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Celebrities with Down Syndrome will Join DSAOC at Pacific City for WDSD

by: Lauren Sibus
Posted: March 21, 2018

HUNTINGTON BEACH...On Wednesday, March 21, 2018, hundreds of people will gather at Pacific City 21010 Pacific Coast Highway in Huntington Beach to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day. Attendees will shop, dine, mingle and enjoy music, special guests and a group photo on the Main Deck to commemorate the gathering beginning at 5:30 p.m. Group photo will be taken at 6:15 p.m. on the Main Deck. The event will conclude at 7:30 p.m.

Celebrity guests include cast members from A&E’s Emmy award winning show “Born This Way”, who will be available for autographs and will be selling merchandise. Orange County’s own DJ Willpower, an adult with Down syndrome, will be spinning tunes throughout the evening.

World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD), March 21, is a global awareness day which has been officially observed by the United Nations since 2012. All over the world, celebrations of all kinds will be occurring. This year, the Down Syndrome Association of Orange County (DSAOC) celebrates their 40th year of providing critical programs, services and resources for the greater Orange County community. Parent volunteers Michelle Hopkins and Melanie Peters worked with DSAOC in 2013 to build the event as a way to celebrate with local families and create opportunities for spreading awareness. Down syndrome is the most commonly occurring chromosomal condition in the United States.

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