Friday, March 22, 2013

TwentyWonder coming to LA July 13

The 4th annual fundraising event TWENTYWONDER, A Carnival of the Mind, presented by Down Syndrome Association of Los Angeles (DSALA) returns to the Doll Factory (1910 West Temple Street) on Saturday, July 13, 2013.  The famed L.A. Derby Dolls, for the third year in a row, will host the critically-acclaimed fundraiser.  The evening features a bursting expo of art, science, music and comedy, plus an all-star roller derby bout featuring the L.A. Derby Dolls vs. the San Diego Derby Dolls. Proceeds will benefit DSALA’s efforts to support those born with Trisomy 21/Down syndrome living in greater Los Angeles.

“Although we are in the early planning stages, the 4th Annual TWENTYWONDER is already poised to exceed, if not entirely demolish, all previous feats of twentywonderment!  By the time July 13 rolls around the Derby track, we will have gathered a mighty league of musicians, artists, inventors, skaters, cultural expeditionists, expert laughologists, and other unforeseen marvels from across the country, all converging on L.A. for a single night of unprecedented wonders and delights—a veritable coup d'etat upon the known human senses, plus one or two others,” said Jim Hodgson, Director of Down Syndrome Association of Los Angeles, "As ever, it is the work and love of many human beings—from the extraordinary generosity of our content providers, the incredibly selfless efforts of the TWENTYWONDER Volunteer Brigade and each supporter in attendance —which continues to make TWENTYWONDER the single most exciting and anticipated fundraising and awareness-raising night for Down syndrome in the country."

 “We love TWENTYWONDER!  2012's fundraiser proved so successful we've made this extravaganza of music, art, entertainment, and roller derby into an annual event not to be missed,” added Rebecca Ninburg, aka Demolicious, Co-Founder, L.A. Derby Dolls.

“Every year it gets a little harder to properly describe TWENTYWONDER.  I see that as a very good thing.  It's not something you can experience just once and check off your list. Each one is it's own weird, wonderful animal," said TWENTYWONDER Friend Don Foster, Executive Producer of Mike and Molly.

Last year’s sold-out TWENTYWONDER event raised over $100,000 with the proceeds helping to support DSALA’s various programs offered to nearly 4,200 individuals with Down syndrome living in Los Angeles.  With the monies raised last year, the DSALA was able to reach into new neighborhoods of Los Angeles providing support for those families living with Down syndrome/Trisomy 21; fund programs including basketball camps in El Segundo and Koreatown, yoga for teens and newborns, Born-to-Act Players junior division, partner with UCLA’s medical research projects and a variety of seminars from genetics to reading workshops to conservatorship; and serve as a stronger hub for Down syndrome awareness in the greater Los Angeles area.

This crowd-pleasing annual event is hit with both the audience and the Los Angeles press.  TWENTYWONDER was named, “An Event Pick” and called “Awesome!” by the Los Angeles Times. "Part charity, part science, part comedy…a mindbender," proclaimedLAIST.COM.  "A once in a lifetime, completely eclectic, fun-filled amalgam of creators, builders and performers," said The Wrap and "One of the essential events of the summer," raved The

The 4th Annual TWENTYWONDER event will feature performances and attractions by:

L.A. Derby Dolls vs. San Diego Derby Dolls
Lucha VaVOOM
Artist Tim Biskup & The Ego Killers
The Lampshades: Kate Flannery (“The Office”)
Magician Mac King
Vaud And The Villians
David Koechner
Physics Of Nascar’s Diandra Leslie-Pelecky
and others to be confirmed at a later date.

An up-to-date list of attractions and performances can be found at

TWENTYWONDER will also feature some of Los Angeles’ favorite food trucks for event dining and soft drinks and alcohol beverages will be available for purchase.  A percentage of proceeds from food and beverage sales will be donated to DSALA.

TWENTYWONDER will be held on Saturday, July 13 2013 at the Doll Factory in Los Angeles (1910 West Temple Street).  The doors open at 6:00 p.m. with live entertainment, food, drinks and attractions throughout the venue.  Roller Derby match begins at 8:00 p.m. in the Doll Factory arena with more.  Special performances, art, music, science and comedy continue from 9:30 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.  There will be no entry into the event after 10:30 p.m.  General admission tickets to TWENTYWONDER are $40.00 and are good for performances and attractions.  V.I.P. Passes are available for $150.00 and include admission into the benefit event, the TWENTYWONDER Annual Collectible Amulet designed by Brad Oldham, complimentary valet parking, stadium preferred seating and access to the VIP Guest Lounge with full open bar and food. Guests must be 21 or older to attend. Tickets are available online at  For more information on the event or

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