The Riverbend Down Syndrome Association Hosts Successful 2nd Annual Buddy Walk

The RDSA raises over $15,000 at their Buddy Walk event.

Online PR News – 15-November-2013 – EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – The Riverbend Down Syndrome Association, a local association dedicated to raising awareness of Down syndrome, hosted their 2nd Annual Buddy Walk®, here, at the Gardens on the campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. The event took place on Sat., October 19 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Approximately 400 people participated in the Buddy Walk® this year on the sunny, crisp Saturday morning and enjoyed taking a casual stroll through the beautiful gardens on the local campus, all while raising awareness for Down syndrome. The event was a big success, and everyone who attended had fun while supporting a great cause.

“This is our one event in which we try to bring everyone, including friends and family, out to celebrate and have a good time,” said Marc Mitchell, President of Riverbend Down Syndrome Association. “It’s a fun way to bring awareness to the Riverbend Down Syndrome Association and to the Down syndrome community.”

There were plenty of hot dogs and hamburgers for all participants to enjoy. Food was provided by Incredible Events. The children also enjoyed inflatable bounce houses, games, and many prizes at the event, and the Beverly Farm Equestrian Team provided horseback rides for the participants.

Members of the Riverbend Down Syndrome Association showcased some of their talents for entertainment at the event. The Beverly Farm choir sang for the crowd, and members Claire Eastwood and Christian Bristol also provided a few violin pieces.

A dance team from Premier Dance Studio performed to the music of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” followed by the Riverbend Dance team. Perhaps the best dance happened when member Ellen Singh gave a sample of the KinderMusik classes she teaches with the members, who range from 3 to 5 years in age.

“They were simply too cute for words to describe,” said Mitchell.

Over $15,000 was raised at this year’s Buddy Walk®, and one hundred percent of the proceeds will go toward the events and activities that the Riverbend Down Syndrome Association sponsor each year. The money raised this year increased from last year’s raised funds of $9,000.

This year as an extra incentive, the member who raised the most money has the chance to get his or her picture displayed on a billboard.

The Riverbend Down Syndrome Association would like to thank the following key sponsors for the event: Beverly Farm, CJD E-Cycling, Incredible Events, and Tiger Power Football Booster Club. The association also extends its thanks to their additional sponsors, which include Cassens and Sons, Inc., Challenge United, Inc., Culver’s of Edwardsville, The Edwardsville YMCA, Glazy Squares Donuts, Felty Photography, Friends of Eddie Lee Jackson, Gateway Family Church, Premier Dance Studio, SIUE Credit Union, The Bank of Edwardsville, and Xtreme Graphix and T’s.

The Riverbend Down Syndrome Association is a volunteer-run organization that provides information and support to parents of children with Down syndrome in Southwestern Illinois and the Greater St. Louis region. The association’s mission is to advocate for the needs of those with Down syndrome, offer support, acceptance, and encouragement for parents and families of those with Down syndrome, to educate the community and increase the awareness of Down syndrome, and to promote inclusive environments for all.

The Riverbend Down Syndrome Association is incorporated in Illinois as a non-profit corporation and a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. They are also an affiliate of the National Down Syndrome Society and are a community group of the Greater St. Louis Down Syndrome Association.

The group hosts monthly meetings for those who reside in the Metro East region. All Metro East residents are welcome to attend.

For more information or to join the Riverbend Down Syndrome Association’s mailing list, please call (618) 288-2555 or email