Video: 2012 Jefferson Awards winner Maureen Browning

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by KING 5 TV

KING5.com

Posted on March 12, 2012 at 1:50 PM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 13 at 10:20 AM

In 2004, Maureen formed Friendship Adventures (FA) in an effort to better the life of her brother, Dean, who has Down syndrome and others with developmental disabilities.

After participating in many Special Olymsponsored events, Maureen saw a gap in the social network of the participants. She and a group of others formed a "family" in the Seattle area that includes "kids" of all ages, shapes and sizes.

Friendship Adventures sponsors a variety of events that incorporate recreation, education and leisure. Adventures include activities such as themed dances, yearly visits from Santa and other community "celebrities" like the Seattle Seafair Pirates, special game and movie nights, and annual trips to Leavenworth for sleigh rides, hayrides and barn dances; all of which engage participants through learning and building friendships.

Although Maureen does not take full credit for the success of Friendship Adventures, instead giving credit to her 100+ volunteers, she has dedicated her time, resources and love to the friendly faces of Friendship Adventures.

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