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Buddy Walk 2015 - Update

The Manasota BUDS 14th Annual Buddy Walk was Saturday, October 17, 2015!

So far, we've raised $45,000 of our $100,000 fundraising goal. With your help, we can do it! You can make a 2015 tax-deductible contribution to Manasota BUDS until December 31, 2015. Please consider making a monetary donation to Manasota BUDS for your holiday charitable giving. Your money stays right here in Manatee and Sarasota counties to provide programs and services for individuals with Down syndrome and their families!



Monthly Meetings

1st Thursday of every month at Living Lord Lutheran Church (11107 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch 34202). Dinner and childcare provided at no cost to BUDS families.

Upcoming meeting:

Thursday, November 5, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.  - Our guest speaker is an Occupational Therapist at Blake Medical. We will also have a brief Buddy Walk Recap and Brainstorming Session for 2015-2016 programs, events and BUDS sponsored activities. Everyone is welcome to attend! We want to hear what you'd like to see from BUDS this coming year.


D.A.D.S. Night Out

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015 from 6:30 - 10:00 p.m.

Lee Roy Selmon's, 8253 Cooper Creek Blvd, University Park, FL 34210

ALL Dads are invited and welcome at this monthly event. (Location varies.) Dadsnightout@manasotabuds.org


Buddy Up Tennis Sarasota

Buddy Up Tennis is a weekly, high-energy 90-minute program focused on adaptive tennis, fitness, and fun for children and adults with Down Syndrome. View the FALL 2015 Season Flyer. Visit the Buddy Up Tennis website or email sarasota@buddyuptennis.com for more information on current and upcoming sessions!

Programs & Services

Group Meetings & Events

Connect with other families, learn more about current support systems and get involved! We offer guest speakers and time to network with other families. We also invite you to join in our Buddy Walk to socialize, connect and raise awareness about the BUDS mission.

Meetings are held the 1st Thursday of every month at 6:00 p.m. at Living Lord Lutheran Church, 11107 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202. Food and drinks provided.

New & Expectant Parent Kits

Kits include books and inspirational essays, local contact names and phone numbers, and information about Manasota BUDS, NDSS, and NDSC. All materials are compiled and approved by Manasota BUDS parents, with families in mind.

Small Group Activities

Join our youth community!
Little Buddies - age birth to five
BUDS Kids - age 6 to 10
Teen BUDS - age 11 to 18
YADS - Young adults with Down syndrome, age 18+

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