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Let's get to work on raising $321,000 by 2/27/22!

Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication!

Here's how you can participate:
Come to a SPIRIT NIGHT and SHARE the fliers on social media!
Show this flyer on your phone or print and bring it to Sonny's on Semoran Blvd. between the hours of 5 pm to 8 pm on February 22, 2022. It can be used on to-go orders, drive-through orders, or restaurant dining!
MORE ways you can participate:
Anyone can create a virtual team and have access to
t-shirts, prizes and the silent auction!
Need some help asking for donations?
We've got you covered!
Here is our VALENTINE'S DAY INCENTIVE!
How about a night out with the one you LOVE?

Take the night off and go out for dinner and a movie! Cupid will deliver a $100 Visa Card and a $25 Fandango Movie Card. Who doesn't love to escape with a romantic dinner and a show on the big screen?


Here's how it works:

  • Every $20 donated = 1 entry
  • Every $100 raised by a team captain = 1 entry for the team captain.
This promotion starts on 2/7 and ends on 2/13 at midnight!

Click on the buttons below to get started!
Team captains, make sure to share this post with your donors so YOU can get more entries!
Remember...

ALL DONATIONS CAN HELP YOUR TEAM ACHIEVE YOUR GOAL
(INCLUDING COST OF REGISTRATION!)ο»Ώ
To receive the 2022 Bowl a thon t-shirt, teams must have raised the minimum of $321 (or $500 for Corporate Cup Teams) by 2/11/22
Join the $1,000 Club!
But wait....
there are still more ways to pitch in!
Not everyone wants to bowl and not everyone wants to ask friends for donations but
EVERYONE CAN DO SOMETHING!

We have made it easy for YOU to do YOUR part! 

is set up for members who do not have a team! 

If every one of our members donated $20 to this team, we would raise $40,000

That is A LOT of money! 

Almost all of our programs and events are FREE to our members! 
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Imagine the good we could do working together - a simple donation of $20 for all the amazing OPPORTUNITIES provided in 2022 -
what a GREAT DEAL! 

Don't wait - GIVE TODAY! 
Donate $20 to

Bowl-A-Thon 2022 Corporate Cup
Join the CORPORATE CUP CHALLENGE with your coworkers and become an Ambassador of Inclusion by fundraising for our 2022 Tour of Champions Bowl-A-Thon!

Diversity and inclusion matter in the workplace - we'd love to see YOUR place of business join the Corporate Cup Challenge!

We are up to SIX team so far - we'd love to see
ο»ΏTEN teams participate this year!

You can participate VIRTUALLY OR IN-PERSON!
Teams consist of (5) people max.

Sign up a team or two and join others in the community who believe in inclusion and diversity!

Bring your co-workers or CHALLENGE them to see who can raise the most money! We have GREAT incentives and a lot of fun on February 27, 2022, at Boardwalk Bowl! 

Hope we will see YOUR place of business there!

Have questions? Email: Robin.Longley@dsfflorida.org
Thank you to all of the amazing
Easy as 1-2-3 locations!
Now more than ever
our community needs us.
Help us reach our $321,000 goal!
These funds are poured back into our members through scholarships, events, and programs! Help us reach this goal and in turn, serve this wonderful community as we have for the past 12 years!
Bowl-A-Thon 2022 has
SO MANY
options to help!

  • FORM A TEAM
  • FORM A VIRTUAL TEAM
  • DONATE TO THE AUCTION
  • HELP ON THE AUCTION COMMITTEE
  • BID ON AUCTION ITEMS
  • HOLD A SPIRIT NIGHT
  • ATTEND A SPIRIT NIGHT
  • DO AN EASY AS 1-2-3 FUNDRAISER
  • GO TO AN EASY AS 1-2-3 LOCATION AND DONATE TO THEIR TEAM
The most important thing....
is that your participation and support in the TOUR OF CHAMPIONS is changing lives!
February

  • Saturday, February 12- iCan! Programs @ UCF (9:00am)
  • Monday, February 14 - Valentine's Day SPIRIT NIGHT @ Tijuana Flats (Orange Ave / downtown) (5:00pm - 8:00pm)
  • Saturday, February 19 - Lucky Littles Play Date (10:00am)
  • Saturday, February 19 - Young Explorers Play Date (10:00am)
  • Tuesday, February 22 - SPIRIT NIGHT @ Sonny's BBQ on 7055 S. Semoran (5:00pm-8:00pm)
  • Saturday, February 26, iCan! Programs @ UCF (last day)
  • Sunday, February 27 - Tour of Champions Bowl-A-Thon & Silent Auction
  • Registration for iCan! Work Spring/Summer opens


Weekly Programs

  • Tuesdays - Virtual Zumba with Elyse (4:00pm - 5:00pm)
  • Wednesdays - Virtual Club 321 (4:00pm-5:00pm)
  • Thursdays - Virtual T21 Social Network (18+) (4:00pm-5:00pm)

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March

  • March 21 - World Down Syndrome Day Party @ Mellow Mushroom is back!
  • Registration for iCan! Bike Camp 2022 opens


July

  • July 24-29 - iCan! Bike Camp @ Orange County Convention Center

October

  • Down Syndrome Awareness Month Celebration

November

  • Camping Jamboree - November 11-13 - Jetty Park (new weekend this year)

December

  • It's a Wonderful Life - Winter Wonderland Celebration


  • MNO @ Howl at the Moon (date coming soon!
iCan! Programs at UCF
Lucky Littles Play Date!
Come join us for our February Play Date at Chapin Station Park in Winter Garden!

Lucky Little's Play Dates are perfect for meeting new members and enjoying some outdoor time with the Littles. This playground has two great play areas for the kiddos and is right next to West Orange Trail for biking and walking.

If you have not spent a Saturday in Winter Garden, you won't want to miss this! There are loads of great spots to eat and shop in the downtown area after if you are not ready to call it a day. The weather is perfect this time of year to enjoy a morning out with some of the coolest kiddos we know. This event is for the entire family - siblings, dads, Tias/Tios and grandparents are welcome!

WHERE: Chapin Station Park
501 Crown Point Cross Road, Winter Garden, 34787
WHEN: Saturday, February 19 at 10 AM - 12 PM

Be sure to register for this fun - outdoor - meet-up so we know to look for you!


Thank you to Suzanne Sherrill for planning this fun outing!
Young Explorers Gather in the Park!
Calling all YOUNG EXPLORERS (first - sixth grade), it's time for a February Gathering at Chapin Station Park in Winter Garden! Grab your frisbee, football, or whatever is fun for you and come have some fun with your FOUNDATION FAMILY! 

This month, our Young Explorers and Lucky Littles will meet simultaneously. You will be the BIG KIDS ON THE BLOCK. You will enjoy a fantastic park with lots to do for kids and parents alike. Bring your siblings and make a day of it in beautiful downtown Winter Garden. You may not realize it, but your child will inspire our Lucky Littles as they see them making friends and showing off all the awesome things they are doing and learning! 

WHERE: Chapin Station Park
501 Crown Point Cross Road, Winter Garden, 34787
WHEN: Saturday, February 19 at 10 AM - 12 PM

Be sure to register for this fun - outdoor - meet-up so we know to look for you! 
Ready to WORK in 2022?
We are currently accepting applications for our 2022 Spring iCan! Work class. This program is designed to help transition individuals with Down syndrome into the workplace. The program will begin mid-February and run for approximately 16 weeks.

To participate in the iCan! Work Program, an individual must:
  • have Down syndrome
  • be registered with Vocational Rehabilitation (we can help with this!)
  • have reliable transportation to their assigned worksite
  • have completed high school and transition programs

The program will include on the job training (OJT) with our community partners: Levy Restaurants (Magic games), Quality One Wireless, and Orlando Health. Additionally, there is a weekly Lunch & Learn program to go over the soft skills needed to succeed in the workplace.

The goal for every participant is long-term, meaningful employment at a location that is convenient for the employee and the family. Participants are paid when they work, and it is free for members to participate in the program. This program requires an interview and acceptance into the program.

There will be evening and weekend shifts with the Orlando Magic games, but most shifts are between 8am and 6pm.

If you have questions about the program, please contact info@dsfflorida.org or 407.538.3537.
World Down Syndrome Day 2022
Why Do People Wear Colored Socks on World Down Syndrome Day?
To raise awareness and give people a reason to talk about the myths and misconceptions of Down syndrome. Chromosomes are shaped like socks, so the idea was born. The socks on WDSD are worn by people all over the world to get noticed, and they are colorful, attractive, and utterly unique!

Did you know that wearing CRAZY socks is also a sign of a leader?
Some people just love to wear fun and bright socks, whether they are hidden underneath a serious suit or out in full view for the world to see. If you are one of those people and are prone to wearing outlandish socks, then it's good news...

A study by Harvard University has revealed that people who wear crazy, eccentric socks tend to be more successful. But why is this?
The theory is that people who choose to wear bold, unusual patterns and colors are nonconformists who live life their own way. They are thought to be more ambitious, able and successful, without a need to follow the norm.

Bright socks are also the sign of a leader and "a brilliant mind", Business Insider reports. The research, undertaken at Harvard Business School, found that nonconformist behavior signified by the flamboyant socks can encourage others to view us as more successful and in a more positive light.
The study also found that socks don't just affect how other people perceive us, they also impact on how you feel about yourself. Ultimately, they will make you feel more confident.

So...forget dull socks and don your brightest and boldest pair!
You may be more successful for it.

Do you own your own pair of CRAZY socks? If not, you can buy them and 10% of your proceeds will benefit The FOUNDATION. FG-DSFFL22 is the DSFF code, it is not a discount code - it's our FUN(d)raising code. You enter the code when prompted at the beginning of the checkout, not at the end of the process. We earn 10% and you will get a free gift [mystery sock] added to the cart automatically!

We will also be auctioning off a pair of John's CRAZY Socks each month for a year during the auction!
Virtual Zumba with Elyse!
When: Every Tuesday
Time: 4:00pm
Location: Virtual meeting using Zoom - can be found below, on our private Facebook page, Meetup, or by emailing:

Elyse Mundelein will be teaching a virtual Zumba class! We will post the Zoom information of the event below or on our private Facebook page. No experience needed, just get ready to dance and have fun!
Virtual Club 321
Join our Club 321 virtual meet-up for middle and high-schoolers!
When: Every Wednesday
Time: 4:00pm-5:00pm
Location: Virtual meeting using Zoom - can be found below, on our private Facebook page, Meetup, or by emailing,

This is a great opportunity for our middle and high school group to socialize, engage, and connect with each other. We'll have something new and different each week!
Virtual T21 Social Network (18+)
When: Every Thursday
Time: 4:00pm-5:00pm
Location: Virtual meeting using Zoom - can be found below, on our private Facebook page, Meetup, or by emailing,

This is a great opportunity for our adult group to socialize, engage, and connect with each other. We'll have something new and different each week!
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