Former Atlanta Falcons player Jamal Anderson will be on hand this Saturday for a gala benefiting Gigi’s Playhouse, a Down Syndrome therapeutic center opening in Midtown this summer.
The event, themed “I Have a Voice, ” is 7 p.m. Saturday at the downtown Ritz-Carlton.
Dr. Jeannie Visootsak, medical director of the Down Syndrome Clinic at Emory’s medical school, will be honored at the gala and local radio personality Trevor Paschal will emcee the event.
Gigi’s Playhouse will offer free tutoring, support groups, therapies and other programs.
“Down Syndrome effects one in every 800 births in the United States today, ” said gala chair Adrienne Mulligan, president of The Skate Foundation, a benefactor for Gigi’s Playhouse. “By raising awareness of the importance of early intervention programs and the great contributions those with Down Syndrome can make to our society, we are giving them the voice they deserve.”
Event tickets are $175 each. See www.events.org/ihaveavoiceatlanta.
By the way, I’m closing comments for this blog and have removed several that were posted. I’m sorry that an item on a charity function attracted so many negative comments. Apologies to the gala organizers, who have worked hard on an event to benefit a great cause.