Our Events

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Buddy Walk

As part of Down Syndrome Awareness Month each October, Buddy Walk is a celebration for families who have a child with Down syndrome. Teams fundraise online and Family Connection hosts a festive walk and outdoor get together where families build relationships with each other and our participating businesses and community members.

Buddy Walk 2021 will be held on October 24th at the Athletic fields at Saluda Shaols Park!

Hopes & Dreams Conference

Our Hopes and Dreams Conference offers professionals, family members and self-advocates an opportunity to learn more about resources and support available to the special needs community. Family members can connect with professionals, and this increased communication sets the stage for children and individuals with disabilities to reach their full potential.

Thank you to all who participated in our virtual event this year! Check back for our 2022 conference details!

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LOOK! 2021 Photography Exhibit

LOOK! is a photography exhibit showcasing the beauty and unique abilities of the children of families we serve. 

Local photographers donate their time to capture compelling photos of these children in their favorite settings.

The 2021 collection will be presented for the first time on August 22nd at Koger Center for the Arts and will remain on display through the end of October.

The LOOK! Exhibit speaks to our goals of inclusion, equity, and community. We hope visitors take a moment to reflect, and to see the joy and everyday moments experienced by children and youth who also happen to have a disability.

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LOOK! Art Walk

As an introduction to the 2021 LOOK! Exhibit, we are bringing pieces of our existing LOOK! collection to businesses across the city—creating an exciting LOOK! Art Walk!

Hosting pieces of the LOOK! collection is an opportunity for you to support children and youth with disabilities and the mission of Family Connection! It’s also a way to bring new visitors to your business, as the art walk will be actively promoted by Family Connection and all of the participating LOOK! Art Walkhost destinations through a variety of media channels from July through December.

Put your business on the map and become a destination on the LOOK! Art Walk!  Business owners: you can still become a location on the Art Walk–sign up by July 30th!