Thursday,March 12, 2020

 Denise Buerkle 

Meidcaid:  How to Help your Loved One Benefit

@ Accelerate Sports Complex: 5241 Judd Road, Whitesboro

6pm - 8pm

Join us Thursday, March 12, 2020 to learn more about Medicaid.  Denise Buerkle, whose expertise with Medicaid regulations has helped families for decades to receive the care and benefits their loved ones need, will tell us more about the program.  


This event is FREE for all 21 Club families.  Child care will be available to play with children during this workshop.  We will also have pizza and drinks.  To be sure we have enough materials, food, and childcare for everyone, please RSVP by March 1st.  




Saturdays: March 7th, 14th, & 21st

 Fitness Pals

The Fitness Mill: 587 Main Street, New York Mills

 12:00 pm


Join us Saturdays, March 7th, 14th, and 21st for Fitness Pals. The 21 Club wants to encourage good fitness skills and habits in our friends with Down syndrome. It's also part of our mission to facilitate socialization and inclusion. We hope you can join us for this new program. Bring siblings and friends to make this program inclusive. The class is $5 per person.


Personal trainer, Eric DeCarlis, will be working with our members to develop fitness skills and good fitness habits while having fun and socializing! Eric DeCarlis has been personally training members of our group for years and has experience working with a wide range of ages and abilities. Depending on response to this program, we will continue scheduling more in the future. Hope to see you Saturday!


Thursday, April 16, 2020

 ladies Night

Ocean Blue Restaurant & Oyster Bar

  6:00pm - 9:00pm


Join us at 6pm on Thursday, April 16th for our Ladies Night at Ocean Blue.  If you love someone with Down syndrome or are a woman with Down syndrome, join us and have fun while connecting with each other.  All women are welcome! $15 per person includes hors d'oeuvres, cash bar will be available.  Bring a friend!  Please RSVP by April 6th.  Thank you!  RSVP HERE


Literacy Tutoring

Our Spring literacy tutoring program will

begin in March

Open doors for your loved one by opening a book.  Reading leads to better speech, success at school, and opportunities in life.  Take advantage of our literacy program and get your child started reading or improve current reading skills.  Our 6 week Spring program will start in March.  

The focus of this program is to provide literacy support and reading instruction to individuals with Down syndrome.  Participants and tutors will be matched based on mutual availability, and will meet once a week for an hour of one-on-one instruction for six weeks.  Tutors will be responsible for creating lesson plans and assessing participants.  The Utica Public Library has resources for tutors to utilize, including an array of leveled readers and the ability to duplicate or laminate materials and make personalized books for participants.  Participants can meet with their tutor at a location and time that works best for their schedule.  


Any questions? Contact our literacy program coordinator, Heidi McManus by e-mailing her HERE or calling her at 315-735-2279 ext. 220.


July 9th 2020

Family Picnic

Join us at 6:00pm in the Donavan Park on Elm Street in Chadwicks for our annual Family Picnic.  This event is FREE for all families, relatives, friends, etc.   The more the merrier!


We will have a professional photographer, Bekah Rittenburg,  photographing our families for our annual calendar.  When you arrive at the picnic, sign up for a time to have your family photos taken, go and enjoy the picnic and be sure to come back at your time slot to be photographed. Check out Bekah's work on Facebook


If you are able to bring a dish to share with our families, please e-mail Mary Radel what you are bringing so we don't buy anything extra.  All are welcome!  E-mail HERE.


You will be able to purchase some Down syndrome awareness merchandise as well as pre-pay and order your calendar for 2020. This event is fun for the whole family! 

(This event is rain or shine- we have the large pavilion

reserved to keep us all dry)




August 15, 2020

Brody's Buddy Ride

Brody’s BUDDY™ Ride is a 63 mile bike ride signifying Trisomy-21.   Down syndrome occurs when there are three copies of the 21st chromosome. Therefore,  21 x 3 to equal 63 miles.  It is here that we feel, 3 copies of the chromosome, as opposed to the typical 2, is better…”More is Better”!  The ride was established to raise awareness for Down syndrome. 

The ride will start and end at Clinton school where parking will be available for bikers.

7:00 AM - Riders check-in
7:15 AM - Opening comments and prayer
7:30 AM - Bike ride begins
1:00-1:30 PM - Bikers arrive back at Clinton Schools



For more information, go to



Sunday, FALL 2020

 Buddy Walk

Hanna Park- Utica  10:30am-1:00pm


Join us for the Buddy Walk on Sunday, September 29, 2019.  This event to kick off Down Syndrome Awareness Month is sponsored by our friends at Upstate Cerebral Palsy.   The Buddy Walk is free to participants.  It is a one-mile awareness event that promotes advocacy, inclusion and acceptance of individuals with Down syndrome.  Hope to see you there!


The 21 Club Holiday Party

Sunday, December 6, 2020

Delta HotelS By MarRiott, Utica


(Check-In Starts at 3:30pm)

Join us for our annual Holiday Party, December 6, 2020.  This is one of our most fun events of the year.  Enjoy good food, good company, a visit from Santa, presents for the children, giveaways,  and entertainment as well as a DJ and dancing!

Check-In begins at 3:30pm.  The party starts right at 4:00pm.


Bring your friends and family for a fun night! R.S.V.P. by November 22nd so we have enough time to buy presents and make preparations for the party. Hope to see you there! $20 for Adults, $10 for Children. People with DS are FREE. For more information, or to receive an invitation e-mail HERE.  

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The 21 Club of CNY, Inc.

PO Box 264​

Washington Mills, NY 13479

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