Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register a team?
You can register online by going to > Registrant and registering as a "Walk Participant" and then creating a team, or you can complete the Team Registration Form found under "Team Captain" and mail it to the DSACO office.

How do I register for the 5K?
Registration for the 5K is also available at > Registration.
Do I have to pay a registration fee? The Festival and Awareness Walk are free and open to the public but registration to run in the 5K is $35/person and $40 after Sept. 1. A shirt is NOT guaranteed after Sept. 1. The walk is complimentary, however we encourage donations in any amount!

Should I bring cash to the festival?
Yes. There will be raffle prizes and various DSACO merchandise items for sale such as t-shirts and calendars. There will also be food trucks open at the Myriad Gardens serving child and family friendly foods.

When do I turn in my family team money?
To qualify for family team incentives, money must be received in the office by Sept. 14 for a staked sign, and Sept. 27 for all other team incentives. Otherwise, team money can be turned in at any point, including a few weeks after the event. See "Family Team" page for family team incentives. We ask that all money be turned in by Oct. 31.
You can bring donations to the team check-in table upon arrival at the Awareness Walk, however, they will not be counted toward family team incentives. Any additional money that is received after the day of the walk can be mailed to: DSACO Awareness Walk Teams, 521 W. Wilshire Blvd. Suite 130 OKC, OK 73116.

How are the funds used that are raised at the Festival and 5K?
Money raised goes to DSACO to support its activities, workshops, programs and services. A list of these programs can be found at

When should I tell my team to arrive?
The 5K begins at 8 a.m. with check-in starting at 7 a.m. We encourage families to arrive early to cheer on the runners. The Awareness Walk will begin at 9:30 a.m. and the Festival will begin at 9:45 a.m. Many families like to choose a meeting point somewhere before the Awareness Walk.

How far is the actual walk?
The walk is approximately four city blocks. Where do we park? Free parking is available at the American Parking lot on Hudson and Reno. 

More team questions? Please contact the DSACO Office at 405.600.9981 or

How Do I Raise Funds?
USE THE CONVENIENCE OF ONLINE DONATIONS. You can set up a personalized team page at It is quick and easy and only takes a few minutes to set-up. This allows supporters to donate to you online!

The Down Syndrome Festival & 5K Committee is asking team captains to help solicit corporate donations. The guidelines are as follows:
• A brochure has been printed to help with your fundraising efforts. You can come by the office to pick up a brochure or download it at Each team must write their name on the brochure to be given credit for the donation.
• Any monetary donations received will be credited to your team and will count toward earning team incentives.
• The brochure gives companies the opportunity to donate at a tier level or to give a raffle prize or in-kind donation. Only monetary donations will count toward team fundraising goals. All raffle items need to be turned in to the DSACO office.
• Teams may work with other teams to request a donation from a single company. All team names should be placed on the donation brochure and the donation will be split equally between the teams. Only the teams whose names are on the form will be given credit for the corporate donation.
• The completed form and logo MUST be received by Aug. 29, 2018. Only contributions accompanied by a sponsorship form will be given the benefits listed. Contributions received without a sponsorship form will be credited to the designated team and will be marked as a donation, not a sponsorship.

Many family teams are able to double some of their donations through employer matching programs. This means an employer will match donations to non-profit organizations, which are made by their employees. This way it is possible to get twice the support from one donation. Check with the human resources department to find out if an employer will match donations. Each company has its own guidelines that need to be followed.

One of the most effective (and easiest) ways to raise money for the awareness walk is to launch a letter writing/e-mail campaign. Simply draft a “dear friends and family” letter explaining why you, your company, and/or family are participating in the walk, you can reach your largest audience - without even leaving the comfort of your home! And it can be your ticket to fundraising success!

Six Steps To A Successful Written Campaign

Step 1:
Develop Your Mailing List from people you currently know. Address book, holiday card list, team/league rosters, church/club directories, vendors, e-mail list, businesses you frequent, business colleagues, co-workers, families of your child’s schoolmates and folks from your past: classmates, roommates, teachers, neighbors, co-workers, teammates, fraternal/alumni groups.

Step 2: Write Your Letter. Include your fundraising goal. Enclose a self-addressed envelope with each letter if possible. Include a deadline for donations. Speak from the heart and tell people why it is important to you that research and community support continue for children and adults with Down syndrome. State that their donation is tax deductible and that checks should be made payable to the Down Syndrome Association of Central Oklahoma or DSACO. Print a photo of your child or family on the letter. If your child is very young describe what your experience was like when you were told your baby has Down syndrome. Discuss your child’s daily routine. Explain your concerns about potential problems your child may experience. If your child is older discuss what he/she likes to do or their accomplishments that year. Some family teams have two or three different letters drafted to appeal to different “audiences”. Remember the most effective letter will come directly from your heart. Be sure to emphasize how the organization has impacted your life.

Step 3: Mail or e-mail your letter. Ideally, your letters should go out about six weeks before the Awareness Walk – although successful results have been achieved “in a pinch.”

Step 4: Collect Donations. Keep track of all donations by using the online website or the attached Team Donation Form.
Step 5: Turn In Your Money OR Mail to DSACO by the team incentive deadlines. Send donations by mail to DSACO Awareness Walk Teams, 600 NW 23rd Street, Suite 206, Oklahoma City, OK 73103.
Step 6: Write Your Thank You Notes. Be sure to send out thank you notes to all of your supporters announcing your success. Acknowledging your contributors’ generosity will ensure their future support! Some teams include a picture(s) from the Awareness Walk in the thank you note.

• Use incentive prizes to reward your team walkers for their fundraising efforts. For example, if you raise $50 you will earn a custom team t-shirt, if you raise $100 you will earn a tote bag, etc. Set a deadline so that your walkers are motivated to raise money at a quicker pace (leverage the competitive spirit of your walkers).
• Sell raffle tickets and hold a drawing (or drawings) for items that were donated by local organizations.
• Work with local restaurants and stores to have a day or night where a portion of the proceeds will go to your team to raise money for your Festival & 5K Team. “Dining for Down syndrome” is becoming popular across the country!
• Make and sell awareness ribbons (in the blue and yellow Down syndrome awareness colors) and sell them for $.50 or $1.00 to increase awareness.
• Get your child’s school or your workplace involved! Example: For a donation, a student/teacher or co-worker could dress in jeans or other casual clothes for a day. If students/teachers or co-workers already have a casual dress policy, invite them to wear a hat, shorts or other attire that is normally not allowed.
• Community activities: a car wash, dog wash, garage sale, bake sale, etc.
• Don’t forget to ask your workplace about Matching Gift Programs!
• Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are great ways to get your message out to family and friends.

Why should I fundraise for DSACO?
Money raised at the walk helps support DSACO activities and programs. We would not exist without fundraisers like this one. These programs and activities provide opportunities, information and support for families and for people of all ages with Down syndrome. DSACO makes available to its families and the community the following information and activities:

• Kylee’s Kitchen (teen and adult microwave-based cooking classes for independent living)
• Free Tutoring Center
• Family Social Events such as Mommy Mingle, Holiday Party and Easter Eggstravaganza
• Self-Advocacy Workshops for Teens/Adults
• Social Groups for all ages
• New Parent Outreach and Quarterly Breakfasts
• Parent to Parent Support Groups
• Teen and Adult Self-Advocate events such as the Valentine’s Banquet and Halloween Party
• Outreach to medical professionals and schools with accurate information about Down syndrome
• Workshops with local and national speakers for the benefit of caregivers/parents/educators
• Scholarships for families to attend the national convention and Buddly Walk on Washington