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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.

Next meeting:  Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.  


Winners of the BUDS World Down Syndrome Day Raffle announced!

First Prize, Cruise for 2 to the Bahamas:  Jeremy & Cheryl Miller

Second Prize, iPad Mini w/Charger:  Abbie Lovelace

Congratulations to the winners! Thank you to everyone who purchased a raffle ticket and helped BUDS raise over $4000 to help us continue to provide programs, events and scholarships for individuals with Down syndrome and their families! Together, we are Bringing Up Down Syndrome!


Gulf Coast MBA Annual Golf Tournament - Friday, May 1, 2015

Bent Tree Country Club - 4700 Bent Tree Boulevard Sarasota, FL 34241

12:00 Registration and Lunch • 1:00 Shotgun Start

Download your registration form here:  GCMBA Annual Golf Tournament

All proceeds benefit Manasota BUDS


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. Visit the Buddy Up Tennis website or email sarasota@buddyuptennis.com for more information!

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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