Step Up for Down Syndrome

Presented by White Castle

SUNDAY, JUNE 5, 2022

9:00am – SUDS begins

9:00-9:30am- All You Can Eat Pancakes for $5 (cash only)

10:30am – 1 Mile Awareness Walk Begins

12:30pm – Event Wraps Up

Step Up for Down Syndrome is our largest celebration and fundraising event of the year!  Donations from this event allow us to provide vital and life-changing programming to over 1,800 individuals with Down syndrome and their families!

Participants of Step Up for Down Syndrome start a team and raise money to earn amazing prizes like Walk in the Ballpark tickets to see the St. Louis Cardinals!


A Team Captain often starts and names their team in honor of their loved one with Down syndrome.  “Brandon’s Buddies” or “Katie’s Krew” are some of the fun team names we’ve seen before.  Get creative!  Have fun with it! Each team will have their very own donation webpage they can personalize to let people know why they step up for Down syndrome.  A link will be created, and that can be used to send out to friends and family asking them to step up and donate! For every $25 a team raises, they’ll earn a 2022 Commemorative Step Up T-shirt, and for every $160 a team raises, they earn a ticket package to Walk in the Park at Busch Stadium in September.  Anyone can donate to a team, and the Team Captain can invite anyone to come to the Step Up event.  It can be the same people that donate, or different people.  Check out the Team Captain Packet for more fundraising ideas, incentives, and details about the event! Click the button below to start your team today!

Walk in the Park Cardinals Tickets

Perhaps the most exciting incentive for fundraising for Step Up for Down Syndrome is Walk in the Park tickets!  When you raise money for Step Up, your team earns ticket packages to DSAGSL’s largest awareness event of the year called Walk in the Park.  About 2,500 families and friends gather at Busch Stadium in October for a day of community, fun, and great baseball.  Participants of the event enjoy a pre-game pep-rally, walking the warning track together, and then watching the baseball game.

For every $160 a Step Up team raises, they will earn one ticket package to Walk in the Park!  That includes entrance the pep-rally, walking the warning track, a game ticket AND a commemorative t-shirt. Better yet, if your team raises $10,000, you’ll earn 2 VIP Ticket Packages, and raising $15,000 as a team earns you 4 VIP Ticket Packages!!  VIP ticket holders will watch the game from a suite with all you can eat buffet and bar!

Need a little more motivation? The Step Up teams that raise the most money will earn a spot on the field for the Walk in the Park opening ceremonies!  The more money you raise, the more incentives you earn!  In addition, for every $500 you earn, you get entered to win a spot on the field even if you aren’t one of the top fundraising teams!! 

Learn more about Walk in the Park here

Fundraising Ideas

Set a goal! Aim high but be realistic.  Remember, every dollar stays in the St. Louis area to support your loved one and others with Down syndrome.

Spread the word with Social Media! Share your story on social media and inspire friends and family to contribute to your team!  

Company Matching Funds- As your employer if they have a matching program and instantly double your fundraising!

Corporate Sponsors- Teams that arrange for a company or business to sponsor Step Up receive credit for the sponsorship amount!

Profit Shares- Talk with your favorite restaurant or small business to set up a profit sharing day, i.e. 20% of sales will be donated on a certain day.  Then let us know you set up the fundraiser and the amount raised will count toward your team total!

There are so many ways to have fun will raising money!  Check out the Team Packet for even more ideas!

Why We Fundraise

Fundraising Incentives

Your team earns prizes the more you raise! 

When your team raises $1,000, you will receive a Team Support Sign featuring your Team’s Name placed along the walk route. (limit 1 per team)

When your team raises $2,500, you’ll receive a 2ft. x 4ft. Team Banner with your custom text that you can take with you on the 1 mile awareness walk. (limit 1 per team)

When your team raises $3,000, you’ll be upgraded to a Deluxe Team Banner with your custom text and a photo. (limit 1 per team)

When your team raises $5,000, your Team Honoree’s photo will be featured in DSAGSL Down Syndrome Awareness Month marketing materials and social media posts.

We will also be offering fun incentives from January through May, so be sure to sign up your team to start receiving Team Captain emails with details inside!

**Teams will earn 1 sign OR 1 standard banner OR 1 deluxe banner

Questions? Contact Director of Special Events, Emily Fisher or 314-833-7508

Interested in volunteering for Step Up for Down Syndrome?

Visit our volunteer page to sign up!

Sponsorship Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in sponsoring Step Up for Down Syndrome! For more information on all of the sponsorship opportunities available, please contact Director of Special Events, Emily Fisher. or 314.961.2504

Thank You 2022 Step Up Sponsors!


Presenting Sponsor

Going the Distance Sponsors

Making Strides Sponsors

Big Steps Sponsors

First Steps Sponsors

In-Kind Donation Sponsors