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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

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, 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, September 18, 2012

Off to the Races

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 @ 10:39 AM


What a day it was. Charley Matus, Chris Capaldi and professional driver, Craig Capaldi of Capaldi Racing unloaded their truck with three gleaming track stars: Fiesta, Mustang and Focus- to make an event to remember for their supporters and Band of Angels. As the founder and mother of two riders, I was both excited and terrified--often simultaneously!And yes, if you look closely at the photo album on our Facebook page, you might see me in the passenger seat!

I learned that racing IS a sport. Very hard work and amazingly hot when properly suited up!Special thanks to Wolverine Bronze Company and Waterford Hills Raceway for use of the track and entire facility. Don't forget to take a zoom look at the Ford GT!! And don't forget, Capaldi has added the Band of Angels logo to their cars, ensuring that Down syndrome and cognitive challenges are recognized from Indy to Daytona!



Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Golf, Eat, Drink and check out some hot racing cars!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012 @ 11:59 AM
Band of Angels, Celebrating Life With Down Syndrome

Golf, Eat, Drink and check out some hot racing cars!

There is still time to register for the annual Joe Bologna Golf Outing to Support Down Syndrome taking place Monday, August 6th at the beautiful Greystone Golf ClubRegister now.  When you golf at the Joe Bologna Golf Outing, you will meet other supporters of Band of Angels; including Capaldi Racing –recently on the podium at the Detroit Grand Prix.  Capaldi will allow Band of Angels to raffle off the opportunity to ride with the hometown Capaldi Racing Team. 

Capaldi racing is a proud sponsor of Band of Angels and persons with Down syndrome and cognitive challenges—check out the branded cars!!

Come out and show off your golf skills while enjoying great food, cocktails and the chance to ride with one of Capaldi’s award winning drivers.
Sign-up now to secure your foursome.  Sponsorships available.

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Monday, July 16, 2012

Golfers Wanted!

Monday, July 16, 2012 @ 9:00 AM



Enjoy Michigan summer on August 6th by spending a day with friends and colleagues playing golf while supporting persons with Down syndrome and cognitive challenges.

For $150 your all-inclusive day includes 18 holes of golf at the beautiful Greystone Golf Club, breakfast, lunch, drinks on the course, dinner and an open bar.  Also games on the course, raffle, silent and live auction, and an opportunity to meet new people and spend time with friends and colleagues.  An incredible value!

Profits will support Band of Angels new initiative, Jobs with Dignity, helping persons with Down syndrome and other disabilities find meaningful employment.

We hope you will join Band of Angels and event sponsor, Joe Bologna of Joe Bologna Restaurants, for a day of friendly competition and fun on the links.

Register or Sponsor here

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Kyle Sarasin Drives for Kids

Tuesday, June 12, 2012 @ 1:05 PM

Thursday, April 12, 2012

See the Pistons vs. Cavaliers for free!

Thursday, April 12, 2012 @ 3:29 PM

Piston's star, has purchased a block of tickets to be used by Band of Angels and our friends. Young people and adults with Down syndrome or any cognitive impairment and their friends and siblings are invited to join us for an autograph session with Greg, super seats to the game and some food!! All a gift from the Pistons and Greg Monroe. Please let us know who will be coming by emailing Liz at

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Northern Michigan Basketball Player Challenge

Tuesday, April 10, 2012 @ 12:02 PM

Read more about basketball player with Down syndrome and his battle to stay in the game!