AcceptAbility Gala | Global Down Syndrome Foundation

AcceptAbility Gala








Mullen Family


American Express
JMA Solutions
US Travel Association
Wells Fargo


Anna & John J. Sie Foundation
Biotechnology Innovation Organization
David and Mary Pat Franasiak
Debbie & Thomas Lawrence
Faegre Baker Daniels Consulting
Susan Hirschmann
The Nickles Group
Johnson & Johnson
Koch Companies Public Sector
John, Cornelia & Frank Stephens
Williams & Jensen, LLC

Brogan Family
Devenio, Inc.
RhythmXpress, Inc.


B Floral Event Design
Davinci Florist
Georgetown Cupcake
Nosegay Flowers
Shelton Brothers
Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America

AcceptAbility Gala
An event in support of the Global Down Syndrome Foundation funding life changing research and life saving medical care for children and adults with Down syndrome

Hilton Washington DC National Mall
480 L’Enfant Plaza SW, Washington, DC 20024


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Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) &
Representative Cheri Bustos (D-IL)

Senator Roy Blunt
Cheri Bustos

The Global Down Syndrome Foundation was honored when music icon Quincy Jones agreed to be the Foundation’s first International Spokesperson. Quincy worked with the Foundation to establish the Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award. The award recognizes those who have championed people who are differently-abled, including people with Down syndrome, in several categories such as humanitarian work, self-advocacy, and public service.


CC Mullen

CC Mullen

For more information or sponsorship inquiries, contact us at or call 303-468-6674.


2019 HOSTS
Senator Roy Blunt
Representative Cheri Bustos
Representative Tom Cole
Representative Rosa DeLauro
Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton
Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers
Representative Pete Stauber


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 Sean Duffy
Representative Ron Estes
Senator Cory Gardner
Representative Jim Himes
Senator Ron Johnson
Representative Doug Lamborn
Representative Barbara Lee
Representative Sheila Jackson Lee
Representative Nita M. Lowey
Senator Chris Murphy
Representative Joe Neguse
Representative Ed Perlmutter
Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard
Democratic Leader Charles E. Schumer
Representative Pete Stauber
Senator Chris Van Hollen
Senator Elizabeth Warren
(Committee in Formation)





Andy Grammer

Multi-platinum selling pop artist Andy Grammer inspires and empowers people by communicating his truths through music. With a succession of pop hits, six of which are certified gold or better, Grammer is taking the music world by storm. He became the first male pop star in a decade, since John Mayer, to reach the Top 10 at Adult Pop Radio on his first two singles. Grammer’s self-titled debut album featured the platinum singles “Keep Your Head Up” and “Fine By Me.” His second album, Magazines or Novels, featured the triple-platinum hit “Honey, I’m Good” and the certified gold anthem “Good To Be Alive (Hallelujah).” His third album, The Good Parts, includes his smash hit single “Fresh Eyes,” which has over 300 million total streams. Grammer is a known philanthropist. He is involved in various charities, including AutoNation Drive Pink, which places pink license plate frames on every vehicle sold or serviced and raises funds for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Global is thrilled to partner with Grammer on fundraising for medical care and research studying the connection between Down syndrome, Alzheimer’s disease, and cancer. Thank you Andy Grammer for supporting Global and people with Down syndrome!


Ransom Notes

The Ransom Notes is an acoustic band made up of three siblings. Schooled in the precision of classical music and steeped in homegrown tradition, The Ransom Notes epitomize the phrase “best of both worlds.” Drawing inspiration from genres such as folk, Americana, bluegrass, and Celtic fiddling, this eclectic group has enthralled audiences for nearly two decades. The band never fails to amaze with its exceptional talent on a multitude of different instruments including fiddle, cello, mandolin, guitar, banjo, and dobro. In addition to instrumental prowess, The Ransom Notes inspire audiences with soulful vocals, which are considered by many to be one of the best features of this talented ensemble.
The Ransom Notes have been blessed with numerous opportunities to share their music across the country through performances at many prestigious venues and festivals. The Ransom Notes have relocated from their long-time home base on the Front Range of Colorado to be at the heart of the music industry in Nashville, Tennessee. This change in scenery has continued to increase the popularity of the group. You can catch them performing at venues from California to Virginia and everywhere in between.


RhythmXpress, Inc.

RhythmXpress, Inc. is a Unified Dance Team that represents Anne Arundel County and Maryland at the Local and State competition levels and the USA at National and World Levels. We are dedicated to raising the profile of dancers as athletes and dance as a part of a healthy lifestyle. We believe dance should be accessible to everyone. RhythmXpress focuses on teaching dancers with special needs the strength and skill necessary to allow them to have the confidence to become leaders and advocates in their communities.
RhythmXpress was started in 2017 as a Unified Dance Team by Robert Wallop and his family. The team placed third at the 2017 Unified World Dance Competition in Gratz, Austria. During the last year they have performed at numerous function and fundraising events including the Polar Bear Plunge, Maryland’s largest fundraising event for SOMD. The team just returned from their first international event at the 2019 World Special Olympic Games in Abu Dhabi, UAE.


Devenio Dance Program

Devenio provides a dance experience that is rigorous, supportive, and fun! Long-term, continuous participation promises time to forge lasting relationships, enduring performance skills, and growth in work and life competencies outside the dance studio. Dancers enjoy:
High-quality dance instruction; Support and training for instructors to work appropriately with our special population; A setting that supports independence and collaborative skill building; An environment that nurtures social connections and peer relationships; Performance opportunities in the community and beyond.