Thanks for Steppin’ Up

October 28, 2013

A huge thank you goes out to everyone who supported us by walking with, and donating to, our Step Up for Down Syndrome team! The support really means a lot to me!

We had nineteen team members, and lots of amazing donators! Thanks to everyone’s generosity, we were able to raise $1,530! All of the money raised for the Step Up Walk stays here in the Kansas City area and will benefit the Down Syndrome Guild of Greater Kansas City! It is an awesome local organization whose mission is to provide support and resources for individuals with Down syndrome and their families. DSG also seeks to provide the entire community with information and education to broaden awareness and foster positive attitudes regarding people with Down syndrome.

The morning started out a bit chilly, but really, given the sun shine and the slight breeze, we could not have asked for a more beautiful day. As long as you were wearing layers, it was enjoyable! Although everyone wasn’t able to make the team photo, I did make everyone present take off their outer layers and show off this year’s Chiefs colored t-shirts.

There are always must conquer activities and must devour foods – for kids and adults! I know the kids in our group enjoyed the bounce houses, pony rides, kettle corn, hot dogs and ice cream, met a clown or two and loaded up on sugar! The adults needed to carry the kids for a one mile stroll around Arrowhead Stadium as all the sugar sent the kids into sugar coma exhaustion! I guess that just means all the adults were able to burn off those bags of kettle corn, multiple rice krispy treats and cups of coffee that they had enjoyed!

All in all, it was a very successful, beautiful day filled with lots of love, family, friends and support for everyone in attendance! Thanks to everyone who helped make the day awesome!

And, big thanks to my Dad…most of these photos are his doing!!

Join Our Team!

September 17, 2013

This year will likely be the last year for the Photography by Brandi Team at the annual Step Up for Down Syndrome Walk, and I am hoping to make it our best! To do this, I need all of your help and support! Join the Photography by Brandi team and walk with us. It’s an amazing day, and definitely worthwhile!

This year’s walk, with lots of pre-walk festivities, will take place the morning of Saturday, October 26th! Just three days before my birthday. There must be something about my birthday and the walk…they just go together!

The deadline to have the Photography by Brandi team name printed on your t-shirt is September 27th, so join my team today!! Click the Join Photography by Brandi link.

It’s the perfect event for kids, babies and adults of every age! Not only is the walk the easiest, low key stroll you’ve ever taken, but the food and activities beforehand are awesome!
- TONS of food: including fried chicken, kettle corn, smoothies, ice cream, cupcakes and even coffee for crazy peeps like me!
- Games for all the kids (big and small): Jumps and slide moon bouncers, rock climbing wall, carnival rides and games, horseback rides.
- Entertainment: roaming clowns, magicians, stilt walkers and stage performances including music and dancing. Also, new this year is a dance party tent!
- Chiefs football players signing autographs and cheering everyone on at the start line! KC Wolf giving hugs and posing for party pics.
- Thousands of friends (old and new) supporting each other!

…AND, best of all, lots of money is raised to support all the amazing things the Down Syndrome Guild of Greater Kansas City does for the community!

We will be setting up a hang out tent and bringing fun games, yummy snacks, and making a day of it. This is something you won’t want to miss!

If you can’t walk with us, we completely understand. We would still love and appreciate your support via a donation…every penny makes a difference! Click the Donate to Photography by Brandi link.

Just in case you need some motivation to participate, here is the link to last year’s event. We had a blast!

Walk With Me

August 7, 2013

The date for the annual Step Up for Down Syndrome Walk is Saturday, October 26th!

Last year was a chilly, but great experience and it was the fourth year we had our very own team…the Photography by Brandi team! We had 14 team members and raised more than $1,200.

This year, will you help me beat that?!? To do this, I need all of your help and support! Join the Photography by Brandi team and walk with us. It’s an amazing day, and definitely worthwhile!

It’s the perfect event for kids, babies and adults of every age! Not only is the walk the easiest, low key stroll you’ve ever taken, but the food and activities beforehand are awesome!

- TONS of food: including hot dogs, Italian sausage, kettle corn, ice cream and popsicles and even coffee for crazy peeps like me!
- Games for all the kids (big and small): Jumps and slide moon bouncers, rock climbing wall, carnival rides and games, horseback rides.
- Entertainment: roaming clowns and magicians (this past year there were even a couple of entertainers on stilts!) and stage performances including music and dancing.
- Chiefs football players signing autographs and cheering everyone on at the start line! KC Wolf giving hugs and posing for party pics.
- Thousands of friends (old and new) supporting each other!

…AND, best of all, lots of money is raised to support all the amazing things the Down Syndrome Guild of Greater Kansas City does for the community!

We will be setting up a hang out tent and bringing fun games, yummy snacks, and making a day of it. This is something you won’t want to miss! Mark your calendars!

Or, even better, join my team today!! Click the Walk for Photography by Brandi link.

Just in case you need some motivation to participate, here is the link to last year’s event. We had a blast!

Chills, Thrills & Grills

November 1, 2012

This was definitely the coldest Step Up for Down Syndrome Walk we have participated in! It was quite entertaining, walking through all the team tents and seeing the variety of portable heaters on display! I should have checked out each heater, to determine which one worked the best. If the weather is forecasted to be this cold next year, we will definitely be supplying a heater! I was bundled up, but by the end I had lost feeling in my toes, fingers and nose!

We had a small team of walkers this year, but our donators were very generous and we raised $1,290! Thank you to everyone who donated!!

A huge thank you to all our walkers! I know standing on concrete, in 40 degree weather early in the morning, is not exactly what everyone signed up for, but you were all great sports, and I think we had a pretty fun time, despite the chills!

We set up our tent and did some mingling, visiting clients and chatting with other teams. We sampled the Kettle Corn, ate some Krispy Kreme donuts and drank chocolate milk, had fried Twinkies, grilled some delicious Turkey Burgers, ate some healthy veggies and home grown pears, and topped it off with Otis Spunkmeyer cookies. We unbundled for a team photo (yes, everyone was thrilled with me for that great idea!) and then walked off all those calories in a very fast paced, one mile walk around Arrowhead Stadium! (Everyone walks a lot faster when they’re cold and have no feeling in their feet!)

(Yes, I did a bad photographer thing…we were staring into the sun! There were just SO many people in attendance…(AWESOME)…that we didn’t have any options if we wanted our sign in the photo. We’ve had the sign every year, so staring into the sun it was!)

Step Up is Quickly Approaching

October 17, 2012

There are less than two weeks before the annual Step Up for Down Syndrome Walk on October 27th! We are over half way to our fundraising goal, but could still use your help!

All the donations we receive will stay in the Kansas City area, and benefit the Down Syndrome Guild of Greater Kansas City! This is an awesome local organization whose mission is to provide support and resources for individuals with Down syndrome and their families. DSG also seeks to provide the entire community with information and education to broaden awareness and foster positive attitudes regarding people with Down syndrome.

Use this link to donate to the Photography by Brandi team! Every penny counts!

Join Our Team!

September 24, 2012

The date for the annual Step Up for Down Syndrome Walk is Saturday, October 27th!

Last year was such a fun experience and it was the third year we had our very own team…the Photography by Brandi team! We had 16 team members and raised more than $1,400.

This year, will you help me beat that?!? To do this, I need all of your help and support! Join the Photography by Brandi team and walk with us. It’s an amazing day, and definitely worthwhile!

It’s the perfect event for kids, babies and adults of every age! Not only is the walk the easiest, low key stroll you’ve ever taken, but the food and activities beforehand are awesome!

- TONS of food: including hot dogs, Italian sausage, kettle corn, ice cream and popsicles and even coffee for crazy peeps like me!
- Games for all the kids (big and small): Jumps and slide moon bouncers, rock climbing wall, carnival rides and games, horseback rides.
- Entertainment: roaming clowns and magicians (this past year there were even a couple of entertainers on stilts!) and stage performances including music and dancing.
- Chiefs football players signing autographs and cheering everyone on at the start line! KC Wolf giving hugs and posing for party pics.
- Thousands of friends (old and new) supporting each other!

…AND, best of all, lots of money is raised to support all the amazing things the Down Syndrome Guild of Greater Kansas City does for the community!

We will be setting up a hang out tent and bringing fun games, yummy snacks, and making a day of it. This is something you won’t want to miss! Mark your calendars!

Or, even better, join my team today!! Click the Walk for Photography by Brandi link.

Just in case you need some motivation to participate, here is the link to last year’s event. We had a blast!

Walk With Me

July 31, 2012

The date for the annual Step Up for Down Syndrome Walk is Saturday, October 27th!

Last year was such a fun experience and it was the third year we had our very own team…the Photography by Brandi team! We had 16 team members and raised more than $1,400.

This year, will you help me beat that?!? To do this, I need all of your help and support! Join the Photography by Brandi team and walk with us. It’s an amazing day, and definitely worthwhile!

It’s the perfect event for kids, babies and adults of every age! Not only is the walk the easiest, low key stroll you’ve ever taken, but the food and activities beforehand are awesome!

- TONS of food: including hot dogs, Italian sausage, kettle corn, ice cream and popsicles and even coffee for crazy peeps like me!
- Games for all the kids (big and small): Jumps and slide moon bouncers, rock climbing wall, carnival rides and games, horseback rides.
- Entertainment: roaming clowns and magicians (this past year there were even a couple of entertainers on stilts!) and stage performances including music and dancing.
- Chiefs football players signing autographs and cheering everyone on at the start line! KC Wolf giving hugs and posing for party pics.
- Thousands of friends (old and new) supporting each other!

…AND, best of all, lots of money is raised to support all the amazing things the Down Syndrome Guild of Greater Kansas City does for the community!

We will be setting up a hang out tent and bringing fun games, yummy snacks, and making a day of it. This is something you won’t want to miss! Mark your calendars!

Or, even better, join my team today!! Click the Walk for Photography by Brandi link.

Just in case you need some motivation to participate, here is the link to last year’s event. We had a blast!

Just Released – The Step Up Date!

June 4, 2012

The date for the annual Step Up for Down Syndrome Walk has been released! It will be Saturday, October 27th!

Yes, I know, it’s still many months away, but last year was such a fun experience, I can’t wait for this year to top it! Last year, we had 16 team members and raised more than $1,400. This year, will you help me beat that?!?

Mark your calendars, or even better, join my team today!! Click the Walk for Photography by Brandi link.

Just in case you need some motivation to participate, here is the link to last year’s event. We had a blast!

A Celebration

November 4, 2011

A huge thank you goes out to everyone who supported us by walking with, and donating to, our Step Up for Down Syndrome team! The support really means a lot to me!

The walk as a whole raised over $450,000…which is just awesome!! All that money stays here in the Kansas City area and will benefit the Down Syndrome Guild of Greater Kansas City! It is an awesome local organization whose mission is to provide support and resources for individuals with Down syndrome and their families. DSG also seeks to provide the entire community with information and education to broaden awareness and foster positive attitudes regarding people with Down syndrome.

The morning started out a bit chilly, but when you’re talking about late October at 8 o’clock in the morning…we were actually pretty lucky. As the sun rose, the warmth level also rose. Although a somewhat chilly breeze did kick up, there was not a drop of rain, sleet or snow at Arrowhead stadium.

Bellies were filled full with everything from Brats and Hamburgers, to Krispy Kreme, Smallcakes, Smoothies, Kettle Corm and Ice Cream! Bouncers and slides were conquered. Jugglers and clowns entertained.

Over 8,000 walkers lined up for a one mile stroll around Arrowhead Stadium. Considering the sheer number of walkers, everyone kept a pretty good pace, laughing and smiling the entire time.

With the walk being the same day as my birthday, I was blessed with some extra goodies and treats! A huge thanks to Dad and Mom for a delicious birthday cake! Starbucks goodies from Becky, Grace and Tracy…me thinks they know the way to my heart! And an awesome new tray (just for Rice Krispy treats) from the Winchel family…yeah they know me too well! Thank you all for making my birthday and the walk a day to remember!!

It was definitely a celebration of life, love, family, friends and even turning another year older!

Thanks to my Dad, I actually made it into a bunch of photos! :-)

Step Up is Quickly Approaching

October 19, 2011

There are less than two weeks before the annual Step Up for Down Syndrome Walk on October 29th! We are over half way to our fundraising goal, but could still use your help!

All the donations we receive will stay in the Kansas City area, and benefit the Down Syndrome Guild of Greater Kansas City! This is an awesome local organization whose mission is to provide support and resources for individuals with Down syndrome and their families. DSG also seeks to provide the entire community with information and education to broaden awareness and foster positive attitudes regarding people with Down syndrome.

Use this link to donate to the Photography by Brandi team! Every penny counts!

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