The DSAWM Foundation
The Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan Foundation (DSAWMF) was established to provide a permanent source of principal, so that funds would be available in the future to support individuals with Down syndrome, their families, and the West Michigan communities in which they live, work, and play. DSAWMF is a separate not-for-profit organization from the Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan (DSAWM), funded by cash, securities and other assets, and helps to fund the vital programs, supports and services provided by DSAWM.
Annually, DSAWMF hosts The Winners Cup Benefit, a Kentucky Derby themed party and auction to benefit the Foundation. Since its inception, the Benefit has raised more than $1,000,000 to support people with Down syndrome living in West Michigan. The Benefit is held every May at Kent Country Club in beautiful downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Local organizations supported by DSAWMF in the past have included Arts in Motion and the Grand Rapids Civic Theater.
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ABOUT DOWN SYNDROME
Down syndrome is a genetic condition which is the most commonly occurring chromosomal abnormality. It occurs in one out of approximately 700 births and affects people of all races and economic levels.
Down syndrome occurs when an individual has three, rather than two, copies of the 21st chromosome. This additional genetic material alters the course of development and causes the characteristics associated with Down syndrome.
All people with Down syndrome experience cognitive delays, but the effect is usually mild to moderate and is not indicative of the many strengths and talents that each individual possesses.
People with Down syndrome are active participants in educational, vocational, social and recreational activities in their communities. They are included in general education classrooms, attend college, hold jobs, have friends and marry.
People with Down syndrome are valued members of their families and communities, and contribute to society in a variety of ways. Remember that people with Down syndrome are more like everyone else than different.
Quality education programs; a stimulating home environment; good health care and positive support from family, friends and the community help people with Down syndrome to develop their full potential and lead fulfilling lives.
Did You Know?
Check out the following pages for more information and helpful facts about Down syndrome: