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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Unique auction items..check this out....

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 @ 7:50 PM

We have one-of-a-kind auction items that will be available at our gala on April 25, such as a "Passport to Paradise"

Have you purchased your tickets for the Starry Night Gala on April 25 @TownsendHotel?

Monday, March 3, 2014

Starry Night Gala, Tickets on Sale Now!

Monday, March 3, 2014 @ 3:36 PM

For more information and to order your tickets click here or visit our events page.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Michigan’s Capaldi Racing + Grand Prix to support Band of Angels and raise awareness of Down syndrome

Friday, May 24, 2013 @ 2:57 PM

Media Contact: Sara Przybylski: EAFocus Communications; c: 248.877.9200;; Cynthia Hutchison: Band of Angels; c: 248.760.0398;
Rochester Hills, MI – May 24, 2013 - Michigan-based Band of Angels, an international outreach organization dedicated to helping individuals with Down Syndrome, autism and other cognitive challenges reach their full potential, will be playing a role in this year’s Detroit Grand Prix. The opportunity is courtesy of Roseville based Wolverine Bronze, a jobbing foundry serving the automotive, aircraft and aerospace industries and a primary-sponsor of Capaldi Racing, a Michigan-based professional race team with more than 30 years of experience.  
As Capaldi Racing travels the country participating in various races, it is using a Band of Angels branded race car, t-shirts and publicity on the racing circuit to raise awareness of Band of Angels mission to maximize the capabilities and opportunities of those with Down syndrome and other cognitive impairments. This summer, individuals affiliated with the Band of Angels organization will serve as the flag carrier for brothers Chris and Craig Capaldi, who hail from Macomb County.
“Chris Capaldi was at the Circuit of the Americas race in Austin, Texas earlier this month and a young boy with Down syndrome was the flag carrier for Chris. The boy had the experience of a lifetime taking pictures with the racing team and getting an up-close experience into the racing world,” said Cynthia Hutchison, CEO and founder of Band of Angels.
Hutchison’s son Jordan, who has Down syndrome, will be the flag carrier on June 2 at the Grand Prix race in Detroit.
“Capaldi Racing and Wolverine Bronze have been wonderful spokespersons for Down syndrome and Band of Angels since 2011,” said Hutchison. “The unique opportunities they provide through professional racing takes the message of the potential of individuals with Down syndrome and other cognitive impairments to an entirely new audience.  To be a part of the Grand Prix race tradition in Detroit makes this experience particularly meaningful.”
The 2013 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix runs May 31 – June 2 on the raceway at Belle Isle. Gates open at 7:30 a.m. and the Capaldi flag carrying is expected to be at approximately 11 a.m. on June 2. To purchase tickets, visit the Grand Prix website.
About Capaldi Racing
Capaldi Racing is a professional race team with more than 30 years of racing experience and offers a wide range of racing services and products. The company’s goal is to provide the best services, equipment, crew and results to ensure an enjoyable and rewarding experience for the drivers and their guests. Capaldi Racing has extensive experience when it comes to road racing Ford and Ford-based vehicles and provides a full service racing experience from car build and prep to trackside support to ongoing maintenance for those interested in racing Ford and Ford-based vehicles. For more information on Capaldi Racing, visit or call 586-949-RACE.

About Band of Angels
Michigan-based Band of Angels was established in 1994 by CEO Cynthia (Kidder) Hutchison, an international advocate for educating, employing and providing inclusive opportunities for individuals with Down syndrome, autism and other cognitive impairments and a 2006 Detroit News Michiganian of the Year. In addition to advocacy and coordinating activities that lead to greater independence, Band of Angels produces the Halo with a Twist® jewelry line and the award-winning Common Threads: Celebrating Life with Down syndrome, which was co-written by Ms. Hutchison and Harvard-educated Brian Skotko, M.D., a leading physician advocate for individuals with Down syndrome and a pediatrician at Children's Hospital in Boston. To learn more about Band of Angels’ mission, please visit

Monday, April 29, 2013

Great Event and Wonderful Outcomes

Monday, April 29, 2013 @ 12:41 PM

Last Friday, April 19th, Starry Night was held at the Townsend Hotel in Birmingham. Your attendance and support were critical to a very successful evening. 

Abby Loy of Brighton spoke candidly and with joy and sparkle about her life with Down syndrome. Among her many accomplishments, Abby briefly mentioned donating hair to Locks of Love. I remember when she did this. She told me she wanted to help other children. She is a full participant in life!! 

Allie Hayes of Troy created two paintings for the event which raised money for others. She, too, wants to help others so put extra work into making this artwork special.

Driver Chris Capaldi is supporting Band of Angels and kids with Down Syndrome as he travels the country racing the BSpec Ford Fiesta for Wolverine Bronze in the Pirelli World Challenge. The Band of Angels logo is on the car!! Watch on NBC Sports Network.

One of our supporters outbid our guest speaker on American Idol tickets and then...gifted them to Abby who is heading to LA tomorrow. Another long term supported quietly bid on every silent auction item that needed a boost and got a few treats! Yet another asked to be informed of any shortfall in our quest to get an app in the hands of new parents and offered to make up the difference. Three small business owners want meetings to determine how to fit someone with Down syndrome or other disabilities into their workplaces. Wow. 

Chairwoman Deb O'Neill put in more hours than she or I care to count. Matt Gibb brought fresh energy and new friends to the organization. There are many others (and you know who you are) whose hard work and charitable spirit have contributed to making the event successful.

This kind of night will resonate with people for years to come. Those in the room were all touched in some way. New parents not yet identified will find comfort just minutes after diagnosis because we will be able to reach them wherever they are. This is no small feat. Each of you contributed to make the night successful, memorable and lasting. Life with Down syndrome and other disabilities is getting more fulfilled each year. 

Thank you for the confidence you place in Band of Angels to be the conduit to continue to help those with Down syndrome and other disabilities to live full and meaningful lives. Or as Lewis Carroll said, "Begin at the beginning...and go on till you come to the end."


Cynthia Hutchison

Founder and CEO

Friday, April 5, 2013

Go Maize and Blue!

Friday, April 5, 2013 @ 10:20 AM

As University of Michigan prepares to take the national title (okay, I know there are two games, but we know that is what they are preparing to do!!), thought it a good time to remind our Band of Angel supporters of the power of persevernce. Remember Owen Groesser and his three pointers!? Our friend Owen practiced and practiced in his driveway and made his way to his own national stage for his efforts. Read on about Michigan's Canadian import with a truly admirable work ethic!

Oh, and Go Blue. Not my alma mater, but the alma mater of both Band of Angels' web developer and graphic designer.  Michigan produces more than talented athletes-they produce gifted entreprenuerial leaders and team players.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Climbing Mountains--Literally!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 @ 1:58 PM

And now, back to stories of inspiration and hope. Read about Eli Reimer climbing Mt. Everest and leading his party to the base.

So here is the story of what someone with Down syndrome CAN do. Amazing. Best of all, he treats it like another day on the trails because clearly, that's what it is to him. He was born into a family of hikers and climbers--I'm guessing his first 46 chromosomes and fifteen years helped him develop that same passion!! Congrats!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

World Down Syndrome Day and Progress

Thursday, March 21, 2013 @ 3:31 PM

Let us all celebrate the changes in education; acceptance and opportunity for those with Down syndrome over the past two decades. I wish I could just write a happy article here and discuss "where we're going; where we've been" kinds of things. But I can't. Since this is the day we have set aside to really evaluate the improvements in our children's lives and the needs ahead of us, this must be a day we really look at this. For every cute, adorable, huggable toddler with Down syndrome, there are equally delightful adults who do not draw quite as much favorable attention. When our children are born, we worry. About all of our children. We want nothing more than for them to live happy, healthy and meaningful lives.

Each time we read about a tragic misunderstanding, it reminds us of the need for outreach, awareness, opportunites and access. The hardest thing to do after reading about the sad end to the life of Ethan Saylor is to NOT change our behavior. As parents, we have to continue to propel our adult offspring into the public. We have to help them find work. We must send them to the gym and to churches and communiy colleges and to enrichment classes. They want and need to go to concerts, restaurants and outdoor art fairs. And they need to be accepted as vital threads to the fabric of each and every community.

So read about Robert Ethan Saylor and his life and death. Cry as I did. Then continue to encourage your family and community to accept and embrace each person in your community. Resist the temptation to just watch movies at home to be safe and use this day as a reminder of the role individuals with Down syndrome have in our livs and our communities.

To the family of Ethan, our thoughts and prayers will be with you.



Thursday, January 31, 2013

Heroes come in all ages and occupations

Thursday, January 31, 2013 @ 6:14 PM

Three cheers for the quiet waiter who stood up for something much more important to him than his own welfare. The dignity of a child. Michael Garcia refused to serve a patron at the restaurant where he works and with cause. Disparaging remarks aimed at a 5 year old with Down syndrome from a nearby adult. Read on!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Look at this: Opportunity Meets Success!

Thursday, January 24, 2013 @ 7:15 AM

Owen is a reminder of what kids and adults with Down syndrome can do when they get a shot at it!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Girl's Night Out Event-Ideas You'll Love

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 @ 10:51 AM

Join us Thurday from 4-7 at Oakland Optometry for a truly spectacular girl's night out! Image consultant Patty Buccellato will be there along with Christina Licari from Kimi K Salon. Watch as you and your friends receive real transformations right before your eyes. Speaking of eyes, Oakland Optometry has the best frames in Oakland County so come find something for your baby blues or sultry browns! Oh, and all of it benefits children and adults with Down syndrome through Band of Angels.  Look for video of our budding starlets!