Jeff Halfen in Lifestyle, beBee in English, Administrative Senior Director, Finance & Accounting • McDermott International Jul 20, 2016 · 2 min read · 2.1K

Support a Great Cause and Win a $50 Amazon eGift Card!

Support a Great Cause and Win a $50 Amazon eGift Card!The 16th annual Down Syndrome of Houston Buddy Walk campaign is in full swing! 

Established in 1995 by the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS), the Buddy Walk is the premier advocacy event for Down syndrome in the United States and is the world’s most widely recognized public awareness event for the Down syndrome community.

The Buddy Walk has three primary goals:
1- To promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome.
2- To locally raise funds for DSAH and nationally for education, research and advocacy programs.
3- To enhance the position of the Down syndrome community, enabling us to positively influence local and national policy and practice.

Ninety-nine percent of the proceeds from the Houston Buddy Walk will benefit DSAH, allowing us to continue providing much-needed services and programs to the families of individuals with Down syndrome in Houston and the surrounding communities. The NDSS receives 1% of the proceeds of the Buddy Walk to help support its National Policy Center, which advocates for federal, state, and local policies that positively impact people with Down syndrome across the country.

About the Down Syndrome Association of Houston

The Down Syndrome Association of Houston's (DSAH) mission is to create awareness and acceptance of children and adults with Down syndrome through advocacy, socialization, education and medical outreach. DSAH envisions a world in which all people with Down syndrome (DS) have the opportunity to enhance their quality of life, realize their life aspirations, and become accepted as a wonderfully normal part of a very diverse community.

Each year, DSAH continues to promote awareness through community outreach programs, monthly support meetings, semi annual educational conferences, and social events for the DS community. DSAH has been a part of the Houston community for over 40 years and has assisted thousands of families by offering support to new parents of babies with DS, assisting parents with challenges related to medical, therapeutic and educational issues, and working with educators and medical professionals. DSAH is committed to improving the lives and opportunities afforded to all persons with Down syndrome.

DSAH reached significant milestones in 2007, when it partnered with Texas Children’s Hospital to open The Down Syndrome Clinic, a facility aimed at ensuring that all children with DS are receiving the proper medical care and the necessary therapies. About the same time, DSAH opened the Down Syndrome Resource Center with the goal of continuing to expand its programs, and accomplished that by adding a multitude of services for babies, toddlers, youth and adults.

Since opening the doors at the Down Syndrome Resource Center, DSAH has added many programs such as Gymboree for babies, Music Therapy, New Baby Gift Baskets for newborns, New Beginnings for babies 0 to 6 months, Potty Training seminars, Smart Start, Summer Camps and more. DSAH has also added an adapted ballet class in partnership with the Houston Ballet as well as developed a five Day Program for adults with Down syndrome. All this in addition to the various events already happening, such as Teen and Adult Dances, The Annual Pool Party, the World Down Syndrome Day Celebration, The Annual Holiday Party, Camp for All Weekend and of course, the Annual Houston Buddy Walk. Visit for more information.

Now for the Fun Stuff!

Donate to my daughter's team and be entered into a draw for a $50 Amazon eGift Card.
Here's what you need to do:
1. Go to and click the Donate button.
2. Complete the donation page, being sure to use the same name that you use on beBee.
3. Comment on this post "I donated!"

You will receive one entry in the drawing for every $10 you donate.
The deadline to enter is August 31, 2016.
A name will be drawn at random at the end of the contest.
There must be at least 35 entries by the deadline in order for the prize to be awarded.

Thank you for your support!

Aaron 🐝 Skogen Jul 21, 2016 · #17

#16 yeah sorry about that @Dean Owen. The worst part is I knew that from reading other posts by @Jeff Halfen. My bad!

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Dean Owen Jul 21, 2016 · #16

#15 lol, @Aaron Skogen's comment through me off!

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Jeff Halfen Jul 21, 2016 · #15

#14 Thanks @Dean Owen. But just to be clear, the team captain Lisa is my wife. My daughter's name is Hannah, hence the team name "Hannah Halfen Angels".

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Dean Owen Jul 21, 2016 · #14

Love the pictures. Team Captain Lisa looks like such a bundle of joy!

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Jeff Halfen Jul 20, 2016 · #13

#2 And she has the personality to match @Deb Helfrich. Thanks!

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Jeff Halfen Jul 20, 2016 · #12

#11 Thank you @Pamela L. Williams

Pamela 🐝 Williams Jul 20, 2016 · #11

Sharing everywhere Jeff! Good Luck!

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Jeff Halfen Jul 20, 2016 · #10

#9 thank you @Aaron Skogen! You are too kind!

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