Calling All STARS

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Casting Call – Calling all self-advocates, your family members & friends! We are looking to recognize “STARS” who have Down syndrome during “DS Action’s 5th Annual Comedy Ball”! Please complete the forms and include 2 photos of your “STAR”.

5th Annual Comedy Ball – “The Stars Come Out at Night” on Nov. 30th

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This annual charity comedy event and auction raises funds to support individuals with Down syndrome and their families. To recognize those who we serve, the theme for this milestone event is “Hollywood – The Stars Come Out at Night”.

The evening will begin when the red carpet is rolled out and guests begin arriving at 5 p.m. There will be musical entertainment and viewing of auction items, followed by a presentation by DS Action, live/silent auctions, and a spectacular comedy lineup. The proceeds generated from this event will support DS Action projects, including the Down Syndrome Center at Rady Children’s Hospital.

We will be announcing all of the performers soon. Watch our FaceBook page to be the first to know. Tickets will be available in October. If you would like to receive an invitation, please email your contact information to us at:

Would you like to get involved with this event? There are sponsorship opportunities available. Also, we are looking for live/silent auction items and items to place in the event guest bags. Please contact us at: (619)694-4615 or

Details coming soon……

Down Syndrome Center


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