Rion Holcombe’s reaction upon receiving his acceptance letter to college is priceless. Kudos to South Carolina’s Clemson University for making our children’s dreams come true.
I had the pleasure of meeting 3 great founders and supporters of Alexander’s Angels, a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to promote a better understanding of people with Down Syndrome.
Esther Gomez-Nieto, the President and Founder (and whose grandson Alexander was the impetus for the organization) refuses to take credit for the astounding amount of money that Alexander’s Angels has raised and contributed to numerous Down Syndrome organizations. But as anyone knows who has run a fundraiser for a nonprofit event, it takes an enormous amount of time and energy. There are so many great causes, and just limited funds and time. Yet, Alexander’s Angels, through Esther and fellow members Janet Dolan and Michael O’Connell, have raised about $300,000 in just the last few years. Most of the money goes towards other advocacy, service and research organizations.
Coming in March, there are three exciting events being planned. On March 4th, at 3PM, the New York Islanders are hosting Alexander’s Angels. Purchasing tickets will go towards a great cause and be sure to be a fun filled Sunday afternoon.
On March 19th, all Long Island Friendly’s will donate a percentage of your check to Alexander’s Angels. Please be sure to mention the organization before you order. I’m planning on stopping by right after my radio show, Long Island Special Needs Radio, that Monday night.
To coincide with World Down Syndrome Day, and starting right after the United Nations celebration of the day, there will be an art show by artists with Down Syndrome downtown New York City (details on the Alexander’s Angels website).