It was a hot but magical day at our first ever family fun day event!! Thanks to all who joined us as well as our unbelievable sponsors who made this event happen!! If you weren’t able to join us check out these great photos from Alex + Brenda photography.
Sponsors Who Made This Event Possible
Blank Children’s Hospital (Title Sponsor)
Blank Children’s Hospital is a 96-bed facility committed to family-centered healing, caring and teaching for children across Iowa. An additional 60 beds are available at our Maternity Centers located at Iowa Methodist Medical Center, Iowa Lutheran Hospital and Methodist West Hospital.
With hundreds of providers and nurses who care for patients from before birth through adolescence, Blank Children’s is a hospital unlike any other. The number of medical specialists, programs and services is continually growing to improve patient care and meet the changing health needs of children and families.
At Blank Children’s Hospital, we embrace a family-centered care philosophy where families are recognized as the most important part of a child’s healing process and are encouraged to be actively involved in patient care the constant in children’s lives. We are committed to family-centered healing, caring and teaching.
Ingrid Williams Real Estate (Gold)
Ingrid Williams is a mom of five and a licensed Realtor for Re/Max Precision. Several of our DMMB families and readers have had the honor of working with her, and she is highly recommended throughout Central Iowa.
To receive amazing local coupons and/or real estate advice, contactIngrid at [email protected] and she’ll add you to her monthly email list.
And for help in determining if this is the right time for you to sell your home, give her a call at 515.371.5277 and she’ll be glad to come out and do a free market analysis on your home.
Trixies Salon (Silver)
Whether you’re new to town or have lived here all your life, you have likely heard of Trixies Salon. Located at 6209 SE 14th Street, Des Moines, Trixies is the only Aveda Concept Salon on the south side.
Trixies. Even the name sounds FUN! But the fun doesn’t stop there. Their mission is personal. Unique. In addition to everything you would expect from any Aveda Salon, Trixies offers a color lounge that guests relax in and receive complimentary services that they pick from a menu.
Alex and Brenda Langpaul are a husband and wife photography team based in the Des Moines area. They love connecting with people through photography by capturing moments with honest emotion and beautiful light. While Alex and Brenda love photographing families, newborns, engagements, weddings, and senior portraits, it’s equally important to them that you feel comfortable and have a good time being photographed. They are including a 10% off discount code for all DMMB readers and giving away a free family photo session at the event.
The food trucks listed below will be available throughout the entire event for your family to purchase dinner from! The majority of the food trucks take cash and cards. Such a fun way to support local businesses and try new foods! This list will be growing daily so be sure to check over on the events page where you will see more come in!! A big thanks to Godfather’s in Ankeny for providing pizza for our event as well.
Dessert Sponsor: Thelma’s Ice Cream Sandwiches
A huge thank you to Thelm’s for the yummy treats to help us cool off. Dereck Lewis and his mom started delivering warm cookies around Des Moines a few years ago and they were an instant hit—especially in the winter. But when summer rolled around, it seemed people preferred a cool treat. So, we put fresh ice cream between two wholesome homemade cookies. We began selling them at the Downtown Des Moines Farmers’ Market four years ago, but soon people craved more. Now we offer our sweet sandwiches through a great group of retailers from Omaha to the Quad Cities and up to Minneapolis.
You can find Thelma’s handmade ice cream sandwiches in the frozen section of your local Fareway, Hy-Vee, Gateway Market, and at the Thelma’s store at 505 East Grand Suite 104 in Des Moines’ East Village.
For a full list of retailers or to order weekday warm cookies for delivery, visit us at thelmastreats.com.
Drink Sponsor: Crystal Clear
Crystal Clear Bottled Water is a locally owned and operated business proudly serving Des Moines since 1975. Every day, Crystal Clear provides delivery of pure, safe bottled water and coffee products to customers across Iowa. And, their water treatment systems provide quality water for home and office daily.
Serving West Des Moines, Clive, Grimes, Granger, Ankeny, Altoona, Pleasant Hill, and Indianola from the Des Moines location, and serving many other cities in Iowa through one of their distributors.
Lemonade Stand for a Cause: Gigi’s Playhouse
Thank you to everyone who stopped out at the Gigi’s Playhouse lemonade stand. Learn more about their achievement center and the amazing individuals they serve all while enjoying a yummy drink! The lemonade stand at this event along with many others happening this summer throughout Iowa promote the acceptance and inclusion of individuals with Down syndrome while raising money to keep educational and social programming FREE to our families at GiGi’s Playhouse! Amazing!
GiGi’s Playhouse is a community of achievement centers serving individuals with Down syndrome and their families.
Our Mission: To increase positive awareness of Down syndrome through national campaigns and educational and therapeutic programs, and by empowering individuals with Down syndrome, their families, and the community.
Our Vision: To see a world where all individuals with Down syndrome are accepted and embraced in their families, schools, and communities!
We offer educational, therapeutic based, and career development programs free of charge so that cost is never a barrier to participation or achievement. Beginning as a single location in a Chicago suburb, GiGi’s Playhouse has grown into an international phenomenon with 30 permanent locations spreading awareness and inspiration to everyone it touches. All of our programs aim to maximize self-confidence and empower individuals to attain their greatest potential! By helping individuals with Down syndrome reach their greatest potential, we continue to change outdated perceptions and enrich the quality of many more lives.
Together we turn belief into achievement!