Monthly Archives: July 2009

Time to make some change

pennies for jessica graphic photoand  tagline onlyJust in time for fall, the CdLS Foundation is excited to announce it’s new program, which will use common “cents” to make some real change for those with CdLS. Introducing Pennies for Jessica, a fundraising program available to clubs & organizations throughout the country.

Pennies for Jessica is designed to increase awareness of CdLS in your community and raise funds to provide family support services to families affected by the syndrome. It’s inspired by Jessica, a young girl with CdLS from Mississippi, who began collecting pennies for the CdLS Foundation more than a decade ago. This program is open to any club or organization interested in supporting programs to help disabled children.

Here’s how it works: Representatives from clubs/organizations contact the CdLS Foundation to schedule a free presentation by a Foundation volunteer at a monthly meeting. The volunteers is provided with all the materials needed for a successful presentation. After the presentation, members are asked to distribute Pennies for Jessica collection boxes throughout their communities. Members also have the option of setting up tables at grocery stores and other high traffic areas and collecting the donations personally.

This program is designed to be easy. The event can start any time after the Pennies for Jessica presentation is given and can last for a week, a month, a season, or continually. The organization simply chooses a time frame and how many boxes it wants to distribute. That’s it!

Why participate?  The great thing about this event is that it benefits everyone. Funds raised support the Foundation and those it serves while clubs & organizations get a crash course in CdLS awareness while showing their support for disabled children and their commitment to community service.

We hope that Pennies for Jessica will truly “Provide Hope Through Change.” If you’d like to learn more about this event, know of an organization who’d like to participate, or want to volunteer as a presenter, please contact Gail at or call the office at 800-753-2357. Together, we can make a litte change go a long way! – JS


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On the run in Indiana

For all you Midwesterners looking to get some exercise and raise money for a great cause, we have just the event for you: the 10th Annual Lapel Village Fair Run/Walk on Saturday, July 11. The event, organized by Tammy and Scott, parents to 19-year-old Conrad, benefits the CdLS Foundation.
The event begins at 7:30 a.m. at Lapel High School, 1850 South 900 West in Lapel, IN. Click here for a map and directions. Registration is from 6:45 – 7:15 a.m.

Whether you’re a runner at heart or just enjoy a lazy stroll, this event has something for everyone. You can participate in the 5K run/walk for $19 or enjoy a one-mile fun walk free of charge.

Awards are given to the top three runners  and walkers in each age group, as well as the top overall male and female runners.

For more information, call the Foundation at 800-753-2357 or email Thanks to Tammy and Scott for organizing this event. Have a great summer! – JS

Runners from the 2007 event

Runners from the 2007 event

P.S. Midwestern fundraising is heating up. Next is the 11th Annual Illinois CdLS Golf Fundraiser on Aug. 3. Click here for more details about this and other upcoming events or email

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