Monday, January 26, 2015
2015 NDSS Gala and Auction
Event Details:National Down Syndrome Society Gala & Auction
Thursday, January 29, 2015
635 W 42nd St
New York, NY 10036
6:30 – 10:30 PM
Festive dress and dancing shoes requested/black tie optional
At the Annual Gala & Auction, NDSS gathers together its friends and supporters to celebrate the NDSS mission, the accomplishments of individuals with Down syndrome and those who contribute to the Down syndrome community. This year, NDSS has selected GLEE, Sesame Street and Senator Robert P. Casey Jr. as the Gala honorees.
Over the past five years, 21st Century Fox’s hit show GLEE has charmed the world with its witty writing, dazzling cast and an endless stream of musical hits. This American musical comedy-drama has inspired many to follow your heart and do what you love even in the midst of adversity. GLEE has tackled harsh issues that many other shows shy away from. GLEE’s character Becky Jackson, played by actress Lauren Potter, who stars as the high cheerleader who happens to have Down syndrome. Over the past four seasons, GLEE has given Becky a leading role that portrays a young woman who strives for life that everyone wants – college, a career, and a romantic relationship. Becky’s character is living proof that a person’s disability does not define their life. NDSS is proud to honor GLEE for taking a stand on the inclusion and acceptance of all people and specifically people with Down syndrome and other disabilities.
About Sesame Street
Celebrating its 45th year on television, Sesame Street reaches 156 million children across more than 150 countries. Sesame Street has been introducing generations of children to letters and numbers, as well as a wide-range of life lessons from health and nutrition to cooperation, friendship and diversity – all with the help of Elmo, Cookie Monster, Big Bird and the rest of the beloved Muppets. Delivered through a variety of platforms, including, digital experiences, books and community engagement, its research-based programs are tailored to the needs of the communities and countries they serve, helping children everywhere grow smarter, stronger and kinder. Through a continuous collaborative process; educators, producers and researchers make certain that Sesame Street is engaging, educational and extraordinarily effective. Numerous studies tell us that Sesame Street reaches children in every demographic. Sesame Street has always incorporated the realities of life to help children understand everyday situations. The show presents images that allow children to see themselves and others in a positive light and the commonalities we all share. Throughout the show’s history, a wide range of characters have resided in the neighborhood including a hearing impaired librarian, children with Down syndrome, adults and children with disabilities, numerous furry monsters, and a large yellow bird—all living, working, and playing together in a diverse community. Children who watch the series do significantly better across a range of measurements, and the benefits last long after preschool. Millions of young viewers watch each week on PBS, and more than 90 million are Sesame Street “graduates.” Honored with more Emmy awards than any other television show in history, Sesame Street continues to set the gold standard for excellence in educational media, giving children the best head start in school and life.
About Senator Robert P. Casey Jr.
Senator Robert P. Casey Jr., the senior Senator of Pennsylvania, emulates what it means to be a public servant. Throughout his career, Senator Casey has advocated for people with disabilities and their families both in his state and in Congress. Casey has continuously worked to foster financial security for American families, improve the lives and well-being of our children, increase opportunities for the middle class, and protect our national security interests. Throughout his career, Casey is a leader in advocating for people with disabilities and over his years in office, has provided internships to self-advocates including NDSS Board Member Sara Wolff. Casey and Wolff have grown into great friends and continue to advocate for the rights of individuals with disabilities and their families. For the last eight years, Casey has served as the Democratic Champion of the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act of 2013. The ABLE Act aims to give people with disabilities and their families the opportunity to save for their future by allowing them to create tax-free savings accounts. NDSS proudly honored Senator Casey as a Congressional Champion of Change at the 2014 Buddy Walk on Washington and it is our honor to celebrate him again!
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