Huge thanks to Kiwanis for supporting DSRF summer school for individuals with Down syndrome with a $3,000 grant! We are so grateful for your investment!
A special event was made unforgettable when the 20th Anniversary Up the Down Market Toronto was crashed by none other than Wayne Gretzky.
The 275 guests who had gathered to celebrate two decades of investment in individuals with Down syndrome were not expecting a special guest. But when Gretzky, who was hosting another event down the hallway of the Fairmont Royal York Hotel, noticed the dinner benefiting people with Down syndrome, he popped in for a few minutes of photos with delighted volunteers and guests.
Gretzky has a special personal connection to Down syndrome. He helped his good friend Joey Moss land a job as assistant equipment manager with the 1980's Edmonton Oilers, a job Moss held for over two decades. Moss was recently inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame.
Of course, the real story of the evening was the financial community coming together in support of individuals with Down syndrome - and in this, everyone was a huge winner. Net proceeds from the event were approximately $69,000, as investors proved they care about much more than just the bottom line. In addition, six dinner guests took the Triple-21 challenge, signing up for DSRF's monthly partnership program - commitments that will generate another $1,200 annually. This investment will be a tremendous help to the Down Syndrome Research Foundation in our mission to empower individuals with Down syndrome to reach their full potential throughout life, and signifies that the Toronto financial community is standing together, hand in hand, with people who have Down syndrome.