2021 Events

2021 Elkhart County Down Syndrome Support Group Calendar

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, we have not had any events yet this year, but that's about to change! Beginning next month, we will have some of our regular yearly events, beginning with our annual picnic in August. For updates and changes, please check back regularly here or on Facebook. Many of these events take a lot of effort, so please do your part in volunteering your time on setup, cleanup, and other tasks. Contact our president Jack Senger at 642-2613 to find out how you can help, or if you have ideas for other activities for fun, education, or family support.


Annual Family Picnic: Saturday, August 7, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm

At Cook Station Park in Millersburg. This is a great location for a picnic, and we will have a giant water slide for kids of all ages, so bring swimwear and a towel. This is always a good time, where you can let your kids run free. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share. We’ll provide meat, drinks, and paper supplies.


Haunted Hilly Half Marathon & Frightening 5K: Saturday, October 30, starting at 8:30 a.m.

At Bonneyville Mill County Park, 53373 CR 131, Middlebury, IN 46540. This is the fifth year for this event, which is our main fundraiser of the year. We need a lot of volunteers, raffle items, sponsors, and runners to make this popular run successful. Every family is needed! Information will be posted here and on the ECDSSG Facebook page as the date gets closer, but put this date on your calendars NOW! ECDSSG members: to receive scholarship money for 2021, you need to sign up to help with this event, or raise $500 in donations (feel free to do both!).

December: These two events are uncertain at this point. Check back later for more details.

Annual Family Christmas Party: Saturday, Dec. 4, 4:00 to 7:00 pm

At the St. John’s Catholic Church Hall, just behind the church at 417 S. Main St. in Goshen. This is usually our best-attended event of the year. We supply meat, drinks, and tableware. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share. There will be crafts and games for kids, plus a visit from Santa.

Annual New Year’s Eve Ball: Thursday, December 30, 6:00 to 9:00 pm

At the Goshen First United Methodist Church Life Center on Plymouth Ave. near Goshen Middle School. Party favors, pictures, food, and lots of dancing for our Down syndrome group, their families and friends. All you have to do is show up! Dress is semi-formal (optional). We will ring in the new year at 8:55 pm.