Congratulations to our 2023 RGDSN Annual Meeting Awards Recipients!
We were so excited to celebrate some of the people that make the Rio Grande Down Syndrome Network a bright and impactful organization at our 2023 RGDSN Annual Meeting Awards that we had to share the love with all of you! Learn more about our stellar award recipients and how their hard work and positivity make a difference in our community.
Outstanding Community Partner: Danny Gonzales 🏆
Congratulations to Danny Gonzales for receiving the "Outstanding Community Partner" award at the 2023 RGDSN Annual Meeting!
Thank You Coach Danny for being such a light and inspiration in our community. 🌟
Above and Beyond Volunteer Service: Alice Ramirez 🏆
Alice has helped with t-shirt organization and distribution and day-of registration for Buddy Walk registrants for 10+ years. She has also volunteered at a variety of other RGDSN events including assisting with check-in and auction at our Denim and Diamonds Gala. She is constantly looking for ways to connect our community to other volunteers and is eager to help in any way she can.
Alice has undeniably been an invaluable asset to our community. 🙌
Outstanding Individual Role Model: James Keefner 🏆
Known as the unofficial ballpark Mayor for Albuquerque Isotopes, James Keefner has been working with the Isotopes grounds team for more than a decade. A decorated special olympian and involved in a number of activities!
James is a shining example of determination and independence. His dedication to his work and passion for helping others truly sets him apart. We are so proud of you, James! Keep inspiring others with your incredible journey! 🙌
Outstanding Leadership: Jeannine Barreras 🏆
In less than six months of planning, Jeannine Barreras took the idea of creating a unique Gala to benefit RGDSN and assembled a committee that executed a dinner, dance, live entertainment, live and silent auction, and incredible performances by members of the Down syndrome community. The event in its first year, sold out and brought in more than $130K!
Thank you for taking the initiative and doing great things for RGDSN. Your hard work is admirable, and we are truly grateful to have you as part of our team. Keep shining bright! ✨
Outstanding Business Partner: Cordova Contracting and Development LLC 🏆
In addition to being founding and long-time members of RGDSN, Mark and Shari Cordova of Cordova Contracting and Development LLC dedicated their hot air balloon "The Lucky Few" to help raise awareness of our nonprofit. The balloon took one of its first flights in 2021 during the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta and gained national media attention because of its mission and symbolism to the Down syndrome community.
Thank you for all your efforts in gaining recognition for our community and being an essential part of our organization. We're proud to have you as valuable members of our team! 🎉