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February 2009

February 16, 2009:

New Board Members Approved

The Pujols Family Foundation is pleased to welcome two new board members for 2009. Jeanette Bax-Kurtz, CPA Jeanette Bax-Kurtz is a graduate of University of Missouri, St. Louis with a B.S.B.A. concentration in Accounting and a Minor in Mathematics. She is a Certified Public Accountant in the States of Missouri, Illinois and Nebraska and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants. Mrs. Bax-Kurtz has over twenty-four years experience as…

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February 28, 2009:

Westport Plaza Hosts Winter Wonderland

By Jen Cooper After a few days of unseasonably mild conditions, February 28th was here to remind us that winter had not gone away just yet. Westport Plaza held its first Winter Wonderland event benefiting the Pujols Family Foundation on Saturday and it was definitely cold. But it was not just the temperatures and frigid wind gusts that set the stage for this event but around every corner in the Westport Village you got another sense of the season. Intricate…

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March 2009

March 30, 2009:

Todd Perry Named Foundation CEO

Pujols Family Foundation Executive Director, Todd Perry, was recently promoted to PFF Chief Executive Officer. Perry has been a leading visionary for the Foundation and has served faithfully since its inception in May of 2005. Upon reflection of Perry’s passion for the mission and purpose of the Pujols Family Foundation, it is clear this position has been one of destiny for him from the beginning. “This is a very well deserved promotion,” says PFF board member Jeanette Bax-Kurtz. “Anyone who…

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March 31, 2009:

Pujols Family Foundation Saves You Money

he Pujols Family Foundation and The Parking Spot have partnered to offer you 25% off airport parking with a Saturday night stay. 10% off without. Please click here for your free coupon. Special Thanks to the Parking Spot in St. Louis for allowing our Doctors and staff to Park for free during our Dominican Republic Mission trips. Coupon may not be combined with any other offer. Coupon Expires 12/31/2010.

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May 2009

May 4, 2009:

Eagle Bank and Trust ‘MVP 5’ Business Money Market Account

The Pujols Family Foundation and Eagle Bank and Trust are joining forces to enhance the lives of families served by the foundation. For the past four years, the Pujols Family Foundation has provided support area families afflicted by Down syndrome. The foundation hosts several social events throughout the year including a Prom, bowling nights, scrapbooking nights and cooking classes to provide hope and extraordinary experiences for families and children who live with Down syndrome. The foundation also works to meet…

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May 17, 2009:

Foundation Hosts First Mother/Daughter Bowling Event

Anything boys can do, girls can … have a blast doing too. For the past three years, the Pujols Family Foundation has treated sons with Down syndrome and their dads to Hitters and Splitters, an invitation only-bowling event with Albert Pujols held each August. Meanwhile, Deidre Pujols and the PFF have held two amazing tea parties and a pizza party for special daughters and their moms. But this spring the gals were treated to their very own bowling party with…

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June 2009

June 1, 2009:

Brother’s Love Leads to Enlightened Minds

John Maucher, brother of two sisters with Down syndrome, Erika and Carli, is a protecting, loving, and caring brother. Last summer he was pushed to the limit of being teased about his sister Erika, and tired of hearing Erika teased. He stepped up and took action. John didn’t use his fist, he didn’t even use hateful words, he used kindness, love, and his Christian ways to turn a negative situation into a positive one. He talked to his parents, Stefanie…

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June 25, 2009:

Foundation Hosts Second Home Run Derby and All-Star Game

Thanks to a bases loaded hit to the fence by All-Star Nick McMullen in the bottom of the final frame, Albert’s All-Stars slugged their way to a 21-20 win over the Ellisville Bulldogs in the Pujols Family Foundation’s second annual All-Star Game and Home Run Derby. “Time to have fun,” said a smiling Nick, holding a game ball with his girlfriend by his side after “The Rematch,” held June 15 at the Catch 22 Miracle Field at the Chesterfield Valley…

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July 2009

July 31, 2009:

Batter Up! Family Cooking Experience 2009

By Jen Cooper One of the most popular events of the summer of 2008 made its return in 2009, this time bigger and better than before. The Pujols Family Foundation hosted its Batter Up! cooking classes again this summer but instead of it just being available to girls with Down syndrome, the boys got a chance to get in on the fun as well. A series of twelve cooking classes were held from the middle of June through the end…

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August 2009

August 2, 2009:

Hitters and Splitters a Huge Success

Nestled in the far lanes of the Brunswick Zone, Gary Hemminghaus was having a grand guys night out. Just two weeks earlier, not one but two newspaper articles had been done on Gary, 40, celebrating his 20th anniversary at his job. Now he had just bowled a spare, was talking up a storm with buddies and his stepdad and noshing on all the Imo’s pizza he could eat, all while hanging out with his favorite baseball player at the 4th…

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August 31, 2009:

Albert Pujols Celebrity Golf Classic 2009

By Matthew Leach / MLB.com ST. LOUIS — On a lovely, surprisingly mild late-summer day, nearly every Cardinals player gave up his off-day to trek out approximately 40 miles from downtown St. Louis. Of course, there was golf awaiting them when they got there, but even so, it was telling. The annual Albert Pujols Celebrity Golf Classic took place on Monday at the Country Club at St. Alban’s, west of St. Louis. And it was hard to find a Cardinals…

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October 2009

October 23, 2009:

Autumn Prom 2009

by Anna M. Jones Karen Cunningham’s only goal was to grab her Kleenex and speech and get off the stage as quickly as she could at the Pujols Family Foundation’s annual O’ Night Divine dinner. Then she realized Al ‘the Mad Hungarian’ Hrabosky was standing, and it hit her. “When I saw him stand up, I was blown away,” she said. “For him of all people, then I realized everyone was standing up.” And applauding. Amid a sea of professional…

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December 2009

December 5, 2009:

O’ Night Divine 2009

by Anna M. Jones Karen Cunningham’s only goal was to grab her Kleenex and speech and get off the stage as quickly as she could at the Pujols Family Foundation’s annual O’ Night Divine dinner. Then she realized Al ‘the Mad Hungarian’ Hrabosky was standing, and it hit her. “When I saw him stand up, I was blown away,” she said. “For him of all people, then I realized everyone was standing up.” And applauding. Amid a sea of professional…

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January 2010

January 12, 2010:

Haitian Disaster Relief

The Pujols Family Foundation has had dozens of questions about our plans to provide relief to the people of Haiti. We strongly suggest that all donations are directed to our partners on the ground in the Dominican Republic and in Haiti, Compassion International. For more information, please see the message below from Compassion International, or visit their Web site at compassion.com/haiticrisis We ask that you pray for the Haitian families and for the teams who are serving that country in…

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January 14, 2010 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm:

St. Louis Blues Night

By Kate Swarbrick The minute the Pujols Foundation families walked through the entryway of Scottrade Center, they immediately ran toward their friends at the PFF, offering hugs and details about their busy winter breaks. Soon enough, however, all talk turned to hockey. Nick McMullen revealed that he used to play goalie. David Kime demonstrated his great familiarity with the Blues, identifying the players by name, and Lauren Hennicke, expressed how she is huge sports fan who loves to watch the…

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February 2010

February 27, 2010:

Winter Wonderland 2010

By Brian Koenig It was sunny, it was cool, it was beautiful…and thank goodness, this year it was inside. On Saturday February 27th, the second annual Winter Wonderland—for the benefit of the Pujols Family Foundation—had Westport Plaza littered with animated children and engaged parents. Upon entering Winter Wonderland, visitors were greeted with winter decorations and amazing ice sculpture demonstrations from Ice Visions.  The exquisite sculptures were scattered throughout the event—a smiling bear, a merry snowman, and a cheerful penguin—which added…

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March 2010

March 1, 2010:

Batey Baseball/Nest Evaluation Trip to Dominican Republic

During the last week of February, the Pujols Family Foundation took a short fact-finding mission to the Dominican Republic to prepare for two major initiatives this summer. The first is Batey Baseball. This program is brand new for 2010 and is directly from the heart of Albert Pujols. Batey Baseball is a joint venture with the PFF, Compassion International and the community of Batey Aleman. “We are not trying to find Major League Baseball players here,” says Albert Pujols. “Our…

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March 27, 2010:

Pujols Pitcher Party 2010

By Anna Jones Some moms diligently worked away, looking deeply lost in thought as they arranged and rearranged their photos and layout designs. Other moms oohed and aahed while browsing all the many scrapbooking supplies and still others quizzed the experts on hand or laughed and gabbed with each other. For all the special moms, the Pujols Family Foundation’s second annual Pujols Picture Party took on a fun, unique and even high-tech scrapbooking escape that was held March 27, 2010…

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May 2010

May 3, 2010:

‘Bank on Albert’ with Eagle Bank and Trust MVP5 Business Money Market Account

The Pujols Family Foundation and Eagle Bank and Trust are pleased to announce the return of the Pujols MVP5 Money Market account, providing a way for local businesses to support the Foundation while earning a great rate. Available exclusively at Eagle Bank, the 2010 Pujols MVP5 Money Market account offers a rate equal to Albert’s batting average. For example, if Albert is batting .337, the money market interest rate is 3.37% Annual Percentage Yield. This is a very limited offer…

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May 23, 2010:

2nd Annual Mother/Daughter Bowling Event

By Anna Jones At just a few minutes after 7 p.m. on a spring Sunday in Chesterfield, an appreciative group of moms and daughters listened as Albert Pujols welcomed them to the second annual Pujols Family Foundation Mother/Daughter Bowling Event. Just a few feet away, the giggles, smiles and hugs of Leah, Emily and Mackenzie, who were all clad in matching pink athletic skirts and tops and neon glow bracelets, said it all. The girls had gotten to know each…

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June 2010

June 17, 2010:

Foundation Hosts Third Home-Run Derby and All-Star Game

By Erin Brooks The morning downpours turned into a blazing sun on the afternoon of June 17th as over 100 participants gathered at the Miracle Field for their chance to ‘hit like Albert’.  The third Home-Run Derby totaled six home runs, one of which, slammed by Daniel Haynes, hit the scoreboard and created a huge uproar among the crowd.  While coached and cheered on by over 40 volunteers, each participant walked up to the plate, many called their shot, swung…

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July 2010

July 30, 2010:

The Start of Something Big

By Todd Perry Prelude: Somewhere west of the Bahamas but east of Cuba, flying at 37,000 feet, Albert Pujols turned to me and said, “We need to do something with baseball. God has put something on my heart. I’m not sure when, I’m not sure where, but I know it has to do with baseball.” At the Pujols Family Foundation we already host several events that are baseball related: The Suite Nights at Busch Stadium, Buses for Baseball, Albert’s All-Star…

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July 31, 2010:

The Kitchen Heats Up Again This Summer

The Pujols Family Foundation and Dierbergs School of Cooking teamed up again this summer to offer the Batter Up! Cooking Experience to families that have children with Down syndrome. Twelve classes were held starting in the middle of June and going through the end of July. The two-hour hands-on class allowed the child and a parent to be responsible for cooking part of a meal that the entire class got to enjoy. This year’s classes featured a ‘Breakfast for Dinner’…

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August 2010

August 1, 2010:

Hitters and Splitters 2010

Hoots and hollers filled the Brunswick Zone Bowling Alley on August 1st as eager fathers and sons anticipated the start of the 5th annual Hitters and Splitters event put on by the Pujols Family Foundation. After a warm welcome from Deidre Pujols, the boys were free to begin their two hours of bowl time, bringing in high scores and building new friendships. The night was filled with strikes and spares, music and impressive victory dance moves, and memories that will…

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August 4, 2010:

Buses for Baseball

By Jen Cooper Albert Pujols certainly had his own excited cheering section at the Cardinals’ game on August 4th against the Houston Astros. That is because the Pujols Family Foundation was invited to be a part of Major League Baseball Players Association’s Buses for Baseball program. Buses for Baseball selects a local children’s charity and arranges for 50 kids to ride a bus to the game, check out the home and visiting players warm up, get up-close during batting practice…

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August 16, 2010:

Albert Pujols Celebrity Golf Classic 2010

By Derrick Goold | St. Louis Post-Dispatch, used with permission ST. ALBANS, Mo. — The tallest, biggest and most famous golfer in the group arrived at the Country Club of St. Albans wearing a newsboy’s hat, khaki shoes personalized with his Blue Chips-era “dunkman” logo and a sweater vest. Yes, a sweater vest. “Shaqie!” Dee Dee Pujols greated Shaquille O’Neal with a hug. She whispered later: “Only I can call him ‘Shaqie’.” Right, but who was going to tell him…

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August 18, 2010:

Big Bad Wolf: Self-Defense and Peaceful Conflict Resolution

“Stop! Get away from me!” These words could be heard loud and clear at stores surrounding the St. Louis Family Martial Arts Academy. Fortunately these yells were not serious shouts for help, rather practice runs for 15 young men and women with Down syndrome who, every Tuesday for six weeks, learned the in’s and out’s of defending themselves. The “Big Bad Wolf: Self-Defense and Peaceful Conflict Resoultion” event held by the Pujols Family Foundation had begun. Owner and instructor, Dwight…

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October 2010

October 15, 2010:

Pujols Family Foundation Autumn Prom 2010

By Anna Jones Marcus Ming-Tatum is no stranger to the Pujols Family Foundation’s Autumn Prom. The valet parking, the applause and cheers along red carpet entrance, fabulous food, dancing the night away with Fredbird, hanging with Albert … what began as a special event in 2007 for teens and adults with Down syndrome has become one of the biggest parties of the year for Marcus and his friends. But he still found himself spellbound when he walked into the Kemp…

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October 29, 2010:

Pujols Palooza Fall Festival

By Anna Jones From Woody and Buzz to Batman and Batgirl, and even Michael Jackson, Albert and Deidre Pujols had the chance to mingle with quite a crowd on Friday, Oct. 29. The reason for the gathering of super heroes and celebrities—the first annual Pujols Family Foundation’s Pujols Palooza Fall Festival. Just two weeks earlier, Albert and Deidre had mingled with an older crowd of about 400 older teens and adults at just the same place, the Kemp Auto Museum…

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November 2010

November 7, 2010:

Batey Baseball Program 2010 Recap

On November 8-11, 2010, the Pujols Family Foundation, in cooperation with Compassion International, launched the first ever Batey Baseball Program in Batey Aleman, Dominican Republic. These are the actual journal entries from Todd and Kristen Perry as they served with the Pujols Family Foundation team. Travel Day 11/07/10, by Todd Perry. Greetings from the Dominican Republic. Today was a typical travel day. Up at 3am, flight at 6am, connection in Miami, on to Santo Domingo, customs, exchange, off to the…

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December 2010

December 4, 2010:

O’ Night Divine 2010

By Anna Jones As diners enjoyed an elegant five-course meal at the Pujols Family Foundation’s Sixth Annual O’ Night Divine Christmas Celebration, Foundation Executive Director Todd Perry rattled off a dizzying array of numbers. The numbers covered everything from players involved in the Foundation’s new Batey Baseball league in the Dominican Republic to the number of local events for those with Down syndrome, and so much more. As he spoke those numbers to a record crowd of 600 people at…

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April 2011

April 9, 2011:

New Mothers Luncheon

The room was buzzing with conversation and excitement. Stories were being exchanged, pictures shown proudly and relationships being formed. On Saturday, April 9th the Pujols Family Foundation and Down Syndrome Association of Greater St. Louis joined together to host the 2011 New Mothers Luncheon. As each mother checked in and entered into the room at the Pujols 5 restaurant there was an ease in which the mothers interacted with one another. Although it was the first time that many of…

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April 25, 2011:

Welcome Xanadu Public Relations

The Pujols Family Foundation is please to welcome Cillah Hall and Xanadu Public Relations as its official Public Relations firm. Cillah has been working with the Foundation over the past several months as needed. Her professionalism and heart for those we serve has been noticed and appreciated by our staff and many of our families. Cillah is the owner of Xanadu Public Relations and editor-in-chief of St. Charles based StreetScape Magazine, a free quarterly leisure and entertainment publication with a…

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May 2011

May 13, 2011:

2011 Pujols Family Foundation Advisory Board

In April, the Pujols Family Foundation reached out to twelve individuals who have shown a heart for service within our programs, to serve on our 2011 Advisory Board. The Advisory Board of the Pujols Family Foundation was created and selected by the Board of Directors. The Advisory Board members are being asked by the Board of Directors to join and pledge their personal, professional and financial resources to assist in the mission of Pujols Family Foundation in an advisory capacity.…

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May 18, 2011:

Big Bad Wolves for Moms

Why should kids get to have all the fun? In this case, the Pujols Family Foundation and St. Louis Family Martial Arts Academy are giving the moms of children with Down syndrome the chance to get in on the fun as well. Last summer the Foundation hosted its first session of Big Bad Wolf Self Defense classes for people with Down syndrome. It was a wonderful success with them learning the verbal and physical skills needed to protect themselves. However,…

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May 21, 2011:

Stats Don’t Lie

by Todd Perry It has become part of St. Louis folklore over the past several years how well Albert hits the ball on “Buddy Walk” or “Walk in the Park” day, when the stands are filled with people who have Down syndrome. Talking with my friend, Jim Hammond, he mentioned that Albert seems to have amazing days anytime he is around the kids with Down syndrome. That got us to thinking: What if Albert really does play better when inspired…

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June 2011

June 20, 2011:

Father/Son Fishing Tournament

With the weather forecast predicting thunderstorms on and off all day, and Albert coming a day off his wrist injury just the day before, there was a lot of uncertainty in the air. However, as the guests started to arrive to the Hammond family farm in Williamsburg, you knew that this day was going to be special. God couldn’t have blessed us with a more perfect day for our first annual Father/Son Fishing Tournament. There wasn’t a cloud in the…

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June 29, 2011:

Albert’s Rising Stars

We are excited to introduce Albert’s Rising Stars, a new program sponsored by the Pujols Family Foundation in conjunction with Leftovers, etc. Albert’s Rising Stars is an ongoing program, designed exclusively for people with Down syndrome, that offers classes in a wide variety of areas including dance, music, art, theater, science, travel, money and hobby. This PDF details the classes that are available for this summer session. It is our hope that your child will take this opportunity to grow…

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July 2011

July 8, 2011:

Albert Pujols Celebrity Golf Classic 2011

Pujols hosts ninth annual Celebrity Golf Classic By Matthew Leach / MLB.com ST. LOUIS — When you’ve got pull, you’ve got pull. Albert Pujols is a big deal in the city where he’s spent the past 11 years as a superstar slugger. So big, it seems, that even Mother Nature takes care of Pujols. A day after sweltering, stifling heat covered the St. Louis area, a cloudy, cooler day dawned on Monday. It was a perfect setup for the ninth…

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August 2011

August 18, 2011:

Big Bad Wolf II

It’s not everyday that you find yourself in a confrontation, or a stranger follows you down the sidewalk late at night. However, if this were to happen to any one of the students that were involved in the Pujols Family Foundation’s 2nd annual self-defense class, there is not a doubt they could handle themselves. The Pujols Family Foundation teamed up with St. Louis Martial Arts Academy located in Ellisville and gave people with Down syndrome, 14 and older, an opportunity…

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August 21, 2011:

Something’s Cooking

By Karen Voda For the past four summers, the Pujols Family Foundation has teamed up with Dierbergs Markets to offer a fun-filled experience to young people with Down syndrome and their parents. Each parent/child team gets a Pujols Batter Up apron and learns to create a delicious meal. The classes were offered on several dates from mid-June through the end of July. Eight parent/child pairs attend each session. The classes were hosted at two locations. The daytime classes were offered…

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August 29, 2011:

A Night on Broadway to benefit the Albert Pujols Wellness Center with Down Syndrome

On January 28, 2012, St. Luke’s Hospital will present ‘A Night on Broadway’ at the Sheldon Concert Hall in St. Louis benefiting the Albert Pujols Wellness Center for Adults with Down Syndrome. St. Luke’s is honored to have Albert and Deidre chairing the event. From a themed pre-show cocktail party and a performance by Tony Award-winning star Patti LuPone, to a private dessert reception, the evening will be unforgettable. You can support the event through sponsorship, a leadership gift or…

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August 30, 2011 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm:

Pujols Family Foundation Day at Grant’s Farm

By Jan Hennicke Albert Pujols’ future in St. Louis is uncertain but he is still doing great things for the community through the Pujols Family Foundation. Grant’s Farm is usually closed on Mondays but on Monday, July 25, 2011, the park was open for a private event for the Pujols Family Foundation. This event was attended by people with Down syndrome and their families who were able to come and go throughout the day to experience all that the park…

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September 2011

September 14, 2011:

Albert Pujols Named as 2011 Roberto Clemente Award Nominee

Albert Pujols has been named as the St. Louis Cardinals nominee for the 2011 Roberto Clemente Award. Each year, each of the 30 MLB clubs nominates the player who, in the words of Major League Baseball “best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual’s contribution to his team.” This year, fans can cast their vote on-line for the player they consider most deserving of the award, joining the votes cast by a special selection committee that…

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October 2011

October 14, 2011:

5th Annual Pujols Family Foundation Autumn Prom

Contributors: Cillah Hall and Leneia Weston The Pujols Family Foundation rolled out the red carpet for a magical evening for teens and young adults at the 5th Annual Autumn Prom. What began as a special event in 2007 has become one of the biggest parties of the year for the Down syndrome community. As guests made their way down the red carpet at the Kemp Auto Museum, they were greeted with cheers by adoring friends and family members, sending the…

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October 29, 2011:

Help FUEL the Pujols Family Foundation

Wheaties FUEL is asking fans nationwide to support Albert Pujols and the Pujols Family Foundation. Fans can help by sending tweets to @Wheaties_Fuel using the hashtag #FuelPujols or by posting a message on the Wheaties FUEL Pujols Facebook page at: http://on.fb.me/FUELpujolsFB For each original tweet or post, Wheaties FUEL will donate $1 to the Pujols Family Foundation, up to $10,000. It’s a great way to congratulate Albert and support the work of the Pujols Family Foundation. Please send a tweet…

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October 30, 2011:

Albert’s All-Stars Ruled at Celebrity Basketball Game!

By Cillah Hall The Pujols Family Foundation held its 4th Annual Albert Pujols All-Star Game on October 30 at Missouri Baptist University. This was the first All-Star basketball game for the PFF. The last three were baseball games, but with so many talented basketball players in the PFF, the Foundation decided to change things up a little this year. The crowd cheered as Asher Benrubi of Smash Band introduced Albert’s All-Stars team which consisted of teenagers and adults with Down…

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December 2011

December 3, 2011:

7th Annual O’ Night Divine Captures the Magic of Giving Link to Event Photo Gallery

Contributors: Leneia Weston and Cillah Hall The Pujols Family Foundation held its 7th Annual O’ Night Divine Christmas Celebration on December 3 at the Chase Park Plaza’s Khorassan Ballroom. About 670 friends, partners, sponsors, sports celebrities and media personalities mingled with adults and children with Down syndrome for a very special evening to celebrate and support the work of the Foundation. In 2011, the PFF held more than 60 events. Sports celebrities in attendance included Mike Matheny, Lou Brock, Aeneas…

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February 2012

February 2, 2012:

In Memory of Brad Feldt

Dear Friends, It grieves me beyond words to inform you that Brad Feldt passed away today from complications of pneumonia. His life and his legacy is one of enthusiasm, love and joy. Everyone who knew Brad was blessed by his constant smile and famous bear hugs. Brad and I had developed a true friendship over the years and he was featured with (his long time love and soulmate) Leslie in the 2011 Autumn Prom video shown at O’ Night Divine.…

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March 2012

March 24, 2012:

2012 Mother’s Scrapbooking Event

By: Kristen Hearn Pujols Family Foundation Intern It was an unseasonably warm and sunny Saturday morning in March, and a perfect day to hold the Pujols Picture Party Scrapbooking Event. Town and Country, Missouri and the Garden Villas welcomed us to this “moms only” event. Eager mothers checked in as the time grew closer, ready to get a start on their scrapbooking. There were veteran scrapbookers that came in with pieces of luggage that were full of supplies, and there…

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April 2012

April 3, 2012:

In Memory of Gina Kelly

The loss of Gina Kelly is equivalent only to the loss of a close family member because Gina was a part of our family. She gave her time and her heart to the things that mattered the most to us. She saw our dream to love and to serve those who are under privileged and she made that dream her own.  Gina never just went through the motions. She played, worked, loved, and served with all of her heart. The…

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April 30, 2012:

The Pujols Family Foundation – A National Mission

The Pujols Family Foundation (PFF) is pleased to announce its launch as a National organization. The PFF is expanding its mission to include St. Louis, Southern California, Kansas City, Missouri and Nashville, Tennessee by the end of 2012. The national effort is an extraordinary opportunity to positively impact the lives of thousands of children and adults living with Down syndrome. PFF team members are collaborating with Down syndrome organizations throughout the U.S. to assess the unique needs of each community.…

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May 2012

May 16, 2012:

The PFF Has Landed!!!

Thanks for the big welcome, SoCal! Shortly after the plane touched down in beautiful Los Angeles, California, the Pujols Family Foundation started off on our new national adventure with a joint Suite Night event with the Down Syndrome Association of Orange County. It was a great day for baseball at Angel Stadium, and we were delighted to get to the fun in our suite, which was graciously provided by Mark Merhab of the Angels Foundation. Before the game began, Albert…

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May 16, 2012:

Albert Pujols Nominated For 2012 Teen Choice Award – ‘Choice Male Athlete’

May 16, 2012 – Fox2 News, St. Louis, MO – The Pujols Family Foundation is thrilled to announce that for the second consecutive year, the Foundation’s Chairman, Albert Pujols, is nominated for a Teen Choice Award in the CHOICE MALE ATHLETE category! Albert fans from ages 13- 19 can vote for him once a day now through July 21 at www.teenchoiceawards.com. The Teen Choice Awards celebrate the hottest teen icons in several categories that include television, music and sports. The…

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May 20, 2012 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm:

11th Annual Albert Pujols Celebrity Golf Classic

By: Joanne Lui A common theme ran through the 11th annual Albert Pujols Celebrity Golf Classic: pretty much everyone who was there – from the celebrities and players to the sponsors and volunteers – was there because they shared a passion for helping others. On a beautiful, sunny Monday at the Trump National Golf Club in Southern California, Albert Pujols gathered with family, friends and supporters to have some fun while raising money for the Pujols Family Foundation. While Albert’s…

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June 2012

June 8, 2012:

Pujols Picture Show

By: Bret Sutton Nashville, Tennessee gave the Pujols Family Foundation (PFF) a very warm welcome at its first ever event, The Pujols Picture Show, co-hosted by the Down Syndrome Association of Middle Tennessee (DSAMT). The outdoor movie night took place Friday, June 8 in Centennial Park, located in the heart of Nashville. The Pujols Family Foundation and DSAMT invited individuals with Down syndrome and their families and friends to come together for this special event to kick off PFF’s new…

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June 15, 2012:

2012 Lose the Training Wheels

By: Bret Sutton The Nashville branch of the Pujols Family Foundation (PFF) recently sponsored its third Lose The Training Wheels Bike Camp, hosted by the Down Syndrome Association of Middle Tennessee (DSAMT) and Lose the Training Wheels (LTTW). It was held from June 11th through the 15th at the Westminster Presbyterian Church, located just south of downtown Nashville. This year’s camp was full, with 25 riders participating in five different sessions throughout the day. With more volunteers than ever (over…

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June 21, 2012:

An Evening at the Encore Dinner Theatre & Club

Presented by the Encore Dinner Theatre and the Pujols Family Foundation, in cooperation with the Down Syndrome Association of Orange County. More than 50 individuals with Down syndrome and their family members joined the Down Syndrome Association of Orange County (DSAOC) at the Encore Dinner Theatre & Club in Tustin on Thursday, June 21, for an exciting live stage show, delicious food and great service! The “Big Band Swing Show” was a wonderful mix of history, music, singing and dancing.…

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June 28, 2012:

The Always Magical Magic House

By: Kristen Hearn It was the hottest day St. Louis had seen so far this summer. But, that didn’t stop the loyal group that came to attend the Pujols Family Foundation’s Magic House event. One by one (and about 550 people in all), the families anxiously lined up; ready to get inside and burn off some of that built up energy. And the parents were more than happy to oblige! Volunteers were ready with pens and markers in hand, checking…

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July 2012

July 9, 2012:

Arabian Night of Fun

By: Jen Cooper St. Louis had just experienced 10 consecutive days of triple digit temperatures. In fact, the setting of the musical ‘Aladdin’, which was set to be performed that evening at the Muny, was probably closer to what St. Louis had been experiencing. The forecast for July 9th did not promise to be much better. However, as 22 people with Down syndrome and their families gathered at the Gate 2 entrance, the intense heat broke and everyone was in…

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July 19, 2012:

Tackle Box Fishing Tournament

By: Anna Jones Between the whoops and hollers rolling in from all corners of the lake and the sounds of fryers simmering and knives buzzing in the background, it was clear…the fish were flying and frying at the Pujols Family Foundation’s second annual fishing tournament. The morning of July 19 on the Hammonds’ family farm in Williamsburg could not have been more perfect for the more than two dozen fishermen and fisher gals and their family member. Instead of the…

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July 23, 2012:

The Muny, A St. Louis Tradition

By: Jen Cooper The city of St. Louis has a lot to offer in terms of special experiences and attractions. Whether just visiting the Gateway City or a lifelong resident there are always new and exciting things to enjoy. The Muny is nestled in Forest Park surrounded by other attractions. This 11,000 seat outdoor theater has been a St. Louis tradition since 1919. Over 20 families with a child with Down syndrome not only got to experience a wonderful performance…

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August 2012

August 4, 2012:

Sailing the Day Away

By: Jen Cooper When the Pujols Family Foundation announced its National Launch in April 2012, I was thrilled about the opportunities that we would have to share what we do with other communities across the country. While we have the chance to offer many successful events in St. Louis, I have been looking forward to the events that we would be able to do that were unique to each individual city. On my first trip out to Southern California, I…

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August 7, 2012:

A Night at the Museum: When History Comes Alive!

By: Kristen Hearn For the first time in Pujols Family Foundation ‘History’, we partnered with the Missouri History Museum, located in historical Forest Park, for a fun adventure we called a “Night at the Museum.”  Over 400 people were scheduled to attend, and the museum and their helpful staff were more than welcoming. When our families first arrived, they were greeted by a musical delight of acoustic songs being sung in the entryway. One of the girls, upon hearing a…

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August 14, 2012:

Catch 22 Miracle League

The Catch 22 Miracle League exists so that any child with a disability has the opportunity to play baseball/softball. The league currently runs both a spring and a fall season. The Catch 22 Miracle League is a parent-run organization and the league does not charge a participation fee for the players. The league has received its funding through the sale of St. Louis Cardinals Baseball tickets which the Cardinals organization has graciously provided at a generous discount to the league.…

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September 2012

September 9, 2012:

Red Barn Farm Family Day

On one of the most beautiful days of the year, over 500 members of the Down Syndrome Guild of Greater Kansas City gathered at the Red Barn Farm in Weston, Missouri. A day of fun was awaiting them at the farm, located just north of the city. This family event marks the first collaboration between the DSG-KC and the Pujols Family Foundation. As the families arrived, a warm breeze was blowing through the orchard behind the farm house on this…

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September 10, 2012:

The Kitchen Is Heating Up This Summer

By: Jen Cooper As excited pairs of children and parents entered the School of Cooking at Dierbergs Markets, the environment was set for a fulfilling and fun experience. Bright green (this year’s featured color) Batter Up! aprons were draped on the back of all of the chairs surrounding the kitchen. Nametags were written and placed over the apron so that new names were shared and new friends could be made. The experienced and energetic instructors along with their kitchen assistants…

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September 25, 2012:

Batter-Up! Cooking Classes a Grand Slam

By: Kristen Hearn Thanks to our partnership with Dierbergs Markets, the Pujols Family Foundation was able to offer the Batter Up! Cooking Experience for the fifth consecutive summer. With the support of our co-sponsor, the Riverbend Down Syndrome Association, we were once again were able to offer classes not only in St. Louis, Missouri, but also in Illinois. Our families traveled near and far to be able to take advantage of the yummy offerings that Dierbergs had in store for…

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October 2012

October 17, 2012:

New Mothers Luncheon: One Mother’s Perspective

By: Ann Weissenbach It would be easy to tell you how wonderful the Pujols Family Foundation New Mothers Luncheon was. I would have no trouble describing how delicious the food was from Patrick’s at Westport Plaza. I could go on and on about how nice it was to hear Deidre Pujols speak and share her testimony of being a mother to a child with Down syndrome. I could also tell you how amazing it was to be surrounded by other…

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November 2012

November 2, 2012:

6th Annual Pujols Family Foundation Autumn Prom

By: Amy Leigh Simpson Have you ever had a truly magical moment? Like most little girls, I grew up enraptured by fairy tales. The princess arrives at the ball, locks eyes with that oh-so-handsome prince and drifts away on the perfect moment dreams are made of. I remember thinking that one day I might get to be that princess—step into the glass slipper, twirl around in my dress and feel like the most special and cherished belle of the ball.…

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November 11, 2012:

Albert’s Basketball Shootout and All-Star Game

By: Jen Cooper There had been an excitement building in anticipation for the annual Pujols Family Foundation Albert’s Basketball Shootout and All-Star Game on November 11. The Sports and Recreation Complex at Missouri Baptist University, which hosted last year’s event, was home to this year’s as well. As the participants and their families entered the facility, they checked in and proceeded to get their red Albert’s All-Star t-shirt. As they approached the gym floor, they could hear the sounds of…

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March 2013

March 12, 2013:

Relay and Run for 21

The second annual Relay and Run for 21 benefits individuals with Down Syndrome who face challenges every day. Face your own challenge on March 24, 2013 as you and/or your 3-person relay team compete in a half marathon. The 13.1 mile race crosses beautiful St. Louis County from Clayton to Westport. All runners receive a technical t-shirt. Solo finishers receive a custom made medal. Food and drinks will be provided at the finish area. For more information and to register…

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March 23, 2013:

Picture Perfect: Fifth Annual Pujols Picture Party Scrapbooking Event

As the mothers entered into the Activity Center of Destiny Church in Town and Country, Missouri on March 23rd, 2013, they were greeted by bright spring colors adorning the many tables and enthusiastic demonstrators and volunteers anxiously awaiting the start of the fifth annual Pujols Picture Party Scrapbooking event for mothers who have a child with Down syndrome. Registration is the first stop as they enter the building. Smiling volunteers are waiting to greet the mothers and provide them with…

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April 2013

April 20, 2013:

Spring Into Nature

by: Jen Cooper The city of St. Louis is blessed to have a wide variety of activities and attractions at its fingertips. From the Arch to the Magic House and Union Station to the Science Center, there are many wonderful opportunities. However, if a family wants to enjoy the great outdoors, the Missouri Department of Conservation offers beautiful parks and reserves. On Saturday, April 20th, 2013, the families of the Pujols Family Foundation were treated to a “Spring into Nature”…

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April 26, 2013:

Mom’s Night Out: A Mother’s Perspective

We mothers of children with special needs have a real need to feel special ourselves on occasion. Leave it to DeeDee Pujols to come up with the most glorious occasion to bless the socks off of a group of us moms with kids with Down syndrome. We were invited to a night of cooking, talking, and feasting at the spectacular Sub-Zero showroom at Construction Appliance by Autcohome. If food is the way to a man’s heart, this night was perfectly…

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May 2013

May 19, 2013:

Hitters & Splitters Mother/Daughter Bowling

by: Emily DuBois On Sunday, May 19th, 2013 the Pujols Family Foundation hosted its annual “Hitters & Splitters” Mother/Daughter Bowling event at Brunswick Zone in Chesterfield. The event provided a unique opportunity for over 200 mothers and their daughters with Down syndrome to enjoy a night out together full of bowling, dancing, food, and fun! The night kicked off at 6:30 pm when the bright, eager smiles of moms and daughters began to fill the lobby to register, pick up…

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June 2013

June 7, 2013:

Bike Camp Returns to Nashville

By: Carolyn Naifeh Thanks to the iCan Shine Bike program, held June 3-7 at Nashville’s Christ Church YMCA, 20 more children and young adults in Tennessee can ride their bikes – no training wheels required.   Formerly known as Lose the Training Wheels, iCan Shine Bike participants ranged in age from the single digits to 39-years-old.  Highly trained staff, along with a bevy of volunteers, worked with the campers – sometimes one to two trainers per rider, sometimes, if needed, a…

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June 24, 2013:

The Muny: Shrek The Musical

By: Jen Cooper The summer of 2013 has seen the return of a popular event from the previous summer…a performance at The Muny. The 11,000 seat outdoor amphitheater located in downtown St. Louis’ Forest Park will be host to seven new shows for the 2013 season. After the popularity of last year’s showings of Aladdin and Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat, the Muny and Pujols Family Foundation have partnered together again this year to bring the joy of the Muny…

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June 27, 2013:

The Next Trick at the Magic House

By: Jack Shah Shortly after last year’s very successful Pujols Family Foundation event at the Magic House, the Foundation was contacted about coming back again in 2013. On June 27th, the Pujols Family Foundation hosted their 2nd annual event for families with a child with Down syndrome at the Magic House: St. Louis Children’s Museum in Kirkwood, Missouri. The Magic House engages all children in hands-on learning experiences that encourage experimentation, creativity and the development of problem solving skills within…

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July 2013

July 1, 2013:

ESPN Zone Game Day Debut

By: Crystal Rowland & Melody Ungureanu On Monday, July 1, 2013 the Pujols Family Foundation kicked off the summer at the ‘ESPN Zone’ Game Day Debut in Anaheim, California. The event provided sports-themed, interactive gaming opportunities for over 95 individuals with Down syndrome and one family member per person. Participants and families were able to meet, socialize and connect with old friends. Over 10,000 square feet of competitive games and attractions entertained our honored guests in the ESPN Sports Arena.…

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July 1, 2013 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm:

ESPN Zone Game Day Debut: A Volunteer’s Perspective

By: Joanne Lui The smiles were wide and the cheers loud at the ESPN Zone in Downtown Disney on July 1st, as the Pujols Family Foundation hosted a large group of kids and teens with Down syndrome for its first-ever Game Day Debut event. About 200 kids and adults attended the party. The kids, many of them sporting Angels gear, showed up ready to play free, unlimited games. The group had the entire arcade area to themselves as they shot…

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July 18, 2013:

Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame

By: Emily DuBois On Thursday, July 18th, 2013 the Pujols Family Foundation in partnership with the Missouri History Museum hosted fathers and sons at the “Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame” exhibit. This fun and educational event gave dads and their sons a perfect opportunity to bond over one of America’s great past times: football. The 6,000 square-foot exhibit features memorabilia from all-time greats to contemporary stars, including over 200 football artifacts, rare photos, and…

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July 19, 2013:

Families Step Up to the Plate for the Batter Up! Cooking Experience

By: Jack Shah For the past six summers, the Pujols Family Foundation and Dierbergs School of Cooking have teamed up to offer the Batter Up! Cooking Experience to families that have a child with Down syndrome. The Foundation hosts 12 classes in St. Louis and four classes in Edwardsville, IL from June through August. Families enjoy a two-hour instructional cooking session, which allows families to be hands-on in creating an entire menu. This year’s menus featured either Italian cuisine or…

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July 29, 2013 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm:

Spoonful of Sugar

By: Kelly Quinn The Muny is a magical place where spectacular musical performances have been brought to life on stage in an open-air amphitheater since 1919. For 95 years The Muny has not only been a St. Louis landmark, but also a summertime tradition for generations of St. Louisans. So it was extra special to share Cameron MacKintosh’s “Mary Poppins” with 120 guests of the Pujols Family Foundation at The Muny. The July 29th evening started off with a tour…

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August 2013

August 4, 2013:

Fathers and Sons Strike Out For A Night of Bowling

By: Emily DuBois On Sunday, August 4, 2013, the Pujols Family Foundation and Brunswick Zone in Chesterfield hosted over 200 participants in its sixth Hitters & Splitters Father Son Bowling event. To the delight of fathers and sons who had come to look forward to this event, Hitters & Splitters made a grand return after a two year hiatus, bringing families together for a lively night of bowling, food, and friendship. The night offered the chance for old friends to…

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August 6, 2013:

From Training Wheels to Two Wheels

By: Crystal Rowland The Pujols Family Foundation of Southern California, along with United Cerebral Palsy and Down Syndrome Association of Orange County, offered 40 individuals with disabilities the opportunity to experience riding a bike, something many of us take for granted. The 2013 iCan Shine Bike Camp began on Monday, August 6, 2013, in the gym at Soka University. The five-day camp allows the right amount of time needed for the participants to progress from a bike with training wheels…

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August 10, 2013:

Come Sail Away

By: Crystal Rowland On Saturday, August 10th, I was excited to set sail on the American Pride ship at Long Beach Harbor with the Pujols Family Foundation families! The morning buzzed as many eager, young sailors arrived to board the Children’s Maritime Foundation, American Pride Ship. As our sailors arrived, they gave us their best pirate impression and took photos in front of the ship. Many came together to enjoy the morning on the Pacific waters. There was a tangible…

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September 2013

September 7, 2013:

New Mothers Luncheon: Connections of the Heart

By: Emily DuBois Motherhood is an exciting time in any woman’s life, but it is also often an intimidating experience for first time moms. Between the host of prenatal health advice, regular check-ups, family and friends’ concerns, and preparing space for baby at home there are a multitude of things on any expectant mother’s mind. Now toss in the unexpected news that your baby will be born with Down syndrome. A million questions come rushing to mind. What does that…

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September 8, 2013:

Weston Red Barn Farm Day

By: Emily DuBois On Sunday, September 8th the Pujols Family Foundation and the Down Syndrome Guild of Greater Kansas City hosted a day of family fun at The Weston Red Barn Farm. The scorching 100° heat didn’t stop over 400 people from coming out to Weston, Missouri for the chance to experience a traditional working farmstead and to spend the day celebrating the final days of summer with family and friends. Amongst the barn, farmer’s market, pavilion and stables stood…

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September 21, 2013:

Pumpkin Palooza Fall Festival

The feeling of fall was in the air. The vibrant colors of orange, red and yellow were all around. The smell of barbeque, popcorn and funnel cake was wafting around enticing you to dig in. The stage was set for a fun new event for people with Down syndrome, age 15 and under and their families. The Pumpkin Palooza Fall Festival was held on Saturday, September 21st, 2013 at Rombachs Farm in Chesterfield, Missouri. The Pujols Family Foundation and Down…

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October 2013

October 19, 2013:

Batter Up! Cooking Experience; A Participant’s Perspective

I went to Batter Up at Roy’s in Anaheim on October 19, 2013. My group made a salad with Chef Luke. We also learned how to make a blue cheese salad dressing. Chef Luke showed us how to hard boil eggs, peel them and chop them for the salad. Chef Luke was a good teacher. He made cooking fun. After cooking we sat down for lunch. We ate our salad first. Then we had sliders, french fries and a soda.…

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October 20, 2013 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm:

Hitters and Splitters SoCal Style

By: Crystal Rowland On Sunday, October 20, 2013, the Pujols Family Foundation Hitters and Splitters Event made its debut in Southern California. Concourse Bowl of Anaheim hosted over 250 participants and family members for a day of bowling, fun and food. Our bowlers came ready to strike their hearts out without any excitement to spare! Our participants were eager to get out there and show us their stuff! Many of our friends came prepared with their own shoes, bowling balls,…

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November 2013

November 8, 2013:

Sixth Annual Pujols Family Foundation Autumn Prom

By: Anna M. Jones With the sweat still dripping, a few shirt tails hanging out and the hair a bit disheveled, a throng of prom-goers seemed to hit the cold night air in one giant wave. The Smash Band had just wrapped up the night with ‘I Will Survive,’ and with just about everyone staying until the very final note played, the parking lot suddenly became a crazy frenzy of valets running to retrieve cars at the Kemp Auto Museum…

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November 9, 2013:

Nashville Autumn Prom

By Carolyn Naifeh & Emily DuBois On Saturday, November 9th, 2013 the Pujols Family Foundation in partnership with the Down Syndrome Association of Middle Tennessee hosted over 250 people at the third annual Autumn Prom at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville to provide a glamorous evening of dancing to celebrate our friends with Down syndrome. The Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center opened up the Tennessee Ballroom at the luxurious Opryland Hotel, the venue of choice for many of the…

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