Down Syndrome Community Event Calendar

Provided as a service of DSAIA in collaboration with our national and international partners as well as Down syndrome associations across the nation.  

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Upcoming events

    • Tue, April 25, 2017
    • 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Webinar

    FREE Webinar!

    Open to ALL

    Made possible by Firespring

    Crowdfunding has quickly become a new tool in the fundraising toolbox. It allows nonprofits to leverage their networks to raise more money, faster, from a larger audience and is changing the face of nonprofit fundraising as donors welcome a more engaged approached to giving. Forbes reported that 30% of the $5 billion crowdfunded went to social causes, and this trend will continue to rise.

    Learn how your organization can use crowdfunding to raise the bar on your fundraising initiatives. Dana Ostomel, Firespring’s authority on crowdfunding, will walk you through the lifecycle of a campaign, from creation through appreciation, emphasizing how to engage new audiences. Come ready to ask about the campaigns you have in mind so we can answer all your questions. You’ll discover:

    • Why crowdfunding is a must-do for your nonprofit.
    • How to incorporate crowdfunding into your existing fundraising mix.
    • What role strangers play in crowdfunding.
    • What types of campaigns are most effective.
    • The power of crowdfunding beyond increased revenue.
    • Concrete steps you can implement immediately.

    Register today!

    • Wed, May 10, 2017
    • 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Webinar

    FREE Webinar!

    Open to ALL

    Made possible by Firespring

    “I created a crowdfunding campaign, but why isn’t anyone giving to it?” This may be the most frequently asked question among crowdfunders today. The reality is, crowdfunding is more than just launching a page and waiting for the internet to shower you with money. You have to have a plan. This workshop is a can’t-miss for anyone trying to crack this code. 

    Join Dana Ostomel, founder of Deposit a Gift and Firespring’s leading authority on crowdfunding, for a game-changing workshop that takes you beyond the basics and into the nitty-gritty of successful donation-based crowdfunding. You’ll learn how to optimize your campaigns and how to “work your network” to launch strong and market them successfully, plus:

    • 5 effective planning strategies.
    • How to recruit and manage your online street team.
    • Why it’s important to include your staff.
    • How to execute a soft launch.
    • The importance of an appreciation strategy.
    • Action steps you can take today.

    Register today!

    • Sat, June 03, 2017
    • 6:00 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Leesburg, VA

    Join LuMind RDS as we take on the beautiful Virginia Wine Country. We still have bibs available, for more information email

    The Virginia Wine Country Half Marathon is not just a running race, it’s a destination lifestyle experience. Destination Races produces the Wine Country Half Marathon series in renowned wine regions across North America. Loudoun County plays host to this popular event located in and around historic Leesburg, VA, one hour west of Washington DC. This is the only event in the series held in the eastern US.

    The race starts and finishes at bucolic Doukenie Winery, the perfect venue for hosting the post-race Wine & Music Festival, Presented by Loudoun Wineries Association. This scenic, tree-laden course runs north of the winery on historic byways, passing vineyards, farms, ranches and estates along the way. Come experience the race of a lifetime as we welcome you to Virginia and DC’s Wine Country!

    • Sun, July 16, 2017
    • 6:00 AM - 9:30 AM (PDT)
    • Napa, CA

    Join LuMind RDS for this beautiful race through Somoma Wine Country. This race is sold out but LuMind RDS still have bibs available, email today!!

    Napa-to-Sonoma is the flagship event in the Wine Country Half Marathon Series. This popular race features a fast and scenic course starting at Cuvaison Carneros Winery and finishing in historic Sonoma Plaza in front of City Hall. The world-renowned Napa and Sonoma Valleys serve as the host of this event, offering the finest in wine country ambience and hospitality. Other activities are scheduled around the race, so bring family and friends and plan to stay and play! You’ll also meet new friends and running colleagues at this iconic event which draws from all fifty states and many foreign countries. This is not your typical running race, this is a lifestyle experience!

    • Sun, July 23, 2017
    • 6:00 AM - 10:00 AM (PDT)
    • San Francisco, CA

    Join LuMind RDS as we take on the Golden Gates and the city of San Francisco for the 2017 San Francisco Marathon Weekend! We still have bibs available for all distances, for more information email

    The 40th running of The San Francisco Marathon (Full Marathon, 1st Half Marathon, 2nd Half Marathon, 5K and Ultramarathon) will fill San Francisco’s streets with over 27,000 runners on July 23rd, 2017. Runners will enjoy waterfront miles along the Embarcadero, Fisherman’s Wharf, and Crissy Field; feel their heart pound as they race across the Golden Gate Bridge; speed past landmarks like Coit Tower, Golden Gate Park, and AT&T Park; and pound the pavement through San Francisco’s liveliest neighborhoods like Haight-Ashbury and The Mission.

    • Sat, August 26, 2017
    • Cleveland, OH

    Join the Up Side of Downs at the 17th Annual Northeast Ohio Buddy Walk on Saturday, August 26, 2017. This year we will be at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo! Buddy Walk registration entitles you to zoo and rain forest admission all day. We know you will enjoy this 1-mile wheel-friendly walk in celebration of individuals with Down syndrome.

    • Sun, September 24, 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (MDT)
    • Denver, CO
    The Rocky Mountain regions largest event dedicated to those with Down syndrome, the Step Up for Down Syndrome walk is a chance to meet new people, learn about various local/regional resources, and just have a great time. Live music, games, food, and so much more make this a day to remember. Come out and join us.

    • Sat, September 30, 2017
    • 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM (CDT)
    • Omaha, NE

    September 30, 2017

    Stinson Park, Aksarben Village

    Registration - 8:30AM

    Carnival - 9:00AM - NOON

    Walk - NOON

    BBQ Lunch - 1:00PM - 2:00PM

    • Sun, October 08, 2017
    • 6:00 AM - 9:30 AM (CDT)
    • Chicago, IL

    Ever wanted to run the Chicago Marathon? Join the LuMind RDS Runners team and help make a difference today! Bibs are still available, contact

    Running the Bank of America Chicago Marathon is the pinnacle of achievement for elite athletes and everyday runners alike. On race day, runners from all 50 states and more than 100 countries will set out to accomplish a personal dream by reaching the finish line in Grant Park! 

    • Sun, October 29, 2017
    • 10:00 AM (EDT)
    • Baltimore, MD

    Chesapeake Down Syndrome Parent Group

    The Baltimore Buddy Walk is central Maryland's largest awareness event and fundraiser for Down syndrome set in the heart of Baltimore's downtown inner harbor area.

    • Sun, November 05, 2017
    • 7:30 AM - 1:00 PM (EST)
    • New York, NY

    LuMind RDS is proud to announce we have 20 bibs for the 2017 TCS NYC Marathon! This race will sell out so sign up today by contacting

I want to tell you what WONDERFUL time I had at the conference. I learned so much and came away with lots of ideas for our organization. -Barb Waddle, The Upside of Downs of Northeast Ohio


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