Who We Are

D.A.D.S. of Southeast Michigan

Dads Appreciating Down Syndrome (D.A.D.S.) of Southeast Michigan is a 501c (3) tax exempt (TID# 46-5441977) charitable organization serving the Down Syndrome community primarily in Macomb and Oakland counties. We are a local chapter of the National D.A.D.S. (Dad’s Appreciating Down Syndrome) organization and are affiliated with the Families Exploring Down Syndrome (FEDS) organization locally. We come together to support fathers facing the added knowledge that their child has Down Syndrome (a cognitive impairment that is often coupled with one or more medical issues).

We run our organization exclusively with dedicated volunteers. Our major fundraising activity to support our DADS community outreach programs is an annual Golf Outing. This annual event encourages every family member, friend, volunteer, participant, and parent to promote awareness about individuals with Down Syndrome and to celebrate their accomplishments.

Once again D.A.D.S. of Southeast Michigan needs your help to make our annual fundraising event a success. Please consider being a Hole Sponsor (Corporate Advertisement and/or Personal Message) or making a tax-deductible donation to our Silent Auction or Raffle, e.g., concert or event tickets, venue passes, discount coupons for products or services, vacation home rental (all dated 7/24/2022 or later please). Monetary donations are always appreciated. Please make your check payable to Dads Appreciating Down Syndrome of Southeast Michigan (or DADS of Southeast Michigan)

Golfers of all skill levels are welcome and encouraged to join us on Saturday July 23, 2022 at Devil’s Ridge Golf Club in Oxford, Michigan for a day of fun and fundraising!

Henry Castro, President

Local Events and Program Sponsorship

Due to the generosity of many individuals and businesses DADS of Southeast Michigan has been fortunate to host and/or sponsor/co-sponsor numerous Events and Programs benefiting the Down Syndrome community, e.g.
  • American Special Hockey Association Fighting Saints
  • Bottomless Toy Chest Children’s Charity
  • Bowling Events for Down Syndrome
  • Cases for Smiles Children’s Charity
  • Children’s Hospital of Michigan
  • Dads Appreciating Down Syndrome National
  • Down Syndrome Research Treatment Foundation
  • FAR Flyers of Michigan Special Needs Ice Hockey Program
  • FEDS Walk, Halloween Party, Christmas Party, Fashion Show
  • LuMind Down Syndrome Cognition Research Seminar
  • M.O.R.C. Stars Special Needs Ice Hockey Program
  • Outdoor Opportunity Fund
  • Saint Clair Shores Special Needs Summer Program
  • Saint Francis Camp for Special Needs Individuals
  • Skate to Be Great
  • Special Needs Estate Planning Seminars
  • Special Needs Individual Education Plan Seminars
  • Special Olympics of Michigan
  • Sterling Civic Theatre “Noah’s Arc” Special Needs Performers
  • Total Martial Arts – Special Needs Karate Classes
  • VIP Soccer Program for Special Needs Children and Adults
  • Warren Consolidate Schools Special Needs Classrooms

Thank you for your generosity and support of our DADS organization. The smiles on our youngsters’ faces and
the success of D.A.D.S. groups both locally and nationally will continue because you care!