San Francisco, California
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Presents DFKDC Holiday Celebration 2016
Dreams For Kids DC, with special thanks to Delta Produce and McKinley Tech High School, invite you to join us for a new holiday celebration focusing on children with physical and developmental disabilities!
Throughout the year, we hold adaptive clinics for our special needs children--anything from waterskiing to football. The DFKDC holiday event is not only a celebration for our DFKDC volunteers, DFKDC participants and their families; moreover, a way for our children with disabilities to give back to the less fortunate. At the holiday event, we will provide all guests with a meal and activities, such as wrapping presents for homeless children, decorating desserts for homeless shelters, etc. Each one of our child 'volunteers' that day will receive a gift bag as they leave, a thank you for helping us give back and also to show them that their disability cannot hold them back from performing their own philanthropy.
We are excited to announce two of our special guests for this year's holiday celebration: Paralympian Cortney Jordan and Paralympian Becca Meyers
Who: PARTICIPANTS: 250 of DFKDC's participants from the entire year. If you participated in hockey, pizza-making, PROM, football, baseball, waterskiing, basketball, golf, and/or soccer this past year or in year's past --- WE WANT YOU!**Siblings of participants may sign up here as well** We are also inviting a few participants and families to come with us the next morning to deliver gifts to homeless shelters! Please email GFU@Dreamsforkids.org if you are interested!
VOLUNTEERS: We need your help to set up stations and pair up with each of our participants to empower them to succeed and give back, exactly like at our clinics! When signing up, please denote if there is a particular activity you would like to volunteer for. Please note, we will try to accommodate everyone's preferences but will place you where there is a need, even if it may not be your desired volunteer activity. We are also inviting a few volunteers to come with us the next morning to deliver gifts to homeless shelters! Please email GFU@Dreamsforkids.org if you are interested!
BY REGISTERING, YOU AGREE TO THE FOLLOWING WAIVER: http://dreamsforkidsdc.org/participant-waiver-form/
When: Saturday, December 17th, 2015 from 10:30am - 2:00pm
Where: McKinley Tech High School GYM
151 T Street NE
Washington, DC 20002
*DRIVING DIRECTIONS ARE ALL THE WAY DOWN*
How: The 2016 DFKDC Holiday Celebration is made possible by passionate individuals and organizations in the DC Metro area who are passionate about giving back and being involved in there communities. We could not hold this event without the following sponsors (Listed below this section)
Special Thank You
DFKDC Holiday Chair Kosta Dionisopoulos
DFKDC Board of Directors: Rachel Merritt (Chair), Allison Gershon, Attie Poirier, Chloe Stewart, Christi Main, Kevin Chesley, Kiel Chesley, LaRhonda Burley, Reynaldo Casas, Seye Iwarere, and Tom Prather
2016 Participants of the year
2016 Volunteers of the year
SPECIAL THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS FOR MAKING THIS EVENT POSSIBLE
RED CARPET SPONSOR
GAP, Tyson's Corner Center
J DANCE KOLLECTIVE
Not a Participant? Here are 5 ways you can get involved...You don't have to do it alone. If your belong to a company, church group or student organization, DFKDC Holiday Celebration is the perfect philanthopic event and volunteer opportunity to rally your group behind.
1) Sign up as a Volunteer above. We welcome volunteers to assist with every facet of the day, whether it be pairing up with participants or managing statinos.
2) Hold a gift drive. All gift drives will be supported through Dreams For Kids DC social media outlets (Facebook, Twitter and Newsletters)
3) Help get the word out about DFKDC Holiday Celebration! Using social media, newsletter or other networks, letting others know what this event is about through personal and professional contacts can be extremely powerful.
4) Are you a face painter, juggler, dancer or entertainer? involved in media? Please email Glenda Fu at GFU@Dreamsforkids.org to help entertain our participants that day!
5) Become a citizen Philanthropist and start your own fundraising campaign to benefit 2015 DFKDC Holiday Celebration. You can set up a campaign easily for you or your organization through our partner www.Citizeneffect.org.
By metro: Take the Noma-Gallaudet Univ Metro Station off the red line. Once you get out, follow Florida Avenue north (up hill toward New York Ave) and cross over New York Avenue (walk towards the Wendy's you will see). Once you are in front of the Wendy's on Florida Avenue (after crossing over New York Ave intersection) - make a right onto Eckington Place NE. Walk straight up until you hit R street, make a right on R street and then make an immediate left on 2nd street NE (You will be behind the school at this point), walk through the parking lot to the gym entrance, you should see signs marking off Holiday for Hope!
By car: There is free street parking on Sundays, and plenty of spots lining Eckington Place. From inside DC: Find your way to New York Ave (route 50); if coming from west end, take M street NW down until it becomes New York Avenue (after Thomas circle) - take New York Avenue all the way down to Florida ave intersection (you will see a Wendy's at this instersection) Take a slight right turn onto O Street NE, turn left onto Florida Ave NE (you are basically turning a right off of New York ave to make a left since there are no lefts allowed at the New York Ave/Florida Ave intersection), then turn right onto Eckington Place NE. If you are coming from eastern of Florida Ave, follow New York Ave down and make a right onto Florida Ave, then immediate right onto Eckington Place NE -- you will be behind the school when you hit R Street NE. We would recommend finding parking in this area (you should be able to park in the school parking lot if it is not full) and then walking up to the gym entrance behind the school (see above).
From Maryland: Take I-270 North and merge onto I-495 South toward Washington. Take exit 43-44 to merge onto GW Memorial Parkway toward Washington. Stay on GW Parkway for 10 miles. take exit I-395 N toward Washington. After about 2 miles, keep right toward D Street NW (US Senate); at the end of the road, turn right onto New York Ave NW. Take a slight right turn onto O Street NE, turn left onto Florida Ave NE (you are basically turning a right off of New York ave to make a left since there are no lefts allowed at the New York Ave/Florida Ave intersection), then turn right onto Eckington Place NE -- you will be behind the school when you hit R Street NE. We would recommend finding parking in this area (you should be able to park in the school parking lot if it is not full) and then walking up to the gym entrance behind the school (see above).
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Dreams For Kids DC
Dreams For Kids DC provides free life-changing activities to empower children with physical and mental disabilities to unite with their peers and realize their potential. Dreams For Kids DC (DFKDC) provides adaptive sports clinics for children with disabilities between the ages of 4-24. Many of these children are bullied in schools and left out of activities with their able-bodied peers. DFKDC clinics empower this often isolated group to come off the sidelines and participate in activities such as waterskiing, dance, football and ice hockey, sometimes for the very first time. The self-confidence gained through these programs carries over from the field and rink to the home and classrom, allowing each participant to realize that theie disability will not prevent them from fulfilling their dreams.