2021 AcceptAbility Gala | Global Down Syndrome Foundation

2021 AcceptAbility Gala

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A VIRTUAL fundraiser for the

GLOBAL DOWN SYNDROME FOUNDATION

funding life-changing research and life-saving medical care for children and adults with Down syndrome

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

7:00 PM ET – VIP Reception | 7:30 PM ET – Program & Performance

Emcees

Kyra Phillips, Award-winning Journalist, ABC News
John Roberts, Co-Anchor of ‘America Reports with John Roberts & Sandra Smith,’ Fox News

Featuring

2021 Honorees

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Caroline Cardenas
2021 Ambassador
Her story - coming soon!
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Caroline Cardenas
2021 Ambassador
Her story - coming soon!
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Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA)
2021 Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award recipient
Congresswoman Roybal-Allard was elected to the House of Representatives in 1992 and is currently serving her 15th term. She is the first Latina member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies, which held a hearing on Down syndrome research in October 2017. Global Down Syndrome Foundation President and CEO Michelle Sie Whitten and self-advocate Frank Stephens both testified at the hearing. During that hearing, Rep. Roybal-Allard, a member of the Congressional Task Force on Down Syndrome, expressed her support for continued federal research on Down syndrome.
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Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA)
2021 Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award recipient
Congresswoman Roybal-Allard was elected to the House of Representatives in 1992 and is currently serving her 15th term. She is the first Latina member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies, which held a hearing on Down syndrome research in October 2017. Global Down Syndrome Foundation President and CEO Michelle Sie Whitten and self-advocate Frank Stephens both testified at the hearing. During that hearing, Rep. Roybal-Allard, a member of the Congressional Task Force on Down Syndrome, expressed her support for continued federal research on Down syndrome. Before the hearing began, the congresswoman had an opportunity to meet with constituents and GLOBAL advocates Jose Gomez and Susana Cisneros and their son, self-advocate, Jose. She was so impressed with their stories and what she learned at the hearing that she gave a speech before the House on the need for increased research and improved care for people with Down syndrome. During her speech, she remarked, “These young Americans are teaching our country about the value of diversity and inclusion, while at the same time increasing the happiness quotients of those lucky enough to be in their very wide circle of friends.”
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Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA)
2021 Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award recipient
Congresswoman Herrera Beutler was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010 and is one of the youngest women currently serving in Congress. Prior to her election, she served in the Washington State House and, before that, was a senior healthcare aide to Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA). Rep. Herrera Beutler earned her bachelor ’s degree from the University of Washington and is the first Hispanic in history to represent Washington state in the U.S. House.
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Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA)
2021 Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award recipient
Congresswoman Herrera Beutler was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010 and is one of the youngest women currently serving in Congress. Prior to her election, she served in the Washington State House and, before that, was a senior healthcare aide to Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA). Rep. Herrera Beutler earned her bachelor ’s degree from the University of Washington and is the first Hispanic in history to represent Washington state in the U.S. House. During her time in Congress, Rep. Herrera Beutler has focused on improving health care for mothers and babies, including co - founding the bipartisan Maternity Care Caucus, the first of its kind in Congress. Rep. Herrera Beutler has also been a strong advocate for helping medically complex children receive access to quality and affordable health care. In a 2018 subcommittee hearing, she stressed the importance of equal treatment for those with Down syndrome and was very upset by reports of “eliminating” Down syndrome in Denmark and Iceland. Rep. Herrera Beutler has written and championed bipartisan legislation to require expectant parents to be informed about the risks and alternatives to widely used prenatal screening tests and to improve safety for pregnant or breastfeeding women who must take prescription medications. She has served on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies since 2017, where she has prioritized cur es for diseases, opioid abuse, and workforce training.

2021 Special Guests (in progress)

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Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers
(R-WA)
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Congressman Pete Stauber
(R-MN)

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About Global Down Syndrome Foundation

The Global Down Syndrome Foundation (GLOBAL) is the largest non-profit in the U.S. working to save lives and dramatically improve health outcomes for people with Down syndrome. GLOBAL has donated more than $32 million to establish the first Down syndrome research institute supporting over 400 scientists and over 2,000 patients with Down syndrome from 28 states and 10 countries. Working closely with Congress and the National Institutes of Health, GLOBAL is the lead advocacy organization in the U.S. for Down syndrome research and medical care. GLOBAL has a membership of over 150 Down syndrome organizations worldwide and is part of a network of Affiliates – the Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome, the Sie Center for Down Syndrome, and the University of Colorado Alzheimer’s and Cognition Center – all on the Anschutz Medical Campus.

GLOBAL’s widely circulated medical publications include GLOBAL Medical Care Guidelines for Adults with Down Syndrome, Prenatal Testing and Information about Down Syndrome, and the award-winning Down Syndrome WorldTM magazine. GLOBAL also organizes the Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show, the largest Down syndrome fundraiser in the world. Visit globaldownsyndrome.org and follow us on social media (Facebook & Twitter: @GDSFoundation, Instagram: @globaldownsyndrome).

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2021 GALA COMMITTEE

(In formation)
David Egan
Author, Advocate & Inspirational Speaker

Natalie Farr
Government Relations, Subject Matter

Erin Book Mullen
Associate, Williams & Jensen, PLLC

Matthew Perin
Head of Government Relations and Regulatory Affairs, Kroger

Cliff Riccio
Vice President, Government Relations, NCTA

Julie Riccio
Regulatory Affairs and Public Policy Director, PwC

Marissa Watkins
Deputy Vice President, Advocacy and Strategic Alliances, PhRMA

Amy Best Weiss
Vice President of Government Affairs, American Express

PAST YEARS’ CONGRESSIONAL HOSTS

Senator Roy Blunt
Representative Cheri Bustos
Representative Tom Cole
Representative Rosa DeLauro
Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton
Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers
Representative Pete Stauber

PAST YEARS’ HONORARY CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEE 

Representative Troy Balderson
Senator Michael F. Bennet
Representative Michael Burgess, M.D.
Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr
Representative Katherine Clark
Senator Steve Daines
Representative Diana DeGette
Representative Ron Estes
Representative Jim Himes
Senator Ron Johnson
Representative Doug Lamborn
Representative Barbara Lee
Representative Sheila Jackson Lee
Senator Chris Murphy
Representative Joe Neguse
Representative Ed Perlmutter
Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard
Democratic Leader Charles E. Schumer
Senator Chris Van Hollen
Senator Elizabeth Warren

ACCEPTABILITY GALA MEDIA

Press Contact:
Anca Elena Call 
Email: acall@globaldownsyndrome.org
Cell: 720-320-3832

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