Downs Syndrome Association of NWI is COWMUNITY winner from Meatheads, awarded $500 for new facility

Meatheads is looking for good causes and good people to reward as part of their COWMUNITY Spotlight efforts. Honored in April was the Buckley family and the Down Syndrome Association of NWI & Chicagoland in Highland, which been growing and in need of a new facility.

Dawn Buckley was nominated by Stacey Killeen, who is a volunteer and a speech therapist with the DSA. Buckley serves as executive director of this non-profit that serves newborns through adults and she's also the mother of a little girl with Downs Syndrome named Addie. Among the services the facility offers are free tutoring and speech services. Over 500 families are helped through the DSA.

The organization will move into a larger facility later this month and they've been lucky enough to get about 90% of the labor and materials donated. In recognition of her efforts, Meatheads awarded $500 to Buckley to be used for the new facility.

Meatheads also treated Buckley and several friends to a party at the Meatheads Schererville location where they enjoyed some of Meatheads signature burgers, fries, shakes and more. The manager's daughter, who has a bakery business, even donated a cake with the organization's logo.

Meatheads is looking for more great people, causes and organizations to help. You can nominate someone online at According to the website,

"Throughout 2016, Meatheads, is honoring its most valued community members for their hard work, determination and hustle. The launch of the​ Meatheads Cowmunity Relations Program to reward those making a difference in its communities, or “cowmunities” as we call them​! Each month, Meatheads will select one person who exemplifies the company’s standards of hardwork, determination and hustle. 

P.S. Should you be interested in helping the organization, they're still in need of lightbulbs and doorknobs and any monetary donation is welcome to help with expenses. Go to to make a donation.