Staff Report

The Down Syndrome Association of Santa Barbara County (DSASBC) 9th Annual Buddy Walk & Festival will be at Chase Palm Park located at 323 E Cabrillo Blvd. on Saturday, June 9th from 11am – 3 pm.  Hosted by Lin Aubuchon & Bill Pesso of KTYD’s Morning Show, the fundraising event will feature special guests including blues and country musician Pryor Baird—Central Coast native—who was most recently a fan favorite on NBC’s The Voice, Superstoked, One 2 One, Sofia Guerro and Teen Star Santa Barbara singers, McKenna Gemberling, Savannah Jayaraman and Neve Greenwald.

Plus, world famous magician Bob Fitch whose grandson Ryan has Down Syndrome and is the reason for his involvement in this amazing day.  Bob Fitch was the 2009 recipient of the Magic Castle’s Life Time Tribute Award, and has performed there numerous times.  Magician Of the Year Award recipient from SAM (Society of American Magicians) and Gold Star from London Magic Circle are a few of his other accolades.  For his complete bio including his numerous performances on Broadway, television and movies visit

Focusing on fostering inclusion and raising awareness for all those with special needs and their families in our community, lots of activities for all – carnival style games, crafts, silent auction, raffle, face painting, vendor fair and informational booths as well as a short ceremonial fundraising walk around Chase Palm Park promoting acceptance and inclusion of all individuals with Down syndrome. Home Depot, Devereux, Zodo’s, Mad Fitness Santa Barbara, Macaroni Kid and more will be onsite with information and great activities!  Bring your family, friends, blankets and chairs and join us for a great day in the park!

Registration fees are $25 adults, $15 Adults with Down syndrome & $10 children 3-17.  Registration includes admission to the Buddy Walk & Festival, event t-shirt, lunch, snacks and all activities.  Registration is required to participate in the Buddy Walk & Festival.  You may register in person the day of the event or online at

The net proceeds from this event stay in Santa Barbara County allowing the DSASBC to support new and expectant parents, enrichment programs, activities, parent support and more to enhance the lives of individuals with Down syndrome and their families throughout Santa Barbara County.