Down Syndrome Society's Celebration Of Abilities Is May 15

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Chris Burke and Daniel Skandera will perform at the Chattanooga Down Syndrome Society’s Celebration of Abilities II on Friday, May 15.

Free to the public, this year’s celebration will showcase the many and varied talents and abilities of people with Down Syndrome.

It will open with a fashion show featuring models in styles from Maurice’s, followed by the headline performers.

Daniel Skandera, who has won the Itzhak Perlman award for his musical talent, will perform on the marimba, one of the most difficult instruments to master, followed by Chris Burke, star of the television show Life Goes On, who will share his many talents, accompanied by his band members, Joe and John Demasi.

The show will also showcase visual art by Bernadette Resha, whose art has been displayed in galleries in New York, and was recently featured nationwide on Diet Pepsi cans. In addition, the lobby displays will feature various artists, actors, authors, athletes, and others, whose accomplishments will be a revelation for those who don’t have close associations in the disability family, and an inspiration to those who do.

The event will be held at the UTC Fine Arts Center. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show begins at 7 p.m. The last Celebration completely filled the Hayes Auditorium, so arrive early for good seating, officials said.

Call 718-3509 or visit www.chattanoogadownsyndrome.org with any questions.

Bernadette Resha with one of her paintings
Bernadette Resha with one of her paintings

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