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Special thanks to the dozens of members and supporters who have used our Community Fundraising Program to support the MDSC and individuals with Down syndrome and their families throughout the Commonwealth. See below for several recent examples of MDSCers making a difference by partnering with local companies they're connected to. 

Shea's Beans Buddy Walk Benefit

Shea's Beans

To support her Buddy Walk Team, team captain Christy Heffernan rented out the Fletcher Club, a local hall in Westford, and invited friends, family and supporters of her adorable son Shea. The night included dancing with a DJ providing music and a host of raffle items that attendees had a chance to win. They even had an opportunity to purchase the Shea's Beans customized Buddy Walk t-shirts from years past. Entrance fee was just $5 and they highlighted that funds go towards Shea's Beans Buddy Walk team to support Shea's and others around the state with Down syndrome. 

North Shore Bank Jeans Day
mia campbellEvery Friday, North Shore Bank employees celebrate "Jeans Day" to support a good cause. Thanks to Alyssa Campbell, a teller in North Shore Bank's Cliftondale Square, Saugus branch, the good cause recently was our Down syndrome community. Alyssa's niece, Mia Campbell, has Down syndrome. 

By donating $5 each week, employees are permitted to wear jeans to work while the proceeds collected are pooled together for the month and then donated to an area charity that is recommended by the employees. North Shore representatives presented the MDSC with a check for $1,080 from the proceeds collected

"The MDSC has helped my family so much. They are constantly there to advocate for my niece and others with Down syndrome," Alyssa said.  "My niece is a beautiful, happy, and healthy girl who is absolutely thriving. We are grateful to all the employees at MDSC for everything they have done for us."


Buffalo Wild Wings
LiamTo help fund his spot on the MDSC All Star team in our annual hockey benefit game with the Boston Bruins Alumni, Matthew Mattero and his family partnered with Buffalo Wild Wings on a spicy community fundraiser! 

For a day in mid-November, the BWW in Shrewsbury donated 20 percent of some purchases to the MDSC! Matthew, a student at St. John's High School, played in our Annual game in honor of Liam Fitzgerald (right with a St. John's Banner), also known as the Fist Bump Kid. "Liam is an inspiration to me and to so many," Matthew said. 

Shirley Fire Department 
Shirley FireEvery August, the Shirley Fire Department holds an annual motorcycle ride to raise funds for causes that make a difference. Recently, Hose company members voted to donate $1,000 to the MDSC!

The idea was spearheaded by Brandon & Kristy Levesque, who are members of both the Fire Department and - after the birth of their beautiful daughter Karlee, who happens to have Down syndrome - the MDSC as well.

Former Allen Crocker Self Advocate Intern Felicia Patti and Membership Services Coordinator Kristen Tenglin visited the Fire Department to represent the MDSC for a check presentation ceremony.