Allegro Welcomes Visitors from Nigeria 
 Allegro Foundation’s reach is worldwide!

During a momentous occasion in 2004, Allegro Foundation… a Champion for Children with Disabilities made history as the first organization for children living with disabilities to present at The White House, showing our nation what children with disabilities CAN do!

The Children of Allegro were invited back in 2005 and 2008, continuing to instill in our nation the importance of disability awareness and understanding. During their 2008 visit, the Allegro students presented in The White House State Dining Room for Ambassadors from around the world. Since that time, the US State Department and the Library of Congress have regarded Allegro Foundation as a national expert on movement education for children living with disabilities.

Through partnerships with Charlotte’s International House and the US State Department, Allegro has shared our movement education techniques with delegations from around the globe who are striving to improve the lives of those with disabilities in their respective countries. Allegro has welcomed previous delegations from Guatemala, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Russia, Egypt, Iraq, Sudan, Kazakhstan, and Tajikistan. We were pleased to receive a delegation from Nigeria on May 23rd so we could demonstrate what we do in our Allegro classes!

*PLEASE NOTE: Allegro Foundation does NOT use funds to host delegations or travel internationally. Your donations stay local.



Allegro Foundation is serious about making sure our students are safe! The Allegro staff gathered on Friday, April 28th at the Red Cross office on Park Road to be recertified in both adult and pediatric CPR, AED usage, and first aid. Our instructor, Christine, was very thorough as she walked us through the class and was great about answering questions regarding how to tailor these life-saving procedures for children living with disabilities.
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Allegro Has Lost A Precious Friend

Our longtime friend and supporter Larry Buckley passed away on Monday, May 22nd. The devoted husband of Kathy Buckley (Allegro Foundation board member and owner of Charlotte Living magazine), Larry was born on August 24, 1947 in Chicago, Illinois, and was a United States Army Veteran who served 2 and a half tours in Vietnam. Later in his life, Larry learned to play guitar from his brother-in-law, the late Jim Oakley.

A Celebration of Life Service was held on Friday, May 26, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Central Church, 5301 Sardis Road Charlotte, NC 28270. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Allegro Foundation...a Champion for Children with Disabilities by visiting Condolences for the family can be made at

Larry, you are missed. Allegro sends Kathy and the rest of his family our deepest condolences.

We hope you had a wonderful holiday!
Allegro participated in the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Charlotte's holiday party, and Menke Gray, Allegro's Volunteer Coordinator, was an excellent elf!
A big THANK YOU to volunteers Megan Hotze, Katie Davis and Lauren Mager from Carolina's Health Care who took time out of their day to help organize our event, prop and costume storage units! 
Take a look at all the Allegro Foundation has accomplished this past year! Special thank you to all of our supporters. You make our mission possible!
As most of you already know- we have signed Kony Ealy as Allegro’s Spokesperson, and we wanted you all to see the great publicity that ran in the Panthers Preview Section in the Charlotte Observer this past Sunday!

As our wonderful advocates and supporters- I would be so grateful if you would be willing to post this on your social media accounts! Awareness for our programs is a crucial part of Allegro!

Please join Kony and Allegro in helping to make our reach to more children living with disabilities that much stronger this school year!

 Allegro stopped by to visit Finish Line today at Concord Mills to thank them for their involvement in the community! Thank you, Finish Line, for caring about Allegro's Children Living with Disabilities! 



CHARLOTTE (July 19, 2016) – The Allegro Foundation… a Champion for Children with Disabilities has partnered with Carolina Panthers defensive end Kony Ealy as their official spokesperson, they announced today. The Charlotte-based 501(c)3 non-profit organization combines movement instruction with educational & medical expertise to create new techniques to teach children with disabilities and enhance their quality of life and Ealy will work with them to expand awareness and funding for their programs.

Now entering his third season with the Carolina Panthers, Ealy is coming off of an NFL-record setting performance in Super Bowl 50. Off the field, the youngest of 11 children whose sister is affected by a severe physical disability, Ealy has always been passionate about working with children – especially those with physical challenges.

“The Allegro Foundation does such incredible work for children with disabilities,” said Ealy. “I could not be more eager to connect with these kids and help them realize that anything is possible.”

Allegro Foundation provides resources to thousands of children living with disabilities in Charlotte and the surrounding communities on a weekly basis.

“We are very excited to partner with Kony Ealy,” said Pat Farmer, the Founder and President of Allegro Foundation. “He has demonstrated a genuine desire and interest in our programs and the children that we serve and we are proud to have him be a part of the Allegro family.”

About Allegro Foundation:

Allegro Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c) 3 organization that combines movement instruction with medical and educational expertise, creating new techniques to teach children with disabilities and enhance their quality of life. Allegro serves children living with intellectual disabilities, Down syndrome, orthopedic challenges (wheelchairs and walkers), Spina bifida, autism, cerebral palsy, learning disabilities, muscular dystrophy, visual and hearing impairments, children “at-risk”, and children with cancer. For more information on the Allegro Foundation and how you can support their mission, visit

About Kony Ealy:

A second-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft out of the University of Missouri, Kony Ealy is a rising star for the Carolina Panthers. Adding to an already impressive five sacks in five games season in 2015, Ealy had his best game to-date on the world’s largest stage – Super Bowl 50. He collected four tackles, three sacks (tying an NFL record), two forced fumbles, two tackles for loss, one interception, one fumble recovery, and one pass deflection in the biggest game of the year. Following his rookie season, Ealy was named to the PFWA and Sports Illustrated All-Rookie Teams. At Missouri, he garnered All-SEC First-Team honors. Follow him on Twitter (@KonyEaly94), and Instagram (@konyealy94).

Media Contacts:

Stephen Davis

Marketing and Communications Specialist, Allegro Foundation

704-412-5229 |

Melanie Wadden (Kony Ealy)

Director of Public Relations, Select Sports Group

713-621-6700 |

   This summer, Charlotte neighbors will have the opportunity to support our community in an important way. Taking place July 11-22, SummerSHARE will inspire neighbors to help give need a vacation by purchasing highly-needed items from our Give Shop wish list or dropping off those items any time during the campaign. “The need in Charlotte doesn’t get a vacation, ever,” said Kelly Brooks, founder of SHARE Charlotte. “SummerSHARE is an opportunity for our city to rally around our nonprofits when a lot of them need help the most, in the summer. They’ve made it really easy by asking for exactly what they need!”
   SummerSHARE is a collaboration of nearly 80 nonprofits serving Mecklenburg County spearheaded by SHARE Charlotte. #summershareCLT only lasts two weeks, so visit now to make a donation or purchase an item from Allegro's Give Shop Wish List. Then spread the word and encourage friends, family, neighbors and coworkers to join you in supporting us and the entire nonprofit community. Thank you for your support!
The 2016 Ambassador's Ball honoring Canada and benefitting the Allegro Foundation's children living with disabilities was featured in both Southpark Magazine and the Charlotte Observer!  


Allegro Foundation... a Champion for Children with Disabilities is excited to announce that we have been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Ronald McDonald House Charities of North Carolina. This grant will allow us to purchase and use new computers in our office. We are so thankful. To read more about RMHC of NC, visit 


Looking for an easy way to support Allegro Foundation?


You can now support Allegro Foundation through Amazon’s Amazon Smile! Every time you shop through Amazon, a portion of your purchase will be donated to Allegro's free movement education classes for children with disabilities! This is an easy way to make a difference in the lives of children with disabilities right in the comfort of your own home!


All you need to do is click on the link below to start shopping and donating to Allegro!

Want an easy way to support Allegro?
You can now support Allegro Foundation through Harris Teeter's Together in Education Program! Every time you shop at Harris Teeter and use your VIC Card, a portion of your purchase will be donated to Allegro's free movement education classes for children with disabilities! This is an easy way to make a difference in the lives of children with disabilities through everyday tasks such as grocery shopping.
All you need to do is ask your cashier to link your VIC Card to the Allegro Foundation account, number 5652 or just click the link below to link online!