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Gigi's Gala raises money for facility, program expansion

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The dinner and raffle at South Sioux City's Marina Inn will help expand programs at Gigi's Playhouse. The dinner and raffle at South Sioux City's Marina Inn will help expand programs at Gigi's Playhouse.
SOUTH SIOUX CITY, Neb. (KTIV) -

South Sioux City's Marina Inn was packed out Saturday for the third annual Gigi's Playhouse Gala and Dinner.

Gigi's started in Chicago, and opened its location in Sioux City in 2009 to help children with Down's Syndrome.

The group's goal is to increase positive awareness of Down's syndrome and empower families with loved ones affected by it.

Saturday's program celebrated the program's expansion, having outgrown its first room on Indian Hills Drive

"It's just not enough room for a growing family. And we just really want to expand and have a nice, therapeutic play center and just have an area to accommodate all of our growing family needs," said Jennifer Koch, board president for Gigi's Playhouse.

Guests got the chance to buy raffle tickets and bid on items before dinner. Playhouse leaders are excited about how quickly the program has grown, to the point where they now regularly have 75 to 100 guests coming through their doors.

"We're just so excited that people are recognizing that Gigi's in Sioux City is really growing into a great non-profit that we want them to be a part of," said Velvet Jeratowski, Gigi's Board Vice President.

KTIV's Matt Breen was joined by KSUX's Tony Michaels hosting the evening's festivities.

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