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2017 Be Beautiful Be Yourself Press Release

October 24th, 2017 by Global Down Syndrome Foundation

Eva Longoria, Jamie Foxx, Quincy Jones, Madeline Stuart and Amanda Booth Join Forces With Global Down Syndrome Foundation and its Impressive Fashion Show Celebrity Lineup

During Down Syndrome Awareness Month celebrities vow to raise awareness for life-changing research in support of the foundation’s annual fundraiser next month in Denver

DENVER – Today the Global Down Syndrome Foundation announced its full celebrity lineup for this year’s 9th annual Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show, as well as its Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award (Q Award) winners. The fashion show is the single largest fundraiser benefiting people with Down syndrome, and will be held on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, 1550 Court Place in Denver.

Models – including Marcus Sikora, 2017 Global Ambassador, Madeline Stuart, Australian Model and 2017 Q Award Winner, and DeOndra Dixon, past Global Ambassador and Q Award Winner – will be joined on the Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show runway by celebrities including: Eva Longoria, Award-winning Actress, Producer, Director, Entrepreneur and 2017 Q Award winner; Jamie Foxx, Oscar Winning Actor, Grammy Winning Musician, and Comedian; Quincy Jones, 27-time Grammy Award Winning Musician, Music Icon, Entertainment Mogul, Entrepreneur and Humanitarian; Marisa Tomei, Oscar Winning Actress; Joe Manganiello, Star of True Blood and Magic Mike; Denis O’Hare, Tony Award Winning Actor and Star of True Blood; John C. McGinley, Award-winning Actor, and Global Board Member; and Amanda Booth, Actress and Model.

“This is a special year for Global as we have had two major scientific breakthroughs that are a direct result of the donations we have raised at our fashion show in past years,” said Global Down Syndrome Foundation President, CEO and Co-Founder, Michelle Sie Whitten. “We are thrilled and grateful for our celebrity supporters this year, but we are especially proud to have Quincy Jones attend to support Global and present his namesake award. It’s going to be a special evening for everyone who attends and donates their time, talent and treasure as they are the people helping us change the world for good.”

Over the past 8 years, the Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show has raised more than $14 million for the Global Down Syndrome Foundation to support life-changing and life-saving research, medical care, education and advocacy. Specifically, the foundation has supported world-class multi-disciplinary medical care to more than 1,300 children with Down syndrome from 28 states and seven countries. The funding has also helped to establish the first academic home for revolutionary Down syndrome research, with a focus on Alzheimer’s disease, cancer and autoimmune disorders.

Various levels of tickets, table sponsorships, and model sponsorships are available, including VIP levels at www.bebeautifulbeyourself.org.

2017 Be Beautiful Be Yourself Press Release

October 9th, 2017 by Global Down Syndrome Foundation

Joe Manganiello, Marisa Tomei, John C. Mcginley, Denis O’Hare and additional Special Guests Join The Global Down Syndrome Foundation’s Annual Fashion Show

During Down Syndrome Awareness Month celebrities vow to raise awareness for life-changing research in support of the foundation’s fundraiser next month in Denver

DENVER – Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017

Today the Global Down Syndrome Foundation announced its initial celebrity lineup for this year’s 9th annual Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show, the single largest fundraiser for Down syndrome research in the country, which will be held on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, 1550 Court Place in Denver.

Models with Down syndrome, such as 2017 Global Down Syndrome Foundation Ambassador Marcus Sikora, will be joined on the Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show runway by celebrities including:  Joe Manganiello, Star of True Blood and Magic Mike, Marisa Tomei, Oscar Winning Actress,  John C. McGinley, Actor, Author, Comedian and Global Board Member, and Denis O’Hare, Tony Award-winning Actor and Star of True Blood. Additional special guests will be announced in the coming weeks.

“This is a special year for Global as we have had two major scientific breakthroughs that are a direct result of the donations we have raised at our fashion show in past years,” said Global Down Syndrome Foundation President, CEO and Co-Founder, Michelle Sie Whitten. “We are thrilled to celebrate how far we have come and inspired to look towards the future in gathering additional awareness and support for a significantly better future for children and adults with Down syndrome.”

Over the past 8 years, the Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show has raised more than $14 million for the Global Down Syndrome Foundation to support life-changing and life-saving research, medical care, education and advocacy. Specifically, the foundation has supported world-class multi-disciplinary medical care to more than 1,300 children with Down syndrome from 28 states and seven countries. The funding has also helped to establish the first academic home for revolutionary Down syndrome research, with a focus on Alzheimer’s disease, cancer and autoimmune disorders.

Various levels of tickets, table sponsorships, and model sponsorships are available, including VIP levels at www.bebeautifulbeyourself.org.

For more information on the Global Down Syndrome Foundation, please visit www.globaldownsyndrome.org. For celebrity interviews, to cover the Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show or to receive additional information and imagery, please contact trisha@ballantinespr.com.

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About the Global Down Syndrome Foundation

The Global Down Syndrome Foundation is at the forefront of research, medical care, education and advocacy dedicated to significantly improving the lives of people with Down syndrome. Supporting the research of hundreds of scientists around the world, and through our advocates, partners and affiliates including the Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome and the Anna and John J. Sie Center for Down Syndrome, Global is making an impact on the lives of people with Down syndrome today, and remain focused on finding solutions tomorrow. We are committed to helping people with Down syndrome realize their fullest potential and lead healthy and productive lives. To learn more, visit www.globaldownsyndrome.org.

Global Announces 2016 Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award Recipient

September 15th, 2016 by Global Down Syndrome Foundation

Global is proud to name Frank Stephens – author, actor and self-advocate – as the recipient of the 2016 Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award. Stephens join luminaries DeOndra Dixon, Tim Harris and Karen Gaffney to support Global at the Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show on November 12th. Don’t miss this star-studded, largest single fundraiser for Down syndrome!

Introducing Global 2016 Ambassador Louis Rotella IV

March 14th, 2016 by Global Down Syndrome Foundation

Louis “Louie” Rotella IV—the charming boy who inspired his dad to create the celebrated story of acceptance The Little King and His Marshmallow Kingdom—will inspire an audience of 1,200 when he takes to the runway as the 2016 Ambassador at Global’s Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show on Saturday, November 12.

 

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“‘Life with Louie’, that is the saying around our house,” says his mom, Jill Rotella.  “Life with Louie is filled with joy, tears, laughter, Marshmallows, and lots of lessons in patience and humor.  Our lives are better because of the journey that we travel with Louie!  We will be proud and honored to be by Louie’s side during this next adventure on his journey as the 2016 Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show Ambassador!”

Each year, in addition to choosing 20 self-advocates to model in their fashion show, Global selects an ambassador who graces the front cover of their award-winning invitation. Ambassadors and their families are dedicated to garnering support for Global’s work towards significantly improving the lives of people with Down syndrome through research, medical care, education and advocacy.

Louie’s family owns and operates Rotella’s Italian Bakery Inc., in Omaha, Nebraska, founded in 1921. Baking is a family tradition that goes back five generations, and you can learn more about this dynamic family in this excerpt from Down Syndrome World magazine.

Carlos González Goes to Bat for Global Down Syndrome Foundation

October 14th, 2015 by Global Down Syndrome Foundation

Rockies star player will strut his stuff on the runway to support Down syndrome research and medical care at Global’s Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show on Saturday, October 24, 2015

Carlos Gonzalez and Family

Carlos Eduardo González (“CarGo”) is a Venezuelan-born professional baseball player who plays for the Colorado Rockies. A two-time All-Star, González is a former National League batting champion. In his eight years in the Majors, González has nearly 1,000 hits (978), a batting average of 290, and is a three- time Golden Glove winner as an outfielder.

This season he had nearly 100 RBIs (97) and a career-high of 40 home runs. González is known for his power, speed and arm-strength while playing the game. ‎He is now adding to his athletic reputation by giving back to the community. Specifically, he has started a namesake foundation in 2014 called The Carlos González Foundation that benefits at-risk youth.

Carlos Gonzalez Bowling

González is excited to be part of Global’s Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show, the largest single fundraiser for people with Down syndrome in the United States. Proceeds benefit Global’s affiliates – the Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome on the Anschutz Medical Campus and the Sie Center for Down Syndrome at Children’s Hospital Colorado.

Stay tuned to learn about who González
will be escorting down the runway!

 

2 Be Beautiful Be Yourself Dancers to Perform in “Nutcracker”

December 7th, 2012 by Global Down Syndrome Foundation

Eliza Richard

Eliza Richard

For the first time, two children from the Global Down Syndrome Foundation’s Be Beautiful Be Yourself Dance Class will be on stage for the Colorado Ballet production of the holiday classic “Nutcracker,” to the delight of a huge audience.

The Colorado Ballet’s “Nutcracker” will feature performers with Down syndrome on Tuesday, Dec. 18, and Wednesday, Dec. 19, at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, 1101 13th Street in Denver.

Eliza Richard, 10, will be part of the Dec. 18 “Nutcracker,” and Schuyler Kropp, 7, will take to the stage on Dec. 19. Both performances are scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

Eliza and Schuyler will be partyers who go out on the stage with other children and adults as they celebrate the season.

Schuyler Kropp

Schuyler Kropp

The Colorado Ballet is a partner with the Global Down Syndrome Foundation in the Be Beautiful Be Yourself Dance Class. The classes run for 10 weeks and teach ballet movement, music appreciation, rhythm and basic dance steps to children ages 5-14 who have Down syndrome.

Go support our dancers while taking in a holiday classic. Tickets to the “Nutcracker” are available by clicking here.

Congratulations, Eliza and Schuyler, and we look forward to seeing you shine in the “Nutcracker”!