online registration closes (onsite will be open at 10am on Oct. 10th)

October 3 - Packet pick-up drive through

October 4 - Packet pick-up drive through

October 5 - Final day of packet pick-up drive through

October 5 - 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. Join the fun and submit your loved ones photo today!

Walk Contact Info

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Sponsorship Card

We'd love to visit about sponsorships to help make us 21 strong! See the attachment to learn more. 

Please visit with Natalie at 316-651-0114 or natalie@dsswichita.org.

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Riverside Park - 720 N. Nims, Wichita, KS


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