giweather joomla module

Volume 15, Issue 25  | March 28, 2023Subscribe

Share this story

Awareness Ride, a local fundraiser, draws attention to National World Down syndrome Day

A local fundraiser is taking place on Tuesday, March 21 at Vessel Laguna Beach (previously Rhythm and Ride) from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. It’s a ride to raise awareness for Down syndrome on World Down syndrome Day, a day that’s celebrated all over the world. Proceeds go back to benefit the Dear Mom, organization, which helps provide resources, inspiration and community for countless moms raising a person with Down syndrome nationwide.

Twenty bikers will be riding to raise awareness and riding for this cause to support Dear Mom. Each bike is being sponsored by a local business, including Wall Reality Group, Vessel, Redefine, Pins and Wolf, and The Shop. They are still looking for business sponsors and donations to this event. 

In addition, they are having raffles where you can purchase tickets.

Awareness Ride Wall and Chapel

Click on photo for a larger image

Photos by Ryan Wall

Creighton Wall and Stephanie Chapel, owner of Vessel Laguna Beach, leading the group at a previous Awareness Ride

Two Laguna Beach moms are helping put this awareness ride and fundraiser together, Ryan Wall and Faye Cartmale. This is going to be a fun local community event on such a special day with great meaning to the Down syndrome community. 

To purchase raffle tickets and for more information on how you can support the event, go here. All funds raised directly support the nonprofit Dear Mom Conference.

Awareness Ride Keller and Cary

Click on photo for a larger image

Rocco Keller and Pat Cary with the Laguna Beach Firefighters Association at a previous Awareness Ride Event celebrating National World Down syndrome Day

Save the Date: The Dear Mom Conference is coming back to Laguna Beach on Saturday, April 22. This annual event is for moms raising a person with Down syndrome. Hosted by Laguna Beach local Amy Amaradio, local resident and mother to Rocco Keller, who has Down syndrome, it will be held at the Festival of Arts and feature amazing speakers. They anticipate 350 moms from all over the world to attend, meeting other moms who are walking the same journey. It is Amaradio’s hope that the conference will inspire and uplift all the participating mothers. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and visit

Vessel Laguna Beach is located at 821 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach.


Shaena Stabler, President & CEO -

Lana Johnson, Editor -

Tom Johnson, Publisher -

Dianne Russell is our Associate Editor.

Michael Sterling is our Webmaster & Designer.

Mary Hurlbut and Scott Brashier are our photographers.

Alexis Amaradio, Dennis McTighe, Marrie Stone, Sara Hall, Suzie Harrison and Theresa Keegan are our writers and/or columnists.

In Memoriam - Stu Saffer and Barbara Diamond.

Email: with news releases, letters, etc.


Email: for questions about advertising


*The content and ads in this publication do not necessarily reflect the opinions or views of the publisher.

© 2023 2S Publishing, LLC - All Rights Reserved.