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2020 Inland NW Step and Drive UP Event November 18, 2020

Thank you, for registering for the 2020 Inland NW Step and Drive UP Event!  While we can honestly say very little about that Walk and Parade was typical or even turned out how we had planned or expected, it was a ton of fun!  We appreciate all of the amazing friends and families that braved the elements and joined us.  

Through sponsors, donors and registrations, we raised over $20,000!  Our Board is hard at work planning new ways to invest that budget right back into our community, with (on-line for awhile) events, programs and partnerships, just to name a few.  One big project is our Medical Outreach Program, where we provide the local medical community updated, accurate information (books, brochures, etc.) about Down syndrome to give new parents.  Aside from assisting the medical community and new parents with the diagnosis conversation, our Beau's Baskets (hospital welcome basket) sends home another layer of support with each new family.  We continue with our Critical Care program, and Welcome Totes programs.  We're adding a Birthday Connections Club, and several new Zoom communities, like the "Adoption Connection," and a group for those who have kids with a dual diagnosis.  We still have a Zoom community for New Parents, and a social group for Teens/Young Adults.  We are working with our fantastic volunteers to get more dates on the calendar for all of our Zoom communities!

Our "Virtual Walk" t-shirts went out in the mail this week, so keep an eye out for them in your mail boxes!

Link to Walk and Parade pictures:  https://hilarylewerenz.pixieset.com/dsconnectionsnw/ (pin 3801 to download)

We truly appreciate you, and are looking forward to the 2021 Step (and Drive?) UP for Ds Walk---whatever it may look like!
-Your friends at Ds Connections NW
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2020 Step and Drive UP Event Details and UP-dates! October 09, 2020

Thank you, for registering for

The 2020 Inland NW Step UP and Drive UP Event!  

Here are a few reminders, and event updates!  We have made a couple of changes due to weather, so please read below!

-Both the Parade and Walk will take place IN the Pit Area!  Hey, that's new information!  We made that change so we all have easy access to the tents (Lake City Rental), and hot cocoa/coffee (served by Country Roads Coffee) in case it rains!
-There will be one entrance and parking area for both the Parade and Walk.  (That's new information too!)  Enter through the (marked with a big orange banner) "Pit Entrance" off Beck Road.  We will also have Parade and Walk signs at the entrance.  We will NOT be using the regular race track parking lot. 
-Event day registration and pre-registered check in/t-shirt pick up opens at 8:30am.  (Yes, you can still register tomorrow morning!  We ordered extra shirts, so everyone should get one!  Spread the word!)
-Car Parade staging/line up is from 8:30am-9:00am.  
-Drive UP for Ds Car Parade is from 9am-9:30am. (Contests for "Best Dressed Vehicle," "Most Spirited Passengers," etc...  Let's have some fun with this!  We will have a wagon full of stuff to help decorate-- items available on a first come, first served basis.)
-Step UP for Ds Walk is from 10:30am-11:00am.
-Tacos and Soda Party starts at 11am!  (Served by D-Mac's and Tractor Soda!)
-Come hungry!  There will be cocoa, coffee, pastries, cookies, tacos, and natural soda! 
-We also have a DJ to "spin some tunes," a yard games/activities area, a photographer, a few hot rods on campus to check out, and LOTS of smiling faces!  We even picked up a few rain ponchos for those that need may one, but we are saying dress for the worst, and hope for the best!
We look forward to seeing you tomorrow (10/10/20)---rain or shine!  
Questions?  Email us at info@dsconnectionsnw.org or call 877-733-3955.




      




 
 


Step UP Walk: Early Check In and Parking July 27, 2020

Who's excited for the Step UP for Ds Walk?  We at Ds Connections Nw sure are!


If you have pre-registered for the Step UP for Ds Walk, there will be a couple of times on Friday 9/20, where you can check in early and pick up your t-shirt.  Meet us at CenterPlace between noon and 1pm, or between 4:30-5:30pm.  Otherwise, check-in/t-shirt pick up for those pre-registered will start at the same time as Event Day Registration on Saturday...8am. 


Event parking can be a little tricky Saturday morning, so here are a couple of options!  There is a parking lot just behind the Fish and Game building that will be open for us to use, and there's always the option of riding the FREE Valleyfest Shuttle.  Or how about coming early, to the Valleyfest Pancake Breakfast (starts at 7:30am at CenterPlace) before the Step UP Walk begins, to claim your parking spot?  Who doesn't love pancakes?!  


We look forward to seeing you on Saturday!

Step UP for Ds Walk: Early Check In Friday, Event Parking July 27, 2020

Who's excited for the Step UP for Ds Walk?  We at Ds Connections Nw sure are!


If you have pre-registered for the Step UP for Ds Walk, there will be a couple of times on Friday 9/20, where you can check in early and pick up your t-shirt.  Meet us at CenterPlace between noon and 1pm, or between 4:30-5:30pm.  Otherwise, check-in/t-shirt pick up for those pre-registered will start at the same time as Event Day Registration on Saturday...8am. 


Event parking can be a little tricky Saturday morning, so here are a couple of options!  There is a parking lot just behind the Fish and Game building that will be open for us to use, and there's always the option of riding the FREE Valleyfest Shuttle.  Or how about coming early, to the Valleyfest Pancake Breakfast (starts at 7:30am at CenterPlace) before the Step UP Walk begins, to claim your parking spot?  Who doesn't love pancakes?!  


We look forward to seeing you on Saturday!