Houston Employees Rally to Support Individuals With Down Syndrome

Between individual donations, sponsorships and the company match, Argo has donated more than $10,000 to GiGi’s Playhouse Sugar Land.

Two years ago, after giving birth to her youngest daughter, Lily, Sarah Stanfield learned that Lily had Down syndrome.

“It rocked our world a little bit,” said Stanfield, Senior Underwriter, Commercial Surety for Argo Surety in Houston.

Right away, a friend put the family in touch with GiGi’s Playhouse Sugar Land, the local branch of GiGi’s Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Centers, which provides free educational and therapeutic programs to individuals of all ages with Down syndrome, their families and the community.

The Stanfields joined play sessions and programs such as “LMNOP: Language Music N’ Our Peeps,” learning basic sign language and communication through music and language-based activities; and “Busy Hands, Bigger Plans,” for fine motor skills, sensory awareness and social interaction.

“We connected with other families that became our support network and friends,” Stanfield said. “Then I started volunteering there. I was approached to join the board and gladly accepted.”

More than $10,000 donated

Between individual donations, sponsorships and the company match, Stanfield says, Argo has donated more than $10,000 to GiGi’s Playhouse Sugar Land. Her Houston colleagues have shown support by attending the annual gala and fashion show and joining Lily’s Bear Pack – the name of the family’s fun run team.

Argo Surety Senior Underwriter Hilary Killian has even volunteered to be the auction chair on the gala committee for the annual event on October 21.

“Seeing all the beautiful families this organization impacts really touched my heart,” Killian said. “It also brought me joy to see the strong community and network of friends the Stanfields developed among this group of folks.”

Stanfield said she’s felt this support from Argo and her coworkers from day one.

“Lily was in the NICU for a month after she was born. My whole underwriting team came to the medical center to have lunch with me,” she said. “When you have a child with special needs, it means extra appointments, extra therapy. Argo has championed us through all of this.”

The involvement has helped her ability to pay forward support to others.

“I just met with a family at the hospital who received a Down syndrome diagnosis,” Stanfield said. “I welcomed them to the GiGi’s family and community. I’m grateful to be a part of it.”

To learn more about GiGi’s Playhouse Sugar Land or donate: https://gigisplayhouse.org/sugarland/

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