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October 21st - 22nd

Join DSNNN for our first Ever Lucky Few Fall Festival!  We have teamed up with celebrities Kristoffer Polaha and David DeSanctis to bring you two days of events to help bring awareness of Down syndrome to Northern Nevada.

 

They starred in a movie together about a friendship that was formed between two men, one of whom has Down syndrome (David). Sometimes life imitates art, as is the case with Kristoffer and David.  The two of them bonded during the filming of the movie and have become lifelong friends.

We will begin with a very special assembly at Reed High School where Kristoffer and David will talk about their experience filming the movie Where Hope Grows, the importance of inclusion, and the benefits of being different.

 

Friday evening we will host a viewing of their movie followed by a Question & Answer session with the actors, hosted by Good Morning Reno's Josh Little. This exclusive event  has a limited number of tickets available, so it is encouraged to purchase them in advance. Tickets start at $25. VIP option available where you can mingle with the actors before the film.

 

Saturday morning we invite you all to join us at Ferrari Farms for a fun day at the pumpkin patch.  There will be games, carnival rides, a Meet & Greet with Kristoffer and David, a full lunch for each participant, corn maze, hayrides, and so much FUN! Tickets required for admission! Purchase your tickets now.

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Kristoffer Polaha

Born and raised in Reno,  Kristoffer is an actor, director and author, known for his many tv and movie roles.  His recent projects include "Buried in Barstow", "Jurassic World Dominion", and "Wonder Woman 1984".  He is also considered the "Leading Man of Hallmark" with over a dozen Hallmark movies and TV shows under his belt. Polaha's short film "A Work of Art" recently premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, and his second book  in his "To Kona With Love" series, "Where the Sun Rises," comes out October 11th. Kristoffer is proud to work with a number of charities including World Vision and The Jensen Project.

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David DeSanctis

David is an actor and advocate best known for the movies "Where Hope Grows" and "Color my World With Love". DeSanctis is an inspirational speaker for non-profits and special needs groups around the country, sharing his personal journey of living with Down Syndrome. He is presently working part time for National Down Syndrome Society as their Public Relations Outreach Associate. DeSanctis has been involved in the Best Buddies Program since 2009, and served on the Kentucky Commonwealth Council on Developmental Disabilities from 2016-2021.

"I love what the Down Syndrome Network of Northern Nevada is doing for our community, what they are doing with and for families who have a member with Down syndrome and I am proud to be an ambassador for an outstanding nonprofit that's from my hometown of Reno, Nevada."

 

-Kristoffer Polaha

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