8th annual Buddy Walk and Festival for Down Syndrome SB

The Down Syndrome Association of Santa Barbara County (DSASBC) 8th Annual Buddy Walk & Festival will be at Chase Palm Park on the Great Meadow Saturday, June 17th from 11am – 3 pm.  Hosted by Lin Aubuchon of KTYD’s Morning Show the fundraising event will feature special guest world famous magician Bob Fitch whose grandson Ryan has Down Syndrome and is the reason for his involvement in this amazing day.  Bob Fitch was the 2009 recipient of the Magic Castle’s Life Time Tribute Award, and has performed there numerous times.  Magician Of the Year Award recipient from SAM (Society of American Magicians) and Gold Star from London Magic Circle are a few of his other accolades.  For his complete bio including his numerous performances on Broadway, television and movies visit www.fitchmagic.com.

Focusing on fostering inclusion and raising awareness for all those with special needs and their families in our community, this year the Down Syndrome Association of Santa Barbara County will be recognizing the San Marcos Royal Gems.  The Royal Gems, started by San Marcos High School Varsity Cheerleader Layla Landeros, is a cheer team consisting of students with and without special needs.  The DSASBC is making a $2,500 donation to them so they can purchase new uniforms and will be presenting them with it at the Buddy Walk & Festival.   Layla Lenderos will be presented with the DSASBC’s “Extraordinary Teen 2017” award and San Marcos High School Royal Gems will be presented with DSASBC’s “Extraordinary Program 2017” award.   Members of the team will be there to lead us in our ceremonial walk to the carrousel and back.

Musical entertainment from Superstoked, One 2 One, Sofia Guerro and Teen Star Santa Barbara singers Nolan Montgomery, Mary-Grace Langhorne and Nicole Trujillo.

Lots of activities for all – carnival style games, crafts, silent auction, raffle, face painting, vendor fair and informational booths as well as a short ceremonial fundraising walk around Chase Palm Park promoting acceptance and inclusion of all individuals with Down syndrome. Home Depot, Devereux, Zodo’s, Mad Fitness Santa Barbara, Macaroni Kid and more will be onsite with information and great activities!  Bring your family, friends, blankets and chairs and join us for a great day in the park!

Registration fees are $25 adults, $15 Adults with Down syndrome & $10 children 3-17 this fee is required for admission to the Buddy Walk and Festival event t-shirt, lunch, snacks and all activities included. Must be registered to participate in the Buddy Walk & Festival.  You may register in person the day of the event or online at www.dsasbc.org.

The net proceeds from this event stay right here in Santa Barbara County allowing the DSASBC to support new and expectant parents, enrichment programs, activities, parent support and more to enhance the lives of individuals with Down syndrome and their families throughout Santa Barbara County.