GiGi’s Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Center Hosts “A Night to Inspire”

Detroit — October 7, 2019 

GiGi’s Playhouse Detroit, an internationally recognized achievement center focused on individuals with Down syndrome, is pleased to announce their inaugural “A Night to Inspire” with the theme of “Roaring 20’s in the D”. The fundraising event is set for Friday, October 11 at the Royal Oak Farmer’s Market, 316 E 11 Mile Rd, Royal Oak, MI 48067.


Down Syndrome Awareness Month

October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month, and this celebratory evening will provide for ongoing support and free programs to help individuals with Down syndrome in Metro Detroit achieve their best. A Night to Inspire: Roaring 20’s in the D will include a special VIP Soiree at 5:30 prior to the Main Event. VIP guests will experience a private reception on the West Porch of the Farmer’s Market including an open bar with signature cocktails, a special selection of hors d’oeuvres and a live performance by the Gary Greenfelder Orchestra’s quintet.

The Main Event kicks off at 6:30 with WXYZ News Anchor Ann Marie LaFlamme as emcee. The evening will include and a strolling dinner, the open “Speakeasy” bar with themed cocktails, a 20’s themed dessert display, live music by the Gary Greenfelder Orchestra, a chance to win a diamond, a wonderful silent auction and the “Flappers and Fellas” photo area. Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are available at

Inspiring Event

“This inaugural ‘A Night to Inspire’ is designed to bring together parents, professionals and community members to celebrate the impact GiGi’s Playhouse is having in Metro Detroit. With hundreds of families served, this evening will help us increase our impact through additional programs and outreach,” said Lisa Kocab, GiGi’s Playhouse Detroit Board President.

GiGi’s Playhouse offers free educational, therapeutic and vocational programs to individuals of all ages with Down syndrome, their families, and the community. With 46 centers across North America, the Metro Detroit Playhouse, centrally located in Southfield, is the first Down Syndrome Achievement Center in the state of Michigan. Each GiGi’s Playhouse offers programs that focus on skill development in the areas of education, social, speech, and language, career preparation, independent living and more.

For the last twelve years, GiGi’s Playhouse has extended individuals with Down syndrome and their families the chance to grow their confidence, skills, and belief while advocating a global message of acceptance. GiGi’s Playhouse continues to strive for excellence and make a difference—one child, one diagnosis and one community at a time.

Photo Courtesy of GiGi’s Playhouse Detroit

Individuals interested in donating, volunteering or for more information are encouraged to email or visit the GiGi’s Playhouse Detroit website

About GiGi’s Playhouse

GiGi’s Playhouse is the only international network of Down Syndrome Achievement Centers, with over 40 brick and mortar locations across the United States and Mexico and 200 inquiries to start new locations all over the world. Every day, GiGi’s Playhouse changes lives by providing free, life-changing therapeutic, educational and career training programs for individuals of all ages. From prenatal diagnosis to career skills, GiGi’s makes a lifetime commitment to families.

GiGi’s helps maximize opportunities for daily achievement and lasting acceptance. The organization also helps advance a vital social impact goal by showing the world what individuals with Down Syndrome can achieve as students, co-workers, volunteers, friends, and valued members of their communities. For more information about free programs, volunteerism, impact partnerships, events, and the many ways to support our families, visit