Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization To Host Uncorked Aug. 27

Event Chair Erin Allen with her son Grayson and husband Corey.

The Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization will hold its eighth annual “Uncorked: An Evening of Downright ExtraOrdinary Food and Wine” on Tuesday, Aug. 27 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Wine Cellar in Renaissance Commons (1500 Gateway Blvd., Boynton Beach). Guests will enjoy a variety of fine wines and food. Admission is $20 per person in advance and $30 at the door, space permitting.

Funds from the event will be used to support the Gold Coast Resource Center, which houses programs that help Palm Beach County children and adults with Down syndrome and their families. Erin Allen is chairing the event, and catering is provided by Nature’s Corner Café.

“Seven years ago, when we started Uncorked, Gold Coast had just moved into our Resource Center — a huge step for us, as we had never rented our own building,” Gold Coast Executive Director Anne Dichele said. “We decided to do a fun event to help with some of the expenses. Uncorked turned out to be hugely popular and has become our fun way of kicking off our big fall walk and raising those extra funds. Because of our Resource Center, we have added programs for infants and toddlers, teens and their families and adults. We are so grateful to all the attendees over the years who have helped make these programs possible.”

Event Chair Erin Allen invited everyone to join in the event.

“I am delighted again to be the Uncorked chair. Over the past seven years, the evening has raised more than $20,000 for the Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization,” she said. “As the mother of a child with Down syndrome, I can speak from personal experience about how Gold Coast uses those funds to change lives. When Grayson was born five years ago, my husband Corey and I felt overwhelmed. Luckily, we found Gold Coast almost right away. Now we have parents who share their wisdom and kindness, children and adults with Down syndrome who make us believe in Grayson’s bright future, and a staff who are passionately dedicated to removing any obstacles to our son’s success. Our journey isn’t always easy. But it makes all the difference that we don’t have to make that journey alone.”

To make reservations, https://www.eventbrite.com/e/uncorkeda-downright-extraordinary-evening-of-wine-and-food-tickets-63451162134 or mail a check with guest names to: GCDSO, 915 S. Federal Highway, Boynton Beach, FL 33435. For more information, contact Corinne Pike at goldcoastdsorg@att.net or (561) 752-3383.

Uncorked kicks off Gold Coast’s 25th annual walk for Down syndrome, now called the DownRight ExtraOrdinary Walk, which will take place on Oct. 13 from 8 a.m. to noon at John Prince Park in Lake Worth. The fun family event includes a one-mile walk, free breakfast, bounce houses, a petting zoo, a rock wall, pony rides, children’s games, face painting, a dunk tank, entertainment and more. Hot dogs and drinks will be available for a small suggested donation, courtesy of G4S.

The event is expected to attract 2,000 people and raise $170,000 in support of Gold Coast programs. Visit www.ds-stride.org/downrightextraordinary to register.

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