inaugural step up for down syndrome event planned for sept 10

Inaugural Step Up for Down Syndrome event planned for Sept. 10 in Harrisonburg

down syndrome association of greater richmondThe Down Syndrome Association of Greater Richmond will hold its inaugural community awareness and fundraising event, the Step Up for Down Syndrome 1K and Family Festival, on Sept. 10 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hillandale Park in Harrisonburg.

DSAGR has been serving the Shenandoah Valley community since March of 2018.

The organization serves individuals with Down syndrome and their families in 52 counties and 16 cities stretching from Richmond to Williamsburg, Charlottesville to the Central Shenandoah Valley and beyond.

This will be the first year that a Step Up event is being held in the Shenandoah Valley.

Highlights of the festival include a kids’ zone, sponsor and exhibitor displays, family entertainment, Kona Ice and a food truck.

The 1K Run/Advocacy Walk begins at 10:30 a.m. Registration is required. Wheelchairs, strollers and well-mannered dogs are welcome.

The free family festival will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., rain or shine.

This event is a way to celebrate the work in the community and an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the worth of all individuals with Down syndrome.

Hillandale Park is located at 801 Hillandale Avenue in Harrisonburg.

The Down Syndrome Association of Greater Richmond is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that benefits the lives of individuals with Down syndrome and their families through individual and family support, education, community awareness and advocacy.

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Crystal Graham

Crystal Abbe Graham is the regional editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1999 graduate of Virginia Tech, she has worked as a reporter and editor for several Virginia publications, written a book, and garnered more than a dozen Virginia Press Association awards for writing and graphic design. She was the co-host of "Viewpoints," a weekly TV news show, and co-host of Virginia Tonight, a nightly TV news show. Her work on "Virginia Tonight" earned her a national Telly award for excellence in television.