News and Updates October 2022
Buddy Walk 2022 Together Again a Marvelous Success


CRDSS is pleased to share a HEARTY THANK YOU to all the participants of Buddy Walk 2022. We sailed past our attendance goal of 300 and fundraising goal of $40,000! It takes a village and ours included Sponsors, Volunteers, Walkers, Teams & Fundraisers, Donors, Board Members, Lion Ambassadors, Games & Raffle Coordinators, IT Specialists, our Spikes Support Team, SuperHeroes, Mascots, Penn State Athletes and more.

Enjoy Our Buddy Walk Photo Collage >

There is Still Time To Contribute >

Top 10 graphic
  • Eli's Energizers
  • Fiddlehead’s Fans
  • For Good Troupe
  • Jackson's Joggers
  • Kaleb's Crew
  • Kara's Cruisers
  • Team Carter B
  • Team Elwood
  • Team Genevieve
  • Victorious Vivian




Congratulations and Special Thanks goes out to the TOP 10 TEAMS who, through their successful Buddy Walk Team Fundraising, brought in over $22,000....which was more than half of the revenue raised! WOW!

These important funds will go a long way to fueling our 2022-23 programs!

Each year, thousands of people from across the globe attend the NDSC Annual Convention to hear the latest information from world-renowned experts and enjoy time away to make new friends, enrich lives and renew spirits. CRDSS is pleased to provide financial support for members of our community to attend. More information will be made available in January 2023 to apply for this support.

Convention Website >


The Centre County Board of Commissioners awarded a Proclamation to CRDSS

recognizing October as Down Syndrome Awareness Month and encouraging all citizens to become familiar with our mission of advocacy, information, and support services. CRDSS Member Haley Smith spoke on our behalf at the presentation ceremony and was made Honorary Commissioner for the day! We've been invited by the Commissioners to make this an annual event.

Proclamation >

Save the Date

Saturday, November 5

Buffalo Run Farm

Members: Details Coming Soon

YES21! is a CRDSS program about having fun and socializing at an organized event. The structured chaperoned events create lots of fun and wonderful opportunities for engagement. Any individual in our CRDSS family who is age 18+ is welcome to join. 

Research Study Seeks Adult Care Givers 

Researchers at Penn Nursing and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) are conducting a research study to learn more about how families of children (ages 4-10 years) who have Down syndrome manage mealtime and bedtime routines at home. Participation in this study is virtual and consists of completing several surveys online about the child’s health and behavior, the health of the child’s primary caregiver, and the family. The child does not have to be a patient at CHOP. 

Complete Details >

Support Special Olympics

at the Gratitude Gala

November 13th, 4:00 - 7:00 pm 

Toftrees Golf Resort, State College

A fun evening to celebrate athletes and  volunteers, and kick off the 2023 campaign. Tickets include dinner, dancing, and fun hosted by the athletes! Come hear all the ways your support and donations impact their lives.

Event Details >

Purchase Tickets >

Save the Date!

Saturday, December 3rd

Holiday Party for CRDSS Members

We are pleased to being back this wonderful tradition! This year's party will be a breakfast event held at the Toftrees Golf Resort in State College. Members, watch for further details and to make your reservation! (required)

Thank You CRDSS Sponsors

Your Year-Round Support Makes an Impact!

Boyles Insurance ~ Christine Bouley, Coldwell Banker Town & Country ~ Collegiate Pride ~

Geisinger ~ Ian Smith Painting ~ Jersey Mike's ~ Keystone Payroll ~ Lotsa Laffs ~

Dr. Marla Moon & Heimer, Fiore, Turco Eye Care ~ Northwest Bank ~ Pediatric Dental Care ~

Reliance Bank ~ RE/MAX Centre Realty ~ Restek ~ SAS Geospatial LLC ~ The Sign Factory ~

Skills of Central Pennsylvania ~ Steinbacher, Goodall & Yurchak ~ Strawberry Fields ~ Truist Bank

Centre Region Down Syndrome Society is a vibrant, hands-on organization

that provides individuals who have Down syndrome and their families

the tools, resources, and support necessary to participate in, contribute to,

and achieve personal health and fulfillment.

Centre Region Down Syndrome Society

Lauren Smith, Executive Director