Down Syndrome Awareness Walk makes Onalaska a little more tropical

La Crosse charity holds 16th Annual Down Syndrome Awareness Walk

ONALASKA, Wis. (WKBT) - A charity event brought Hawaii to Onalaska through walking on Saturday when the 16th annual Down Syndrome Awareness Walk took place at the Omni Center.

The walk this year was luau-themed, with grass skirts and leis.

The event also had a bounce house, a firetruck, and chicken from local caterer Rooster Andy's.

"It's just a fun day for us to all get together. We all have one thing in common and that's our love for people with Down syndrome," said Angel Benrud, the event's chair.

Benrud also said that their goal this year is to raise $40,000, and that she hoped to "crush" that goal by the end of the day.

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The event is put on by the non-profit organization Down Syndrome Association of Wisconsin -- Children of the Heart -- Greater La Crosse Area.

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