Celebrating people with Down syndrome

Kneflin-Dillhoff-Hils & Kruse Insurance Agency needs your vote by September 30 to win $10,000 for Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati. Read about their amazing dedication to celebrating the extraordinary lives of people with Down syndrome. Then vote for them by using the social media share buttons or by leaving a comment when you reach the end of their story.

When we celebrate the extraordinary lives of people in our communities, everybody benefits. Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati (DSAGC) is proof of that.

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Children and their families enjoy swim class provided by Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati in 2022.

Established in 1981, DSAGC offers a variety of programs and resources to support individuals with Down syndrome to live healthy, self-determined and fulfilling lives. One of the main ways it does this is by bringing people together to have fun and experience joy together.

 

Something for everyone

From tutoring and support groups to parent education workshops, DSAGC has something for everyone. “We work with around 1,400 individuals of all ages with Down syndrome and around 3,000 family members,” says Jim Hudson, executive director at DSAGC. “So, it’s very important that our programs reflect the diversity of our communities.”

“We work with around 1,400 individuals and their family members, so it’s very important that our programs reflect the diversity of our communities.”

– Jim Hudson, executive director, Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati

Swim camp, bike camp and music therapy are some of DSAGC’s most popular programs. It even offers a weekend-long experience – called the Independent Living Retreat – where adults with Down syndrome can develop and work through individual goals like learning a new skill or making a new friend.

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One of the children served by Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati enjoys a horseback riding activity in 2022.

Walking for a cause

Joyce Unkraut, personal lines account manager at Kneflin-Dillhoff-Hils & Kruse Insurance Agency (KDHK), has been volunteering with DSAGC for over 20 years. Unkraut leads her colleagues in raising money for and walking in DSAGC’s annual Buddy Walk, its largest fundraising and awareness event. She is also on the Buddy Walk Committee.

“Supporting people is what our agency is all about. That we get to have so much fun while doing that is icing on the cake.”

– Joyce Unkraut, personal lines account manager, Kneflin-Dillhoff-Hils & Kruse Insurance Agency

The Buddy Walk is a short one-mile stroll through Sawyer Point Park in Cincinnati, filled with music, entertainment and fun. It attracts over 13,000 participants and raises half of the organization’s annual revenue through donations to teams who participate in the walk. “I’ve been walking with my nephew’s team for as long as I can remember,” Unkraut says. “It’s truly a celebration of our loved ones with Down syndrome.”

Unkraut, with the help of her colleagues at KDHK, has in certain years raised about $10,000 for the Buddy Walk. Unkraut likes to share the donations across many teams so that everyone can share in this sense of accomplishment. “Supporting people is what our agency is all about,” says Unkraut. “That we get to have so much fun while doing that is icing on the cake.”

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Every penny counts

A Make More Happen Award from Liberty Mutual and Safeco Insurance will contribute to DSAGC’s ability to provide educational programs, recreational activities and social events to its communities. The funds will also be used to support families with transportation assistance, program and class participation and caregiver support.

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Theo, one of the children served by Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati, takes his first steps with the help of his new walker.

Help KDHK Insurance Agency win $10,000 for DSAGC by cheering them on with a comment below and sharing their story to social media using the buttons to the left!

 

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Doug Hartman
18 days ago

Theo rocks!

Doug Hartman
18 days ago

All the support is awesome!

Tom Dersham
18 days ago

TGI Theo!

Tom Dersham
18 days ago

Theo!

Kevin Goldick
18 days ago

Keep going!

Kevin Goldick
18 days ago

Today is an amazing day for Theo

Kristina Roenker
18 days ago
Doug Maynor
18 days ago

Thank you to all of the sponsors, volonteers, and contributors helping this important cause.

Doug Maynor
18 days ago

Go Theo!

Mark Fyffe
19 days ago

Great organization doing great work.

Mark Fyffe
19 days ago

Way to go Theo!

Sandra
19 days ago

What a awesome organization! Good luck!

Jamie
19 days ago

What an amazing organization, love it!

Rex
19 days ago

Absolutely a wonderful cause!

Mitzi
19 days ago

Doing great work!

Doug Hartman
19 days ago

Great cause! Awesome organization!

Doug Hartman
19 days ago

Go Theo!!

Kim Gavin
19 days ago

Amazing organization!

Tom Dersham
19 days ago

Let’s go, Theo. Clap clap clap clap clap!

Charlett Coggin
19 days ago

You are an inspiration Joyce!

Tom Dersham
19 days ago

I’d cheer with Theo even if it was for the Bengals vs the Steelers!

Amy Duncan
19 days ago

We got this, lets goooooooooo!

Mark Kneflin
19 days ago

Let’s get to our goal!

Patty Schenkel
19 days ago

Thankfully organizations like this exist

Sondra Boltz
19 days ago

What a great organization

Kevin Papp
19 days ago

Help him hit his goal!!

Kevin Papp
19 days ago

Vote to win!

Theo
19 days ago

Yay!!

Kayla
19 days ago

lets do it!!

Kayla
19 days ago

So close!

Kevin Goldick
19 days ago

We are almost there!

Kevin Goldick
19 days ago

Your lucky day is today!

Joanne Moore
19 days ago

Almost there

Aimee Long
19 days ago

you’ve got this!

Steve Hils
19 days ago

Only 20 more votes!!! Let’s get this done for Joyce, KDHK & Safeco Insurance. What a great contest. WIN WIN

Lori F
19 days ago

Good luck

Tracy Hatter
19 days ago

This is amazing and so heart warming!

Tyler
19 days ago

DSAGC!!!!

Bonnie White
19 days ago

Good luck

TIFFANY ELLIOTT
19 days ago

Voting for Joyce Unkraut with DSAGC

Melissa Miller
19 days ago

This is wonderful! It warms my heart. ❤️

Joy
19 days ago

Such a great organization that helps so many individuals with Down syndrome.
Way to go Joyce!!! So awesome

Susan Anderson
19 days ago

I would love to see this group win the money because I know it would be used in the very best uses.

Melissa
19 days ago

Vote yes dsagc

Karen Smith
19 days ago

Good luck

Kirstin Eastin
19 days ago

Good luck 🙂

Rhonda Boyd
19 days ago

Let’s go help them out

Shonda Collins
19 days ago

Here to support a great cause!

Kim Ellis
19 days ago

Let’s go everyone

Amanda Drexelius
19 days ago

This is awesome!

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