Galveston-Houston Families Exploring Down Syndrome
Eighth Annual
Step Up for Down Syndrome Walk Fundraiser

October 28th, 2017
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Walter Hall Park
League City, Texas
About the Walk



The devastation of Hurricane Harvey has impacted the entire community along the Gulf Coast and particularly in the Galveston-Houston area that GHFEDS serves. At least ten GHFEDS member-families have been directly affected by the storm, and virtually all of us have family or friends who have suffered damage or loss to their homes, businesses and schools.


GHFEDS has traditionally held its annual fundraiser and community awareness event - the Step Up for Down Syndrome Walk - in October. The Step Up Walk provides an opportunity for GHFEDS members, friends, family and the community to come together to celebrate individuals with Down syndrome and to support the organization.


While Harvey has not dampened our spirits or detracted from the GHFEDS mission to serve its members, we recognize that the community must focus on recovery and rebuilding in the immediate aftermath of the storm. For this reason, the GHFEDS Board made the decision to cancel this year’s Step Up Walk. GHFEDS is financially sound thanks to the generous support of our members, sponsors and the community, and will continue to provide the social, educational, and enrichment events and other services to GHFEDS members as we look forward to resuming the Step Up Walk in October 2018. For those who have already registered for this year’s walk as Team Captains or team members, more information will be provided in a separate email.


While this is a difficult time for many individuals and families in our community, GHFEDS would like to acknowledge the tremendous outpouring of support from individuals and organizations seeking to help the GHFEDS families who have been directly affected by the devastation of Harvey. The GHFEDS Board has collected supplies, donated gift cards and other items and facilitated distribution of the generous donations of many organizations and individuals to the GHFEDS families affected by Harvey. We are grateful to all of those who have sought to assist and support our families during this difficult time.


Warmest regards,


GHFEDS Board of Directors



2017 GHFEDS Step Up For Down Syndrome Walk

October 28th, 2017
Walter Hall Park in League City.

2017 Goal - $65,000

The walk is the primary fundraiser for GHFEDS and will provide the resources for many of our programs including our educational meetings and workshops, socials, annual conference, summer program, education grants, outreach, new parent baskets, and much more. 

Will you help us reach our goal! It is important to reach a Goal of $65,000 this year to continue to provide current programs and establish new programs in 2018 for our families.

GHFEDS is excited to host the walk at Walter Hall Park, 807 Hwy 3 League City 77573. Map location or directions click here

The Master of Ceremonies is Keith Garvin, news anchor for KPRC Channel 2 News.

Team Captains

If you are a returning Team Captain or new Team Captain please click on the TUTORIALS tab above for step by step instructions on logging in, setting up your team and setting up your team page.


Vendors are welcomed and will be provided one table and 2 chairs, vendor registration is $100, click the Vendors button on the right to register. You will need to choose Register to the general event and then choose Vendor Registration.


Click the Important Links tab above to direct you to Volunteer Registration.


A light breakfast including donuts, kolaches, snacks, cotton candy, popcorn, bottled water and Capri Sun's will be served for FREE.


Top prizes will be awarded to the Team Captain who is top fundraiser, has largest team, and has best banner or themed team.

Team Captains who raises $1000 or more will be in a drawing for an iPad and raffle prizes will go to Team Captains who raise $500 or more.


Registration is FREE for the Team Captains and the Individuals with Down syndrome!!

Ages 13 and up is $15
Ages 12 and under is $5


FREE amusements - DJ/music/dance floor, train, petting zoo, 4-way bungee, slides and moon walks, clown, balloon art, HLSR clowns, face painting, rock wall, photo booth, water balls.

Special guests TBA.

We will be honoring advocates for Down syndrome awareness, TBA.


We appreciate your support and look forward to seeing you at the Walk!


2016 Walk Pictures
GHFEDS 2017 Goal


22 Teams

101 Walkers
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Key Dates to Remember


October 9th - $500+ Sponsorship (for printing purposes)
October 9th - Registration deadline for guaranteed Walk shirt
October 16th - Walk Sign & Button orders due


**Walk shirt pick up - TBA

Theme Colors:

Individuals with Down syndrome - Purple Shirt/White Logo

Walkers - Orange Shirt/Black Logo

Volunteers - White Shirt/Purple Logo

Board Members - Black Shirt/Purple, Orange and White Logo

Thank You To Our Sponsors
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