Empire Star Donates Chicago Set Visit to Support Global

Inspired by the joyful and giving atmosphere of Global Down Syndrome Foundation’s Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show, Terrence Howard made a generous and spontaneous donation to the live auction of a visit to the Chicago set of his hit FOX show, Empire. Mr. Howard attended the event as a celebrity escort for DeOndra Dixon, Jamie Foxx’s sister and former Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award recipient.


The lucky winning bidder, Joe Lembeck, graciously gave the visit to his friend Staci Mantegazza and her daughter. The women enjoyed an incredible day on location in Chicago, and raved about their “once in a lifetime experience” saying, “It was awesome!” The women were given a bag of Empire gifts and were thrilled and surprised to be cast as extras in an episode of season 3.

Last year’s fashion show garnered a record-breaking $2 million in donations to support Global’s initiatives of research, medical care, education and advocacy for people with Down syndrome.

Join us this year on November 12th at the 2016 Be Beautiful Be Yourself fashion show in Denver, Colorado and help Global set a new record!



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