Come To the Playhouse!

Just when you think a good thing couldn’t get any better … it does. And you’re invited.

Cary-based nonprofit Anna’s Angels this weekend will host GiGi’s Mock Playhouse, a preview of the Down syndrome achievement center set to open in the Triangle this coming spring.   

“GiGi’s is a nationally established series of Down syndrome achievement centers with 27 locations in North America,” said Anna’s Angels founder and director Michelle Pfeiffer. “The centers serve individuals with Down syndrome from infant to adult, their families and the community. 

“The playhouse will provide educational and therapeutic programs as well as job opportunities for adults with Down syndrome, all at no charge to families.”

Open to All

Pfeiffer and board members are seeking the perfect site for GiGi's Playhouse in Wake County, including possibilities in Cary and Morrisville.

The center marks a new endeavor for the Anna’s Angels Foundation, which to date has raised more than $1.2 million for research to improve the cognitive and communicative ability of individuals with Down syndrome.

Pfeiffer says that GiGi’s Playhouse programs will focus on skill development including education, social skills, speech and language skills, afterschool tutoring, career preparation and independent living skills.

The mission? To maximize self-confidence and empower individuals to achieve their greatest potential. 

The GiGi’s Mock Playhouse event, set for Sunday, Nov. 8 from 2 to 4 p.m., offers a chance to learn more about these programs, plus kids’ activities and refreshments. Nancy Gianni of Chicago, the founder of GiGi’s Playhouse, will also be on hand.

The event is open to families, therapists, educators and everyone interested, and will be held at Primrose School at Hope Valley Farms, 702 Juliette Drive, Durham. For more info, contact Caroline at  

Pfeiffer says, “We have received tremendous support already from the community,” including a $50,000 donation from The Kenan Foundation, and since last summer Anna’s Angels has raised more than $115,000 for the establishment of the playhouse.

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