2 years ago by Bob Gough
Event is Saturday at The Ambiance
Down Country is hosting the 2nd Annual Rhinestones & Rodeo Art Auction and Dance on Saturday, February 2 at The Ambiance, 5225 Koch’s Lane in Quincy, IL. The fundraiser begins at 7:00 p.m. with the evening featuring special guest speaker Jim Faber, President of National Down Syndrome Congress (NDSC). There will be food stations, door prizes, a 50/50 raffle and chances to win a night at the Ritz Carlton in St. Louis, 25 silent auction items and a live art auction with artwork from local families of the differently-abled. The highest overall auction bidder will win a trail ride for two with a picnic lunch designed to suit their specific riding needs. The Nace Brothers Band, a popular band featuring blues, rock, swing and country and often playing at Jimmy Buffets in Florida, will perform from 10:00 p.m. to midnight. In addition, for one night only the “Million Voices” art gallery will be at the event. Down County will also be announcing its ten 2013 scholarship recipients.
The guest speaker, Jim Faber of Monument, Colorado, is self-employed as the CEO and Founder of Faber Industries, both a non-profit and for-profit business consulting firm. He and his wife Suzanne have four children, and their third child, Alexander, has Down syndrome. Jim has been active in the Down syndrome movement since before Alexander was born in 2002. He is active in his local Down syndrome
Association and continues to chair and run his local Buddy Walk for the 10th consecutive year. Jim has served in a wide variety of roles on the NDSC Board and Executive Committee since 2005 and is currently engaged in promoting greater collaboration and partnerships in the National & International Down Syndrome movement.
The “Million Voices” art gallery is an extension of the “I Have a Voice” gallery that traveled to the Tri-States last year. The “Million Voices” project and traveling gallery are courtesy of Gigi’s Playhouse Down Syndrome Awareness Centers in partnership with the Chicago based ideas company Bagby and photographer Thomas Balsamo. Through artful photography and moving first person accounts featured in this project, Gigi’s Playhouse seeks to capture the beauty, depth and essence of individuals with Down syndrome while spreading positive awareness about the diagnosis.
Tickets for the Rhinestones & Rodeo event are $25.00 per person in advance and can be purchased by calling 217-617-3568, or online at www.upatdowncountry.com. or at the door the night of the event for $40.00. Checks should be made payable to Down Country. Town & Country Inn & Suites has room rates available and will be providing a shuttle back and forth throughout the evening.
Proceeds from the fundraiser will help Down Country meet its goals to promote positive awareness for individuals with disabilities/exceptional abilities and to facilitate the educational/specialized training of teachers, therapists, administrators, doctors, nurses, support staff, families and rural residents working with differently abled/exceptionally gifted people within the Tri-State rural community. Down Country also works to coordinate free information for communities, teachers, families, and professionals through their website www.upatdowncountry and page on Facebook/Upatdowncountry.