Save The Date – Yee Haw


On Friday, March 31s t , 2017 we will be holding our 3rd Annual Pasta Dinner Fundraiser for Andrew’s ‘Helping Sick Children One Shirt At A Time’ Campaign at Colasanti’s Tropical Gardens, 1550 Road 3 E, Kingsville, Ontario. This year’s theme will be ‘Rock Your Socks – Western Style’ and we are encouraging everyone in attendance to wear their favourite Group Hug Apparel t-shirt, their craziest socks and best western gear. Andrew will be introducing a new design for sale that evening along with his other wonderful Group Hug Apparel items.

Tickets purchased in advance for this year’s event are $20 for adults and $12 for children 12 and under. (Prices at the door will be $25 and $15 respectively.) Ticket price includes a pasta and chicken buffet dinner, and one raffle prize ticket. Other events being planned for the evening will be a photo booth complete with our popular ‘Andrew Heads’, a bake sale and an expanded children’s area full of western style games and unlimited goofy golf from 5:30-7:30 just to name a few.

We are very excited to be offering a ‘Pay It Forward’ option to our ticket sales this year. For supporters that would like to contribute to the event but cannot make it, they will have the option to have their ticket(s) passed on to the members of the Up About Down Windsor-Essex Down Syndrome Association.

The success of this event is greatly due to the generosity of our community and sponsors. We are so grateful for everyones support for what Andrew loves to do.

If you have any questions, or if you are interested in supporting this event, please do not hesitate to contact us. We would be happy to make arrangements to pick up donations from you at your convenience.

Event link on face book: Facebook Event Page
To purchase tickets on line: Tickets

OR by contacting:

Karen Pickle 519-819-5250

Tara Brown 519-996-8187

Back story about Andrew:

Andrew Banar, born with Down syndrome started a little t-shirt business in 2007 called ‘Group Hug Apparel’. This business was created all around the idea of Andrew wanting to save money to attend college. Together with his mom Karen Pickle, they took some of Andrew’s Rock n Roll inspired drawings, put them on t-shirts and this awesome adventure began. And then Andrew wanted to help others. Andrew has been in the hospital many times with health related issues from being born with Down syndrome and understands how difficult it is for families, so after many heartfelt discussions, Andrew donates a portion of his sales to many local children’s charities and gives backpacks filled with Stuffed toys, colouring books, crayons, fun games and other items to help children keep busy during their stay or treatments for an illness. As many times as possible, Andrew will also include a personal note along with one of his “Be Strong Rock On” t-shirt designs to help keep them brave and strong. Andrew fills these bags with his love with hopes of making their stay a little easier. Here is a video of Andrew and his mom for you to view: Documentary

Andrew graduated from St. Clair College in 2014 and continues to work at his business with his mom. To date he has donated over $65,000.00 from his sales and fundraisers and he enjoy life to the fullest.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR! We will be kicking up our spurs at Colasanti’s Tropical Gardens on Friday, March 31, 2017 from 5pm to 9pm. Complete details will be following shortly on Group Hug Apparel’s Facebook Page, on Instagram and Twitter!

♥ ~ Andrew and Karen (Andrew’ mom)

Thank you to our community and to many of our wonderful sponsors. Without your support our event would not be possible. Thank you to everyone that has donated a raffle prize and to our Big Head, Head Phone Jack & Guitar Jack sponsors: Mr Meat Market, Erie Shore Dentistry, Shan Hasan – Royal LePage, Velocity Truck & Trailer Repair, Colasanti’s Tropical Gardens, The Mix 96.7 Radio, Once Upon A Time, Little Glenn’s Moving and Storage, We Put The WIN in Windsor. We cannot wait.

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