Friends of Down Syndrome, Houston
Thank you to our 2018 Sponsors!
World Down Syndrome Day Celebration

World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD), which began in 2006 in Switzerland, and is observed on 21st day of March every year, people with Down syndrome and those who work with them throughout the world organize and participate in activities and events to raise public awareness and create a single global voice for advocating for the rights, inclusion, and well being of people with Down syndrome.  This date (March 21st) was selected to signify the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome that causes Down syndrome.

Our teens and adults with Down syndrome wanted to have the opportunity to celebrate their achievements at a fun, magical, and elegant formal evening event with their family and friends.

We wanted them to learn proper etiquette and waltzing at a formal event.  Therefore each Candidate is required to attend etiquette classes and waltz lessons conducted by the Tomball Memorial High School NJROTC Cadets, which are held on Saturdays beginning in January from 10:00am–Noon at the Down Syndrome Academy.  The 2018 class dates will be announced in the beginning of January

We wanted our loved ones with Down syndrome to learn the many valuable life lessons and choices that Cinderella’s fable teaches.


Crowning Ceremony for Cinderella and Prince Charming

About Friends of Down Syndrome

Friends of Down Syndromeis a nonprofit organization that serves teens and adults with Down syndrome by offering programs, such as the Down Syndrome Academy, Building Blocks to Success Educational Series, and the T21 Social Club.

Our Mission
The Friends of Down Syndrome's mission is to create a lifelong of education and learning opportunities for teens and adults with Down syndrome through education, socialization, and community outreach.

Our Vision
We envision a world in which all people with Down syndrome have the opportunity to continue their education and contributions to their community, enhance their quality of life, realize their life potential, and become an accepted member of their community.

The Down Syndrome Academy (DSA) opened its doors on January 6, 2014 with just 17 students. The Academy is comprised of the Wellness, Academics, and Vocational programs. As of August 2017, we have 72 students enrolled in our school.   Our students attend classes three to five days a week, year-round, from 9:00am to 3:15pm. Most of our students are transported via MetroLift.  You can visit our website at to learn more about the Down Syndrome Academy:

* Wellness includes Speech, Nutrition and Fitness classes three days per week.
* Academics include Reading, Math, Science, Physical Education, following local, national, and world events (i.e., Olympics, Gold Cup, Astros, Texans, etc.) and more.  The students are assessed when they enter the program and goals are developed based on their assessment results. 

    * Vocational training includes on-site and in the community, social skills, and much more.


Educational Series: Building Blocks to Success
Classes are designed for parents, guardians, caregivers, and professionals, as well as the entire community.  Topics may include Medicaid, SSI, Medical Issues, and other vital information.


T21 Social Club
Monthly social events for teens and adults with Down syndrome and their friends who may have other
disabilities.  Events include dances, Moody Gardens, movies, bowling, sporting events, over-nighters, fireworks, and so much more.

Silent Auction

Last year our Silent Auction raised $12,700.   Special thanks to Karen Evans, her committee, and the Knights of Columbus #7230 Women’s Auxiliary Board for a job well done!  This year we will be able to hold the Silent Auction in the Magnolia Ballroom, adjacent to the Red Oak Ballroom.

Silent Auction Volunteers needed 

We are looking for volunteers to join our committee.  We need people to solicit donations, assemble the baskets for display, and to help the night of the Ball.  If you or anyone you know may be interested, please contact Karen Evans at (832) 630-9696 or Rosa Rochaat (281) 989-0345. 

Donations Welcome

All donations are greatly appreciated.  Please bring your donated items as well as your completed Silent Auction Donation Form* to Friends of Down Syndrome by Friday, March 2, 2018 at 5:00pm.

Here are a few ideas of items and services needed: 

~ Gift certificates to restaurants, hotels, grocery stores, Wal-Mart, Target, craft stores, etc. 

~ Tickets to sporting events, theater, cinema, circus, etc.

~ Themed Gift baskets ideas: baby shower, college, beach, wine, sports, candles, coffee, Italy, Texas, car detail kit, manicure, etc. 

     ~ Perhaps you have a special skill that can be auctioned, such as a hair stylist, cleaning service, plumber, lawn care, florist, photographer, videographer, muralist, organizer, optometrist, orthodontist, dentist, interior decorating/design, family photo shoot, event planner, etc.



Keep in Touch

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Team Captain Information

Be sure to check out our 2018 Cinderella Ball Team Captain Guidebook which includes everything there is to know in order to be a successful Team Captain or Team Leader. 

This is the updated Team Captain Instructions for managing your fundraising page.

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About the Evening

Date & Time:
Saturday, March 24, 2018

6:00pm – Midnight

Norris Conference Center
Houston CityCenter
Red Oak Ballroom (2nd Floor)
816 Town and Country Boulevard
Houston, Texas  77024
(Near I-10 & Beltway 8)

Timeline of Events

Registration check-in
Silent Auction begins (Magnolia Ballroom)
Two cash bars open                       

Doors open to the Red Oak Ballroom                                                   
Welcome & Invocation
Plated-dinner will be served

Slideshow presentation and dinner music

Silent Auction closes

Introduction of Candidates escorted by
  Tomball Memorial High School MJROTC Cadets

Crowning Ceremony for Cinderella & Prince Charming

Guests of Honor Musical Talent Presentation
Video presentation
Candidates' Musical Performance choreographed
  by Dana Sparks, TUTS

Silent Auction check-out begins
Dancing begins for everyone

Don't lose your glass slipper on the way out!

Guest Attire:  "Black Tie Formal"
The dress code is Black Tie Formal attire.  We encourage the gentlemen to wear a tuxedo if at all possible, otherwise suit and tie.  The ladies are requested to wear a formal long ball gown.

$10 Valet Parking Passes

Passes are available for purchase at the Down Syndrome Academy for $10 until Friday, March 16, 2018.  Having the pass will speed up the process when picking up your car. 

Hotel Sorella Room Reservations

Hotel Sorella is located adjacent to the Norris Conference Center and they have reserved a block of rooms at a discounted price.  If you are interested in staying overnight, please call Rosa Rocha at (281) 989-0345 or you can send an email to as soon as possible for more details.  Please note that there are a limited number of rooms available. (

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