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

Local photographers donated photo sessions to capture compelling images of these children in their favorite settings.

Following the Virtual Premiere on September 12, the 2021 collection will be on display soon at the Koger Center for the Arts and will remain on display through the end of October. Appointments are required to view the exhibit and may be made by calling 803-777-7500. 

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

Visit businesses across the greater downtown area who are destinations on the LOOK! Art Walk.

Each destination is hosting one or more photos from our existing LOOK! collection—creating the exciting LOOK! Art Walk!

Visit each location to view the photos and read the inspiring stories accompanying them.

Visiting these destinations is an opportunity to support children and youth with disabilities, and the mission of Family Connection!

The LOOK! Art Walk runs through December!