Wednesday, March 21 is World Down Syndrome Awareness Day and 21FrienDS invites you to celebrate with them at White's of Westport.

Each year, all over the world, March 21 is recognized World Down Syndrome Awareness Day in honor of the 3-21 chromosome present in a person with Down Syndrome.

On Thursday, March 21,  Westport-based group 21FrienDS is hosting its ninth annual World Down Syndrome Awareness Day event at White's of Westport. The night starts at 5:30 p.m. and runs through 11 p.m. that night.

The event is just one of many the group hosts in an on-going effort to promote advocacy, understanding, and awareness of all aspects of Down syndrome. It will feature live entertainment, raffles, silent auction, light appetizers, and a cash bar. Admission is free.

Anyone looking for additional information on 21FrienDS or wishes to make a donation to the event's silent auction and raffle can contact founder Kim Legendre at (508) 989-2706.

21FrienDS is a 501(c)3 founded in 2008 and has provided support and education to families and their children with Down syndrome. The group is made up of 150 families from Rhode Island to Cape Cod and throughout the years they have been able to start Special Olympic Young Athlete programs in our area and send more than 40 educators and parents to the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress Educators Forum to help teach them ways to help children with Down syndrome learn.