The 3rd Annual Buddy Walk “Uncorked” Event Returns

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The third annual Buddy Walk “Uncorked” event, a special wine tasting fundraiser, was held at The Wine Cellar of Boynton Beach on July 30th, and kicked off the 20th Annual Buddy Walk, which benefits Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization, a non-profit serving children and adults with Down syndrome. During the event guests enjoyed a variety of wines and food. All ticket proceeds, as well as 30 percent of wine purchased at the tasting, benefited the Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization Resource Center, which houses programs for children and adults with down syndrome. Event co-charis Erin Allen and Bethany Pauley encouraged everyone to register early and come out and support the 20th Annual Buddy Walk. “When my son was born with down syndrome, the Gold Coast organization was there for my family,” said Allen. “[We are] happy to say thank you by serving on the Buddy Walk Committee and raising money that will help families like ours.” In 1995, the Buddy Walk was launched by the National Down Syndrome Society and Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization was one of the original 17 sites. Today Gold Coast is one of two organizations out of the 300 walk sites nationally that have been running Buddy Walks for twenty years. This year the walk will be held on Sunday, October 19 at John Prince Park from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event consists of the walk, complimentary breakfast, bounce houses, rock wall, a petting zoo, pony rides, face painting, dunk tank, live entertainment, an auction/raffle, and more. For more information or to register, go to ds.donordrive.com/gcdso. The event is expected to attract nearly 3,000 people, and raise $175,000 for Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization programs.