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Welcome to the Down Syndrome Association of Houston's

14th Annual Buddy Walk and
1st Annual Houston Buddy Run

 Saturday, November 8, 2014
8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Buddy Run 8 a.m.  ~ Buddy Bash 9 a.m.
The Walk  11:30 a.m. 

Diamond Lot ~ MINUTE MAID PARK  ~ Downtown Houston

Thank you Houston Buddy Walk GOLD Sponsors!


Thank you Houston Buddy Walk SILVER Sponsors!


News you can use!!!


Important Deadlines: 

10/6 - 31/2014- Voting period for Royal Family. Voting ends @ 4:00pm on 10/31.
10/20 - 11/7 - Registration WITHOUT T-SHIRT continues  
10/24/2014 - Last day for Vendor Booths.
10/31/2014 – Last day for Buddy of the Year Nominations
10/31/2014 – Royal Family Winners announced @ 5:00pm via facebook
11/1/2014 - T-shirt Pick-Up at DSAH Resource Center from 10am – 4pm!! This is the ONLY day available for shirt pick up on a first come first serve basis, so please send a team representative if the team captain is unable to come. Any shirts not picked up this day will be available for sale at the event. You can also turn in any donations made to your team as well as pick up your posters.
11/1/2014 – Deadline to bring raffle baskets to the DSRC for the Raffle Basket Area
11/3/2014 - Deadline to WIN Top 10 Fundraising Teams!! Online donations count up to 11:59pm of 11/3!
11/7/2014 – Buddy Run registration Closes
11/8/2014 – 14th Annual Houston Buddy Walk (9am-1pm) and Buddy Run 8am 

I thank each and every team captain, supporter and donor for their dedication to our Buddy Walk! As you know this event helps create awareness of the abilities of our children and adults with Down syndrome!

Please keep up the good work in fundraising! as you know, 99% of the funds collected stay with DSAH so we can continue to offer the programs that our members greatly need. Please continue to send out your personal link to friends and family and encourage them to register to walk!


Mark your Calendar for our T-Shirt Pick-up Day!

Date: Saturday Nov. 1, 2014
Time: 10 a.m.—4 p.m.
Location: DSRC—7115 W. Tidwell Bldg. K Suite 106 Houston, TX 77092

This day ONLY. You will ONLY be allowed to have the shirts for the walkers that have registered by 10/19/2014.  

We will be printing each team's roster the day before and will only give shirts for the people on that roster. This will be a first-come, first-served on sizes so please take a moment and check the shirt sizes of your walkers before the deadline. This will ensure that we have the correct number of shirts in each size.

If you find an error on the shirt sizes, please email us at or at with the correct size and we will change it.

Any t-shirts left after pick-up will be available for sale for $10 at the Buddy Walk on 11/8/14.

 ** If you are not able to make it, to the pick-up please ask a friend, a family member, one of your walkers or another team captain to pick the shirts up for you!**

Houston Buddy Runners will be able to pick up their race packets and shirts during the BW T-Shirt Pick-up.

Again, thank you so much for participating in year's walk! I know we will have a great turnout of supporters! and remember that you can always e-mail me if you have any questions!

thank you and we will be in touch soon!

Alejandra Lima
Buddy Walk Chair
Executive Director

Can't wait to see you this year!

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What is the money raised used for?


The Houston Buddy Walk is the biggest DS awareness program offered by the Down Syndrome Association of Houston. It is also a fundraiser that allows DSAH to continue to offer the much needed programs to our DS community.  

DSAH offers an array of programs to serve all age groups in the Down syndrome community. From newborns to adults, we are sure that you can find a program for your loved one with Down syndrome and family at DSAH.

Some of our programs include Camp AbilityCamp For AllClub 21Community GroupsConferencesEducation for LifeGymboreeParents Night OutReading ClinicSmart StartSpecial OlympicsBuddy WalkNew Baby Gift Baskets and family events like World Down Syndrome Day, The Holiday party and the Pool Party.

DSAH currently proudly serves over 1,900 members with it’s various activities. From Pre-natal diagnosis support to our adult Club 21 events, our members are welcome to enjoy a full list of activities and education.

Join our Houston Buddy Walk Group on Facebook!


Don't miss anything and be up to date on our 2014 Houston Buddy Walk & Buddy Run!!!!

Join our Buddy Walk/Run Fan Page!!!

2014 T-Shirt Colors

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Tent VIP @ the BW



For those teams who fund-raise the following amounts, they will receive the following TENT V.I.P!

If your Team raises $8,000 and above
Your team will receive a 10x10 area with a tent included at the Buddy Walk. The tent will be located in front of the main stage with prime view of the main stage. We will provide the tent for you to have a meeting place for your team but you are highly encouraged to bring lawn chairs and small tables (if you'd like).

If your Team raises $5,000 - $7,999:
Your team will receive a 10x10 space at the Buddy Walk located in front of the main stage. You can bring your own tent  to put in this space to use as a point to meet with your walkers. Bringing lawn chairs for this area is highly recommended.

Teams who win TENT VIP will be announced on Nov 3.

Vendor Opportunities for the 2014 Houston Buddy Walk


 CLICK here for Vendor Opportunities for the 2014 Houston Buddy Walk

Welcome our 2014 vendors! With over 10,000 participants, we are sure your will enjoy our event!

Different Abilities            Monster PBJ

Ms. Monkey's Emporium           Miss Amazing Inc.

 Radio One Houston            Special Olympics

State Farm - Caley Baillio

Our 2014 Houston Buddy Walk

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Using social media to help you Fundraise!


Tips on Using Social Media for Buddy Walk® Fundraising

DSAH Facebook fan page: Down Syndrome Association of Houston 
Buddy Walk and Buddy Run FB Fan page:Houston Buddy Walk/Run

*“Like” Houston Buddy Walk/Run and the Down Syndrome Association of Houston on Facebook

*Follow  DSAH on Twitter and Instagram 

*Repost/retweet @DSAHouston page posts and tweets to generate excitement 

*Create a Facebook group for your team, where you can post important registration and donation information, as well as day-of information for all of your friends

Use statuses and tweets to:

  • Provide a link directly to your team page
  • Provide a link to the BW video from 2013
  • State your purpose and request clearly
  • Create buzz and excitement
  • Post updates regularly about goals you are setting and reaching as a team
  • Post pictures of last year, your buddy, preparation for day-of, etc.
  • Ask for a specific amount on a specific day
    • “Help us reach $1,500 by the end of the day.  Only $250 to go”


Count Down

 days hours mintues,
 seconds until the fun begins.

Event Goal for 2014



303 Teams

8515 Walkers

Team Captain Package Documents

THANK YOU for signing up your team for the 2014 Houston Buddy Walk® and becoming a Team Captain!  
Below you will find a breakdown of your Team Captain Package
Individual documents:

Some of our documents are available in an editable format at

If you have difficulties with any of the forms, please feel free to e-mail us at and we will send them via electronically.

Buddy Run Referral Program


Know of any runners that would like to support DSAH? Now is the time to ask them to run! For every runner a Buddy Walk Team Captain refers from October 1-15, the Team Captain will get a chance to win some cool prizes!  The more runners you refer, the more you will get!

Refer: 1 runner
Prize: 1 entry into our BW Fly and Fun Raffle (4 Southwest Airline Tickets and 4 Disney Land Tkts)

2 runners:
1 entry into our BW Fly and Fun raffle and 1 entry into our Money Wreath Raffle*

3 runners
1 entry into our BW Fly and Fun raffle, 1 entry into our Money Wreath Raffle and $5 Buddy Dollars**

4 runners:
1 entry into our BW Fly and Fun raffle, 1 entry into our Money Wreath Raffle, $5 Buddy Dollars** , 1 Carnival Ride Bracelet*** and a  $10 Gift Card to Luke’s Locker

5 runners:
1 entry into our BW Fly and Fun raffle, 1 entry into our Money Wreath Raffle, $5 Buddy Dollars**,  1 Carnival Ride Bracelet***,  a $20 Gift Card to Luke’s Locker, and the opportunity for your child to award one of the runner’s medals.

Runners can register at

Remind them to put the Team Captain’s name in the referral field! The race is open to people of all athletic abilities and will start at 8:00 am on Saturday November 8th at Minute Maid Park.

Registration for the 5K is $25.00. 

Help us reach our goal of 1,000 runners!
*Money Wreath Raffle—over $100 value in gift cards. Wreath will be raffled at the Buddy Walk on 11/8/2014.
** Buddy Dollars are only valid at the Buddy Walk Gift Shop on 11/8/2014.
*** Carnival Bracelet— will be good for unlimited rides at the Buddy Bash/Buddy Walk on 11/8/2014. $20 value.

New this year!!


2014 5K Houston

Buddy Run

We are proud to announce our first competitive Chip-time 5K Buddy Run benefiting the Down Syndrome Association of the Houston!!!  This year’s Houston Buddy Run will take place on Saturday, November 8, 2014.  Beginning at 8:00 a.m., runners will kick-off the 3.1mile run in the streets of Downtown Houston culminating in our legendary Buddy Bash at the Minute Maid Park’s Diamond Lot!!!

Registration for the First Annual Houston Buddy Run opens on July 1st, 2014.  Registration fee is $25 per runner and it includes some cool swag your running shirt and all while benefiting the wonderful cause of Down syndrome!

Register for the 2014 Buddy Run at

Stay connected and up to date on the Houston Buddy Run!!

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See you at the finish line!


Welcome to the Wonderful World of the Buddy Walk

Each year all the families of Down Syndrome Association of Houston (DSAH) gather up their family and friends, to come take part in this wonderful Awareness Walk.   It is the main awareness program and fundraiser that DSAH has each year, and it helps us continue to grow the programs and services that we provide to our families. 

The Buddy Walk has three primary goals:  1) To promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome. 2) To raise funds locally and nationally for education, research and advocacy programs; and 3) To enhance the position of the Down syndrome community, enabling us to positively influence local and national policy and practice.

We know you will have an amazing time and THANK YOU for helping us carry out our mission…to “create awareness and acceptance of children and adults with Down syndrome through advocacy, socialization, education and medical outreach”.

Things Keep Looking Up!

Alejandra Lima
DSAH  Buddy Walk

Thank you BRONZE sponsors for your support!