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March 31, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

$12 - $25
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A Pasta Dinner/Fundraiser has been planned for Friday, March 31st to raise funds for Andrew’s ‘Helping Sick Children One T-Shirt At A Time Campaign’. The event will take place at Colasanti’s Tropical Gardens.

This year’s theme will be Rock Your Socks – Western Style’ and we are encouraging everyone in attendance to wear their favourite Group Hug Apparel t-shirt, their craziest socks and best western gear. As if helping Andrew’s campaign wasn’t enough, we will also be helping Andrew to celebrate 10 years in business! Can you believe it!

Ticket price includes a pasta and chicken buffet dinner, and one raffle prize ticket. Other events being planned for the evening will be a photo booth complete with our popular ‘Andrew Heads’, a bake sale and an expanded children’s area full of western style games.

We are very excited to be offering a ‘Pay It Forward’ option to our ticket sales this year. For supporters that would like to contribute to the event but cannot make it, they will have the option to have their ticket(s) passed on to the members of the Up About Down Windsor-Essex Down Syndrome Association.


Andrew Banar was born with Down Syndrome and has been challenged with many of the associated health issues. Andrew has always been happy and has lived life to its fullest. He is fearless and pursues interests and hobbies with excitement and dedication and he’s a great source of inspiration and love for his large circle of extended family & friends.

Andrew keeps busy and active within the community. He graduated from St. Clair College – Life Skills Program in June 2014, works part time at Colasanti’s Tropical Gardens in Ruthven, has volunteered at the Leamington Hospital, volunteered at Walmart, and has worked at the Kingsville Golf Course. Andrew takes drum lessons and is also a serious fan of music and movies, and has attended a Barenaked Ladies & a Green Day concert.

Andrew has also been recognized for his leadership, entrepreneurial success, and his positive role model through many awards. The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award, The Spirit Of Philanthropy Award and named a Canadian Down syndrome Hero are to name a few of his recognitions.

Andrew, with the help of his mom Karen, also runs Group Hug Apparel. They sell the popular tees, hoodies, and other cool items at a slew of events, festivals, and charity fundraisers (and now worldwide through the GHA web store) with a portion of the proceeds donated to many important charities and community organizations. To date he has donated over $65,000.00 to various children’s charities and groups.

  • Tickets are available in advance – $20 each (Adult) and $12 each (12 and under) at Beachcomber Hot Tubs (149 Lansdowne Ave. Kingsville, ON – 519-733-8826 – CASH ONLY) or via PayPal at
  • Tickets will be available to purchase at the door (cash only) – $25 each (Adult) and $15 each (12 and under)
  • All proceeds will go toward Andrew’s ‘Helping Sick Children One T-Shirt At A Time Campaign’
  • Doors open at 5 pm – Buffet dinner served 5:307:30
  • For more information about the event contact Tara Brown (519-996-8187) or Karen Pickle (519-819-5250)


March 31, 2017
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
$12 - $25
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Colasanti’s Tropical Gardens
1550 Road 3 E
Kingsville, Ontario N9Y 2E5 Canada
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(519) 326-3287

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