Austin, TX (PRWEB) September 06, 2012
The Down Syndrome Association of Central Texas "Share the Passion" calendar project brings together celebrities and local individuals with Down syndrome. Models will arrive by limo and walk the red carpet to kick off the gala.
The photographs from this year's calendar will be unveiled in an exhibition at Antebellum Oaks Venue (formerly La Paloma) in Lakeway on Saturday, September 15, 2012 from 6:30PM-9:30PM. The project aims to refute common myths about Down syndrome and shows these individuals participating in life-enriching activities with others in their community. Calendars can be purchased at the event and all proceeds will benefit DSACT.
Celebrities featured include: Congressman John Carter, the Bellamy Brothers, Sally Brown, Reckless Kelly, and actor Ernest James.
The money raised at the gala will be used to expand programs for DSACT members, which currently include sports, art, music, science, literacy, and social programs. DSACT is newly focused this year on programs for adults. "We and other local other organizations do a great job for advocating for kids in the public schools," said Suzanne Shephard, Board Co-President, "but when they graduate from public school, we find there’s a dramatic drop in terms of energy, focus, and research. There aren’t enough good residential options or employment opportunities. We’re trying to get after it, but we need more volunteers and more money to make real progress here."
DSACT is the largest and most comprehensive organization for those affected by Down syndrome in Central Texas. DSACT's programs focus on education along two vectors, teaching skills to those with Down syndrome and training parents, teacher, and medical professionals to understand the specific needs of these individuals.
About Down syndrome: Down syndrome is a chromosomal disorder characterized by the presence of an extra #21 chromosome; it is one of the most often-observed chromosome anomalies. Down syndrome occurs in approximately 1 in 733 live births and affects all ages, races, ethnicities, and economic groups equally. Symptoms can include mild to moderate intellectual disabilities as well as other heath issues.