Manasota BUDS Events & Announcements


Gulf Coast MBA Golf Tournament

Thank you to Gulf Coast Mortgage Bankers Association for hosting the Annual Gulf Coast MBA Golf Tournament to benefit Manasota BUDS and individuals with Down syndrome on May 13th, 2022!


TEEN BUDS Ice Cream Social

Saturday, May 21, 2022 from 2-4PM

This is a small group event for Teenagers with Down syndrome, ages 13-19, with our first event of 2022, an ice cream social! It's been a long time since we've had small group activities. Your interests and ideas are important, so we hope you'll come help us organize a group of teens that takes ownership for our activities, with the support of parents, caregivers, siblings and volunteers. 

Can you help? Email [email protected]!

Don't forget to RSVP by May 20th!


Young Adults Small Group Party

Sunday May 22, 2022 from 2:00 - 5:00 PM

This is a small group event for adults with Down syndrome, ages 18+.

Please join us for our first event of 2022, music, dancing and socializing at our new Manasota BUDS Office! Music will be provided by our very own Michael DeVita! It'll be a fun time, the first of many!

Don't miss the fun - RSVP by May 20th!


Little Buddies Playgroup

Saturday, May 28, 2022 from 10:15 - 11:00 AM

This is a small group event for infants and children 0-5, and siblings of the same age are welcome to participate. Our first playgroup will take place at the BUDS Office, 7267 Bee Ridge Rd, Sarasota FL 34241. Facilitated by a BUDS mom with an early childhood education degree (with emphasis in special education), we're excited to introduce the newest littlest buddies to each other, nurture their growth and friendships, have fun and make connections. Hope to see you there!

RSVP By May 26th!



DADS Night Out

When:  Wednesday, June 8, 2022 at 7:00pm

Where:  Gecko's Grill & Pub, 351 N. Cattlemen Rd, Sarasota 34232

The Manasota BUDS chapter of DADS meets for a meal, cold drinks and good conversations, usually the second Wednesday of every month. RSVP now or sign up to receive DADS updates by emailing [email protected]

*Manasota BUDS will purchase food and soft drinks for those who RSVP via email or social media. Alcoholic beverages must be purchased separately by the consumer.


Buddy Walk Planning Committee Meeting and Volunteer Open House

Tuesday, June 14, 2022 from 6:30 - 7:30 pm

BUDS OFFICE - 7267 Bee Ridge Rd, Sarasota FL 34241

Calling ALL VOLUNTEERS! We need your help this year more than ever. Not only are we pulling off a BRAND NEW and IMPROVED Buddy Walk in an all new location, we also have an amazing new office for volunteers to regularly have a place to obtain their school/educational required community service hours!

Please email [email protected] if you can attend the meeting and volunteer open house, or to arrange a time to discuss how you can volunteer with BUDS.


Manasota BUDS 20th Anniversary Buddy Walk

Saturday, October 29, 2022 at 11:00 a.m.

After careful consideration, the Manasota BUDS Buddy Walk Committee and Board of Directors have made the difficult decision to postpone our 20th Anniversary Buddy Walk until October 29, 2022 at Grace Community Church (Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota).

So what does this mean for Buddy Walk? We have a lot more time to put together a great, NEW event for Buddy Walk participants! Please create your team, sign up your family and invite your friends, coworkers and extended family to participate. Everyone who registers will be given their own fundraising webpage that's easy to link to your social media accounts, to help bring in donations for Manasota BUDS.

We need your help to make this our best ever Buddy Walk - Sign up now to VOLUNTEER!

Manasota BUDS 20th Anniversary Buddy Walk


Donate directly in Honor of Lylah Bardwell

We see Lylah's grace and sparkle everywhere as Manasota BUDS continues to receive donations in her name. Our board of directors has allocated these funds specifically to providing life-saving swim and self-rescue lessons to individuals with Down syndrome in our community. Our love and thanks, always, to the Bardwell Family for sharing their story and helping us help the Down syndrome community.



Our organization is "Under Construction"


We are working behind the scenes and updates will be released periodically.

NEW!! Physical Location - 7267 Bee Ridge Rd, Sarasota, FL 34241

We have some exciting things in the works here at Manasota BUDS with the opening of our office and meeting space! Please continue to check our website for updates as we continue to add additional programs, events and activities for individuals with Down syndrome and their families. Thank you for your continued support of Manasota BUDS and people with Down syndrome.


COVID-19 Disclaimer

Since the COVID-19 pandemic, Manasota BUDS has encouraged families to use their best judgement when it comes to exposing your loved ones to others who may spread the illness. We are very aware that the youngest of our vulnerable population still has not been approved to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, should families decide it is right for them. Please be aware that Manasota BUDS social events and activities are at your own risk, and Manasota BUDS is not responsible for any spread of illness.

Programs & Services

  • Mailing Address ONLY:
  • 8374 Market Street, #113, Bradenton, FL 34202
  • Office Location:
  • 7267 Bee Ridge Rd, Sarasota, FL 34241



Please excuse our mess as we organize our new location, digital materials and resources. 

We're so excited about the future of Manasota BUDS!


Manasota BUDS